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I’m Back

by Christine@TheAums on November 3, 2013 · 16 comments

You last heard from me a couple of months ago when I wrote a poem to my daughter, Palauma. If you’re new here, that’s not a typo. All my children have the word ‘aum’ in their names, which is the Sanskrit spelling of Om, and the reason why my blog is called The Aums.

So welcome or welcome back, depending, and let me catch you up on what I’ve been up to.

Mostly, I’ve been working and I work mostly from home. I am a freelance writer and digital media consultant. Oooh, fancy. I was going to say social media guru, but that’s been taken. And social media shaman turns into shosho media shaman when you say it out loud three times in a row, so I went with consultant.

I accepted a contract position that started in September and while the hours are flexible, I’ve had to focus on finding my footing with the new responsibilities. The cool part is I get to showcase the awesomeness of where I live— Santa Cruz, California—which I already do anyway, so talk about  win-win. In addition to this job, I manage social media for two main clients, one, a best-selling author, the other, a day spa.

Add this to the homeschooling and raising of four children and you have my recipe for “How to Avoid Your Blog.” Best served with coffee or ice-cream. Or both… affogato!Affogato Mission Hill Creamery

Here’s what else has kept me from blogging regularly.  Strike while the iron is hot, they say, while the words are fresh in your mind. That’s great writing advice, in theory, but I can hardly drink my coffee while it’s hot, no less write for pleasure. Also, my best writing ideas come to me when picking up a pencil and notebook would be dangerous (driving), cumbersome (running), or a soggy mess (showering).

The thing is, I really do love writing. I love observing, reflecting, and expressing my thoughts and feelings on paper, and on my laptop. I love scribbling out a few lines and, later, polishing them until they shine and I can move on to the next words that fill my head. I also like hitting the publish button and giving my thoughts some closure. It’s a way to lay my words to rest. Not like a buried six feet under rest, but more of a cremated and scattered in the wind. I’m always amazed at where my words may land and who they may reach, besides my mom, dad and brother.

So despite the odds that are stacked against me, I’m giving it another go.

I used my extra Daylight Savings hour to make a blog comeback. What did you do?

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Ashlea November 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Yay for blogging. I totally get being absent… since every post on my blog in the last few months seems to contain “I’m back… for real” “I’m still alive” “I hope to be blogging more” But I’m still here and last time I checked we aren’t related! I used my extra hour to bake and cook things… and blog.

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Christine@TheAums November 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

That was an hour well spent…I’m pretty sure you made those yummy-looking cinnamon rolls then.

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Liz Henry November 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I love all of this. Welcome back.
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Christine@TheAums November 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

Thanks, yo.

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Jenn (Student Mom) November 4, 2013 at 2:52 am

You have an extra daylight savings hour??? Can you spare it???? I could use it.
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Christine@TheAums November 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

Yes, I could use one on a weekly basis!

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Jessica November 4, 2013 at 3:05 am

Hahaha. I love this and that you’re back! You never cease to amaze me! Congrats on your new gig! That’s awesome!

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Christine@TheAums November 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

You gave me tons of inspiration while I was away, so thank YOU :)

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Angus November 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

Good to see your sparkly voice again, Aumbre.

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Christine@TheAums November 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

Or as my youngest would say…”parkly!”

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Aleta November 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

So glad to see you back!! I understand how it can get though. Life is crazy at times. I stopped blogging a couple of times and realized that blogging helps me to share and sometimes release thoughts, making life a lot nicer :)

For me, I stayed up an extra hour, because my 8 month old son decided that he didn’t care if we had an “extra hour to sleep.” Lol.

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Christine@TheAums November 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Thanks, Aleta, for your enthusiasm and understanding. I’m glad to be back :)

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mryjhnsn November 5, 2013 at 7:43 am

I am happy that you did! And OMG – that coffee, ice cream, awesomeness! where?

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Christine@TheAums November 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I am completely addicted to Affogato! There are two places in Santa Cruz that feed my addiction, and if you are ever in my neck of the woods I will take you to both!

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Janice / GatheringGraces November 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I’ve been waiting for you! Welcome back!
But so cool you have those jobs. But…..with homeschooling too? Wow. You a super mom or something? ;)
I can’t wait to read your posts again. :D
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Christine@TheAums November 16, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome back, Janice. Hoping to blog about the homeschool/work balance or complete lack thereof ;)

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