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Saturday
Dec212013

The Next Chapter

Of the 345 blog posts I have written this is one of the easiest—and the most difficult—to write.

Earlier this month I became inexplicably bothered in heart and mind. I grew edgy and unhappy and I couldn't figure out why.

So I took long walks.

I conferred with the dearest of the dearest people in my life.

I conversed with myself. 

I consulted God.

And, finally, an answer came.

The Sick Little Boy

When I started blogging, I had a sick little boy (read here). Uncertainty and fear had set up camp on the doorstep of my psyche. Blogging became an outlet—a quiet escape from the storm. I needed to learn so much so quickly, and I gratefully received so much help, knowledge, and support from so many of you in this forum. Blogging has been a source of great blessing for through it I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. My work has been picked up, published and read by millions. It inspired me to write a cookbook that I am immensely proud of. I even got to speak with First Lady Michelle Obama.

So what was the deal?

Why, all of a sudden, did my laptop become a ball and chain. Why did the thought of sitting down to create another recipe, take another photo, and write another post leave me dejected? Was it a temporary case of blogger burnout?

The End of a Chapter

I came to the realization that the very thing that once centered me was now unsettling me and that as all chapters do, this one was coming to an end.

Each chapter in life comes with a new set of challenges, adventures and demands, and in each chapter there is a balance that must be found. I am afraid that if I continue at this pace, my spirit will break. Miss Type A here would love to be that mythical Super Mom who effortlessly can do it all—take care of others, take care of herself, keep a house, prepare three meals a day, run a business, volunteer at school and blog. But I can't. I just can't. And oh my, how liberating it is to push pride aside and admit that.

In many ways I feel like I have given myself the greatest of gifts. The OK to let go of things that need letting go of and to open the door to new experiences that will shape the next chapter of my life. And the beautiful part? By giving myself this gift, I will be happier and more capable of turning around and giving to others in new ways.

So what it all boils down to is that I will be taking a hiatus from blogging and stepping away from the computer.

I am going to learn to breathe again. I am going to be present for my husband, kids, and friends.  I am going to go hiking. I am going to cook others' recipes. I am going to garden to my heart's content. I am just going to "be" for a while.

For how long? I do not know.

For four years we have met in this place and I am grateful. When I return to blogging and social media it will be because I feel it is time, and when I do you’ll likely see a little less "gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free" and a little more "composting, travel and yoga!"

Let's Keep In Touch

Not to worry, I am not dropping off the planet and you can bet I will miss you. So for those who would like to stay in touch, here's how we can do that.

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The content here at Lexie's Kitchen will remain and I hope you will continue to use it and my cookbook as resources in your kitchen. I will check in every once in a while and will reply to questions and comments as I can.

Geeesh, this is hard. If I could hug each one of you and thank you in person I would. For now, I will sign off with a big XO.

I love you and treasure you.

—Lexie

Reader Comments (12)

Your honesty is touching...and I am so glad you're doing what's right for you! I know there are amazing things in store for your next chapter. :) xoxo

December 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHallie

Love your elegance, lady! What you said: so true and heartfelt. You are taking care!
That pic, w/Marli on the canal trail? So very sweet. Perfect!

December 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPoha

Your posts will be greatly missed Lex, but I so happy for you! Can't wait until you come back with some new great stuff :)

December 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

Good for you, Lexie, for listening to your heart and following what feels right for you at this time. I have loved visiting this space of yours and have learned so much from you -- thank you very much for sharing part of yourself with all of us here for the past several years. I wish you much happiness in just "being". :)Take good care. xo

December 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Thank you, thank you, thank you for every post. I've become a healthier and more knowledgeable person because of you. I cannot adequately describe how much you have helped me on my gluten, dairy, egg, nut, fruit and many other allergy free journey.

I look forward to seeing more posts in the future and wish you the best on your new journey. Taking care of ourselves may be the biggest challenge we sometimes face.

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Hooray to you for finding what you needed! And what you need to do now! You will be missed. Thank you for helping me on my journey!

December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArleen

Lexie: It takes real courage to admit our limitations. Super Mom can only do so much. You have accomplished incredible things through your blog and cookbook. You can be proud and move on to the next phase of your life. Enjoy every moment with your precious little guys - these young years fly by and you don't want to miss a moment!

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarole

This post is beautifully written and your honesty is inspiring. You can be proud of all you have accomplished with your writing, photography, design work and of course your lovely, much-anticipated cookbook. Think of all the mothers you have encouraged and all the kitchens you have transformed along your path to help your son. Sounds like you have an abundance of creative avenues to explore in the future, and I wish you the very best in this next step and stage in life. Thanks for letting so many of us step into your kitchen, home and heart and share in the journey.

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Lexie - I truly respect how you feel and what you're doing. Thinking of you and wishing you well. Take time to enjoy your family - precious time goes by quickly. xo

Lex,
I'm so proud of what you have created, however I am more proud of who you are. Your blog, as amazing as it is, has never defined you in my eyes. Rather your amazing family, loving personality, drive and love of nature has always made me admire you. You deserve to be the free spirit that you are. We love and miss you so very much.

XO,
Hannah and S

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Aw geeze- I just discovered your site through Sarah Bakes and land here to read this :p
Beautifully written, almost mirrors why I walked away from blogging years ago <3
About to go order your book for my gf-cf-sf-kitchen-sink-free girl :)
Good for you for recognizing the need to walk away :)

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

Lexie, you are so beautiful. I'm a little late to this post as I've been taking a break from FB and computers in general. 30 minutes a day broken into bits and sometimes not even that. It was eating my life.
Blessings to you and yours as you have been a blessing in mine. Let your soul soar high and free and Thank You.

January 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

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