my daily discipline

November 27, 2011

on days like this . . .
i wonder if i’m doing things right by blogging every day.

i know there are upsides to having an automatic daily practice. sometimes, things — honest, real, important things — come out that i had no idea i wanted to write about. and creating something, even if it’s not anything earth-shattering, is a nice start to the morning.

other times — and i am thankful that these times are relatively sparse — i sit and try to type, but just don’t get inspired. you all just get to view some mediocre photography [although the following shot is my favorite of 2011] or i post a meme or list of sorts, not having anything real or exciting to say.

happy thanksgiving, baby
this space can be sounding board for me; a mind-dump of sorts. sometimes i work through my own issues and things seem more clear. my favorite posts are those that are honest and raw, and judging from the responses, you all tend to agree. i guess i’m less excited about lifecasting than i was a year ago. yes, josh and i enjoyed some movies and a nice dinner out last night. but is it really something i need to document, or anything anyone else feels like reading about?

♥ i do love to document goals and aspirations — this gives me an idea of what i’m really striving for, and i know i love to read these kinds of posts on other blogs.

♥ i like to blog about extraordinary experiences, although i suppose even simple things qualify.

♥ i enjoy writing about meal-planning, cooking, and sharing dinner photos.

♥ i like writing about lists and organization.

♥ i used to love writing about running/training/fitness goals, but baby SHU [and TTC] put quite a damper on that. [i miss REAL training plans!]

♥ sometimes i have fun doing restaurant reviews, but lately i’ve just felt like sitting back and NOT whipping out my camera between courses [besides, josh isn’t a huge fan of this practice].

♥ i adore getting your feedback!

but is it all too much?
should i scale back? would i be happier posting a few times a week — or just once in a while, or [the horror] not at all? will the blog become a burden after my due date, or an even more critical release valve? one of my favorite bloggers [heather of hangrypants] left the whole scene behind a few weeks ago and i would be lying if i didn’t think about what it would be like to . . . well, not blog anymore after 7 [!!] long years.

anyway, i promise this post is not a goodbye, and you can expect a regular ol’ entry tomorrow. but i just wanted to spill what was on my mind. as usual.


  • Reply Allison March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Selfishly, I really hope you don’t stop blogging! Your blog is one of my favorites in my reader! It’s always thoughtful and informative, even when you just link to things it’s interesting! I really enjoyed the post you linked to about highly sensitive people a week or so ago. And, of course, I always appreciate anyone else with a planner obsession. 😉

  • Reply Mary Beth March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    this post made me smile 🙂 as usual.

  • Reply Ada March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Nooo you can’t stop blogging! Your blog is seriously my all time favorite. As a premed college student I really look up to you and love reading about how you balance work with daily life. Of course you should totally do whatever makes you happiest (I totally hear ya about being tempted to leave the whole blogging scene behind) and if that means decreasing blog time then that is great.

  • Reply verbs and vignettes March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    i feel like i’m constantly deciding for myself why i blog. i burnt out on my first blog, because the idea of it in my head was too strict and full of rules. i love the idea of refining my ideas and my passions, and having a mildly public arena to share them with people… like the best (or just some specific) thoughts from a personal journal, that i want to engage in with others.

    i am among the others that do love reading your blog. but life overall is more important. it’s what blogging should be about. so if it’s feeling stressful, or like work, and you’re regretting time you’re missing away from the blog, then you should take a break from it, or like you said, at least reevaluate how often you like to post.

    i would dearly miss the shu box! but you have to do what makes you the absolute happiest. 🙂

  • Reply thethinksicanthink March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    With mine, I just write when I want to write, which sometimes is every day and sometimes is 3x per week. I always wonder how long mine will last and if I’ll neglect it when I got back to 4th year and then start residency… we shall see!

  • Reply Mandy March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I read lots of blogs(mostly baby centered since I’m 20 weeks preggo) but yours is the one I visit first every day, because I know there is an interesting post to read every day. Yours is one of the few who post daily and that’s why it’s one of my favorites!

  • Reply anon March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm


    I do start my day with your blog and love it. That said, your priorities will change in mindblowing ways postpartum. Just take it as it comes. My guess is that you’ll have plenty to write about at that time but maybe give yourself flexibility so that the blog is not a ball and chain.

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I think you do a good job balancing writing about "real stuff" and letting us indulge in our voyeuristic tendencies and peer into your life a bit ;).

  • Reply Priyanka March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Okay, this may be a bit useful or useless to you considering you have taken a hiatus. But taking a break really really helps. You have the urge to blog in between since a new idea erupts in your mind but just write it down and when you are fully revitalized come back. But please please don’t stop blogging, I don’t want to not read my organization gurus posts every morning.

    I think its your openness and peak into your life that you give us, that really makes the content fun! TTC, organization, baby shu or your post partum path to fitness….it will all be fun!!!!

  • Reply Marci March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I am sort of in the same thought pattern. Blogging sometimes feels more like a chore than fun, and is sometimes an added stressor. I also think some pregnancy and baby things are too personal for me to share, and am trying to think of my blog as more hobby and something I know I should enjoy. Only do it if it makes you happy! And don’t worry what others think about scaling back for as long as you need!

  • Reply Tes March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I love reading your fun and thought-provoking posts each morning, so I hope you will continue to blog at least sometimes! Good luck with figuring out what works best for you!

  • Reply Ann March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I’m a big fangirl myself. You give so much of yourself in your blog. Perhaps you’d want to dial it back a little and just enjoy being pregnant and happy. You always give such a wonderful 110%.

  • Reply Bethany March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I would be lost without your posts! I read a million blogs, but yours is my daily stop first thing in the morning and lives on the homepage of my igoogle. For some reason, your life kind of parallels mine (yours in a much more fancy way than mine), but I enjoy seeing your schedules and goals and lists and feeling like there is someone else out there like me. We’re also pregnant at the same time, and I love reading those posts! Keep it up!

  • Reply Monica March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I love you blog. I have no idea how I cam across it but I look forward to it each day. It is very inspirational. I have also gotten a lot of meal ideas from you. I am trying to cook healthier and use more natural ingredients, I have come to trust your comments on recipes. I have tried several that have been surprisingly popular in my house. That being said I know how you feel about the time commitment, especially after the baby comes. I found that things fell in to place pretty well for me. I tried to focus on what I really wanted to do and let the other things fall away. I just followed my heart, and didn’t worry about what others thought was right. I used that as info to make my decision, but stuck with following my heart. I do wish I had journalled more when my kids were younger. It is amazing the little things that you forget and how quickly everything changes. This blog might be a way to keep track of the day to day stuff. If you were able to keep it up through the craziness that is residency, than the baby will probably be a piece of cake. Whatever happens, follow your heart and you can’t go wrong.

  • Reply Meg March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I love your blog. It is such a refreshing take on ‘healthy living.’ Your writing brings a smile to my face and I consider you a role model. I hope you never stop blogging completely! But I understand that baby SHU comes first! Keep in mind, however, that this blog might allow you to document moments in your baby’s life that you might not otherwise, which could be very valuable in the future.

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