Tuesday, January 4, 2011

An Open Letter to You

It’s been a fun ride, but this is my last post…for a while, at least.

I started this blog at the beginning of my journey as a stay at home mom, nearly two years ago. At the time, I didn’t know where it would take me. I had the kernel of an idea that the transition from seven years as a full time working mother of two, to a laid off, at-home mom, would yield lots of interesting situations and unique experiences. I thought that a blog would be the perfect forum for documenting and sharing that experience.

In 2008 and 2009, when the economy was falling apart and people were losing their jobs left and right, I never saw stories in the media that mirrored my own. Where were the other women like me? I wanted this blog to be a place for that missing voice to be heard.

This was the space where I openly struggled with the work vs. no work question, where I celebrated some of life’s small, but precious moments, and where I learned the ins and outs of blogging, tweeting, and photo sharing.

Since returning to work four months ago, I simply do not have the physical, emotional, or psychological energy to maintain the blog as I would like to. I think about it…a lot. I write posts in my head about recipes and cookbooks and outings with the kids and meditations on life, but the posts do not get written.

I feel this period in my life has reached a natural end and it’s time to leave this space. I don’t know yet if it will be permanent. I am also toying with some other new ideas that I might explore as an alternative.

I will monitor the inbox for suddenlysahm@gmail.com, so if you ever want to drop me a line, that’s where you can reach me.

Wishing you a peaceful and refreshing start to the New Year!



  1. Jen, I'd like to know how you get on. I don't do Twitter or Facebook, but can alweays email me via my blog.
    Take care,
    Ruth (in a very grey and dismal London)

  2. I know the feeling. And I hate feeling guilty about something that is supposed to bring me pleasure.. Best of luck, I'll miss your blog. PLEASE keep in touch!


  3. Hey friend - beautifully written. I will miss hearing your voice in your life adventures, cooking triumphs and thought provoking posts. I applaud your ability to do this - it is good to take care of you in all the 'have to's' in mommy-hood and life. Cheers from the frozen tundra!