I honestly had not realized that it had been a month since I last posted! I am sorry for such an absence — life has not slowed down much at all like I thought it would since returning from Europe, but it’s all for good reasons! Many exciting things are happening on my end…lots of progress is being made in creative/freelance projects, the house, wedding planning and work in general. These projects outside of the blog have required more attention over the past month, so that is why I’ve been so silent!
The main one that kept my brain a little zapped out of the blogging mindset is the book! It is in progress – woohoo! And goodness, for someone who likes to write, writing a book is a totally different ballgame. It requires SO MUCH diligence and follow through, and that is just not always easy for me to do on personal projects. It’s weird, but I find that it’s very easy for me to dedicate myself and time to work projects that I take on from other people or businesses, but for my own projects, I tend to procrastinate or just overthink them and spend too much time re-working them. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that way, but isn’t it interesting how that works sometimes? I’ve figured out a couple of tricks to keep me on task with the book that I’ll share at a later date. But for now, just know that we are almost done with our first draft. Then it’s off to an editor and in a month after that, we’ll probably start to work on version two and incorporate any changes that she suggests. I also shot all the photos for the book, so once we send the text version to the editor, I’ve got to get to work on editing thousands (literally) of photos and figuring out which ones are the best to use. Many cups of coffee will be consumed over that work!
Again, sorry for such a short post and for not finishing out the Europe series yet! It is still on my mind, but I need to finish going through the photos before I post more. Today’s photo was taken last weekend in this amazing little park, Monticello Park, that Ben and I found near our house. This was a definitely a hidden gem that we stumbled upon. It’s heavily wooded, had incredible fall colors on all the leaves, and was extremely serene. It honestly felt like we’d taken a trip out to the mountains to go hike, yet were right in the heart of Alexandria.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! I hope to be back to recipe posting in the next few weeks and will aim to fill in with a couple other posts before then about our trips this past September! Just gotta get this book writing done!