How is it that 12 hour days aren’t enough anymore?

With wrapping up a few big projects and getting started on a few new ones, I haven’t been able to put as much time into blogging…and it bums me out. It’s discouraging when you’re spread so thin over multiple areas, you don’t feel like you are excelling in any one particular area — especially when you’re working so darn hard!

But I got really sick last week and I honestly think it was exhaustion. Just plain ol’ exhaustion. Even though I don’t wanna, I know what I need to do to take care of myself, my clients and all those potentials I haven’t had a moment to email back! Take a week off from blogging. The response from this blog has been incredible! But I’m a biz owner first, and a blogger second — my clients have to be my first priority.

Plus, things change once you have kids. All of a sudden you find you don’t have the time or the energy to do all of those great ideas you’ve concocted for yourself in the middle of the night. And you don’t want to either — with those few precious free hours you have a day, you’d rather take your daughter to her first dance class (like I did on Wednesday!) and see her face light up and talk about it for hours.

( My tiny dancer )

But I sincerely hope you will all be back Monday, 2/20! I’m giddy with excitement about some new developments: first, what that house photo shoot was all about, and second, a new site design in the works!

I said I would take care of myself, didn’t I? Trying to be better about that, really I am!

Off to focus on those awesome projects I have! I’m a lucky girl.

With gratitude,

photo by Jennifer Daigle Photography
Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. Do not worry, I (and everyone) will most definitely be back! You definitely deserve a break, and your little girl is so adorable! I think it’s awesome that you’re taking time to spend with her. I have no kids and still find it tough to blog daily sometimes, so I can only imagine how tough it is for you. A break is a great idea, enjoy!

  2. E, I feel the same way. I fell down the other day while jogging and aside from the scrapes and whiplash, I think it was exhaustion that led to it. I hope this week off does for you what my trip to the DR will do for me – renew, refresh, re-energize! If I had a bundle of love as cute as you have, I would never blog! Love you!
    xoxox -e (modern24seven)

  3. Aww you take all the time you need! You’re one busy, creative, stylish momma and brand stylist!
    I’ve been a little slow on my blog a little lately too with new projects coming in.
    You can count on me to be back the 20th though! Will miss your posts 😉

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Enjoy your week off! I’ve always wondered how you do it all (and SO WELL) and could only hope I’m as driven as you are some day 🙂 But EVERYONE needs a break and you deserve it!!! Hope you and the fam have an amazing week together!

  5. Oh my goodness your little doll is just that … a DOLL! So pretty. Have a wonderful and restful weekend and we will be back Monday to catch up on all the excitment, congrats in advance 🙂

    Nancy xo

  6. You go girl! I know how hard it is to take a break from blogging, but you will be all the better for it and we’ll all still be here when you get back! Hugs to you and your precious baby girl. I mean, seriously, can she get any cuter??!! Take care of you, XO, Emily

  7. I know how sometimes things get piled up so fast, and you feel like you want to do it all but you just have to make priorities, that’s what I tell myself all the time 😉
    I’m so looking forward to that shoot reveal, can’t wait, same as the new design!
    PS: You have no idea what your “I want you to be my stylist” comment means to me..speechless.

  8. Good for you, take all the time you need:) Your daughter is your “mini me”! Her photo lined right up beside your profile pic and you look exactly alike- she is precious. Sounds like she was so excited about dance class- adorable.

  9. Good for you! I’m pretty sure everyone understands. Take all the time you need to get caught up, rest and recharge. Be here when you get back! Can’t wait for the reveal! xo

  10. Take the time! You wont regret it. I would love for my blog to have more readers and be bigger and better but like you said, my family and my clients come first. Someday, when my little ones are in school full time and I have more time, is when I will tackle the list of goals.

  11. Completely understand. Do not apologize for having your priorities in order. We all, especially women try too much to pull a superwoman when…we’re only human. We can only do so much with so much, or little time. Take the blogvacay and see you back in a week recharged!


  12. I totally feel you…I don’t have a little one {yet} and I am not a business owner {yet} … but I can only imagine what it must be like to juggle it all… I feel crazy enough right now without those 2 pieces in my life! You take care of what you need…we’ll be here when you get back 🙂 XO brynn

  13. I’m 100% there with you! Take care of you! The exact same thing is happening to me! Sick work kids… I think being a mom is an incredible way to keep your priorities in check.
    Can’t wait to see your house!

  14. Completely understand. I find myself in the same boat sometimes. Although blogging is fun, there are people out there paying for your time and they are teensy bit more important 🙂 Absolutely dying to see what this home shoot was all about!!!! I know its something fabulous!

  15. Found you through the Glitter Guide. You have a gorgeous home and beautiful family! I have a similar story. Also a mom and design creative. I’ve been running a full time design business for almost two years, but have built it on the side since ’04-’05. It has not been without it’s ups and downs. The trick has been to strike a balance between how much I’m putting in (which is a lot of blood, sweat and tears, minus the blood and add in more tears) and how much I’m getting out. I absolutely love the part of making Clients happy and delivering great results, but I’m starting to acknowledge that maybe I’m giving away too much. My outlook has changed tremendously because of my 3 year old. I’m taking better care of myself and making way more time for family. So this year, I switched gears and started accepting consulting gigs, as well as, being open to other opportunities! Anyhow, I sympathize and glad to have stumbled upon your site. Love your work and will continue to read your blog.

  16. My dear Erika, I totally understand, I have felt this way many times! I am glad you took your priorities first this week and I can imagine that sweetie girl on dance classes! ballet I imagine? how adorable she is!… I hope to see you back on Monday! enjoy your family and job!