You may have noticed, but more likely, you probably haven’t, that we have slowed down on our posts. When we first started this blog and were learning about how to create one, friends and experts gave us all kinds of rules and advice to follow and that helped us to get going in the right direction. This advice isn’t bad, but it led us to set some standards and expectations for ourselves that aren’t completely realistic for this season of our life. So… we are adjusting our expectations of what we are capable of producing, and we are slowing down a bit.

Readjusting expectations is something we are all always doing, right? We set expectations, desires, or goals for ourselves and then as life happens, we have to re-evaluate, re-adjust and make some changes to make those goals work for our lives. It’s like when we set a fitness goal or a plan to get up at 4:30am everyday. There will be setbacks along the way, for sure, but then, there’s sometimes a moment where you realize that the original goal wasn’t realistic for your life, and you adjust. Maybe you get shoot for the 8-minute mile instead of the 7-minute mile, and maybe you get up at 5:30am instead of 4:30am.

We are adjusting. We are being honest with ourselves about what we can realistically do, and still thrive. Because we don’t want to just survive, we want to thrive. And though there are seasons when survival mode is necessary, we don’t want to stay in that space.

Something beautiful happens when we admit our limitations. We aren’t machines made to produce and produce- we are body, spirit, soul- made for connection with one another and the divine. So, here we are, admitting we ran out of the gates a bit quickly and we need to set a new pace.

On our sabbatical last summer, we tasted a newfound peace and freedom by making more space in our lives, and we decided to make some changes when we returned. Now that we’ve tasted something more, we just can’t go back to the cheaper, hurried version of life and we are fighting for space. For us, margin and space mean deeper connection with God and each other.

So, when you notice that we are pulling back a bit, it’s not because we are quitting or being haphazard, we are just trying to hold on to the peace and freedom we’ve tasted. We are making sure we are putting things in their proper place, and so we are adjusting. We want to make sure we are living out the things we are writing about and keeping first things first.

Rather than continuing the pace of posting two to three times every week between the two of us, we are planning to each post once every other week for now. That means we will have one new post on the blog every Wednesday. We will also continue to have guest posts on the blog to go along with our weekly posts.  In the future and as we have more capacity we may do more, but for now this feels right.

Phil’s mentor friend told us that we are just trying on sweaters to see what fits, and the sweaters we were trying just didn’t fit right. So, we are trying on new ones and seeing what works. To me this is a beautiful analogy for life. We try on sweaters and see what fits, and the ones that are uncomfortable or don’t fit just right, we set aside. What freedom! It’s fun to try on sweaters. We can try new things without fear of failure or pressure. So, this is what we are doing. We are trying on blog sweaters. We are seeing what fits for us. So, thanks for coming along the journey with us and for your grace outside the fitting room.

Jen Wood

Author Jen Wood

Born and raised in Southern California, Jen loves the beach, spending time with loved ones and being active. She believes wholeheartedly in living life to it’s fullest and that following God is the greatest adventure you could ever experience.

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