Life amuses me.

For about the past 4 months I have agonized over my lack of time to do a few things:

    Clean the entire house at once. It is now done in batches.
    Read my RSS feeds on library news or any news for that matter.
    Check my email everyday.
    Write in this space or any space.
    Take naps.

I worry that you are all wasting away for lack of posts here, in this space, though I know the world goes on without me and that is hard as well. (Ironically, as I type this, the reason for my compressed schedule has awoken with an expressed need for me and so I will continue this later.)

(days later, it turns out) When I used to talk about technology in libraries, people would often ask where they were supposed to find the time for these new things. Time for the learning curve. Time in the daily routine. Simple Time. My reply was always the same. If it is important, you make time. You trim the things that have become less important. It was true then and it will always be true.

You spend time on the things you value. Where you spend your time, there your heart is also. (paraphrased Luke 12:34)

I have decided to stop beating myself up about my lack of posts here. I will post when I can and feel good about it when I do. I will stop being sad about not writing more and simply be happy when I do find time and have something to say. Rest assured this space will not go away, I just will not be as prolific as I have been in the past. I hope you will keep this in your feed readers so that every other week or so you can still get a dose of Jane.

I think as the Wee Bairn gets a little older my time will free up in different ways.

In this season of my life, my family is more important than anything else. The Wee Bairn only gets one Mom and I only get one shot at this Mom thing for him. I want to enjoy it and be free in that choice.

I will still be around in other ways. I am mentoring an Emerging Leaders group and I am working on a sweet unconference shindig with Meredith Farkas as part of Jim Rettig’s Presidential Initiatives. ALA Annual 2009 will be my first conference after a long hiatus.

–Jane, happy to have this written, finally

5 thoughts on “Priorities

  • November 6, 2008 at 10:46 am

    The first year is the hardest. Once they sleep through the night you have so much more time. I do all of my blogging and extra work at night after mine go to bed. Hang in there! You’ll be back in full swing in no time.

  • November 6, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Thanks, Lori. It is my hope that once I am actually getting decent sleep and can stay up past 9pm, I will be able to do things again.

  • November 6, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I would just write whenever you feel like it. The posts will be better when it is something really important rather than pushing something out just because you feel you have to.

    Better to have a balance that favors family.

  • November 10, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    As a mom myself, I completely understand (as I’m sure other parents do). The first year was most definitely the hardest – it seems to get a bit easier every year (and my daughter is suddenly 13 – blink of an eye). Warmest wishes to you and your family of 3.

    San Francisco Bay Area

  • November 17, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Put your energy where you need to and don’t worry about the rest. I have been very absent from blogging lately, too, wondering if anyone will remember me, now that my book is off to the publisher. I suppose there will be some losses and gains. I came back from six years as a stay at home dad. I suspect I can get the blog going again. And you can do so too when the time is right. Lots of us will be watching.

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