So What’s Next?

I have no idea.

I am completely overwhelmed with the love and the support that I’ve received through emails, comments, tweets, and DMs. I mean y’all came out of the woodwork, lol. I really appreciate it. I have ideas for posts that I plan on writing, but my brain is trying to write them all at the same time, if that makes sense.

I want this blog to be like a community. I won’t go full blown forum or anything, but I want everyone to feel as if they are being heard. I love sharing interesting tidbits with people. And I love sharing a good laugh. I intend on replying to every comment – or at least attempting to. And I will be commenting more. I want to increase my presence in this virtual space. I feel like I can do that now I’ve let the cat out of the bag.

I feel like can better my relationships with people and even be there to lend a helping hand. I no longer feel the need to be distant. As the only child, I’ve never been selfish. I’ve always shared, but I have been pretty secretive in the last few years. I just wanted to be careful and I meant no harm if I wasn’t there giving up all of my secrets. I was just never as successful at something like I was with blogging. Ever. Throw in having a family that depended on that success, and you get an information hoarder. There are people out there who are in it to win it and will step on any toes to achieve their goals. I let that paranoia influence my actions. And I’m sorry.

I guess this is the part where we all hold hands and sing Kumbaya.

After I get my bearings, as my grandmother used to say, I shall return. ‘Til next time.

Random Parenting Tidbit: My little smoochie is such a ham. Look at all of those pearly whites! He can’t get any cuter, right?

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • K. Rock January 25, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Congrats on the change!! I’m glad you feel free now. There is nothing worse than feeling boxed in.

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  • Alisa N. January 23, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Thanks for positng, I want to try these now on my daughter’s hair. Your son is getting so big, how much does he weigh now?

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    • Sheena January 23, 2010 at 5:13 AM

      @Alisa N., probably less than your lil pumkin. He’s 23lbs.

      I think you meant to comment on the Carol’s Daughter post *teeheehee*.

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      • Alisa N. January 26, 2010 at 2:24 AM

        @Sheena, OOps my bad! That’s what I get for having insomnia lately 🙁

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  • Heather January 17, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    So glad I found your site. Love the design and I’ll be sure to follow your RSS.. I feel welcomed!

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    • Sheena January 19, 2010 at 6:43 AM


      I am happy that you feel welcomed. It’s definitely what I’m going for.

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  • Victoria January 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Change can be hard, but it can also be liberating. I am so excited to read about your work and I know that the year ahead is going to be awesome!

    But getting your bearings can take a while, so remember to nurture yourself in the meantime. 🙂

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    • Sheena January 19, 2010 at 6:45 AM

      I’m doing quite a bit of nurturing and repairing. I’m so glad that you are here following me as a biz contact and a friend. It means a lot to me.

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  • Kathleen January 11, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    I love your new site, and it suits you so well. I meant to comment when you announced the switch, but just never made it over.

    Can’t wait to read your posts, and of course to see more sweet photos of Boogie.

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    • Sheena January 19, 2010 at 6:46 AM

      Thanks so much for joining me over here. I really need to catch up on your posts. I love your blog and feel like such a deadbeat for not commenting and doing that interview.

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  • tanyetta January 10, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    He is so adorable!!!

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  • Kat @ For the Love of Chaos January 5, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    I’m the same way – I love having the community feel. Like you, I wouldn’t do the whole forum thing on my personal blog because it just doesn’t fit. I have one on Colloquy Moms I’m trying to get going, but I think as far as personal blogs, commenting back to people and having dialog instead of just talking at them through your posts is great. I also try to respond to every comment. It turns a one-sided blog into a two-sided conversation 🙂

    I look forward to reading ya 🙂 lol

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    • Sheena January 19, 2010 at 6:49 AM

      I’m going buckwild with this reply to comments feature, lol.

      I’m going to love this!

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  • Lady Impulse January 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Aww your son is adorable. And I hope you can do everything you want to with your blog, and your life. Good luck to you!

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    • Sheena January 19, 2010 at 6:53 AM

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you around :).

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  • Mandi January 4, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    I’m up for a little Kumbaya 🙂 I look forward to the new content! I feel the same way about blog posts – I was up late last night post dating blog posts cause I had lots of ideas!

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  • Saira January 4, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Hi! I just happened on your site and it’s BEAUTIFUL! And beautiful entry, and beautiful son.. but I’m sure you know that. 😉

    I appreciate what you wrote because I feel like I can relate, about making yourself unavailable. It’s one of my New Years resolutions (if you can believe in such a thing) to be more brave. It makes you just want to throw everything out there and not let people put their hangups on you.


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    • Sheena January 19, 2010 at 6:57 AM

      @Saira, thanks so much for stopping by. It does make it easier when you have it all out there. There’s no need to have to keep explaining yourself when the stories been told and archived.

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  • Jessica January 4, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Jayden is growing up to be such a big boy. It’s so funny, I’ve been following you since before his birth and have literally watched him grow via your website/flickr. I am looking forward to all of the new changes!

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    • Sheena January 19, 2010 at 7:04 AM

      @Jessica, I’m looking forward to connecting with you more in this cyberspace and watching your children grow too.

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  • 1stopmom January 4, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    he is as adorable as always. I just love his little smile 🙂

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  • Shelly January 4, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    Well, I can’t wait to see what’s in store. Feels great to be able to keep it real huh? Little Jayden is looking more and more like a boy and less of a baby :/ He’s so cute.

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    • Sheena January 4, 2010 at 7:48 AM

      It feels so refreshing. Our boys are growing up, boohoo :(.

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      • Kat @ For the Love of Chaos January 5, 2010 at 9:07 PM

        I feel the same way about Zoe!! She’s totally growing up WAY too fast for me. I still can’t believe she’s already 18 months. It’s exciting and sad all at the same time LOL

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