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on blogging. & business.

Every so often, a series of events seem to occur & force me to stop what I am doing & really think about my intentions. I am having one of those moments. It started when I read a post from the mom who quit blogging. Then an officer came to speak to my mops group about internet safety. Then I watched this documentary that made me stop & think about real talent vs. marketing hype. Then I read a post on blogging & jealousy. All these things are weaving my thoughts together & forcing me to think about things differently than I have before. Because this blog is really growing.

I have been very honest here about my blog & my business. Over the last few months I have clarified just exactly what it all means to me. My family comes first & I have made some pretty conscious decisions lately to let some opportunities go, because I am afraid that my family would pay the price of my split attention. As for business, current client info is available here. As for blogging, well, hmmmm. Eventually, I will have the time for sponsorships & possibly turn this into a place of revenue, but for now–it is just my little place of happy. & I am VERY protective over what goes on here.

This is not a family blog. not a daily journal. not a place for freebies. not a place for negativity. & I am not looking for a fan club.

This is a place where I CREATE, on a budget. This is a place where I discuss the joys & challenges of motherhood, and life really, in an effort to help us all GROW. This is a place where I bring all of the things I am working on, learning about & thinking of, in an effort to INSPIRE. Because who doesn’t need a place for a little encouragement? I know I do. I cannot do this job alone. I love seeing other ways to do things, because usually it helps me perfect my own systems. I don’t know about you but I read blogs because I learn so so so much. & I love that. I want you here because we share a passion. Whatever it is that we share, I want you here because it makes you a better YOU.

So this, my friends, is the theme of the year for me:


I think if I write each post with those three things in mind, this will stay my happy place. & hopefully one for you too. I am so thankful for all of you lovely people who come here to read & share your positivity. I learn so much from you. I have NEVER had to delete a comment due to negativity & that makes me really happy. Thanks for enjoying this journey with me. :) It takes a village…right?

& because every post needs a picture…this is one of my daughter’s new signature moves…she is the one tear wonder. Works herself into the biggest fit & at the end, drops just one tear. That’s all. Just one. & it sticks around long after the frown is gone. The teenage years are going to be FUN!

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  • Jackie - She has the prettiest Doe Eyes Ever! I love her and I don’t even know her. Stay positive!ReplyCancel

  • shannel - thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Suki - You are totally right. We all need a little encouragement and companionship every once in a while.ReplyCancel

  • Kendall Stoy - oh – I was so afraid you were going to say you were done blogging! I was getting sad! If I only have time to read one blog a day, it is yours, because I know it will be something I need to read – weather emotional support, creative decorating, inspiration, or just to smile! Keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • Claudette - Inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Oh my, look at those big beautiful eyes. I enjoy reading about what other moms, in other parts of the world, are doing.I find it very refreshing that your blog is like a conversation. No giveaways, no ads…there are plenty of blogs out there that serve that function.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I want to say thank you Shawna for sharing yourself with all of us moms. I look forward to all the happiness on your blog and so many of the other amazing moms that stop in. I’m at that place in life that I find myself reflecting and trying to change certain things for the happiness of me & my family and your blog is something I deffinitely look forward to!!
    So, thank you for letting me and many other moms have a happy place to go and for oh so many wonderful ideas and inspiration ;)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Yay! Love the post and glad you’re not done blogging :) ThanksReplyCancel

  • Nicole - i love how simple your blog is. its not about the bells and whistles. the giveaways. the ads. nothing. its just simple pure inspiration. beautiful photography. mommy love and advice. yummy food and lots of eye candy! its hippie love-your so chic green! keep it up!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - I look forward to checking your blog everyday to see what is new and what great ideas you have to share with us all. Being a new mom, I LOVE seeing what words of wisdom you, you have inspired me to switch to CD and am going to be making our own baby food for our little one. We had planned on that from the start, but after seeing your system and how it works for you and your family I am so looking forward to getting started (even though I am still at the point it makes me cry to think of her getting bigger everyday!)ReplyCancel

  • Gabi - I love your blog. I am so happy Sarah introduced me to your world of blogging and photography. I am not a blog reader you are one of two blogs I read. Being a new mom I need all the help I can get. I feel like I can relate to you and I am thankful for the time you take to “put on paper” what you think, how to do, and ways to cope. You have a talent and I am so glad you are not done blogging.ReplyCancel

  • Krystyna - I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months and it is one of a couple where I read every post…Clear, to the point, interesting, and inspiring. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Shibahn - Simply put… you inspire me :) . I love your fortune cookie sayings too, and steal them for my own ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline - I’m new here and just wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying your blog! Your wonderful personality shines through in your writing and I am so grateful to have found you.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy - many thanks for the continued inspiration…yours is the only blog I read!ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - You said this so perfectly. Thank you for sharing!

    I wonder, perhaps this is the worst time to ask : ), would you ever be willing to do a Thursday Photographer Interview for me? I do one each week and it is fun. It wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes of your time to answer the questions.

    Thank you for thinking about it : ) Love, BeckyReplyCancel

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