Moving on

Much of my life lately has been letting go. We spent months letting go of our things in preparation for our trip to Europe… which has now been postponed until next year. We’re in the process of buying a new house right now and all of our things are in a 10×15 storage unit. Even though the process of letting go of things was painful, the prospect of moving into a new house without much to put in it is pretty exciting.

For a long time, I’ve felt like my life was too full… I know that sounds a little crazy, but it’s true. Sometimes in the process of filling up our lives with all of the things we want: experiences with our family, fulfilling work, coordinating dishes… we go too far. That’s how we end up with boxes of things we never opened from the last move. It’s how we end up with kids’ organized activities six nights a week. And it’s how we end up working for years on a project that takes up too much time and doesn’t make any money.

And that’s where I am right now. This fall, our kids are in Scouts, but no sports. We suddenly have six nights a week free instead of six nights a week eating PBJ’s in the car on the way to practice. We had a huge garage sale before we moved out of our house and after it was over, we took everything we had left to Goodwill. This week, I shut down one business already.

And the truth is, as much as I love sharing about our life here on the HFM blog, it’s time to move on. I’ve put so much of heart and time into HFM these last 3 1/2 years and just never found a way to make any money for my efforts. It got to the point where I felt a lot of pressure to create good content on this blog and it was affecting my ability to create work that pays my bills.

I believe whole-heartedly in creating an intentional life. I used to be very focused on the goal of creating meaningful work that would pay my bills in order to create the life I want. I’m starting to realize that not all meaningful work will pay the bills. And that’s okay. So now I’m focusing on work that will allow me the freedom to pursue the type of lifestyle that I want… maximizing my time with my family and allowing us to adventure and explore the world together. And I still want to do meaningful work, but on my own terms.

And right now, that means moving on. But this is really more of a see-you-soon than a goodbye… But I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to thank you, my dear friends, for all your love and support these last several years. I have treasured every single email, Facebook message, blog comment, and letter I’ve gotten from you. Your kind words, thoughts, and prayers have done wonders for our family. So thank you!!

P.S. We’re going to leave this blog up and I may come back from time to time, but I’m not going to keep writing over here consistently. We’re working on a new website and I’ll be writing over there occasionally, once we get it up and running. You can sign up to be notified when the new site launches by clicking here and entering your email address.

 

Jenny (290 Posts)

Jenny Solar is the co-founder of The Happy Family Movement and Phone Monsters, Inc. She's a wife to Josh and mama to three kiddos: Max, Ava, and Lia. She's passionate about creating memorable experiences for her family and inspiring others to do the same.


2 comments
Kristy Wreckless Behrs
Kristy Wreckless Behrs

I am so supportive of this. And I 100% empathize and understand where you are coming from. And me, too. Here's to an overhaul of efforts and direction. 

Kristy Wreckless Behrs
Kristy Wreckless Behrs

 I am so supportive of this. And I 100% empathize and understand where you are coming from. And me, too. Here's to an overhaul of efforts and direction.