Thursday, January 27, 2011

"I'll be back"

Ever have one of those days that just get away from you? How 'bout a week like that? Or a month.

This has been a week that has flown by, and at times I feel I'm hardly keeping my head above water. While I don't think I'm a complainer, I do occasionally find myself slipping into that "things are tough, life's too busy, woe is me" mode. I usually catch myself and stop; I don't ever want to focus on the negative and forget about the big picture.

But sometimes, I've learned, I have to recognize--and embrace--my limits. Which means sometimes making hard decisions. Just yesterday, I dropped my membership to a national organization, and consequently to a local chapter, because I just couldn't keep up, couldn't spend the money, and couldn't give it my all. It was a tough decision, but necessary, and while I don't feel relief and I think I'll rejoin at some point, it was definitely what I needed.

Leaving The Stiletto Gang is another such decision--very difficult, not what I'd choose in a perfect world, but necessary for me right now. I love this blog, these ladies, and the faithful Stiletto followers, but I'm recognizing my limits and realizing that with teaching at a local college, writing full time, mothering 5 kids, a husband in grad school (plus a full time job), a son with one foot out the door and into college, Books on the House, blogging, online teaching, and, you know, icky housework, some things just have to give.

I've been blessed to be part of this great grog, and have been doubly blessed by their open door policy welcoming me back as a guest. It's been great, and as the Terminator famously said, "I'll be back."

So this is not good bye, but adieu.

And I know I'll see y'all around!
Misa Ramirez

9 comments:

  1. Good luck Misa. Please visit often.

    Marian

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  2. Misa! We are gonna miss you. You have such amazing enthusiasm and energy...which, no doubt, is why you juggle so many balls in the air. I completely understand your need to cut back. I did that myself not long ago, and I don't regret it for a minute. There's a point when we have to ask what's best for ourselves. If we're too sapped of time and energy, we're not doing anyone any good. So, while I hate to see you depart the blog (because we love you, too!), I know you won't be a stranger. Please, come back anytime and share what's going on with you! In the meantime, sending you big hugs and best wishes for much success with all you do. Can't wait for your new series! I know it'll be fab!

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  3. Misa: We'll miss you! Please stop by and let us know what's happening any time. Best of luck with everything. Maggie

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  4. Personally, I would drop the housework instead, but that's just me :-)

    We'll miss you! Good luck with the new series. I'll be stalking you...I mean, watching your website for updates.

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  5. Zita, if only I could! I kinda skimp on it, anyway... bare minimum is my motto. Need clothes, dig from the basket!

    Thanks EVERYONE! I love The Stiletto Gang and will miss being an official part of this great group.

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  6. Misa, I really respect a woman who identifies her boundaries. My hat is off to you. As you intimated, we must maintain our sanity!

    I'm glad the Stiletto Gang experience introduced us to each other. Best wishes, and see you back soon. :)

    Rachel

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  7. We'll miss you, but I'll see you around. You have to do what you have to do.

    Good luck with it all.

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  8. Bye Misa! Good luck!

    Rhonda
    aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David

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  9. Misa, you'll be missed. I do know though, at times you have to focus on what's most important and let some things go. All the best in your very busy life.

    Marilyn

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