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Well, it’s been awhile, guys. And it’s not that there’s not plenty going on both in my life and with fabulous Cleveland folks to talk about. But I’m just feeling overwhelmed at the moment.
I’m trying to wrap my head around everything going on with my mom. I’m trying to knock it out of the park at a new(ish) job that I love. I’m trying to be the best mom and daughter and girlfriend and friend I can to, frankly, the most amazing crew of people anyone could ask for in their life.
None of this is meant to be complaining. I offer it by way of explanation. When I changed the focus of the blog, it became more labor-intensive, but also gave me the freedom to share more.
This space has always been a side hobby, which might surprise some of you, but it’s true. It was never a job or even a side hustle. But I always wanted to treat it that way because I respect my readers and my subjects.
So, when life has pretty much swept me underwater of late, I find that some things have to take a back burner. I have to learn the words “no” and “not right now.”
This space is a “not right now” right now. I know what I want it to be and I know I don’t have the capacity to make it that at the moment.
The social feeds will continue and I’ll try to throw out interesting Cleveland-themed content as much as I can. Like most of you, I’m really vibing with Instagram as a sort of micro-blogging space. So hang with me if you will…
Thank you for the last nearly 10 years of support and for giving me the space to hopefully navigate my way back here soon.
Jen is the voice behind Authentically CLE. Formerly of Why CLE, Authentically CLE is a project to share the stories and faces of Cleveland's businesses. Because the people make the city.
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