Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a lovely holiday and that you're ready for 2017.
Clearly, I haven't updated in a couple weeks and I know I use this excuse all the time, but I've just been so busy! But I wanted to eventually come back with a post to let you know what's up.
Around the middle of December, my dad had an accident at work and broke his leg. Surgery went well, but he's been bed-ridden since then and will still be for a couple more weeks. Everything's a-okay and he's been recovering well. So, I've obviously been helping take care of him at home. Luckily, we've had very many supportive friends and family who've helped us around the house during the holidays to take care of things and run errands including getting both of our Christmas trees and hanging up lights.
Toward the end of December I've been extremely busy with finishing up course work for the end of the semester (I got A's in both my classes - woohoo!), work at the library, Christmas shopping/decorating, and LOTS of singing! I was the cantor for one of the Misa de Gallo masses which happens at 5:30am and that has been the catalyst for my really bad sleeping schedule since I had to wake up around 3:30am to get ready. My sleeping schedule always gets whacky during this time of year because of all the adrenaline for the holidays anyway. I cantored for midnight mass on Christmas Eve and then I cantored for two more masses Christmas morning at 7:30am and 9am! So I was running literally on 2.5 hrs of sleep Christmas day morning.
Overall, it's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm so glad that the spring semester doesn't start til the 17th, so I have plenty of time to recuperate and get back into the swing of things before taking on my next courses.
When I started my blog, I told myself that I had wanted to stick with for at least a full year and once I reached my one year anniversary this summer, I was proud of myself for really keeping up with it and meeting so many wonderful people. 2016 has been a pretty decent year with some rough patches toward the end. Most importantly, it is the year that saw the beginning of my journey to earning my Master's Degree in Librarianship which has been great so far, but has also made me even busier. Online school combined with work, singing, and taking care of my dad, blogging has been put on the back burner and has started to feel more like a chore than an outlet. I knew halfway through the semester that I was probably going to start reducing how much I post, but once my dad had his accident, I started to think that a hiatus or ending my blog might be better.
With all that said, I really do love blogging and I always get an itch to share something with you guys, but I can't seem to find the motivation to take time out of my day to take photos and write up a full post, since I pretty much use any free time I have to relax or read. For now, I've decided to go on a hiatus and hopefully post every once in a while if I suddenly have the spark. Will this mark the end of my blog? I'm not so sure yet.
I'll try my best to update my instagram as a sort of replacement for blogging, so that I can still share things that I love since I don't have the time to post.
But I just wanted to send a special thanks to all of you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog posts. Thanks for your lovely comments, interacting with me, and sharing all your opinions and words of inspiration! I hope that your 2017 is off to a good start, that you achieve all of your goals, make tons of new memories, and have lots of exciting adventures this year.