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The Joys of January // Looking Ahead, Issue 1 (VII)

 It's 2018!

*inhales happily* A year of fresh starts. 2017 was pretty good - two new additions to our family, Mia and Kit!
I know this is a 'Looking Ahead', but I want to look back over 2017 briefly and choose my favorite post from each month!

January - The Ice Princess Probably one of my favorite photoshoots EVER.
February - I STILL Love AG And I'm Proud of That
Wow. This one got a LOT of views... and went pretty crazy.
March - Spending a Day in Space
 I loved making this: the foil and improvised spacesuit, the moonsand, the foil landing pad.... the flag... EVERYTHING WAS SO FUN!
April - 6 Tips on How to Be a Doll Celebrity XD XD This one was one of my pet projects. It's like, a sarcastic poke of fun at celebrity stuff.... May - Mia and Star Another photoshoot. How original... June - Adventure in the Attic
This was so much fun to do - it took like, two hours in 100+ degree summer attic weather. *swelters at thought* But it was TOTALLY worth it. :) July - Triple…

Life Happens ~ An Update ~

It always does, doesn't it?

I've dreaded writing this. I hate it. But life happens, right?
Anyways, I've found that blogging has created a wall between me and my family and God. I'm not kidding.
I've been spending way too much time stressing over deadlines and worrying about stuff that doesn't last.
My parents both agree that I've been doing it too much and I've placed blogging and dolls as my top priority. I've been annoying my older sister by bugging her about our room. And, she doesn't particularly care for seven dolls in her room. My little brothers, while they do like helping me build stuff for my dolls, miss me playing with them because I'm doing stuff on the computer. My baby sister is constantly disappointed because I won't let her dare play with my dolls unless I'm there because I don't want her messing up my intricate set up.
So really, the only person in my family who is really enjoying this... is me.
I guess you've already caught the gist of this post. This isn't a 'May Fools' trick. I'm serious.

I was stressing over Julie's party and getting everything ready. I got mad at several siblings for messing stuff up and it just fell apart. I has canceled it, but now I think I might be able to get a couple of pictures. I don't know. Just... don't be waiting for it. :) The cake that took forever got destroyed, and the d├ęcor was ruined. The booths were overturned (not my fault)....
But wait! I'm not leaving! I've loved every single moment of blogging and I love blogging! I don't want to give it up, but I know that I need to cut back on spending hours on the computer.
So I've decided on a compromise. For the month of May, I'll test this out.
I'm only going to 'check my stuff' (which means email, my reader, etc.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays rather than several times every day.
Second, I'm only going to work on my blog on the weekends. This is going to cut back the posts, but I don't want to miss out on my family. My sister only has a little more time before she probably goes to college, so yeah...
Thank you guys for making this adventure so awesome!
~ Light4theLord ~


  1. I hope this new schedule works well for you! It's hard to balance everything to make it feel like you're doing enough. Don't stress yourself out over your dolls or the blog. They, and we understand if you need to take a step back and breathe. Family is incredibly important, quality time is hard to find when everyone starts getting older, try to treasure it while you can.
    Can't wait for your return! But have fun trying to get everything settled nicely.

    1. Lainey, thank you so much! Your words are so sweet and are such an encouragement! Thank you again - it means a lot to me that you took the time to read this and comment with your beautiful words!

  2. I'll miss you posting so frequently, but I think you made the right decision cutting back.

    1. Thank you so much Natalie, for your kind words and understanding!

  3. Friend to friend, I think your decision is really great. Taking more time to spend with God and your family is important, and you should never be stressed out over something you love. Your blogging skills are amazing, and always will be. Tell your siblings I said hi!

    1. Aw, Jenn! You're such a sweet friend - thank you so much. Your words are incredibly uplifting! I will!

  4. I'll miss you posting often, but I think this is a great idea! What about DOTM though? I think you made the right decision, sometimes it feels good to take a little time off!

    1. I'll miss posting too. :) THank you though! Yes, I will be posting her post this weekend when I get to blog. It is nice not to feel pressure! And I'm still having fun with photography and my dolls (a.k.a. making 9 doll outfits in two days)

  5. I totally understand! My little sister just started crawling...
    I hope your break helps you relationships with your family and God. I'll miss you !

    1. Thank you! Aw, that's so cool! I remember when my little sister started crawling! It's so fun to see them learn! Thank you - I love reading your comments, and I'm still here on the weekends! :)

  6. Hi! You need to do what you need to do to keep yourself from burning out. I completely understand the drive to do more as well. From what you shared it sounds like it's time for a break. Embrace the new schedule and be awesome!

    1. Thank you - this is exactly what I mean! Everyone is so encouraging and understanding, I'm not afraid to say that I have to take a little break here and there! Thank you again! You are so sweet!

  7. I understand . Sometimes my parents don't want me to be on the computer so much either. Like the other day I was looking at your blog and another blog , I forget the name and my mom told me it was time for bed .


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