Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Last Post, Here?


Sunset from North Van, BC (photo taken by me)

Dear Readers,

I am truly grateful to all of you who read and especially those of you who read AND comment on my blog posts.

When I first started this blog, it was to feature myself in terms of my to-be children's choir, inspired by Spirit quite a number of years ago (I am embarrassed to say).

Last July I was seriously considering that I would end this blog at the beginning of or early July of this year. One blogger I met early on through one blogging community can testify to that as I had chatted with her online about it.

It came to me today, spontaneously, when I awoke exhausted this morning, that now is the time. Below are some of the main reasons why (as there may be more that I am unaware of: only God/Spirit knows!).

But before I do share that, let me inform you that I so love and appreciate blogging. I LOVE writing, truly!

Over the past five years, I have given voice to subjects such as this choir-to-be in part, many ideas, a poem here and there, a few local and world events, as well as writing short stories as of late. However, it is now time for me to give voice to something else, something bigger than me.

I speak here of one of my missions which is in simplest terms to serve people. I can do that to a certain degree through my blog, though I feel drawn/called to write at least one book - hopefully three that I have in my heart, mind, and soul. All will require devoted time, energy, and resources.

My preference is also to focus on my life's purpose and this will require me to continue pursuing my two primary loves of singing and dancing. In part with that, I just joined a fab(ulous) rockin' choir that I have ever belonged to (having been in a variety over the years) and experienced/witnessed.

The energy created from a recent rehearsal was out-of-the-rental-hall-space huge! Words fail me at the enormity of love and joy that I felt, other than to say it was tremendous and powerful: I was "on Cloud 10" till about mid-morning the following day after my first rehearsal.

I also expect that I will take up drumming again as this came to me out-of-the-blue - one way how Spirit speaks to me - at a recent workshop on loves and life's purpose.

And I need to use not only my voice through singing and/or speaking, but also my hands whether writing, dancing, singing, and drumming as well as for hands-on/energy healing which has been put aside since just before my move in early spring.

I also need to settle into my new home, unpacking the last of my boxes, organizing, and reading all my beloved books on my bookshelf and walls.

Note that I have been very happy as of late, extremely enjoying my summer thus far being outside, listening to various bands, dancing, and singing in various choirs - two that are on a drop-in basis – so I am not making this decision in haste.

I would truly love to hear your sincere heart-felt comments - including those who are worldwide whom I never hear from - you can post anonymously if you wish - in how my blog may have affected you. If not, no worries as I can't please (or aim to please) everyone! ;)

And if any of you bloggers whom I am familiar with would like me to write an occasional guest blog post, I am open to that as (after all) I have many posts in draft form! Otherwise, I may keep them for the day I may return, possibly with another blog name and/or site.

Feel free to touch base with me those of you whom I know via Facebook preferably.

IF I consider doing the latter, I may possibly "go solo" as I did prior to joining a blogging community. Though I realize the pros to this, I also realize the amount of time and effort it takes to maintain the desired readings and commenting subsequently. Time will tell.

Whatever decision I make, know that in my heart I appreciate you all and thanks again for reading my posts and/or commenting. Those whose posts, comments, and faces I have become familiar with, know that you will be in my heart. A special thanks to you bloggers from BAR (Blog-A-Rhythm), especially Shailaja Vishwanath and others who have hosted it.

In the meantime, I wish this for you and for me indicated by the picture below. The first word is "live" by the way!

Sign on side of a food truck (photo by me)

I will see what awaits. In the meantime, I am volunteering for my favourite upcoming summer festival (Harmony Arts Festival, 25th anniversary) as well as at 55+ BC Games, hosted in my North Vancouver community.

Namaste, Elly


P.S. An afterword is coming...soon...stay tuned!

52 comments:

  1. Dear Elly,

    I am so moved by your reasons to stop blogging and I endorse the feeling completely. Always do what your heart tells you and know that being connected with you has been one of the most interesting things I have encountered in the world of blogging. It seems frivolous to say good luck or God speed when the bigger picture you've painted of your life's purpose is so beautiful and wonderful. Know that you'll always have my support, no matter what you choose to do and where you choose to be. I'm not a very active commenter of late thanks to my various blogging and work pursuits but I do read your blog regularly. Do keep in touch here or via Facebook whenever you can. Much love, Shailaja

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    1. Thanks so much dear Shailaja. Your words mean a lot to me, you have no idea! (I forgot to mention and have since added a reference to B-A-R and to you!) ;) Definitely FB at least! :) <3

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    2. Shailaja said it so well. I ditto her feelings. Do what your heart tells is right. I have met you through BAR and have loved my interaction with you. You are such a warm and lovely person. I am sure you will come out with flying colours in your life's purpose that you have detailed. Hope to continue to be in touch with you on the BAR. Best wishes and lots of love.

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    3. Thanks Rachna. I appreciate your words of support and kindness as well as your well wishes. :) And if not, via BAR - can I 'visit' there?! - then FB at least! ;) <3

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  2. Awww....Elly, this seems to be a bit sudden for me to let it sink in. However, you know what's best for you. Do what your heart says. The day your heart asks you to return to blogging world if it does, do so. Till enjoy everything else that you've put your heart into. Singing and dancing do sound exciting! Do keep in touch though...will miss you and your intuitive posts. Yes, that's the part of your posts that intrigued me the most....the intuitive aspect - the unexplored mystical quality of intuition. Lots of hugs. Take care <3

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    1. Yes, I am so sorry for that Vinnie - no warning to anyone - and sinking in for me too! ;) I appreciate your feedback Vinnie as intuition is probably my most favourite topic to talk and write about! ;) And intuition certainly has played a role in my decision too with many signposts along the way! :) Hugs back dear Vinnie! :) <3

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  3. Elly, this seems bitter sweet to me. Bitter, because I won't be able to read your writings and you wouldn't be around as much sharing so much love and positiveness. Sweet - cos you are doing what's right for you. Cos this is what you have chosen and I do stand by you.
    I would love for us to be connected and know that there a lot of love for you in this part of the world. Hugs! Love and Luck! Will miss you!

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    1. It is bittersweet for me too dear Parul. In fact, you just made me cry with your sweet comment. Hugs back and I will miss you, though I am on FB! ;) <3

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  4. Dear Elly, It's wonderful of you to be so open about your reasons to stop blogging. Which, honestly, you didn't have to. It's so very important to follow your heart's calling. And you have taken the right decision. All the very best to you. Live and grow to your soul's purpose. Love you LOTS!!!

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    1. Thanks NIsha. I don't have to per se; however, it could just be a sabbatical though I really do not know at this point. :) You were one of the first bloggers I met and I so hope to read your book one day. I so enjoy your writings! Will miss you too, at least here. I am on FB so find me there! <3

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  5. Dear Elly,

    It takes real courage to follow your heart and live your passion. And you're doing absolutely the right thing. It's always important to do whatever you feel is happy for you for a beautiful life. And we all are here itself whenever you feel it's time to come back to writing again. Stay blessed and happy always and all the best wishes for everything. Thou I may not be commenting much these days because of my constant not in town excuse I do read your blog posts as before and thoroughly enjoy the genuineness you exhibit in your writings. Glad we got a chance to city connect through this virtual world. <3

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    1. It sure does dear Sheethal! :) And walking away from my blog which I love and all my readers/followers/BAR members make it even more challenging! We can stay connected via FB! ;) <3

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  6. Follow your heart, Elly, for only you know what's best for you! My best wishes in every new venture you undertake. And, I feel you could write about your new activities once in a while on your blog, as and when you find the time.

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. I hope I know what's best for me, well actually God/Spirit does! :) I appreciate your kind words and I'll see how things go; however, it is too easy for me to get sucked into the routine of blogging and all that comes with it, so I am not sure if it is a good idea with all that I have and want to do! ;) <3

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  7. Dear Elly,

    All my best wishes to you for future endeavours. It is a choice you have made and I respect your decision. A lot of change has happened on your life and hope you have great times ahead. I will be missing you and your blogging. Please be in touch via FB.
    Also let me know when you would like to do a guest post for my blog. Would be my pleasure to have you over.
    All the best.

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  8. Dear Elly,

    All my best wishes to you for future endeavours. It is a choice you have made and I respect your decision. A lot of change has happened on your life and hope you have great times ahead. I will be missing you and your blogging. Please be in touch via FB.
    Also let me know when you would like to do a guest post for my blog. Would be my pleasure to have you over.
    All the best.

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    1. Thanks for your kind wishes Inderpreet. I so appreciate your support and blasting my charts the other day like I have never seen before! ;) I will miss you and the other BAR members, though certainly will be on FB from time to time: I have to be careful about that too! ;) And thanks for inviting me to write for you. I would be so honoured. Let's touch base in a few weeks time after the festival/volunteering venture! <3

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  9. At the end of the day, whether its blogging or dancing, or singing...let it always be something that makes you happy...Though our association has been brief, I have loved being on your space...and having you over on mine..Wish you the very best, Elly.. God bless!

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    1. Thanks little princess! :) I so appreciate your kind words and knowing that you enjoyed reading my posts - I am smiling now, thanks! ;) <3

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  10. Elly, my best wishes to you! You know what's best and you can choose what's best for you. I sincerely hope you return to the blogging scene someday; until then, drumming, singing, dancing - keep doing all of it! And most importantly - stay happy :)

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    1. Thanks for understanding Sreesha as it isn't an easy decision, even though I have thought over it long and hard in past. I hope I do too if I am meant to that is, and yes, will be happy doing all those fun things! :) <3

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  11. It sounds like you have given this decision considerable thought, even though it may seem spontaneous. Perhaps the inner you has known for a while what is that you must do in order to be more 'you'. I may not have visited your space very regularly lately, but whenever I have come here I have enjoyed the energy you create through your words. I am sure you will be totally enjoying the energy of dancing, drumming and singing in the days to come. Go with the flow. Wishing you the best of everything. Take care. And like you say, maybe we'll see you from time to time on FB!

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    1. Yes, you are spot on with your first sentence dear Beloo! ;) Though I did ponder it for a good year on and off, I decided about my fifth anniversary would be it (last year), albeit I actually forgot/skipped the notice of celebrating it which is why in part the decision. Though I truly love writing and enjoyed blogging, it consumed my life and existence and I need to do more in order to make a difference, the difference I wish to make in the world whether through writing (a book/books), singing (in a choir) or chanting (at kirtan) etc. ;) And yes, will be on FB so feel free to connect with me there too! <3

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  12. Elly, the moment blogging or any activity feels like a chore, needs to be dropped. I am glad you are going to have so much joy in your life. I will definitely miss your sunny posts which are very cheery. But, be back when you feel like. Have a blessed life.

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    1. Yes Ls, it had been on and off since the April challenge, posting daily except one day of the week. I felt like I had to force myself to initiate writing again even though I love it...it was the blogging part that felt like it was wearing me down with all the writings, readings, and commentings that I did and wanted to do which took so much of my time and away from self-care, etc. (when I was still writing). ;) And despite that, I do my best to keep my posts sunny other than some of the more serious world events (which have garnered a lot more response than I expected and/or perhaps even wanted)! Thanks, though do find me on FB! :) <3

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  13. You have to do what is right for you Elly but will miss you. Hope we can be in touch via FB. and hope that someday you'll decide to start up your blog again. Be happy. Love and hugs.

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    1. Thanks Suzy. FB is the best way for me right now until I decide whether to go back to blogging. Hugs back! :) <3

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  14. This has come as a big shock and surprise, Elly. But I understand your decision. It's wonderful that you are following your heart and passion. Wishing you the very best in everything you do. May the spirits guide and help you to find fulfillment and enrichment. You will be missed. Take care and Hugs ♥

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    1. Yes I can imagine it has Shilpa, my apologies. I appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much! Hugs back! :) <3

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  15. Elly,this news has shocked the whole BAR fraternity.Even though you have taken this decsion for a bigger and more creative purplose, you must reconsider and keep in touch with your friends and well wishers,who will miss you. Love and Hugs.

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    1. I can imagine Usha; however, now you know how it felt when you bore your news! ;) And yes, I will miss you and all my BAR friends, thus FB is the way to keep in touch. Hugs to you my dear! :) <3

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  16. While I am sad to read this, I know it is the right step to take. You need to do what you feel is right. Wish you all the best and yes,do keep in touch via other social media...

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    1. Thanks Roshan. I am sad to bear the news too, though I know it is what I need to do at this time. And FB is the best way to keep in touch. :) <3

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  17. You'll be missed around here Elly but in the end, you know in your heart what you want and what you are meant to do. I wish you well in everything and hope that if you do revive this space, you let us all know. In the mean time, keep in touch via FB! :)

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    1. Thanks Sanch. I appreciate your well wishes. And certainly if and when I come back, I will let you all know. And yes, will keep in touch via FB. :) <3

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  18. You and your blog will be missed, Elly, but you must follow your bliss. Sounds like you have some wonderful plans. Hope we can keep in touch. Best wishes!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, though you can always read my old posts! ;) (I couldn't resist saying that!) Yes, let's keep in touch via FB - I will update there from time to time etc. Hugs! :) <3

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  19. Just the thought of you pursuing your dreams is inspiring. So happy for you and the fact that you have found a new dream :) Hope someday you would return to your blog and again brighten our days with your cheerful thoughts. We can always keep touch in FB :D Wish you my very best.

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    1. Oh, your sweet thoughts fill my heart with both joy and sadness! Thanks for your well wishes. I wish the very best for you too dear Raj. I so enjoyed reading your blog posts and loved seeing your amazing yoga poses and colourful sunrises! :) FB for sure it is! ;) <3

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  20. Oh! That came as more of a shock to me! Though the news will take some time to settle in, but in the meanwhile I'm happy that you are so determined to follow your heart! I wish all the success and glory on your way ahead. Just keep in mind that we all are always here whenever you may need us. Your presence will be missed here.
    Wish you all the luck! Stay happy, stay blessed!

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    1. Yeah, it kinda came to a shock to me too Nibhz as I kinda woke up with that idea in the forefront of my mind! I appreciate your kind well wishes. Thanks! :) <3

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  21. I am actually at a loss of words, Elly. I admire your determination to follow your passion. I just wish that you didn't have to say bye. You know byes are not that easy to deal with. But then we can always catch up in FB. And who knows, you might blog at some point later. We will be here for sure. Hugs and wishes, Elly. :)

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    1. I can understand as I felt that way, although in the end I (obviously) had a lot to say! ;) Thank you for your support. I have a hard time with goodbyes as well; however, since I have said numerous ones (not just here but in life), I am starting to get used to it. However, that doesn't make it any less emotional. I so enjoyed reading your blog posts and hope to keep in touch at least via FB. Hugs back Vinitha! :) <3

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  22. I hate goodbyes! Oh, I hope this is only temporary. I believe once a writer, always a writer. ;)

    Take a break, "live" as you said, enjoy! I hope to see (or read your posts) you again soon. :)

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    1. Goodbyes certainly can be challenging and painful Lux. I so hear you on this; however, I need to do what I need to do and hope you understand. I am definitely still a writer - at heart for now - though hope to be starting my book soon as I have been busy this past week with volunteering etc. Thanks for your sweet comments: much appreciated! :) <3

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  23. Hey Elly ! This doesn't sound sweet. a Goodbye? But Why?

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    1. Aw, YOU are too sweet for saying so Ajay, though I thought I made my reasons clear. Though I love writing and enjoyed blogging, it is consuming too much of my time that takes me away from other things that I 'need' to do. I will be 'back' but in a different way. I was hoping to post it (something) today, but not ready to just yet...

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  24. You will most definitely be missed. I looked forward to your posts. Hope you stay in touch

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    1. Thanks Carol. I truly appreciate your heartfelt comment. :) I have yet to do an afterword. <3

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  25. The heart knows the way, the mind needs only to follow. Good luck in your endeavors!

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    1. Dear 'Advice from a cop', you speak words that I have been attempting to heed many a year ago. I believe that as time has continued, I have more so with one exception. However, following my loves and Spirit including that of writing a book is what my heart is paying attention to, my mind hopefully out of the way! ;) Thanks for your well wishes! :) <3

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