In case you haven’t noticed, we took a brief hiatus. At the end of 2017, Shawna and I decided we’d take some time “off” from the blog and resume posts in the new year. A couple of factors contributed to this decision. Shawna’s day job was changing and she needed some time to adjust to the newness of it all. I had a bunch of family issues going on– nothing serious, just things to deal with at home; changing au pairs, some school issues with my son and extended family members with needs that took some more time than usual. I also had some group outings to plan and organize for my daughter’s social life (Two Girl Scout Community events and two Broadway shows.) So Shawna resumed her role as F/T working mom and I resumed mine as a crazed SAHM. The break was a nice time for us to reflect on things that we did well, things we wanted to continue and things we did not want to continue. The best way to really think is to walk away from something and revisit it with new eyes. Emma Westchester has been a work in progress since 2013 and while 2017 was likely our best year yet, most productive and lucrative, it was a little too much to keep up with!
So we sat down after the first few months “away” and decided: we want it to be fun again. So we came up with a new format for ourselves. Instead of posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays– we will post once a week, only on Wednesdays. Mondays are the first day back to work after the weekend and everyone is catching up on all things, starting off the work week– and Friday everyone is just “done” and ready for the weekend to focus on family. Wednesday is the lull, where we you can take a minute for yourself and enjoy a minute at the computer and catch up on all things Westchester, if you’re so inclined. Starting next week, we will change the newsletter to go out on Wednesdays, maybe even every other Wednesday, so we don’t hit your mailbox too often. We realize everyone is tired of e-mail.
We’ll still post on things related to eating, shopping & playing in and around Westchester, with or without kids. We will still post Westchester Woman Wednesday articles. We will post on things we truly enjoy, as always, because we believe that it’s important to be genuine and authentic. We won’t post about something we haven’t tried ourselves or something we wouldn’t do on our own, as we have always done. We’ll continue to stay true to our core mission. While we’ve been happy to share things for some people, we can’t share one 5K event and not another– or one Charity Shopping event and not another. So we’ll have to learn to say “no” once in a while. We’re going to cut out the extra stuff on the site and live by the “Less is More” rule and we’ll practice what we preach each day.
Here’s to “Year 6” of Emma Westchester– keeping it honest and real– and maintaining a work/life/balance for these two moms. 🙂