Thursday, August 1, 2013

Apologies + Goodbyes


My dearest friends and followers, I owe you so many apologies and explanations of my whereabouts. 
This past month after going to Hume Lake, I made the final decision to say my goodbyes to my blog, which I actually have been debating for quite some time. This has been one of the hardest decisions to make, letting go of something that I worked at and invested so much time in. But I know it is absolutely the decision that I need to make at this time in my life.

For me personally, my blog started to become an object of stress rather than joy or satisfaction. I started getting health problems I never had before {which I am sure you can remember many posts about} that ended up being directly linked to stress. I started being so consumed in my blog, that I abandoned my relationships with my friends, my family, and God. For those that do not know, I am a Christian and have been for the last five years. God was always number one in my life, but became less and less the more I immersed myself into my blog {through fault of my own}. Becoming a name in the blogging world took more weight in my life than becoming the godly woman that I use to strive to be. I love the Lord SO much and that is why I have made this decision of letting my blog go.

I want to thank you all for coming along with me on this blogging journey these last couple of years. I want each and everyone of you to know how truly thankful I am for you reading my blog, for all the sweet and thoughtful comments, for the kind worded emails, and the daily encouragement and inspiration you gave me. I have made so many wonderful friends through blogging, and I couldn't be more thankful and blessed for that. Blogging has given me so many wonderful opportunities that I never dreamt I would experience, in addition to opening up many doors in my life. I am so incredibly grateful for all that blogging gave me and blessed me with, and I would have never experienced those blessings if it wasn't for you all reading my blog. So in true sincerity, thank you.

Who knows, maybe in the future you will find me back here again to share some fashion inspiration with you all. Who knows where life - or God for that matter - will bring me. I am going to continue Style by L in my hometown, which I am very excited about, and you all can continue to follow along with me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. You might not find an abundance of inspiration, but I'd love for you all to still stay in touch! You can of course email me anytime or befriend me on Facebook

Thank you all for your understanding.
Praying that the Lord blesses each and everyone of you.
Love and best wishes,

32 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear you go, but totally understand. I too have had similar thoughts of late. Wish nothing but the best for you girl - will catch up with you via Instagram!! Xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  2. Such a beautiful and honest post. I truly wish you the absolute best as you re-kindle old relationships and start new adventures.

    And I have to say...this post hits so very close to home. I had a few "wild" thoughts at what it might feel like to just take a hiatus from my blog and microblog through Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Maybe it's not so wild an idea after all. Thanks for sharing from your heart and giving me much to think about.

    Blessings, A.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lauren,
    God is doing such beautiful things for you in your life. I am so happy you are hearing His voice, and I know that when we lose peace in something it is because the Lord is shifting you in to a better direction. We should always do things for HIS glory, not our own. Wishing you all the best in your bright, bright future! Blessings xoxo SS

    ReplyDelete
  4. Dear Miss Lauren,
    I am truly going to miss your voice and sweet personality in the blogging universe! You have put so much into this little corner of the blogosphere and have made it a place for inspiration and prettiness (c: That said, I'm so glad/proud/impressed with your decision and I'm positive that all these qualities that made you such a great blogger are going to continue to make your life extraordinary...love and hugs!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Totally respect you for this open & honest post. There are times that I have had to take a step back and evaluate where my priorities are too - it's so easy to get caught up in blogging and lose sight of what God wants most for us...to focus on Him. Praying that you find peace in this decision & wishing you the best as you move on!! xoxo

    www.pennypincherfashion.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is the most BEAUTIFUL and TRUE reason to leave a blog that I've ever seen. I also love the Lord so very much, and I'm so humbled to see you say YES to him. Good for you, Lauren. We are praying with you. Thank you for THIS impact. You never know how many your blog (and especially this post) may reach. Take care, friend.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm so sorry to hear you go, but understand. I have shared similar thoughts lately...this is a stressful time in my life as well. I pray nothing but the best for you and your endeavors - will follow via Instagram!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm so sad to lose you as my blogging/travel/conference buddy, but could not be happier that you are happy and in a peaceful place. I'm so excited for your Style by L adventure. You have great things ahead, lady. Let's get together soon. Miss you and love you tons!

    ReplyDelete
  9. i will miss you! but i am so proud of you. what a courageous and humble decision. i have felt the same way at times. it is refreshing to hear from a woman who is striving to do the will of God! thank you for this living and active testimony. be assured of prayers!

    bridget


    www.delightfulbybridget.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Lauren, I'm so sad to hear that you are leaving your blog behind, I've missed your blogging so much! I love that you are following your heart and making the best decisions for yourself though and this post is beautiful to read! I wish you lots and lots of luck with your Style By L, I'm sure it'll be a huge success for you! You truly are such a beautiful heart and I have loved reading your blog, you were such a wonderful inspiration for young girls! Good luck wherever life takes you, I'm sure it'll be fabulous!

    xoxo
    Stacey

    Five Minute Style 

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm so sad you won't be with us anymore but totally understand where you are coming from. When we lose focus of Him, he has to find a way to grab our attention again. You never know..you may be back for Style by L soon! So proud of you for following the light and being honest to yourself and to all of those who love reading about you!! God bless!

    xo

    Kait

    ReplyDelete
  12. Lauren,I'm sorry to see you go but I've always been a firm believer in trusting your heart and if you know that this is the right thing to do then it absolutely is! I'll still be following along on social media, of course. :)
    xx lexi @ glitter, inc.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Such a bittersweet post, Lauren!

    I admire your honesty and sincerity in following your heart and the beautiful plan the Lord has for you. I know He is incredibly pleased with your decision to let go of your stressor and instead seek Him to the fullest. You are such a light to us all, we will miss you!

    Blessings to you beautiful girl,

    Kylie Rae
    Shimmer Me Pretty

    ReplyDelete
  14. you sweet girl, you. you're such a genuine spirit and it's so apparent that you are following your true heart and that's all that matters. thank you for encouraging my path and i wish you absolutely nothing but the best. i will most def be in touch!!! love ya!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I will certainly miss you and your blog, but I am so incredibly encouraged by you, your story, and your ultimate decision. What matters most are the treasures we store up in Heaven, and I commend you for acknowledging something that may have been holding you back from the closest communion with our Lord. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope to hear more about what God is teaching you and revealing to you in your life!

    XOXO,
    Rebecca

    WWW.DarlingCashmere.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Lauren,
    I was thinking about you the other day and reading this makes me so proud of you. To have the clarity to make that decision and the strength to follow through is honorable. I see you as such a beautiful person inside and out, and can only imagine the great things in store for you. God always blesses the things we do out of love for him whether it be big or small. Keep in touch friend!
    Anna

    ReplyDelete
  17. Lauren,
    Reading this has brought tears to my eyes and has truly touched my heart, I am so proud of you! I know how difficult this decision has been for you, but just knowing what you have done and accomplished doing this blog is thanks enough. Even me your Aunt, looked forward to reading your blog and learning something new with your fashion forward ideas and beauty advice.
    You have touched so many people in so many ways and will always continue to do so, as you have with your blog and continuing your journey in faith!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I've absolutely loved reading your blog Lauren, don't think I've ever commented but I just wanted to wish you all the best - very courageous decision, I'm sure life will bring you great things! :-)

    Vanessa x
    www.vanessaeves.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. Lauren, Your blog was my absolute favorite and was SUCH an inspiration for me to start and maintain my blog. Your blog was the first one I checked every day and I am so sad to see you go. However, I am so glad you have decided to do what is best for you. It's clear that you have a great head on your shoulders :) wishing you the best of luck in all of your future adventures! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  20. Lauren,
    Thank you for being such an inspiration to me over the past year! I wish you the best in this new chapter of your life & just know that you will be fabulous at whatever you set your heart on.
    xx
    Here&Now

    ReplyDelete
  21. You'll always be an inspiration Lauren- with or without your blog! I really admire your honesty. Sending you lots of love, prayers, and best wishes!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow - what an honest, beautiful post. I understand the sentiment - I deactivated my Facebook over a year ago because I felt I was worrying so much about what other people perceived me as, and that is unbiblical. I'm proud of your decision. What an amazing role model. God has wonderful things in store for you. Good luck with your future endeavors! xo

    ReplyDelete
  23. nice blog:)
    follow?
    http://choosestreetstyle.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  24. WOW..good for you!!!!! This so speaks to my soul. You are just such a blessing. God Bless You

    ReplyDelete
  25. I am sad to see your blog go Lauren. But totally understand and I think any blogger can understand the stress, that comes along with blogging. But I know you are destined for great things missy!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Dear Lauren,
    Good luck to your new journey!!! Your post is so honest & sets the truth in what is going on in the blogsphere... It takes a lot of time & effort just to create one post & many people do not understand it... I wish you all the best & hope as soon as you find your balance you return to the blogsphere...

    Have a great week!!!

    xoxo Violeta, your Shoegal Out In The World

    www.shoegaloutintheworld.com

    ReplyDelete
  27. You're doing YOU. And there's nothing wrong with that. When you take care of yourself, everything else falls into place. But I know you know that. :) Still following you where I can in social media world...You're gorgeous. Nothing but the best love,

    xx
    Vanessa Grannis
    @ShopSaveSequins

    ReplyDelete
  28. I've been having so much fun following you on instagram, but wanted to leave you a little message here. I know it has been a few months since you said goodbye to blogging, I think I related to so much of what you said. I am just now rediscovering some of the passion I had for it prior and think I'm going to go at it in a bit of a new way as I prepare to open a little business of my own...like your quote says, "it's never too late to be what you might have been," and as I enter this new chapter in my life, I'm off to discover my new path, give it a shot and see where it may lead. Big hugs to you!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    ReplyDelete

Thanks so much for commenting! It truly makes my day :)

back Next home
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...