Mission Accomplished. And, Oh, I’m Back!

Ahem. Hello again. Anybody out there?

It’s been forever—or eleven months, to be precise—since I’ve written on this blog. I’m not entirely sure the reason why I disappeared. Except that, I think, the blog did its job. I accomplished my goal. After three years, 618 posts and countless girl-dates…I made friends.

Once I established a real-life social network, those issues of friend-making—the good, the bad and the awkward—were suddenly less glaring. I wasn’t constantly wondering how to pick up the girl on the next yoga mat so I could have someone to watch Downton with. (Side note: Has anyone seen Thomas’s appearances on The View? Mr. Barrows is, as James Earl Jones would say, a total hottie mchotterson.) Instead I actually concentrated on my breathing, like a good little yogi. How refreshing!

Slowly, without really deciding to, I let the blog slip. A month passed, then two, then ten. And here we are.

But I miss blogging, and I miss you guys. And I miss human contact since I’m like one of  those hermit writers featured in this weekend’s Styles Section who works from home and barely sees, let alone speaks to, other people during the week.

And, so, the blog is back. I’ll still talk about friending and friendship, because our ever-changing social world is as fascinating as ever. But I’m also going to write about, oh, I don’t know, the Bravermans, or why exclamation points make me crazy, or my next book (lots more info on that in the coming weeks). Instead of coming to you for more advice on how to make new friends, I’m now working on the assumption that you guys are my new friends. So I’ll rant and rave about all the things I would in person, if only you all would just come over for a glass of wine.

Cool? Cool.

It’s hard to update eleven months worth of news in one blog post, so that’s all for now. But to sign off, some new years resolutions:

1) Use fewer exclamation points. (Like I said, they are killing me.)

2) Open my mail. Why do I even still get paper mail? I don’t know, but leaving it in piles on the counter isn’t getting any bills paid.

Let’s get to know each other again. Pretty please? Share your resolutions below?

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30 responses to “Mission Accomplished. And, Oh, I’m Back!

  1. Terra W

    I love how you say to use less exclamation points lol – I do this to my husband when we are texting and he hates it!! haha!
    resolutions??? … hmmm.. more adventures!! that is all :) :)
    Happy New Year!

  2. Mimi

    WELCOME BACK!!!!!! You were missed.

  3. Anonymous

    Welcome back! You were missed. Are you finding BFF’s as a new Mom?

  4. LOVE Parenthood. Such a good show!

  5. Monica

    I gave up meat for 2014. #meatfree2014
    It has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time knowing about how they treat the animals. Plus all the hormones they put in the meat. It’s been 7 days, and have only craved chicken fingers once.

  6. You were missed! Love using exclamation points, but will try to harness the urge. Was using PARENTHOOD a way of softly introducing the newest and cutest subject?

  7. Anonymous

    Yeah! I’m so glad you’re back. I was thinking about you just the other day since it was a year ago I did the Girlfriend Circle and I found her because of you.

  8. Yeah! I’m so glad you’re back! It was just about a year ago that I went to a Girlfriend Circle event – because I read about it in your book so I’ve actually been thinking about you. I hope you’re enjoying every minute of motherhood! I’m sure you’ve been told 1000 times it goes fast! (My boys are 16, 19 and 21!) When did that happen?!

  9. I was just wondering about your blog, since some friends picked your book for book club this month! Lots of blogs evolve from their original purpose into life blogs – nothing wrong with that :) Welcome back!

  10. I’m so excited. I heard you speak in Highland Park 2 years ago, I was moving to Chicago and like you had no friends here. While reading your book I kept thinking if she had a baby we could have play dates together :)

  11. Hannah

    I think it must be destiny I found your book in audio form as well as your blog on the same day you came back to it. I’m a twenty-four year old who moved from a small southern seaside town to the “big city” (as big as they get down here) 4 months ago. I’m only on Chapter 5 but everything you’ve written (well, spoken I guess…) hits home. Looking forward to listening to more and reading more of your blog. I recommended it to my BFF (far away of course) already as we have thoroughly discussed the ridiculous task of making friends in what I am now calling “the lost years” of our twenties. Whoever said being a tween was the most uncertain, awkward and vulnerable time in a person’s life obviously never paid an exorbitant amount of money to live alone in a shoe-box apartment, became a rent-a-bridesmaid, fathomed the fact that people our age are having babies on purpose now, and tried to maintain what few meaningful relationships with women they had by sending Pins, unattractive snapchats, and Buzzfeed articles to those worthy of the effort. Props to you for finally outing what we as women are probably too ashamed to say: I just want someone to drink wine out of the bottle from a really long straw with me and watch random puppy youtube videos and talk about the perils of “the red devil” every month, is that too much to ask?!

    • Audio book would be perfect…. I live in a state where everyone is nice, but there’s no depth to the relationships. Sadly, I’ve only made a single friend in the last year :(

  12. Jeannie

    I resolve to eat an apple a day. My favorite tv show is Parenthood.

  13. Hi! Welcome back – we’ve missed you. Feel free to rant and chat away. :)
    My resolutions: eat something green every day; keep going to yoga; embrace lightness in my writing (i.e. have more fun with it, and freak out less). Happy 2014!

  14. Cheers for your triumphant return! I definitely had your book at hand and in mind after moving to a new state this summer. My resolution is eating only humanely sourced animal products…not an easy (or cheap!) change for this bacon lover. I mean, bacon scones are a thing, for land’s sake.

    Looking forward to your posts in 2014!

  15. Hey there, Rachel! You were my Media Bistro instructor a couple years ago for web writing! Believe it or not I was just going over course material from that class and our weekly chat sessions and then come across your post on WP! I did stop writing but wanted to get back into it again. So yeah, writing and updating social media is on my new year’s resolution list. -Lori

  16. Danielle Yokell

    Finally! My morning routine has had a glaring hole in it for the last 11 months. Welcome back!

  17. Hi! Apparently I subscribed bout a year ago =P Welcome back. I ♥ the Braverman clan–even though they make me cry. Jeeze, the season where Christina had to go through all that jazz really choked me up. Good thing it’s on Netflix and I could binge watch it in one weekend to get it over with. It’s like tearing off a bandaid!

    My blog is about life and living while trying to lose/maintain my weight. I have an alt blog at megsfitnessphototracker.wordpress.com that’s mainly used to track my food and fitness. The good news: It updates daily. The bad news? It’s definitely quantity over quality.

    best of luck in the new year! Hope to see more posts from you.

    -Megs

  18. Welcome back, Rachel! Looking forward to your posts. Happy New Year.

  19. Glad you’re back! Looking forward to more posts!

  20. Yay, you’re back! Looking forward to reading more.

    I have an ongoing goals list that I revamp every birthday, so it’s not really a New Years resolution list, per se. But some things on it this year are: to consistently work out twice a week, paint 2 rooms in the house, learn to make jam and drive stick shift, go to 6 networking events, and volunteer at the local library.

    And for the record, I’m a fan of both Kristen Bell AND Jennifer Lawrence.

  21. Welcome back! I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing.

  22. Amalia

    I was just wondering why I hadn’t seen any emails and now I know why at least it’s now an email filter.
    My resolutions are do a mile a day so at thee of year I’ll have gone at least 365 mikes. And do a burpee for each day so progressive. Today was 8.

  23. Rema

    no to fewer exclamation points!

  24. Pat Wadleigh

    Welcome back! Missed hearing you. Best, Pat

  25. gaiabathtime

    New Year resolution… Eat more ice cream! Worry less … and make more time to enjoy live. Good to read you are back!

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