So Long, Farewell: Amber Bids You Adieu
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
You know those women who work 40+ hours outside their home, are PTA president, have children that look like Gap Kids models, can hold a perfect tree pose in yoga without wobbling, have no maid but could pass a white-glove test and do all of that while managing to put a hot home-cooked meal on the table each night and simultaneously cultivate a home full of love and laughter? Well I’m not one of them. Not even close.
Way back in April of 2009, back when we were still a blogspot with just a handful of readers, a friend of mine (who you know and love as Monica) emailed me and asked if I would like to post a time or two on this here blog. As a recent coupon convert, I was ready and eager. Fast forward almost 3 and a half years later and I never could have imagined that blogging for Fabulessly Frugal would be my career. But here I sit. I eat, breath and dream coupons. And for that very reason, I have to hang up my hat.
You see, quite simply put, I suck at multitasking. When my 2nd daughter was born, I stopped climbing the corporate ladder and put my career on hold to focus on being a mommy. I can’t be a successful career woman and an adequate mom at the same time. I fail at one or the other (or both most days). So I quit to focus on being a full-time mom. And then Fabulessly Frugal fell into my lap. It was such an amazing opportunity. I could share what I loved doing with others, work from the comfort of my own home and even make a little money. It was, to say the least, a dream job. But then that little blog began to grow. And grow. And grow. And that growth was amazing and exciting all rolled into one. We felt blessed. We felt giddy. We felt lucky.
But as the site grew, so did the workload involved in keeping a successful site successful. My 5 hour a week job became a full-time career. And then one day I looked around to see a neglected house, a neglected husband and a most importantly, two neglected little girls who desperately needed a full-time mom. And I realized I had to make a choice. A hard choice. A sad choice. An absolutely necessary choice.
Remember that PTA Wonder Woman mom I referenced above? I know many women like that. There are even women who work on this blog that fall into that category. Many of my best friends epitomize that woman. They make working full-time and raising a family seem simple. They are my heroes and who I aspire to become. But I’m not built that way. So I am bowing out gracefully (not completely, as I’ll still be spending a few hours a month handling advertising. So you’ll see a post from me pop up from time to time).
But know this: I have loved helping you learn to coupon over these past few years. I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of you lovely readers, bumping into you at the store from time to time and seeing your couponing successes. And I will miss the heck out of you! There will certainly be a bit of a void in my life for awhile. I might even fill that void by blogging again on my family blog (which you’re welcome to keep up with me on, but you’ll never see mention of a coupon or a sale, so be warned!).
I wish all of you great couponing success, and very frugal and full lives!