Dear few and loyal readers,
I am well aware that I announced my return to the blog world almost five months ago. I am aware that I stuck it out for less than one month, with just five posts during that time. I am aware that for those of you who have been with me from the beginning, that is exactly the kind of output you have come to expect. And yes, RileyDad, Young Sailor, and Katie,I am very aware that you told us so.
The fact is, I’ve encountered an unexpected impediment. Every time I’ve thought of a post, and even when I’ve sat down to write one, I find myself facing a mental block that is different from ordinary writer’s block. You see, it’s been close to two years since I wrote regularly on this site. And I’m simply not the same person that I was two years ago. Ten months of marriage are a major part of it, though not the whole.
I started this blog as a nineteen-year-old opinionated introverted stay-at-home daughter (to give myself a label that will fit anyone’s manila filing system). I’m still opinionated and introverted, and few of my many opinions (don’t hate me, I’m Irish) have changed. But I’ve grown up a lot (I hope). I’ve added some new opinions, I’ve learned many things, and I no longer express myself quite the same way. I hope I’ve grown both a little more confident and a little more teachable.
All of this to say that I recently realised the source of my reluctance to revive Live Like A Narnian. It is that this blog simply doesn’t fit me anymore. I’ve outgrown it like my quickly-changing pregnant body has outgrown the plaid skirts that I loved as a teen. Possibly I wouldn’t feel this way if I had been blogging through the changes of the last year-and-a-half–if this blog had grown with me, so to speak. But I didn’t, so it didn’t. It represents an Emma that doesn’t exist anymore.
Sooooooooo . . . .
I am returning to the blog world, but not to Live Like A Narnian. I’ll leave it in place (for now) as an archive, but I am moving on. This saddens me a little: I loved blogging here. I still want to stand by the play-world. But the time of this blog as a record of ‘my Narnian life’ has passed.
As I thought about Live Like A Narnian’s lack of fitness for my new life, ‘The Adventures of Emily Upchurch’ as my husband calls it, I remembered a blog I had begun to set up and never finished shortly after our wedding. I intended at the time to use it as a homemaking blog. But I think its title is such a perfect fit that I’ve decided that it will be my new online home.
So, swing by Practicing Hidden Art, where I have already begun posting (so there, naysayers who know me too well!).
Thanks for sticking with me! Goodbye, Live Like A Narnian; I’ll always remember you with fondness.