Lost Time is Never Found Again

Hey friends and followers! Today I am writing in a much more serious tone than ever before on this blog. I haven't posted in a very long time and honestly I truly, truly miss it. I miss the sharing, the connecting, the friendships, and the sweet comments from all of you who take the time to read my blog. This post is not teaching related.

I've been a little absent from the blogging world for a little while and I've been barely keeping my TeachersPayTeachers Store current. I can be honest in saying that I have had to step back and find balance in my life. I am a very driven person and when I do something I tend to go all out and give 110%. Many times this has been a good characteristic for me. I've achieved success in many areas of my life for this reason. But then on the other hand, sometimes it takes a toll on me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I make sacrifices I shouldn't make and put things on the back burner that shouldn't be placed there.

So for a little while, I had to take a stand and change that. I had to prioritize. For me, my #1 priority is and will always be my family and I needed to make sure that I wasn't sacrificing time with them while keeping my plate completely full at all times (as I tend to do). Second was my health and wellness. If you've been following me for a while, you know that I've gotten on quite the fitness/health kick lately. You can see more details of my journey {here}. This was important to me, but once again, I needed to find the balance between the gym, my health, my family, my teaching career, and my blogging/TPT Store.

I haven't posted many new products other than my newest line (Perfect Paragraphs One Step at a Time). I haven't blogged. I definitely haven't been posting on my Instagram account for 2nd Grade Stuff in forever. I haven't even logged on! For that, I am sorry, but then again, I'm not sorry. I am sorry to all of you who depend on us bloggers for inspiration and ideas. I am not sorry for taking the time to find the balance in my life that was much needed. That meant stepping away from the computer and social media for a little while.

The good news is... I'm back! This time around I refuse to lose sleep. There were times in the past that I would try to go, go, go on 3-4 hours of sleep a night and it took a huge toll on my health, which is what lead me to my fitness journey in January. This time around I refuse to sit at the computer for endless amounts of time when in all reality... it can wait or I can finish it later. This time around I will find balance in blogging, while still offering quality ideas, tips, and tricks without my blog being a permanent advertisement for TPT products. This time around I will maintain balance. This is a promise that I'm making to God, myself, my family, and you, my followers.

Thank you for continuing to stick with me while I worked to find this balance that was much needed in my life. This workaholic is going to slow down, enjoy life, prioritize, and share awesome ideas and products with all of you right here on this blog. I'm back and I'm looking forward to reconnecting with each one of you. Thanks for following along.


  1. Wonderful! I admire your strength of character. Be true to yourself. :)

  2. Good for you, Jamie! I need to do this myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Good for you Jamie! We could all learn a lesson from you!! xo

    1. Thanks Lory! It was hard for me to be this "open" so I appreciate your kind words!

  4. Your title is so true! We can never get that time back! May God bless you abundantly as you work to find that balance!!

  5. You are doing the right thing. We teachers put too much pressure on ourselves. We've all had those nights lying awake at night for hours thinking about our kids, our lessons, that stupid thing we said... and you bloggers take it a step further and put together wonderful creations for the rest of us. I can't imagine all the work you all put into what you do because I feel like I work constantly and can't get it together to do what you do. I'm glad you're taking time for yourself and putting your personal life before your career. Your readers will respect that. Good girl. 5 stars :)

  6. Jamie- Thank you for posting this! I took a step back too, I wasn't going to let me oldest sons senior year fly by unfocused, I wanted to not just show up to games/events but to actually be there and be present. Now I have a new and better routine, and I'm back creating/posting and enjoying it more! I have rules for myself about bedtime now too!

  7. Jamie, you are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your (personal) story with us! :)