Which Way Did (S)he Go?

I’ve been a bit absent the last week, so I’ve had a few people looking around, wondering where I am, and “which way did she go?” Since I’ve been so active recently, I’ve had a few people checking in to make sure everything is ok and wondering “what happened?”


Well, other than normal life, not a whole lot. The reason I haven’t been posting here is because I have been guest posting in a bunch of other locations. Part of raising awareness for Juvenile Arthritis involves getting out of my comfort zone, and bringing it to places that you might not expect,  to audiences that might not normally search for information on JA, or to another arthritis audience that is bigger or different than my own. It has meant that I needed to step back from my personal blog a bit, and step up onto a bigger stage, even for just a moment or two, in the hopes that I could reach a few more people.

But there are only so many hours in a day, and like many of you, I still have my “normal” life that needs attention. I still have sick kids to nurse, insurance companies to call and trips to the pharmacy that need to be made. The family still wants dinner (didn’t I just make them some yesterday?) and our dogs beg to be walked (I remember doing that too) but you catch my drift.


Following my own advice, I prioritized and let a few things go to save my own sanity. I did feed the kids and walk the dogs. I didn’t create posts for my own blog, but I did go all kinds of new (virtual) places in the meantime.

If you really missed me, I would love for you to hop on over to the three sites where I did appear this week, and let me know what you thought here! If you were wondering “which way did she go?” I’ll show you.

Which Way

I explored the possibility of teaching your kids about the U.S. Legislative system by participating in the Arthritis Foundation’s E- Advocacy and/or Ambassador program. Great for anyone, but especially wonderful as a FREE enrichment tool for a homeschool curriculum, participating in these programs can teach your children so much while making an impact on this horrible illness. A good learning tool, a great community service project and a unique opportunity for very little time commitment. Its an excellent opportunity whether you are touched by JA or not. You can read more about it here, at the Lazy Hippie Mama, who is an amazing homeschool resource (and much, much more.)

I took a trip to Holland in my blog at Everyday Health.

I also took a look at life from a different perspective over at The Seated View, while taking a ride on the roller coaster that is parenting a child with JA. If you do visit Lene at the Seated View, be sure to leave a comment on my post if you would like a chance to WIN a copy of my book, Living With Juvenile Arthritis: A Parent’s Guide.

I hope you take a few minutes to click over and to some of the other sites  I visited this week and let me know what you think.


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  1. I’m new to blogging so the learning curve has been a big part of my time. I don’t have kids at home but I have retail stores that keep me really busy. I keep the blogging for after hours otherwise I would never get my work done,

  2. Holy Cow! You HAVE been busy! Hopping over to all those pages to take a look!
    Karen @TheMissingNiche recently posted…Easy, Delicious, Heart Healthy ChiliMy Profile

    • Yeah Karen, story of my life 🙂 Hope you enjoy the links out. I really had a hard time reading your posts this week- a very important topic, but so difficult to talk/think about. My heart goes out to Josh’s family. I hope EVERYONE stops by and reads your post, to prevent a tragedy like that from happening in their circles. Its COLD here- so I may have to make that heart healthy chili….

  3. My days seems to be so busy that I don’t even have the time to update my blogs recently. The last 20 weeks have been hectic and I have really fallen behind. I don’t seem to have enough hours in a day to get everything done.
    Tara @ Tara, Dan & Clan recently posted…Stupid Things People Say To Pregnant WomenMy Profile

    • I hear you Tara! We all have days (or weeks or MONTHS) like that! I try to break it down into smaller more manageable chunks so I don’t get overwhelmed, then if that fails, I know its time to take a few things off my plate. There is always some fat that can be trimmed if I am really honest with myself. Good luck getting back in the swing of things with your blog!

  4. LOL! I remember this cartoon as a kid! It’s all about organization, prioritizing and balance!

  5. I’ve been prioritizing this year too, and it does help! I’m headed over now to read about Holland!
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  6. True, it’s so hard to look after our own blogs and businesses when we get involved in other projects. Others are more important 🙂

    • Petro- thats kind of the mom “world view” isn’t it? Everyone else (and their projects) first, then ourselves and OUR projects. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy! Most of the time though, if I just allow myself the luxury of a small break, its all good and I can get back on track. Sounds like you understand too!

  7. Thank you for this post. A lot of people still think arthritis is an “old person’s” affliction so we need more public awareness about it in general and how it affects young people in particular as well. Thanks for your good, important work.
    Daniel recently posted…Get ready for the zombie apocalypse with these survival kitsMy Profile

    • Thank you Daniel! Arthritis isn’t just an “old person’s” disease, and autoimmune arthritis (the kind that children have) can be devastating, even life threatening. As numbers grow, so should awareness and research dollars, but unfortunately that isn’t the case right now. I’m trying to do my part by spreading awareness. Thank you for taking the time to read more, and feel free to share my blog to help me get the word out!

  8. Chasity Boatman says:

    I think every one has that limit where things are just too much. I have a mental schedule for myself for blogging. When I’m done with my duties, I put the computer up and don’t go to it.

    • Chastity, I need to follow your lead a little better. I have wordpress on my phone, so even if I put up the computer, I tend to keep checking, moderating comments, etc. I am trying harder to put everything in its place and give all things the full attention they deserve in their time, rather than fragmenting my attention. Its tough, but Im working on it!

  9. I know how you feel. I love blogging, but since I’ve started working outside the home (hour commute each way), I feel like I don’t have enough time to do anything…especially blog. It seems to get pushed to the back burner after cooking dinner, helping with homework, washing dishers, etc. Good luck!
    Loreina recently posted…Everything Doormats Apple Mat ReviewMy Profile

    • Loreina- It sound like you know exactly how I feel! Good luck in your new job, and in finding the balance you need to keep everything (including your blog) running smoothly.

  10. Between five kids and my blog, sometimes I just have absolutely no energy!
    Sometimes, I give life a pass, buy paper plates, bowls, and plastic utensils.. just to get one less stress around the house.
    Kisa recently posted…Get paid to write for top brands with the #Markerly blogging networkMy Profile

    • Kisa, I’m with you! Sometimes I just give myself a break and order takeout, or let the laundry go one more day. I put a lot of myself (and research) into my writing, so it takes a lot out of me- when the well is dry there, I have to wait for it to fill again. Five kids? I don’t know how you do it! Two teen boys feels like a lot to me some days…

  11. I love that you are spreading the word 🙂 Sometimes you just have to do what is right in your heart and who cares if some things have to slide.
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  12. I think it is awesome that you are guest blogging. I have learned that doing that is one of the best ways to grow your own blog. With having such a great message to share its awesome to try new things.:)

  13. Funny video! lol I know how it feels like to juggle a family and a blog. Not quite an easy task but I’m glad you’re stepping up onto a bigger stage to spread the word about JA and I hope it will raise awareness to people who don’t know about it!

    • Pauline, you manage a much bigger blog than I do too! I hope that I can raise awareness, and make some kind of a difference with the voice I have, and the platforms that are available to me!

  14. Totally understand about prioritizing. My priorities have been a bit off whack this past week, but I’m determined to do better and realign for this next week. It sounds like the work you have been doing is very important and, long term, will have a lasting impact which is, after all, what you are all about. Best to you.
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  15. the whole balance thing is just OH so important…
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    • Balance is key not just with our online endeavors, but for everything! Now I need to check out your Starbucks deal in case I can grab a little “me” time.

  16. Glad to hear you are busy with the most important parts of your life. It’s been incredibly hectic on this end too but I’ll try to find a little time and check out the sites you highlighted. Have a great weekend and week ahead

  17. I have been feeling something similar this week. There are only so many hours in a day. So I’ve been posting blog comments in blogs through the night and trying to keep up with everything in the blogging world instead of sleeping. It’s getting a bit too much to tell the truth. Lost of strenght and love to you!
    Joanna Sormunen recently posted…Saturday Book ReviewMy Profile

    • Sometimes you have to take a step back.. I follow your blog Joanna, and you always have great stuff! You are also such a great encouragement to other bloggers, but sometimes you need to take a break for you. Wishing you peace in the coming week!

  18. What an informative post. It’s always great to learn something new!

  19. I try to blog when my daughter and husband are sleeping for the night. Sometimes I stay up too late though.

  20. I’m so glad that we were able to partner up for that post and I’m also very glad that you are willing to set aside some things every now and then in order to maintain some level of sanity. I think too many moms try to “do it all” and end up totally burnt out.
    Elizabeth recently posted…10 Great Online Resources For LearningMy Profile

    • Elizabeth, Me too! I appreciate the opportunity to reach a new audience. Reading the comments, I think that we did reach a few new folks, and many were surprised how common this disease is. I’m doing my best not to burn out, but it is hard when you are burning the candle at both ends. Sometimes you do just have to prioritize and let a few things go like I did this week.

  21. I think finding time to blog AND keep my family running smoothly is a really hard thing to do – and you have more than one blog? I can barely keep up with the one I have.
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    • Oh Robin, I think everyone has their “stuff,” I don’t look at it as a competition. I’m sure you have a bunch on your plate that I don’t have on mine! And yes, I have TWO blogs (which is pure craziness) but my Everyday Health blog is more article-like, and only posts once a week. This one is my author/family/life blog, and it is more demanding for the audience I reach here! I also try to guest post to expand the reach, and I’m always looking for great guest posters here that fit my theme or issues relevant to JA families. Its hard to maintain a balance, but I try my best. Thats the only thing we CAN do , right?

  22. i constantly struggle to find that balance of blogging and real life ALWAYS!! I TOO, am overwhelmed with guest posts and feeling like I can’t keep up with my own blog while doing it! I feel the pressure of needs bubbling over at home as well. I get it. And I do hope that sacrifices you make to bring your voice to many other sites will raise the awareness this plight so deserves…

    I wish you the best of luck in doing so, Kim!
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    • Thank you Chris, you are very kind! It is a challenge for me to not let the pressures from elsewhere bubble up in my family as well. That is when I take a step back and let something else go. I can crank out 3-4 posts a week, any more than that seems to tip my scale. I did that this week, but on other sites as a guest, so I let mine go, for the sake of my sanity (and those who must live with me!) after all, they DID want dinner….

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