Top Three Reasons Why I Haven’t Posted in Six Months

I know have been remiss in keeping this blog up to date. REALLY remiss. It was easy at first to keep the posts coming because my job as a Marketing Director was eliminated (eliminated – yes, that is what the career counselors taught us to call it) in the spring of 2011. I was with my girls, I was going to blogger events and I was cooking, so I had a lot to write about. Then things got a little busy. Below are my top three excuses -I mean reasons – as to why I haven’t posted in six months.

The first reason: I got a contract position at a social media agency. The position allowed me to truly work in social media 100-hundred percent all-in. Something that in my past positions I wasn’t able to do because budgets never allowed for much more than a Facebook page or a Twitter handle. I learned so much, worked with amazing clients and was able to manage social media projects that I never even knew was possible. Truly enlightening. But, it took up a lot of time, which most jobs do, and it was hard to fit in into my schedule.

While working as a contractor at the agency, my other job was finishing up grad school, my second reason.  As soon as I came home from work, we all had dinner, put the girls to sleep, then by 8pm, I checked in on Foursquare to “Pam’s Capstone Study Center” (my desk). I was writing up my final project called “Capstone,” which all grad students in my NYU program have to complete in order to graduate.  The Capstone I worked on was a business and integrated marketing plan for a non-profit called Newark Yoga Movement. A fabulous organization that provides yoga to the students of Newark, NJ. My Capstone was created to help Newark Yoga Movement move from a grassroots non-profit organization to one that would have fully integrated marketing plan with the goal of increasing the number of donors with a solid operations business plan to support it. Researching and writing Capstone would literally take me to 1am or 2am almost every night. Grueling is the only word to describe it. Once that was done – it looked like this:

My 74-page (not counting the addendum) Capstone project: a business and integrated marketing plan for Newark Yoga Movement.

Once Capstone was handed in, you’d think that I’d allow myself some down time. Well, not so much. I was busy with my third reason of why I haven’t posted in six months:  planning our vacation! Since I wasn’t working, I couldn’t justify a full-blown out vacation with hotel and airfare. I don’t know about you, but we aren’t in a position to spend $10K-$15K on a vacation, so I had to come up with something creative. I wanted a grad school present (I do deserve something, right??) but something that the whole family could enjoy.

Friends of ours told us about , in which families swap homes for their vacation – with no money being exchanged. Our friends had spent 2 weeks last summer in Sardinia via and had a great experience. I thought, why not? We put up our apartment post on a Tuesday and by the end of the week we were in the process of going to Paris, France for the Christmas holidays. Going to Paris with kids definitely requires a lot more brain work than a simple beach vacation so I had a lot of planning and researching ahead of me (a post to come on and Paris soon!).

So that’s it for my excuses – I mean, my reasons – as to why I haven’t posted since last July. It’s a new year and one of my resolutions is to keep up with this blog. I will and always will be a Triple Threat Mommy.