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That Time When I Disappeared for Months

Hello, readers (if any of you are still out there)!

I have been a bad blog friend. I haven't updated this blog since late April...and, to be honest, I have even forgotten that I had a blog at times.

Did I intend to take such a long hiatus? Not at all. As with so many things in life, it just happened. And the longer I stayed away from it all, the harder it seemed to jump back into the swing of things.

To tell you the truth, being away from the constant roar of social media posts and blog deadlines and emails was a bit of a relief. I didn't realize just how addicted I'd become to this entire process until I stepped away for a while.

I guess the real question here is "Why?" Why did I just walk away from a blog that I have religiously maintained for over two years?

There are a few reasons.

1) My toddler's preschool takes an insanely long summer break, so, starting the first week of this past May, it has been all three-year-old-time ALL of the time. We've hit up the local pool and water parks more times that I'd like to count, hung out with friends, practically lived at the Children's Museum, played at our house, and whiled away many long (and hot) hours this past summer. Normally, I worked like a mad woman during those three and a half hours that she was at school, and to lose over 7 hours of work time each week was killing my productivity.

2) Coupled with the 3+ month long summer vacay from preschool was the fact that my kid also decided to give up naps around the time that school got out. No matter how much I cajoled, begged, promised, and wheedled, she now refuses to lay down unless it's her real bed time. So long to another 10 or more hours of work time each week.

and finally...

3) I found out I was pregnant in February of this year again! After the devastating second trimester miscarriage of our little boy last August, I was so happy to find out that we were expecting again. I was also completely terrified at opening myself to the possibility of another loss, and so the first 20 weeks or so were excruciatingly slow. We finally started to tell family and friends around that time, and (thankfully) I am now 30 weeks and ready to meet our new little boy around the end of October/ beginning of November.

At 17 weeks with our new baby!
While the pregnancy itself didn't keep me from writing on the blog and updating my social media, the exhaustion of early pregnancy and running around after my toddler 24-7 definitely did. Add in the fact that I didn't want to wander too far from home for fear of miscarrying hours away from my doctor again, and you have one travel blogger who didn't travel very much this summer.

Where is the blog going?

That's really a fantastic answer, and I wish I had a cut-and-dry answer for you.

My daughter is back in school, so I now get a few of those precious work hours back again, but just as I discover a bit more time to indulge in the blog, I'm preparing for the fact that in 8-9 weeks, I will have a newborn. And we all know how flexible they can be when it comes to work and travel. (Ha.)

Because of the Zika virus and my high risk pregnancy, I had to cancel two different press trips this summer, decisions that I hated to make, but which I felt were necessary for my own wellbeing. So, because of that, I haven't had much new content to share, and I'm of the opinion that I'd rather share a few really great things than a bunch of not-so-great stuff.

I haven't reached out for any new press trips in months and months, and, other than a trip to the North Carolina mountains here in a few weeks, I have ZERO new travel on the books for the rest of 2016...or 2017. Trying to be a travel blogger with no travel plans, a newborn, and very, very little personal time is nearly impossible, and I'm pondering the best way to balance my personal love of blogging and traveling with the serious time constraints that I know are coming my way.

I've thought of shutting down CosmosMariners.com permanently, but that just doesn't seem right. I still see a ton of traffic on my most popular posts and get emails and comments regularly from travelers looking for some advice (which I love to give out!).

The most viable option is finding new ways to incorporate content that's related to other parts of my life. I've thought of adding in more lifestyle stuff to the blog to make it less travel-centric for a while, but I never was able to commit. I'm not the greatest at crafting, cooking, decorating, or styling myself, so those types of posts would be a stretch for me. That being said, sometimes a good challenge is a positive experience, so I haven't thrown that idea out completely. My life is definitely more than just travel (despite what you might think reading the blog in the past two years!) and it might be fun to share some of that with my readers.

Anyway, whatever happens happens, I guess. Even if Cosmos Mariners ends today, and I never, ever look at it again, it has been an incredible experience learning the ins-and-outs of blogging. I'm so glad I've had the opportunity to virtually meet so many fantastic bloggers and travelers along the journey. I certainly hope that this isn't the end, but rather the beginning of a new chapter for my small corner of the internet. Thanks for sticking with me.

Here's to whatever comes next!


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