Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Farewell

The time has come for me to say goodbye to this blog. Over these past five+ years that I've maintained this space, I've learned so much, made life long friends, and shared some of my favorite music. It's been a wonderful experience, and this is certainly a bittersweet farewell.

I've often thought about when I would end my blogging days and asked myself how I would know when it was time. These past couple months I've stepped back to see if I still felt an urge to share here, and was quite surprised that I didn't. I let that feeling settle and I feel good about this decision.

Of course, there are things that I will miss. Mostly, the connection to friends and readers, but this change feels peaceful and I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received here.

I will leave this space open, at least for the time being, so that my archives, and music playlists will still be available. As always, I can be reached by email [passionistapresents at gmail dot com] if you ever feel the need to contact me. I also will still be sharing photos and snippets of my life on Instagram (@MarilynLott).

Thank you for reading, for commenting, and for encouraging me all these years.

Farewell, friends!

22 comments:

{april kennedy} said...

I will miss you. And your music. But mostly you and your sweet family. So happy you are following your heart. There really is more to life than blogging. I have discovered that this year, but I still feel the need to share and record! See you on instagram. :)

Sarah Jane said...

Ah, Marilyn, I'll miss you, but it totally get it. Your voice and thoughts have been inspiring to me. As have your great music choices. I'll keep up with you on instagram and goodreads.
Blessings with the start of the new school year.
xo,
Sarah Jane

La Carter said...

I will miss you for sure. I remember when five years ago right about this time of year, I discovered your blog and all your wonderful music picks. I would open to the home page and let the playlist repeat for hours. I was especially fond of the Christmas list that year and even implemented your idea of a Christmas playlist at bedtime for my daughter. You have been a source of inspiration for me and I thank you!

Kate said...

Many blessings on this new chapter of your life. I will miss your inspirations - both personal and musical - on this blog, but wish you nothing but peace and happiness! Thank you, thank you, for all the sharing and thoughtful musical lists you offered each month. I have purchased them all over the years - and even won a lucky mix one month (when I had, rarely, happened to miss my immediate downloads. It was kismet!) You have helped introduce me to such wonderful artists, which I then introduced to my family and friends. Important stuff! I will try to keep posted, in case you are planning to produce any future live concerts as well. I'm over in Seattle, but it would be fun to make a trip!

Shannon said...

I admire the decision and just want to thank you for sharing a small corner of your world (and great taste for music) with us. I am certain great things are ahead for you.

Thank you again!

Lovely Lindsay said...

wait. wait. wait!
don't i get a say in this?!
+++
i am sad.
but hoping this means more real time spent together.
love you and can't wait to see what happens creatively for you next.
love, lin

Sarajolie said...

I am sad to see you go! You will be missed, but like so many others, I'll still follow your goodreads picks ;)

Katie said...

I have loved your music tastes!

I would never have discovered Blind Pilot and
Kathleen Edwards without you.

Your sharing your music made my mothering days
so much nicer!

Couldn't you just come back once in awhile to share a favorite band or song?
You don't even have to make mixes, just post 1 sentence or 2 about a fave song.

Best to you and your family.

Thanks again for sharing your passions with us.

Creole Wisdom said...

I will surely miss you!

kellymccaleb said...

I so respect you for following your gut and doing what you know you need to and want to do! Strong, intuitive woman! That said, I'm sad. Keep us filled in on insta!!!!

Christina said...

Sad day! While I will miss the music, I will even more miss your inspiring words. You're about 10 years ahead of me in motherhood (I have a 7 year old, 5 year old, 2 year old, and 3 month old) and I love reading about this chapter for you and thinking about the things I have to look forward to. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and testimony!

Naomi said...

Marilyn, I'm really going to miss you! I'll miss your voice on the blog, your thoughts and family, your passions. I've loved finding new music and discovering our similar listening tastes. Here's to catching up one day in person, cheers for this bright spot you created here xxx

JaeReg said...

Though we will likely never meet your music streams in my house regularly. I have wish listed so many new artists on itunes because of your influence - and even purchased a few as funds allow.

Thank you for what you have shared. I have long thought that what you do here at Passionista must be very time consuming and wondered how you make it work.

I will miss this easy, comfortable place, and like others I hope you will share artists or songs from time to time. You have a gift.

Enjoy your family.

Mindy Gledhill said...

Marilyn! I came today for some sweet new tunes and saw your post. I'm so sad! But I totally understand. I've had similar feelings about my own blog. I hope we can still connect and stay in touch somehow. Lots of love to you. - Mindy

melissa said...

Your blog has been a shining light for me for the past few years. I will miss you and your mixes very much.

dandee said...

I still haven't come to terms with this. Missing you already.

xo.

Kaye said...

You are amazing and have been and inspiration to me! I love you forever!!!

Wowanda said...

:(

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

My favorite music friend!! I am far behind on blog reading (like a month- oy), so I just saw this. Luckily I still feel connected to you because of Instagram. I feel lucky to have found you years ago. I hope we get to see each other again. And soon. xoxo

Claire Roach said...

Thank you for leaving your blog up. I love listening to your music picks all through out the day!

JessRaquel said...

You were one of my favorite blogs. The only one I followed that always had new awesome music for me to check out. I wouldn't know about The Head & the Heart if it wasn't for you! I took a year off from blogging and then was filled with the desire to come back.. I hope eventually you come back as well.

Kristoffer K said...

Goodbye
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