Days 149 & 150 | Time For A New Chapter

August 6, 2017

Guess what? We survived 150 days of extreme mold avoidance! Woot! Woot! I’ve been blogging since Day 1 and it’s been a wonderful experience to take you all on this journey with us.

I started writing mainly to help me process my crazy life and to keep family and friends up to date. I had a small wish that maybe others who were suffering would find their way to my posts and leave with a little more courage and hope. But I never anticipated that I would gain so many readers in just four short months! I’m humbled that my writing has resonated with so many of you.

The encouragement is not a one way street though! All of you have inspired courage and hope in me over and over again with your sweet comments, messages and prayers. Whenever I feel like giving up, I often think of how you guys are rooting for me and drawing strength from my story. So, I just want to say thank you so much! This blog has brought clarity and meaning to one of the most chaotic seasons of my life.

Thankfully, things are starting to feel a lot less chaotic. Our life is still quite unusual and limited by my health issues, but at least it’s a more stable type of unusual and limited. Boring days come more frequently and there isn’t always something new to write about every single day.

So, I feel like it’s time to move away from the daily blog posts to a more manageable posting schedule. Not boring you with detailed entries about the same routines is one reason for this.

Perhaps more importantly though, I feel like if I’m going to keep putting out quality content, I need more time for reflection and grieving and healing. I still have a lot of story to tell but much of that is an unprocessed mess in the back of my head. I need time to journal and think and pray.

I also really need time to reconnect with people I love. During the last 150 days I’ve only had one phone call with a friend. Thankfully I’ve been able to stay in touch with my immediate family. That’s about it though and I’m starting to really feel it. The new chore schedule has helped a lot with my energy levels but it hasn’t really opened up more mental space. To do that, I’m going to have to cut back on writing.

As of right now, my plan is to move to posting three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I’ll still be telling my story as it unfolds (I’m sure things will get exciting again when winter rolls around). And I’m also hoping to share more of my thoughts on suffering and the lessons I’ve learned through my illness. Plus, I’m seriously considering incorporating some fun videos showing how we do our daily activities as mold avoiders. I just need to teach myself how to do it, so it might be a little while still.

I won’t be posting tomorrow but you should hear from me again on Friday and I’ll do my best to stick to the schedule. As you know, it’s an unpredictable life. πŸ™‚

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  • Laura Davison

    This sounds like a very wise move, Ana! I hope it proves to be really beneficial for you πŸ™‚

    August 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thanks Laura! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

      August 9, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Alyssa

    Sounds like a good plan, Ana! I still look forward to your posts, but hope, for your sake, that winter doesn’t make things too exciting! πŸ™‚

    August 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Aww… Thanks Alyssa!

      August 9, 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply
  • Hailey

    Enjoy a little time where you don’t have to worry so much about blogging!

    August 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thanks Hailey!

      August 9, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply
  • Hailey

    Enjoy a little time where you don’t have to worry so much about blogging!

    August 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply
  • Ruth Meyer

    I’m glad you’re doing this, Ana. I’m amazed you’ve kept up a daily blog this long, and I think it will be great for you to feel less pressured to write. Three times a week is great, and I’ll be reading each post, as I have been, and continue to pray for you both.

    August 8, 2017 at 6:36 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so much Ruth! I’ve really appreciated all your thoughtful comments. πŸ’•

      August 9, 2017 at 8:58 pm Reply
  • Maria-Simona C.

    Awwww! Do whatever you need to, Ana. I hope that this will be beneficial for you. Taking some time to reflect and reconnect with God, your family, your friends, your thoughts, your emotions, and your recent experiences will reap tremendous blessings. πŸ™‚ It’s a wise decision.
    I’m going to miss reading the new blog posts every single night; this blog has been a treasure trove of blessings, lessons, and insights that have been a light in my life this summer (so thank you for that!). Yet I’m excited to see what other crazy adventures and paths of growth God has planned for you in the coming days, and you taking some time off will refuel your mind and Spirit to continue sharing your recovery journey with others.
    And as always, I’ll keep you and Brett in my prayers. God bless you, Ana! <3 πŸ™‚

    August 8, 2017 at 7:33 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Aww! Thank you Maria! So kind and sweet! I’m so glad you’ve benefited from the blog.

      August 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply
  • Jaquelle Crowe

    Ana, you are so wise and brave. Thank you for your fierce integrity and honesty and for being an example to so many of us. I pray daily for you and look forward to Friday! (Also, why is Ramona so adorable?!?!)

    August 9, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so much Jaquelle. This comment really touched me. I am beyond grateful for your prayers. I hope we will get to meet someday. ❀️

      August 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Katherine Forster

    That sounds like a very wise idea; I’ll miss seeing your posts every day, but it’s definitely important to give yourself some space. I’ll keep praying for you and Brett!

    August 9, 2017 at 10:28 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you Katherine. πŸ’•

      August 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Charis Rae

    To echo what others have said, you are indeed so wise and caring. I look forward to this new chapter and to hearing from you every week! πŸ˜€ I keep you all in my prayers. <3

    August 9, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Aww! Thanks Charis! The prayers mean a lot.

      August 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Chris

    This sounds like a smart move Ana!!! Plus, as you can tell, I’ve been behind on reading the posts and then have to read a bunch to keep up! LOL (Like the naughty girl I was today, just reading your posts and being a lazy bum!) But I still look forward to the progress and the story as it unfolds. I know you’ve been struggling alot internally so I do hope with more prayer and refection you’ll be able to heal and then pass on your insights!! (And I agree with Jaquelle above – Ramona is one cute doggie, and I love reading about her exploits-even when she’s naughty!! But I bet that temporary pleasure of bacon and cheese was very yummy!! ha ha ha!) Love you guys!!

    August 11, 2017 at 8:18 am Reply
  • Lisa

    Good for you Ana! Here’s to more healing!!

    August 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm Reply
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