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Monday, January 13, 2014

Welcome back!

Hello! I'm back from a three-week blogging break, which was by far the longest break that I've taken since starting Cup of Jo seven years ago. Thanks for coming back! How are you? It was a rare treat to be able to step back and think in an overarching way about the site, and I'm excited to be rolling out a few changes. Here's the plan...

This past fall, I was feeling pretty burned out. Part of that was postpartum depression (quite similar to what happened after Toby was born—more on that later—and I'm so thankful to have come out the other side). But part of it was that I was so swamped by day-to-day work and upkeep that I didn’t have enough time to write as many longer, more thoughtful posts or produce the types of original series I wanted to. I felt a little like I was on a treadmill!

When we were in California for the holidays, I realized that it might help a lot to bring on a few awesome, likeminded contributors. That way, they can contribute great posts, and I will have more time to write longer posts myself. Overall, the blog will keep the same tone and feel—including family anecdotes and personal posts—but there will also be more original content and series that I hope you'll really enjoy. We're just taking it up a notch, basically!

It will be a very slow and careful process, so everything will look the same for now. My hope is to slowly roll out new elements throughout the year. Please let me know what you think as things move forward! Obviously I want you to be happy and enjoy the site even more.

Meanwhile, I'd love to know: What are you up to these days? What’s on your mind? What are you excited or worried about in your life right now? What would you like to talk about or read about or discuss with other readers? Any topics you'd love to have covered? Or questions you have?

Anyway, I've missed you! And I have so much to share now after being off the internet for three weeks, holy smokes. It was awesome to get a break, but I’m happy to be back! Hope you're having a wonderful month. xoxo

P.S. Blogging as a career.
P.P.S. Thank you so much for the amazing job applications! I'll be reading through them this month and will get back to those of you asap.

(Photo by Kari Herer)

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Catherine Masi said...

So glad to have you back, well-rested and energized for big and beautiful new things. You are awesome.

Amy Lauree said...

I'm excited for new year of blogging! I can imagine it would be challenging to be a mom of two and be managing such a great blog. It's been fun to watch Toby grow up and start to see his interactions with Anton.
I love the balance you bring of lifestyle blogging mixed with your personal life and motherhood. I have two small daughters and am finding there are many new challenges raising a 4 year old (sassy attitude already!) along with an almost 2 year old and the fighting and trying to share and get along. It would be interesting to see your journey as your boys grow and you probably experience some of this too. :)

jamie said...

Joanna- I've been reading for years and love all of the topics you've covered and looking forward to the new stuff. I'm currently in the process of adopting internationally, and would love to see you do a post on families that may take non-traditional forms and get some guest posts like you have with work from home blog moms, moms around the world, etc. I'd love to see transracial families, families who have adopted domestically, foster families, etc. With a growing orphan population, and increasing infertility rates, these families are becoming more common and I think they have beautiful stories to share, and would love to hear some!

eva burns said...

Glad you're feeling better! We've all missed you too! I love all your posts about motherhood - the good, the bad and the ugly. Also love travel and entertaining posts. Decorating posts are great too. Thanks so much, and hope that helps.

Carrie said...

I'm SO glad you're back. I look forward to your blog every day (more than I realized!). You deserve a break so I hope you had a nice relaxing rest.

I really like your style both your fashion and what you read online. Those are some of my favorite things on the site. But the motherhood around the world series is amazing. I LOVE seeing how other people live their lives. It gives me perspective and provides encouragement.

Meg said...

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you! I'm excited to see what's to come on A Cup of Jo this year, and hopefully my dear friend (who is PERFECT for the job and 100% awesome) will get to spend some time working with you on some new and exciting adventures!!! xx Meg
meg-made

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you for these sweet comments!! :) so nice to be back!

Kassie said...

So thrilled to have you back!! I've always loved your travel posts, style posts, and motherhood Mondays. Looking forward to more original content!

Lilly said...

I am currently pregnant with my second, and terrified about how it's going to affect my first (and honestly, I did not have an easy time with my son!). I would love to read Anton's birth story (if you feel up to writing it!), and a little more about life with two kids.

Jennifer Torres said...

Hi Jo!

I'm so glad you're back and I'm really excited about the new content! I've been reading CoJ since 2008 and still look forward to checking in each day.

I'm nearing 32 and I'm a married mother of 2 boys (7 and 3). After high school I joined the Air Force and was in intelligence for just over 5 years. I got out to focus on family and go to school. After odd jobs in retail management and clerical positions I finally graduated with my bachelor's degree in psychology. I feel my family life, social life, health & wellness, etc. is well-balanced, but I haven't found a career. I'm really struggling with having worked so hard for so long and now nothing is available. I'd love to see if I'm alone or if other women are having a difficult time as well.

Many thanks!

Katie Thamer said...

I have really missed you Joanna! I am glad you did some self-care and took a break! I can't imagine the pressure of having to blog everyday and be a mom. Whew! Take care! Looking forward to your new ideas!

Unknown said...

2014 is the year we hope to become parents for the first time. Do you remember the month or two before you started trying to conceive? An amazing time filled with crazy emotions, and what feels like so many exciting and scary decisions ahead (work, finances, etc.). It'd be so nice to hear from other women about this special, very unique time in our lives. How are other women working through these questions? Are we all asking ourselves the same big things? Looking back, are there things you wished you'd known or worked through, or should we all be taking a collective deep breath? :) (We're a same-sex couple, so here we are looking at sperm donor profiles to boot -- now there's a topic for ya!)

Thanks, Joanna. The honesty in your writing is such a breath of fresh air. Happy new year to you and yours!

Laura said...

So glad you're back as well! Everyone needs a break every one in a while:)

Sara said...

So excited for your changes! Change is the spice of life. Welcome back :)

You talk a lot about relationships on your blog, but what about failed relationships? Broken engagements, long-distance love gone awry, etc. As a young 20-something that recently experienced a broken engagement with my boyfriend of 5 years just 3 weeks before our wedding, I'd love some tales of women who have been jilted or did the jilting and came out on the other side. What they learned, how they got through those first few horrible months, why they're better because of it, etc.

Thanks!

Jesse said...

welcome back! so glad you took a much deserved break to recharge, you earned it, mama. and excited about the changes you're going to incorporate

http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/01/mornings.html.

Ashley Meunier said...

Hi Jo.
I am currently on mat leave. As a Canadian we are fortunate enough to have a whole year of government funded leave. One problem: I'm bored.
I love spending time with my little River, but because of the cold (-30 Fahrenheit) and icy roads I've been stuck at home.
Maybe a post on how to keep entertained at home? I have been on a life long quest for hobbies but have never been successful and would love some inspiration.
Welcome back!!
:)

Laurel Hammond said...

I loved your motherhood across the world posts, when you ask for book recommendations, and hearing your tips and tricks for home decor, cooking and life. :) Best blog around.

Lauren Modeen said...

Would love a working mom series! Or how to deal with leaving your infant emotionally on a daily basis and not feel like you are missing every little thing.

Pooja said...

Oh, your post-weaning PPD post moved me (as someone who has struggled with depression and PPD and PPA). Thank you for your beautiful words!

Evelyn L said...

Glad you're back! I doubt I was the only one who checked the blog once a day juuussttt to see if you came back early;)

What am I thinking? Baby baby baby and will I go back to work once maternity leave is up? My son is nearly a year old and I have to make the big decision. Do I go back to work? Do I find family/friends to watch him, or a day care? Or do I get pregnant with a second? It's all that is on my mind!

Glad to hear you made it out of the other side of PPD -- it's a black hole without an exit until you've found the exit.

Fancy Pants said...

Yay! You're back! Looking forward to the changes and seeing how this community grows. I love the motherhood around the world posts (being a mother, myself) but I'd love ANY around the world posts in general. It's always fascinating to see a perspective from another angle. A marriage or relationships or dating or working around the world series could be interesting. I've thought it would be interesting also to read about people who actually feel they are doing their "dream job" whatever that may be: How they got there, was it the goal, or did they stumble into it. What's great and what makes even your dream job hard on some days?

Jess @ Cook Smarts said...

Welcome back Joanna! So glad you took some time off to restore!

A.Co said...

YIPEE!! You're back!

I've missed you too and excited for the changes.

You have a way of writing that makes us, as readers, feel confident and secure about upcoming change and not worried and anxious (as silly as it could seem).

I've always loved the series you've done (ESPECIALLY the one about visiting NY a few years ago, which is bookmarked and ready for when I finally take a trip there), with other posts in between. I also like little, shorter posts where you learn something (proper etiquette for drinking wine, how to set a table, how to leave a party, how to properly introduce someone, empathy vs sympathy--are a few that stand out).

Looking forward to the usual Cup of Jo awesomeness.

Cheers from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada :)

Katie Rosenberg said...

Looking forward to the upcoming changes you will be making!

I'd love to read more about young families in transition--growing their family (having a 1st child or introducing a 2nd or 3rd child), adopting a child, a couple or family moving from one state to another, switching jobs or careers, etc...

Hearing how couples/families deal with these transitions (as my husband and I begin planning/discussing for the right time to have our 1st child while we live in a university town as he completes his PhD), would be enlightening and interesting.

Best of luck in 2014!

Mary said...

Hi Joanna

Been missing your blog! Glad you're back. Sad to hear about the postpartum depression though... Knew you were finding it very tough but was hoping it wasn't full blown. Great that you had a good break and hoping you'll have a wunderbar 2014! Onwards and upwards! Thank you for all the inspiration. Sending you blessings xxx

openid said...

Welcome back! I'm glad to hear that you took such a nice break. It can be tough to do when the internet never sleeps! I've loved the posts you've published over the years, but I am definitely looking forward to more in-depth posts from you and your contributors. Cheers to making positive changes!

Tricia Goodban said...

I loves your motherhood around the world series. It would be really great to expand on it this year. I was eagerly awaiting each new post!

mamamgeni.com said...

We missed you! I definitely want to see Motherhood Around the World again, and I agree with a previous commenter (Jamie) that it would be great to hear from other SAH Mommy Bloggers, and non-typical families (i.e. mixed race families, families raising bi-cultural children where the parents come from two different countries / cultures, adopting families, etc). Can't wait to see how it all works out!

collette said...

I missed you! I have been feeling burned out too and what helps me is reading mom books. Reading "The War on Moms", "Hands Free Moms" and "Maxed Out" makes me feel like I am in good company and not alone in parenting. I was offered a great job (dream job, but full time) in fall and declined it to continue working part time and being around kids. I read a lot of Penelope Trunk's blog and it is depressing that I may not have the career I always dreamed of (kids are out of the house when I'm 50, and according to PT I cannot improve earning potential at that age). Meanwhile I kept the part time schedule so I can do kids' activities, homework, cook, etc, never see my husband (60+ hours per week) and feel unfulfilled. Would love a series on 50+ women who hit their career "sweet spot" late!

mustardseedhope said...

Wonderful. Wishing you a happy new year.

Alba said...

Joanna,

I'm glad you're back and sharing your post partum experiences with us. I'm currently expecting my first child and reading about your experiences with both Toby and Anton is helping understand what I might expect in a few months as a new mom.

Hope you are feeling more energized after your California vacation and please continue to share your motherhood nuggets of wisdom with us soon to be moms.

Much love and respect,

Alba

Emily Hackethorn said...

Welcome Back! I can't believe how many times I've missed your updates. Good for you for taking a step back and also, for seeking help to make this site what you want it to be. I have been blogging quite a bit and trying to figure out how to make my writing more engaging in 2014. One thing I would love to hear from you about: Beyonce's new album & her as a mother/icon in our culture. My Best of 2013 (Including Beyonce)

monica said...

I loved the motherhood around the world series! So I would love to see a series like this but focused instead on marriage around the world! Marriage with someone from another country, or religion, or race, and how that has worked out! Instead of a motherhood series, a relationship series! :D

Robyn said...

So glad you are through the tunnel and back. I feel that I'm in a treadmill at the moment- and I don't even have children! My job list never gets any smaller- today I nearly skipped my run to do more jobs- but I'm so glad I didn't as that 30 minutes totally boosted my energy and gave me important me time. Sometimes it's important we press pause! I'm trying to remember that this year!
Happy new year!

emilie nicole said...

i'm glad you got a much deserved break!

i absolutely love your blog. you're open, honest, thoughtful, and bring up conversations that i think are worthwhile.

my husband and i have decided that we're going to begin trying to have a baby. it's a big and scary step so i'd love to see posts regarding preparing for children.

i LOVED your series on parenting around the globe.

it's also nice to see your honest blogs about parenting and life in the city with two kids. i'd love to hear more about raising two littles and still having a fun friendship with your husband.

again, welcome back! and happy new year to you and your family.

brianne said...

Honestly, I was worried about you! :-) I was surprised that you hadn't posted yet in the new year, and when I looked back and saw that you intended to come back on January 6th, I was really concerned! I'm so glad everything is okay, and I'm even happier that you got a nice break! Welcome back.
I love your motherhood posts and would like to see more of them. The one that you wrote about your own experience with depression and hormone shift when you weaned Toby is the most meaningful to me. I experienced the same thing with my first son, and had never heard of it. I'm so happy and relieved that you wrote about that on your blog. (I'm starting to wean my 2nd boy and have thought of your post many times.)
Posts like that, which are honest and touch on subjects that not a lot of people are open about are my favorite.
Again, so happy that you're back! I've been reading for a few years now, and I love your blog. xoxo

Liza said...

Whoever you chose to add to your team will be very fortunate to learn from a real pro. Wishing you luck with your new hires and your challenges as you juggle life with babies. Happy New Year!

Suzanne said...

More motherhood around the world!

ale norris said...

yay, i'm glad you're back! i definitely missed your posts. what am i excited about? the husband & i are currently trying to conceive and i'm excited about that hopefully having a great result sometime very, very soon ;) good luck wading through the applications. can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for cup of jo.

Michelle Anthony said...

So glad you're back, and that you're feeling better, too! While you were away, I went through some of your older relationship-related posts - specifically, the "Have you said 'I love you' first?" style posts - and spent HOURS pouring over the comments! I think you have a real knack for engaging with your readers with real, genuine anecdotes, inviting us to share freely, and generally facilitating the kinds of conversations here that we'd otherwise be having with our best girlfriends over wine or coffee. Would love to see those kinds of posts continue!

paige said...

Welcome back! As a faithful reader of your blog for the last 3 plus years, I'm excited for the new things you have in store. My only request is that you honor what you say in this post and keep the blog personal. I think the reason I like the blog so much is because I like YOU so much! I would be disappointed to see your originality and personal posts wane. Basically, just keep on keepin on! You are awesome!

Faith Swennes said...

I'd love to get first hand accounts of going from working mom to stay at home mom. My husband and I are weighing this decision (it's mostly my decision, he's fully in support of it), and I'd love to hear about the practical (money and budgets, making friends with other moms) and the more emotional (what it's like to spend all day with the small children, how staying at home effects your marriage and personal identity).

Christina said...

I'm so glad you're back! How I've missed you! I so look forward to your posts everyday, it felt like I lost a friend there for a little bit. :) Glad you were able to enjoy a much-deserved break. Can't wait to see some California photos of the kiddos!
Love, Christina
xoxo

Elizabeth Lui said...

Glad you're back! I'm in my 20's and I love reading Cup of Jo, but I tend to gravitate more toward your older posts, stuff like hair tutorials, wedding stuff, city life and apartment decorating, etc. Your mom stuff is fun but it doesn't really apply to me, so I hope you have some stuff for us non-moms out there in 2014, too!

P.S. Thank you for the hair tutorials - it helped me DIY my own wedding hair when I eloped!

Julia Neary said...

Welcome Back! I hope you enjoyed your much needed break thoroughly. I am so happy you are back and now I can get my daily Cup of Jo again.

It's great to hear you are open to change on your blog and I can't wait to see what the contributors will do.

I would love for you to write about how you maintain friendships as an adult, when your life, kids, job gets in the way. And also how to make friends as an adult, where to meet them, etc. How to keep your friendships meaningful and deep...
This is something I am struggling with right now and I would love to hear your perspective.

All the best in this new year,
Julia xo

http://mapleandmacaron.blogspot.com

megan said...

I'm so glad you're back. I have missed your posts dearly. I'm so glad you got to take a break and re-energize. Can't wait to see what 2014 has for your blog in this upcoming year.

Jennifer Beaudet said...

I'm glad you're back! I've also been taking a break from painting as much the last few weeks. Partly because I'm reflecting on the past year and where I want to take it this year, but mostly because I have a new puppy who's taking all my time! Good thing he's so cute!
I love to see posts about art and interior design. I also like your travel posts but imagine it's hard to travel too much right now. :)

KatieH said...

Yay! I am sure the changes will be great and we will all love your site even more. I would really enjoy a post about people who graduated college and did not know what their next step should be. That's my situation now- maybe some interviews with people who graduated and then realized they didn't have any idea what kind of jobs to apply for? That's probably an issue for a lot of college graduates at first, haha.

C said...

You have brought me to tears, once again! Thank you for your honesty. I hope you had a good restful break.
I've had a tough few months finishing up a doctorate and now looking for an academic post close enough to my partner. You've kept me going for months like a cheery friend across the ocean! I enjoyed my breaks reading cup of jo. No matter how different our lives, we all have ups and downs. I have often envied your life, especially the big city living and new motherhood.
I particularly enjoyed reading about motherhood around the world.
My life, in northern England, is extremely different from yours but i enjoy reading about family life in New York City. Stay easy on yourself and treat yourself well, you are a wonderful friend to many people you don't even know :) X

Christine S. said...

Welcome back! I've missed the little part of my day that is checking in on your blog : ) I'd like to see some discussion on what I feel is the over-glorification of "facing ones fears". Perhaps the a better way to put it would be rational fears vs irrational fears. I'm all for taking risks but sometimes there is a very valid reason to back away. We say "trust your gut" or "go with your instincts" but your gut and your instinct are where the fear is coming from in the first place, so why go so gung-ho "conquering" these natural signals. Sorry, hope that makes sense. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss this further.

jenn said...

can't wait, Joanna! [but we all will, because it will be worth it!] This was our first Christmas as a married couple, so for the first time ever I stuck around the Bay Area even though it meant spending a lot of time alone [due to hub's retail work schedule craziness] that I would have otherwise spent watching Christmas movies or decorating or cooking at my mom's house in LA. He and I had a nice low key Christmas Eve at home, despite some issues with his truck, and on Christmas Day we had Chinese food for lunch and chicken with veggies for dinner. The day after Christmas, I drove home to LA to spend the weekend with my family and friends there, and that was awesome, and then on New Year's Eve Day I drove back up to be together on New Year's Eve, which we spent quietly at home watching DVDs of Workaholics season one.
Anyway, can't wait for the revamp. I'm sure it will be even better than you imagine :]

kerimac said...

Hey Joanna! Welcome back : ) As a still single girl who has been with you since your pre-baby times I would love to continue to see your style, hair, food and travel posts. The family posts are always lovely and I have loved to see how your family has grown, but it's the mix of single girl relevant and mom relevant stuff that keeps me coming back over and over again. Wishing only the best for you and your beautiful family in 2014!

Angela said...

Happy 2014! As a recent college grad and person in my early twenties, I've been curious to hear about other people's journey throughout their twenties--career, friendships, relationships, and life in general. Speaking of friendships, also been curious to hear more on maintaining (or losing) friendships, especially when you're not living in the same city any more. :)

Emily said...

It's so good to have you back! I never understand how people fit blogging in around a busy life with little people, so it makes complete sense that you would get some help from like minded people.

My husband and I just got a puppy (yesterday) and i was completely unprepared for how TERRIFIED I would feel at having this little life be completely dependant on me (I can only imagine these feelings would be tenfold with a human baby). What if I don't feed him enough? What if I feed him too much? What if I traumatise him by leaving him alone when I go out? What if I completely forget I have him and so forget to feed him or let him out?! I'd love to know if it's just me...with a puppy or a baby....obviously there are no hormones involved so I can't blame it on that...

sherise said...

Welcome back Joanna! Exciting things are afoot! Good vibes and best wishes your way :) xo

erinkathleen said...

welcome back Joanna! I don't comment here very often, but your blog posts continually stay with me throughout the day. So much of what you talk about on this blog is what we are all going through - it is refreshing to see and read. As a first time mom (due in May), I soak up every bit of your advice and wisdom for the coming days/months/years. The easy and the hard! I feel like I am talking to a dear friend when reading your blog. Thank you for continuing to be a part of our days!

Leah said...

Yay so glad you're back! I'm missed reading your posts. Looking forward to what's in store for 2014 on 'A cup of Jo!'
Leah

Kimberly Corliss said...

Hi Jo!

I'm sorry to hear that you experienced some postpartum depression. It seems like you have a great support system to help you through this, though, and I wish you only sunny days from here on out.

On another note, I would love to work with you on Cup of Jo. I am a magazine writer and editor in NYC, and my interests perfectly match the topics covered on Cup of Jo. It would be a privilege to work on such an inspiring and grounded blog. I hope to hear from you soon regarding my application! Thanks :)

Best,
Kimberly Corliss
http://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberlycorliss/

Anna James said...

Yay! You're back! I'v really missed reading your posts. So glad you're all rested up and feeling fresh for the new year.

I love your fashion posts, and style. I'm also a little younger than you and many of your other readers, so I love hearing about you and Alex's early relationship and would love to hear about how living together was at first, and how your relationship has changed through the different phases of your family.

Career posts are of interest to me, too, as a 20 something.

xoxo welcome back!!!

Meredith Davison said...

Glad you are back! If there hadn't been posts on your social media I may have called the police. :)

A series I would love to read would be from the single gal's perspective. I am at the age where a lot of my friends have transitioned into the married/babies phase of their lives. I am so, so thrilled for them, but, I miss my friends! There is a serious disconnect between myself and those friends. How does a single gal adjust after all of her friends go through major life changes? How does she maintain those friendships? Does she need to make new friends in her late twenties and early thirties? How do the friends with the significant others and children stay connected to the single friends?

Cheers!

steph said...

welcome back! i read quite a few blogs but yours i missed the most!

Daniella Ruiz said...

I'm so glad you're back! I missed you! I'm so excited to read more about your life and receive the beautiful advice you and your contributors will give. Thanks for everything Joanna! Here's to another year.

Leslie said...

I love reading your blog each day, and am excited you’re back! In the same vein as a number of other comments above, I would really love to see a series on non-traditional families. While there are a ton of blogs out there on blended families (step-families) many tend to be negative in tone (e.g. all the problems that come along with being a step-parent), and they don’t fit my experience at all. I really love your Motherhood Around the World series, it would be great to see something similar from a (happy) blended family!

Juliette said...

Welcome Back! It's good to take a break now and then, I'm excited to see/read what you have in store and have enjoyed your blog for years.
Best,
~RAD

bmislan said...

Excited to read Anton's birth story and really loved the Motherhoood Around the World posts.

Laura Rennie said...

I think you should do another round of "Motherhood Around the World." It was just SO fabulous! I don't like it when you post recipes but you haven't tried them yourself. I know you have a lot going on, but so do a lot of other people, and it'd be refreshing to read an honest account of what you all eat, whether it's all take-out, breakfast for dinner, or whatever. The same goes for fashion, nail polish, hair, etc. Even if it's just a quick personal note—the more open you are about your life, the more readers are going to stay invested in your blog. (Maybe write about attempting one of those recipes you've previously posted!.)

What about a post on "keeping up with the Joneses?" You have a more lavish lifestyle than most of your readers, but I'm sure you struggle with envy and maybe even discontentment now and then.

ronnijupson said...

Hi Joanna,

I've been reading your blog since you were on Smitten, and I just want to say thank you for making your site such an enjoyable read.

Personally, I am in my mid-twenties, in my first "real" 9-5 job, and interested in going back to go school to get my master's degree in speech-language pathology. If possible, I'd love to see more career-minded posts, that are not just limited to design or "creative" fields.

I'd also love to see more relationship stuff...not necessarily revolving around family (though I realize it's hard to separate the two).

Looking forward to seeing your new content for the year!

L Gleason said...

Welcome back! I'm excited for all the changes!!

Elizabeth said...

Welcome back!! We sure did miss you! So looking forward to seeing with 2014 holds for A Cup of Joe, and seeing more of your adorable family. Glad you're feeling better. :)

christina said...

I absolutely loved the series on mothering abroad and in general all travel related posts!

Scout and Rice said...

Ohmygosh Jo - NEVER LEAVE AGAIN! I logged on every day just out of habit/withdrawl, in the hope you might decide to come back early!!

As for what's happening in our lives - we are struggling to conceive bub #2, after almost two years and many losses I am starting to think about just letting it go and settling into life with just our one gorgeous toddler. I feel like an expert in the many ways one can have a d&c at this point!

I really enjoy all of your posts - Motherhood Mondays (especially the Mothers Around The World series), Gift guides/Product recommendations, City guides, Personal posts. I've been reading your blog for many years and this is the one place I consistently know I'm going to have a fantastic and interesting new post to read each morning.
I had noticed this past year that your content has been quite brief and not as expansive as it usually is.

Can't wait to see the next year out with you and see all of these exciting new changes!

Sara said...

I missed you! Here's to hoping you are feeling more like yourself :)

I am a big fan of all things motherhood. I would love to see more decorating posts as well - your home tour was awesome!

Annie Green said...

What a relief to have you back - I missed my daily visits. And Happy New Year. May it be a good one.
Suggestions: I love your blog, despite being old enough to be your mother, English and living in Yorkshire. My children are grown and (almost) off and away. I love reading about your life with your little chaps but perhaps it would be fun to have a view from the other side: still a mother, but not in that hands-on way of small children. And we don't all look like grannies from Ye Olden Times either. Most of us work and are nowhere near retiring.
So what do you say? I would be delighted to contribute or merely to sit here (as I do now) with my cup of coffee, oven on with supper cooking away, noodling through the intertubes...
I look forward to following the blog's development through the year.

Jasmine said...

Welcome back! So glad you are feeling better. Yours is the only blog I read regularly, and have for years. I am excited about the upcoming changes, and that you are modeling self-care (as a psychologist I know it can be tricky to balance caring for yourself and others!). I do also hope you keep the blog personal, as your voice is what keeps so many readers coming back. In terms of areas to expand into, I am also interested in different types of family experiences. I was once married and divorced, and now remarried and have a small step-son, and my husband and I are currently trying to conceive. The combination of experiences is sometimes lonely, and hearing others' stories always helps. I also always enjoy posts on style and decorating. Thanks for all you do, and sending you many blessings for the new year!

Annie Green said...

What a relief to have you back - I missed my daily visits. And Happy New Year. May it be a good one.
Suggestions: I love your blog, despite being old enough to be your mother, English and living in Yorkshire. My children are grown and (almost) off and away. I love reading about your life with your little chaps but perhaps it would be fun to have a view from the other side: still a mother, but not in that hands-on way of small children. And we don't all look like grannies from Ye Olden Times either. Most of us work and are nowhere near retiring.
So what do you say? I would be delighted to contribute or merely to sit here (as I do now) with my cup of coffee, oven on with supper cooking away, noodling through the intertubes...
I look forward to following the blog's development through the year.

Jasmine said...

Also, I enjoy writing, so if you are ever looking for someone to contribute from a mental health perspective, my areas of specialty are couples therapy, treating eating disorders, and using mindfulness-based therapies to address a wide variety of concerns.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I have to say, I just *love* your motherhood posts and find them so very inspirational. I really appreciated the post about your postpartum depression as I suffered the same fate when my daughter was born two years ago. I thought it very brave to share such a deeply personal issue; it was very eloquent.
As a single mom, I would love to see how you might explore single parenthood as a topic. It can be a challenging struggle to balance work and parenthood on your own...it would be a relief and a lift to hear about how others manage.
Thank you so much for building such an open community on your blog.

Michelle Ash Latham said...

Yay -- welcome back! I'm excited to see where these new changes take the blog!

www.ahealthymrs.com

Lauren E. said...

I commend you for taking a break! It's hard to completely switch off and it sounds like you needed it.

I personally loved loved loved the motherhood around the world series and would love to see that continue.

Leah said...

Glad to see you back! You were missed, but I hope you got some much needed rest from the blog. Looking forward to seeing your changes for 2014.

ultraspouse said...

I am so glad you’re back, Jo. I hope you know how much you were missed!
Your blog has become a daily part of my life. Even as someone without kids, I’ve enjoyed much of what you’ve had to write about being a mother. I think you do a fantastic job of balancing the blog, though, in making it about more than motherhood.

My favorite posts last year we’re definitely part of the Motherhood Around the World series. It was so interesting and I’d love to see more posts about other cultures. I’d also love to read more book reviews. I’m in the middle of History of Love right now and it is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for the recommendation! Lastly, I’m at the age at which friends are starting to experience loss. Loss of a marriage, loss of belief, loss of friendships – I’d like to see posts about this.

Thanks for asking and thank you for providing such a wonderful blog for me to enjoy. - Kristi

LipsFaulc said...

I'm excited for the future of your blog. I would love to hear more of the "mother" posts and more on your life as a mother of 2. Glad you got to have a 3 week break!

lindsay said...

welcome back! i love your blog, it's truly one of my very favorites and i think the reason is that you have such a wide variety of content. i love that you will post on everything from orgasms to motherhood around the world, light and heavy stuff - it's great. I have two young girls and it would be comforting to read about the more challenging aspects of motherhood, the stuff that people rarely talk about, mainly the feelings no one talks about. but whatever you do end up writing i know i'll like most everything that's ahead because i trust your content! thanks for all your hard work!

Allison said...

Love Julia Neary's idea for a post/series about friendships! This is also something I struggle with. Happy New Year!

Bri said...

Welcome back Joanna, you were greatly missed!

So glad to hear you are feeling better. I struggled with depression for a couple of months after my daughter was born last June, so those feelings are still fresh in my mind. I could barely take care of my little family, so I commend you on maintaining such an amazing blog during that time! I appreciate your vulnerability and sharing your life with us.

I love to read your personal posts, and posts about motherhood, fashion, interior design, and food!

Martini said...

Oh good grief, you're finally back! It's awful out there without you around.

Welcome back, Kiddo!

Happy New Year.

Erin said...

Welcome back Joanna! I've always enjoyed your blog...even the short posts are a much needed and appreciated reprieve from my day. I always love reading about how other moms struggle with the work/mom/wife/friend/daughter/sister/ etc./ etc. balance. I also love the interior design posts!

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in 2014. Happy New Year!

Mags said...

Missed you! I just had a baby and am now thinking about making a will, choosing a guardian, etc and think a post on this sort of stuff would be super helpful.

Mags said...

Missed you! I just had a baby and am now thinking about making a will, choosing a guardian, etc and think a post on this sort of stuff would be super helpful.

girlseeksplace said...

Welcome back! I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2014. As a journalist and blogger, I definitely look to your blog as a huge source of inspiration. It will be great to see more variety and continue to get peeks inside your personal life.

I'd love to read more about your time at Glamour. I'm starting grad school next week and I'm a little nervous, but that doesn't really relate to your blog...

Linh Vo said...

Yippy! You are back. I know I wasn't the only one that missed you :) But, with your last post, you definitely kept us busy with all the great reads and articles. Happy New year Joanna! I can't wait to start reading your posts again and bravo for being the superwoman you are. Kudos for taking some time off and regrouping. I think as women, we want to do it all...and we can of course. But we also need to remember not to get burned out in the process.
Linh
http://abeautifulrawr.com

Trina said...

Joanna, I'd be interested in seeing more posts that address your single-woman demographic. Not so much, "How to Land a Man" etc., but the kind of relationships stuff (not just romantic) that you used to cover in blogging for Smitten. I'd like to see more travel-related posts, posts about books, artists and affordable artwork you've discovered. More about your experiences biking to work, hard-to-kill houseplants (air plants or succulents?), stretching your dinner dollar with an item like roast chicken over multiple meals (and not so much "The Best XYZ You've Ever Had")—for these things I'm more likely to go to a well-known cookbook or cook/chef I trust, for the items I really want.

hellolindello said...

Oh man, mama! I'm sorry you had to go through PPD. It's such a horrible thing and i'm sure it doesnt help to feel like you have to maintain this blog while feeling so miserable. I had PPD pretty bad after Helen was born. I wrote about it on my blog if you care to read. You were actually my motivating factor for writing about it. I never thought I would make it to other side but i did and I'm happy you are too. xo

http://katelindello.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-postpartum-depression-story.html

Meadow said...

I'm glad you're back... I kept refreshing the page for the past few weeks hoping for new content. Glad to hear you're feeling better as well. My thoughts on having guest contributors is that you need to be very careful and strategic about it. So many blogs I've followed over the years have gone down this route and I have slowly drifted away from them. I don't know exactly why... I guess it's because I loved the blog because of the voice of the original blogger and somewhere in my mind whenever I saw the new blogger's name I thought to myself "if they can't be bothered to update their blog anymore, I'm not bothered to read it!". I think that it'll be important to let us get to know the guest bloggers, and it would be helpful to not scroll through the whole post to see who wrote it. I think this could work... I have read this site for years. You just need to find someone who is a good fit.. easier said than done.

Lael said...

Hi! I am a longtime reader, and in my late 20s and married, recently. I have been worried about finishing grad school ASAP so I can have kids before I get too much older. I think fertility would be great to talk about. It's a double edged sword these days because so many women have kids later in life, after they get their career going. But I worry about the reality of fertility and getting pregnant. I want to have kids soon, but also am not financially ready, so I worry about that a lot too.
I worked as a nanny for many years and felt the stress and demand of taking care of a child, so I swore I wanted to have kids early when I had some energy...and I want to know, but I am still in grad school so it's hard to finally feel like I am READY.
Thanks :)

Lael said...

Hi! I am a longtime reader, and in my late 20s and married, recently. I have been worried about finishing grad school ASAP so I can have kids before I get too much older. I think fertility would be great to talk about. It's a double edged sword these days because so many women have kids later in life, after they get their career going. But I worry about the reality of fertility and getting pregnant. I want to have kids soon, but also am not financially ready, so I worry about that a lot too.
I worked as a nanny for many years and felt the stress and demand of taking care of a child, so I swore I wanted to have kids early when I had some energy...and I want to know, but I am still in grad school so it's hard to finally feel like I am READY.
Thanks :)

Vale Cervarich said...

Welcome back! Missed you! I have anxiety that your guest contributors will be people I don't know or care about. Other bloggers use them and I don't like it. I'd rather see days with no post than a post of some inferior (no offense) writer/crafter/pipsqueak. I do trust you though because you never (rarely?) misstep. I come to you for your taste more than anything. Taste in topics, people, stories. I hope it stays that way! I do love the promise of more depth! That sounds Fabulous!! In the end, the glimpse you can give us readers into the real lives of people is such a treat. Thanks and I look forward to reading more! Happy New Year! Hugs from SF!

Nisha said...

Hi Joanna,

I'm so glad you're back too and excited for the enhancements you are making to the site.

To echo a previous post, you do write a lot about relationships. But how about more on life as the single gal, navigating heart breaks and standing proud on your own? Some pieces on self-empowerment, self-esteem and confidence might be nice too!

But I love your blog either way so I'm sure your new series and posts will be amazing.

Michelle Cyprus said...

Welcome back!! I always love reading your posts so I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2014.

Michelle @ PermanentDaydream.com

Katie said...

Joanna,
Welcome back and I hope you fully enjoyed your break from blogging.

I've been a loyal reader for a few years now. I'm single, in my early 40s, and childless--so I may not be your target audience, especially if the blog moves more in the motherhood direction (though I do love the updates on Toby and Anton ... but articles and features on women balancing careers and kids, for example, are not for me).

I love your tips on decoration, your simple, casual party ideas, your personal travel stories, your open and friendly voice and style, and fashion and beauty tips. Hopefully they'll continue in your new, improved iteration of your blog!

Happy new year!
Katie

bloomiet@gmail.com said...

I'm so happy to see you back and glad you had a relaxing break. I love the tone and content that you've had these last years that I've been reading. I enjoy the motherhood/marriage mix along with fashion and food topics. I was so happy to the post about losing a pregnancy late-term. I have a 2 1.2 year old and when I was 29 weeks pregnant with my second son he passed away. The post your friend shared was so beautiful. I'd love to see something else like that and how to move on and possibly try again, the fears and anxiety that all come with that. Happy new year. hoping 2014 brings health, healing and happiness.

Peach said...

As women we are often afraid to ask for "help," but I think it will only make your blog better and more interesting to read. Excited to see your changes unfold!

c e g said...

So happy you're back! What a great idea to bring on a few contributors to broaden the scope of what you're blogging about. I've always really appreciated and benefited from your posts about women and motherhood, and I think there's a great opportunity for fresh contributors to expand on that. Profiles of professional women (and how their careers began) would be fascinating, as well as dating guides (you already have compiled great date ideas. More would be wonderful, and would appeal to younger readers). I'd also love to read narratives or tips from/about women traveling solo (especially abroad). Looking forward to what the New Year brings to your blog.

Kash said...

Oh how cool! I'm really excited for the changes, it sounds like they will be just great.

I'd love some content about negotiating big "transitions" in life. I'm in my mid-20s, and I have been thinking a lot lately about how tricky it is to figure out the weird shift between different stages in life (even at 25, I feel like there was a major shift from my early 20s to my mid 20s). Some reflections or thoughts on how to stay sane during those weird moments and also how to honour and commemorate how special those transitions are would be very neat!

Also, whatever happened to the "article club" that you mentioned ages ago? It would be really cool if there was a way to have us all read an article/long-form journalism piece and then, perhaps, interview the author.

Melanie Price said...

Yay! You have been greatly missed. I am sure the recharge was needed and deserved. I am excited to see what changes will happen. I am sure they will be fabulous!!
On our family 'to-do' list this year...try for another little baby. GULP. We both knew we wanted two kids and now that our daughter, Dorian is 2 1/2 we feel the time is here to go for it. I am excited and nervous. Our schedule is dialed down and things are easy right now and I know throwing in a new baby will turn things upside down for a bit.
Your posts are always lovely and well written. I love the posts on 'Motherhood' and anything to do with style. It is refreshing to see a mom like yourself be so honest on day-to-day living, work and parenting. So when things feel crazy at Casa de Price I realize that ALL working moms go through these times.
Thanks for your beautiful honest and humor on this blog. Cheers Joanna!

Amanda B said...

I actually like the "Best XYZ You've Ever Had." Taco soup, the fudge, I've tried many recipes and taco soup is a regular rotation in my family now. It's easy for this FT work-away-from-home mom to get on the table at night. I enjoy your book recommendations also. What about exploring charities in NYC? Promoting giving back. I'd like to see some of those stories in this lovely blog space. Of course, as a mother myself, I enjoy so much to read about the lives of other moms. I think you do a great job of blending parenting topics and your children and family without branding yourself as a "parenting" blog. Great work here. I plan to continue to return to your blog over and over again. Looking forward to your year of enthusiasm and inspiration!

Amanda said...

So glad you are back!! I'm so excited to see what new stuff you have planned!

I loved seeing photos of your new apartment. It would be awesome to see more New Yorkers' apartments like that and hearing their firsthand point of view of why they have things decorated the way they do.

Colleen said...

I'm glad you got a much needed break but I can't tell you how much I missed you! Didn't realize what a little blib of sunshine you are in my day until you weren't there for several!

Glad to have you back.
Love the gift guides you do, love to hear how you organize two boys and a husband in such a small space. Would love to hear about fun trips to dream about and general life. Also love the contributors.

kym brinkley said...

Are you still taking applications, Jo?

Fer said...

Happy you are back. Welcome! I love the new ideas. Xoxo

Fer said...

Happy you are back. Welcome! I love the new ideas. Xoxo

Jenny said...

Welcome Back! I love the blog and am looking forward to reading this year! I always love the motherhood posts and would be interested in more posts on life with two (or more!) kids. We have an almost 2 year old and are expecting identical twins (!) this summer :)

margaux said...

welcome back! how about a post on what you actually need (if anything) for a second baby? would also love to hear more of your deep thoughts on being a mom of 2 vs. 1... how toby has coped (or not :), as well as you, etc...

LOVED the motherhood around the world series. so inspiring.

Kim said...

Welcome back! I'm so interested right now in hearing about how other couples share finances and household responsibilities. It'd be great to read interviews with couples about how they do things.

Amy Reams said...

Motherhood around the world and work life balance were my favorite series. I'd love to see more glimpses of how moms here and abroad are living day-to-day. I also really love the posts like "things every kid needs to hear" or "how to talk to little girls". The psychology of being a mom and raising kids is what I'm craving. So many of the "mom" blogs talk about tips and tricks or birthday parties and room decor. I'd love more of the non- taboo issues of day to day raising children into people of substance without sacrificing my own depth as a woman, wife, and entrepreneur.

jkmatson said...

From one mama who muscled through PPD with my first child (now 6) ... I couldn't muscle through with my second child (now 2). I sought help, and can say now I'm a better woman, mom, wife and friend after going through that experience.

Good for you. I adore your blog! Hang in there ... you are not alone.

Michelle Panting said...

So glad to have you back Joanna! I'm excited to see how the blog will evolve in the coming months. I agree with your other readers; the mothers around the world series and posts of that ilk are your bests. I love how you can give us a peek into the lives of so many fascinating people.

http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com/

Rachel S said...

I'd REALLY like to see more of your Motherhood Around the World series! It was so fascinating and I'd love to hear about more countries!

Emily H. said...

I'm so glad to see you're back and doing well; I'm looking forward to seeing what's to come! Xo!

Emily H. said...

I'm so glad to see you're back and doing well; I'm looking forward to seeing what's to come! Xo!

Cosmic said...

Your motherhood overseas series posts are awesome!

HNY 2014 to you & yours, Jo:-)

X

Hata Trbonja said...

Hello Jo,
Glad to have you back.
The number one thing I am focused on this year is my blog. I just moved to France and I hope that it takes off. I would love to work for me and from home. My passion is this blog and I want to make it work this year. I love your honesty and your writing style. It inspires me. If you ever need a person to write a post for you for free, I would be happy to help. Good luck to all of us in the new year.
Love and hugs,
Hata
www.chicagotofrance.blogspot.com

Anitra Sweet said...

I am so glad you are back! I didn't know how much I really loved your blog until you were gone! ha ha! I lived in Brooklyn for 4 months when I was thirty and so I love when you talk about the local stuff surrounding you! Also I love your motherhood around the world series! That was my favorite!!! I really love your honesty and transparency about your life... it's so nice to be able to relate. So happy to have you back and I am excited to see where you take this blog. As long as you stay authentic and true to you, you cant go wrong!

Megan said...

Welcome back, Joanna! I'd like to echo all the sentiments that you were greatly missed. I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing break - we can't wait to hear all about it!

If the mothers abroad series was any indication, this sounds like an exciting new phase with great potential for expansion of the current blog, which we all love dearly. I also read Design Mom on occasion (and I am neither a designer, nor a mother), but she too has a personal, welcoming voice on her blog. Just the other day, ironically enough, she posted about her decision in 2014 to NOT use other contributors anymore. I know the blog community can be a small, friendly one - she might be worth talking to if you're interested to know more about what worked for her and what apparently did not. Can't wait to read more!

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Claire said...

Hi! I really liked your motherhood around the world, very inspiring so I hope you'll share some more stories. Also before/after pictures are my fav.
Glad to hear you're feeling better. It can be so difficult during the first months and I'm sure it will be very intersting for mothers to be to hear of your experience.

Sammi said...

Welcome back! Hope you guys had a great Christmas break :)

I think you're doing a great job here, and love your blog much and am looking forward to seeing the changes. And looking forward to hearing about your Christmas.

xoxo

Ada said...

Hi I really enjoy reading your blog - it is one of few that I really read instead of only watching nice pictures.
Motherhood around the world was a very interesting topic - even for non-American mother. It is worth continuing.
What bothers me as a mother of two is a mad consumption, too many stimuli, too many toys resulting in too much trash. I am looking for ideas how to decrease everything that is unnecessary. Or maybe we shouldn't stand out and stop worrying about it...
Anyway - I really like your writing, your style and all the ideas that you present here. Greetings from central Europe.

Erin Napier said...

As a reader who is inspired by your motherhood posts, and really wants children, but is just absolutely terrified of pregnancy and childbirth to the point of believing I might never be brave enough—I would so love to read some encouraging thoughts on that.

Paige Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you're back!! My Mondays haven't been the same. Missed you, friend.

Laura said...

Welcome back, from both your blog break and from the PPD. :)

I especially love your posts about all things motherhood. And I would be very interested in hearing more about your personal experience with PPD the second time around. Having experienced it with my first who turns one next week (!), I'm very curious what it was like for someone who experienced it with their second baby as well. What I went through with my first is still very raw, emotionally, and I'm unsure if I'm equipped to handle it a second time around. But, at the same time, I cannot imagine *not* giving my daughter a sibling.

Regardless of what you choose to share, I enjoy your blog tremendously and know I'll continue to tune in!

Kristin Zdonek said...

Even though I don't have kids, I enjoyed the mothers around the world series.

Would love to see something about people finding their place in NYC. The job I did well in Boston is not the same here. I love NYC, but at the moment it's not what I envisioned. Not an easy city to settle into.

Adam, Belinda & Rondo said...

welcome back Jo.
I'd love to hear more about your postnatal depression. I experienced this recently, for 2 months with my second child. Not with my first. It was a rollercoaster of an experience and I'm so glad to be out the other side. What helped me was talking about it and by doing so I discovered over 10 other women, and men!, who had gone thru it too, but never told anyone! so the more conversation about this the better.
also I loved your post about mothers around the world, more of that would be great!

Emily Siemieniec said...

I'd love a piece written about moving to a new place. I had lived in the same town for 25 years until 2 weeks ago and now I struggle to find new friends and groups for my baby. What else? 9 months in I still am not back to my post baby weight-should I feel bad for this? Media tells me I should. I am excited for...my first ballet class in 6 years tomorrow moring-eek! Would love more inspiration on fun colourful bedrooms-children and grown ups! I've missed you Joanna. Stay strong mumma, With love from Emily, in England xxxxxx

Momma Nicholson said...

I have been reading your blog for years and so admire your honesty and ability to connect with your readers. I'd love to see a post on going back to work after taking several years off to have and be with your babies. I am about to do just that and am going through my own roller coaster of emotions, and I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one who would appreciate a related post! Thanks so much, Jo!!

Stephanie said...

Welcome back! I missed you!

Farmgirl Susan said...

Welcome back, Joanna! I would love for you to continue the Motherhood Around the World series. I've told so many people about it. It was one of the most interesting things I've ever read online - and I'm 45 and don't even have any kids. :)

nikkiricks said...

So glad you're back! We've missed you!
Would love to see more work-mom balance related posts!

Jessica Hoareau said...

I thought there was something up since Anton was born, things didn't feel the same. I'm so happy you're back -yours will always be my favorite blog!

I would LOVE to hear Anton's birth story and more stories about family life (like the motherhood around the world series).


Ursula Rosien said...

Hello! I'm a bloglovin follower and I'm excited you are back! I started blogging last year in April and haven't stopped ever since ;) I never knew how satisfying it would to blog and in 2014 I would love to grow my blog and connect with other bloggers :) Thank you for transparency in your writing and I very much relate to postpartum depression. I had this with al 3 children and with the last child I had to make radical changes in my lifestyle. I saw an amazing doctor that gave really good practical advice about dieting, exercised, medications. Can't wait to ready more of your posts :) All the best to you and your new babe!
PS: I find it amazing that moms with babes continue to blog because in my case after every pregnancy and child, I couldn't think straight and I was super overwhelmed. I didn't start blogging until my youngest was 3 and 1/2 years old ;)

Annie Kelley said...

Welcome back - missed you too! Kept checking your site even though I knew there wouldn't be anything new, just a habit/addiction!

I really wish I could apply for this job, I feel it would be right up my alley but I don't live in NYC :( seems it'd be worth moving for though!

I'd like to say that my favorite was your series on Motherhood Mondays. It made me look forward to Monday and it was fascinating! My husband enjoyed it too!

What I'd like to see on this site is a little bit more diversity in the beauty section - not just that 'white girl' look all the time. It would be refreshing to see different women in photos and celebrate diversity a little bit more!

Also, I'd really like to see more on health and wellness and maybe have some real body image conversations. I'd be interested to know what other people do to stay fit and read about some women who have done some extremely awesome sport/outdoor related things - like run a marathon at a certain age or climbed a mountain, wrestled a bear, etc. etc. something to inspire us all to be more adventurous.

Just my thoughts. Thank you for your lovely blog.

S said...

a topic I'd love to read about is this: are there any women out there who are choosing to move to the country to raise families after leading busy city lives? how are they adjusting? what do they do for market work, if anything? how do they feel about their choices?

Unknown said...

I would love to see a blog that addressed quality in design and decor: what makes a chair, or a table, or a couch both durable and comfortable.
I wonder if you might have people in NYC who would be willing to blog on that from time to time?
Thanks

S said...

PS, welcome back, Jo!!!

MeghanTopjian said...

Welcome back :) I know all too well about postpartum depression. I'm still struggling and it has been 7 months. Being a new mom is so hard. I'm looking forward to the changes! Good luck in your search!

Liv said...

Hi, Joanna! I have followed your blog for years but this is my first ever comment. I started reading it when I was 18 and now at 22 I can safely say that your work here has influenced the way I see the world- in a positive way! I know Cup of Jo attracts women of all ages, from right across the globe, so I would love to see some kind of advice series where older women have the space to impart their wisdom in answer to a younger woman's problem. Thanks for all that you do, sending love from Australia.

Caroline, No. said...

Glad you took a break. Motherhood mashes your head in a very special way. As I'm British I am lucky to get good maternity benefits. I really don't know how I would have coped if I'd had to go back to work really soon after bebe. I'm in awe of what you achieve, actually. Glad you've found a way to make it work better for you. Good luck in 2014!

Cx

ps: I am personally DYING to know birth story number 2. But you have every right to with-hold!

Crystle said...

SO glad you're back. Your blog is like the perfect text from a friend or hug from mom in the middle of a bad day whenever I'm having one <3 glad you took the break you needed, and very happy to hear you're coming out of the rough PPD patch. I have some blog ideas knocking around in my head but I have a hard time commenting on your blog from my phone for some reason so I'll probably send those over later.

Lilac In May said...

Welcome back, so glad you took a break, I was wondering how on earth you were doing toddler, baby, move, marriage and BIG blog! I look forward to following as I have done the past few years - from a mother of 2 teenagers in the UK.

Brittany Bass said...

I've read your blog for 6 years - I found it my freshman year of college, and clicked back almost everyday since! It's the only site that I've continually come back to after years. I read about your dating in NY, then getting married and starting your family - now I've graduated, and ended up moving to NYC and I would love to hear more about relationships or dating in the city, and long distance relationships. Reading your posts now makes me excited for the future but I've sent so many of your stories on to a younger crowd and I know traveling, budgets and city life are topics we'd love to hear about!

Jessica said...

Hi Joanna! So glad you're back and feeling better. Your friendly writing and great topics have kept me coming back to this blog for over four years now!

In the future I would love to see the 'work-life balance' posts extended to cover a wider range of jobs. I've just turned 30 and my boyfriend and I are both early-career scientists, so I'm curious about how women in science/technology/engineering/medicine (and other fields) manage their priorities once they start a family, and particularly how they balance their career goals with those of their partner. I think it would be fascinating to see what challenges are similar or different across a big spectrum of careers.

Best wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy 2014!

81592202-7c95-11e3-b293-000bcdca4d7a said...

Glad you're back and re-energized. I think Cup of Jo was pretty close to perfect but growth is always good. Looking forward to checking out the changes

Lola Spitzen said...

Welcome back! I would love to see more posts on anything travel related. Destinations, what to wear, tips for packing light etc. I'm always searching the web for inspiration.

Angie Dillon said...

Welcome back! I missed reading your blog during the past few weeks. Everyday I look forward to reading your posts - especially about your experience as a mom. I'm a new mom with a six week old baby. Reading your blog entries about motherhood and pregnancy really helped me out. I'm sorry to hear about the postpartum depression. I hope you feel better soon and wish you lots of luck in the new direction of your blog.

michelle said...

Welcome back! Glad you are feeling better and had some time to spend with your family. You were missed!

Anela said...

I'm happy you're back too! This site is my daily break away from work and I've missed it! I'm due in April and will go back to work soon after, so one thing on my mind is rights women have (or don't have) in our country as mothers. Thank you for the site!

Rebecca Hurtgen said...

I enjoy the balance you keep between motherhood, womanhood, friendship, dating, marriage, fashion, travel and interior design. I think the balance between these, and whatever else you add, is part of your success.

Allison said...

glad you are back! i think bringing in contributors will be great! i love your motherhood posts, and i love "how to" type posts. my favorite series was the motherhood around the world, since i thought it was so interesting to see other cultures. so maybe something else along those lines? where we get a glimpse into other cultures?

Kristen K said...

I absolutely LOVED the motherhood around the world series. I'd love to see another series that is similar/an extension!

Lauren Doxey said...

I would like to see more career posts. I am having a really hard time at my job right now. I really really hate my job and am struggling to keep my chin up. I have been looking for a new job for a YEAR and nothing has happened. I am so ready to make a change. i would love a post about how to love the job you hate or how to keep your chin up at work or something like that.

Josephine said...

Welcome back Jo! Glad you got a proper break! I'm excited to see how your space evolves this year. I've been reading your blog since before you were engaged and it's always been one of my fave reads :-)
I'm glad also that you're feeling better following the post-partum depression. I experienced some rough times during my second son's first year, it's such a relief to feel oneself again! High fives and best wishes for the year ahead.

Ali Carney said...

Hi Joanna,

As a soon to be 40 year old with no kiddos, your link to your hubby's article on making friends as an adult struck a chord with me. It's tough to make friends once you're older. Any kind of post or series with ideas about how to expand your social circle without being creepy would be awesome.

jean raper said...

would love to hear about your day to day with your kiddos. being a new mom it's very encouraging hearing stories from other moms. but i love the other post you do as well. and i'm a huge fan of all your series's. so excited to see what's in store, i've been reading your blog since day one!

Nora Gomez said...

So great to have you back! I've loved this blog for years, but as I get ready to become a first time mom, I look to it more than ever.
I second one of the comments above - it would be great to see a working moms series. To be honest, one of the things that is making me the most anxious is thinking about going back to work after maternity leave and figuring out that balance.
Wishing you the absolute best 2014!!

Brittany said...

Welcome back! Missed you and your beautiful blog.

I would love to hear about how couples work through (or just wait through) wanting to have a first baby at different times, say one person is "ready" but the other person is not, and then also how people pick the "right" time.

I loved your motherhood around the world series, and would be interested in more coverage like that, even without the motherhood angle. It is fascinating to see how life is different in these daily ways in other countries and cultures.

I'd also really like to hear more about the cost of child care in NYC (nanny vs. nanny share vs. day care, etc.), maybe even coupled with a second series on working moms (this time with full-time moms that are not self-employed). It was so interesting to hear how self-employed moms make it work, but I'd also like a glimpse into how it works to say have a 50-60 (or more) hour workweek in an office away from home and manage your childcare situation (how late does the nanny stay? how do the parents juggle who leaves first/who comes home first, when both partners have long hours, tight deadlines and VERY demanding jobs, etc.).

Sarah C said...

So glad you are back! I look forward to your blog everyday but I'm happy you took a well deserved break. :) I'm a twenty something military wife who recently left her well paying (although not fulfilling) job to be closer to her husband. I wonder if any of your other readers have insight on moving somewhere new, leaving a good job for family, frequent deployments, convincing employers you are a good investment (even though you may move every couple of years...), and dealing with everyday family concerns as well as military concerns, etc. I would love to hear from you and the community that surrounds you. Keep up this great space!

TW Abel said...

Hi jo! So glad you're back.

What I love about your blogging posts are that they are very real. You talk to us about how your life isn't always perfect as there are ups and down to anybody's day to day life. I get so exhausted seeing other bloggers post only the glamorous lovely beautiful days of their lives, when in reality, nobody's life is ever perfect.

You encompass a wonderful mother woman career person blogger writer, etc and you tell us the ups and downs so we see both sides of the picture. You're writing is organic and authentic.

I'm a 22 year old journalism major who has interned with teen vogue magazine once and I'm super interested in your career path. Thank you so much for shadings the posts about your career thus far! Maybe, if you have time to write more about that (like advice, ups and downs of the career you chose, living in EXPENSIVE nyc on the salary you make & how to get by) would be so so so helpful incredible.

Overall I'm thankful for anything you write!

Lots of love
tw

Jessica said...

I would love to see more lifestyle posts that don't necessarily revolve around motherhood. Maybe they could come from the "contributors." I know that you are a mother now, and an awesome one to boot, but I love the posts about dating, marriage, friendship, etc.

Jessica said...

I would love to see more lifestyle posts that don't necessarily revolve around motherhood. Maybe they could come from the "contributors." I know that you are a mother now, and an awesome one to boot, but I love the posts about dating, marriage, friendship, etc.

Gracie said...

Good for you, you deserve a break! Everyone needs a holiday from work. I'd like to see more stuff around health & nutrition, what regimes have really worked for normal busy women. I also love the mental health stuff, anxiety etc, we need to all be talking about stuff like that. Love your blog! Only you & two others have I been reading for about 5 years. Take care. x

alex said...

Missed you! I would absolutely love to hear about Anton's birth story, Toby's was so touching!

jasmineflower said...

I really enjoyed the post about the woman whom had a still born. I read that shortly after my own miscarriage. I am happy to say I am pregnant again. It is very early on. I would love a Motherhood Monday posts about getting pregnant again after miscarriage.

Julie Doherty said...

Because I feel like it hits so close to home for a lot of women, and because I don't think you've wrote about it yet, I would love to read your take on body image and surrounding issues, such as reconciling with your body after pregnancy etc ...
Im glad you are back, we've missed you too !

Julie Doherty said...

Because I feel like it hits so close to home for a lot of women, and because I don't think you've wrote about it yet, I would love to read your take on body image and surrounding issues, such as reconciling with your body after pregnancy etc ...
Im glad you are back, we've missed you too !

Katie Peterson said...

Dear Jo and Other Readers - My husband and I are moving to Canada this year. He is a Canuck and wants to be near his family. I, on the other hand, am thoroughly an American girl. I am working on a potential job opportunity that would have me moving up there in a couple of weeks (without my husband for the first month or so because it is happening too quick for us to plan around. Eek!). I would like to hear from others who have made a big move. How do you rebuild your whole network? How to find a great hair stylist who really knows my hair? Where will I meet friends that I can take girl trips with? Who is going to be my new workout buddy at the gym? I am very excited, but I'm so settle in my current city and that much change is making me nervous!

D. Harley said...

I have been following for years and the site just gets better and better! I truly loved the moms around the world posts. Maybe you could do more of that? Even moms from WY or moms from CA... doesn't have to be too exotic! Keep up the good work!

cocopreston said...

Hi Jo- First of all, good for you taking a break. I am sure that even when you are on vacation, it takes several days to get out of writer mode. I too would be really interested in hearing stories from families who have adopted, both domestically and internationally. I would like to read about foster parenting, etc. I think it would be interesting to look at adoption different reasons for adoption: environmental, social justice, religious, infertility, adopting within an extended family, etc.

Sharita Hyppolite said...

So happy you are doing great. I was starting to get worried. (So spoiled we are.) Can't wait to read my favorite blogger this year!! Keep up the good work and take it easy!! :-)

Only Real Currency said...

I'm so glad you're back! I am a medical student and haven't missed very many days of your blog over the past 5 years. Even during studying for my board exams... I'll deactivate my facebook account but I'll always find time to read Cup of Jo. So know that your work is so appreciated. Posts that I've loved have been the Mothers Around the World series, random little Toby videos, hair tutorials, FRIDAY POSTS, and your awesome fashion (and products) taste. Keep including wonderful posts by strong and insightful women, honest entries about motherhood, and great clothes (maybe some that are a bit more affordable). Overall, keep up the good work!

Hollis Konitzer said...

I'm so glad you're back! I am a medical student and haven't missed very many days of your blog over the past 5 years. Even during studying for my board exams... I'll deactivate my facebook account but I'll always find time to read Cup of Jo. So know that your work is so appreciated. Posts that I've loved have been the Mothers Around the World series, random little Toby videos, hair tutorials, FRIDAY POSTS, and your awesome fashion (and products) taste. Keep including wonderful posts by strong and insightful women, honest entries about motherhood, and great clothes (maybe some that are a bit more affordable). Overall, keep up the good work!

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JeNifer said...

We have missed you too! Welcome back! I am looking forward to the changes here on A Cup of Jo! I think you have always struck a great balance between the personal post and the non-personal ones. You're very good at what you do, I am sure the upcoming changes will be fantastic ones! I always looked fwd to your motherhood monday posts - and now i will even more so. Found out that I am pregnant last month - a happy Christmas surprise! :) so that has certainly been on my mind a lot these days. Also worried/wondering about the financial aspect of it all, like how to balance and budget. Plus of course how to keep marriage healthy once baby arrives.

Catherine said...

Your blog is such a go-to for so many things in my life - travel ideas, recipes, relationship advice, and book suggestions! I've come to realize how often I turn to Cup of Jo for almost every aspect of my life. Thank you for giving such great advice and for sharing your wise, thoughtful words!

I would love a post on winter book suggestions. I keep looking to your summer post, but would love to see more!

Also, how do you manage sibling relationships once kids are involved? My husband and I don't have kids, but nieces and nephews have definitely changed family dynamic. Would love to hear your insights on that!

Andrea Moen said...

Joanna,
I'm one of your longest-time readers - I've been following you since your Glamour days! Having you gone for 3 weeks was weird - almost like not talking to one of my sisters for as long! Funny the relationships that are created through technology. I'm so glad for you that you got that time to recharge and enjoy family.
I'm also excited for what's to come with Cup of Jo!
On my mind lately (constantly) has been this uncertainty about getting pregnant... I'm starting to get a bit of baby fever. But I've always had anxiety around childbirth, feeling prepared enough, feeling financially secure enough, etc. How do you know when you're ready?
Hope you, Alex & boys are staying warm this January.
XO,
A

Alison August said...

Hi Joanna, welcome back! Looking forwward to reading Cup of Jo in 2014! I'd love to hear more on what it's like after the second baby comes (we're hoping to become pregnant with babe #2 soon!), balancing being a working mom (is it even possible), and how to keep the fires of romance burning (or at least warm). Happy new year!

my hyggelig said...

Funny, I just read another popular blog with tons of flashing ads on it yesterday that decided to stop using contributors. And then another blog the day before that is very popular who decided to stop using contributors and stop worrying about statistics and frequency of posts and just go back to her roots. Everyone seems to be regrouping in 2014.

We all started blogging for a reason, but I like all the folks going back to basics, it's kind of like taking Christmas back to before it was commercialized.

I think I keep coming here because of you - not sponsors, not contributors, not the number of posts per day. YOU could only post once a week and that would be A-OK with me. Stay true to you.

jacey said...

I'm just entering that stage of my life where my married friends are starting to outnumber my unmarried friends and a handful of my friends are having children. I'd love to hear more about how having children affected your friendships with your single friends and with your otherwise childless friends.

Margot Adams said...

I'm a huge fan, Joanna! Thanks for your interesting, useful, and entertaining posts. I'm glad you had an invigorating and restful break.

Margot Adams said...

I'm a huge fan, Joanna! Thanks for your interesting, useful, and entertaining posts. I'm glad you had an invigorating and restful break.

jill said...

Every night, right before bed, I sit down and read Cup of Joe. It is so helpful in my decompressing from the day. I really enjoy your life, style, recipe, and travel posts. I think you have excellent taste and definitely look forward to the funny and interesting things I find through you.

While I do love the baby posts and find them so sweet and interesting, it is not super relevant in my life. I wonder if there are other readers, like me, who are in their mid-twenties that might benefit from contributors you bring on board who are dealing with the same things - really starting to launch your career, being unmarried, the 'next step' in relationships, how to maintain friendships as we are all growing up without growing apart, etc. Thank you so much for soliciting readers feedback! We all appreciate it!

HN said...

Glad the blog started again, it has been my routine to read A Cup of Joe over breakfast or brunch. I missed it.

These days I am loving practicing Bikram Yoga. So I may enjoy articles about cool work-out clothes or some inspirational stories of physically strong women. Coming from Japan, I'm surprised so many people are into exercise in the US.

As a former New Yorker (now Chicagoan), it is a pleasure to see pictures of NYC. Good luck with transforming your blog:)

Joanna said...

I suffer with severe chronic depression and I would really like to offer to write about my experience. I think depression and mental health issues are still a topic that is taboo in our society. I had a very high paying and stressful job in Investment Banking, which I loved and have had to give up because of my illness. It has cost me almost everything, my career, my friends, my home. I would like to share my story, or perhaps you could write about it in order to help others who suffer in silence and without support.
I love reading your blog, and adore your boys. They are so cute! Also we share the same name!

Unknown said...

Hi Jo! I adore the blog, love the motherhood stories (I'm an actor who nannys as a dayjob). As far as what I would like to see--I'd love to hear women's travel stories. I'm in my late 20s and want to get a little bit of that in on my own before I settle down and would love a conversation with your followers on places to go/stories/safety tips/must sees.
Also- I love a good dating in the city story--A more honest and vulnerable take that what I see out there would be very much of interest.

madisonmf said...

I just started following your of after going a search for breastfeeding and hormonal imbalance. I was relieved to find I am not the only one who has experienced such highs and lows during breastfeeding. I am also pleased to find some one that talks about there struggle with postpartum so openly I really look forward to following cup of joe for years to come. Thanks for sharing.

kpmdg said...

Hi Joanna, Happy New Year! I've been following your blog since 2008, and I've long thought that what you're doing on here is experimenting with a unique (and very new) form of autobiography. Your blog offers many different things (style curation, featured series) but its core is your own story as it unfolds with your growing family. Your readers love you because we feel we know you. What about filling out some of the earlier phases of your story? You once posted about being young in NYC, and how you kick started your blog--what about going back even further? Even cooler, you could choose some really early Cup of Jo posts (the ones when you were living the single life and engaged with the NYC art and photography scenes) and write retrospective posts about what was really going on with you at that time, and what questions and issues you were facing. The wisdom of hindsight that you have now could make for some valuable lessons to share! Glad to hear that you're going to get back into long-form writing--that's your forte. Keep up the good work! xo, Katie from NYC

Claire said...

Hi Joanna! Great to have you back. I had a question/idea for a post or series. I'll be going on a multi-country, 3.5 month trip to Europe in February, and am wondering if you or any of your stylish friends have any great ideas for what to pack. For instance, a roundup of good cross body bags to carry enough supplies for the day (under $100 or so), simple clothes that go with many outfits (I remember a while back your Glamour friend Susan Cernek talked about a color scheme, so everything went together). I know you've talked about good travel shoes in the past, and beauty on the go, but I'm hoping you could add to that! Thanks!

startingonsaturdays said...

I sighed over my morning cuppa last week & said to my Mr. "I miss 'a cup of Jo'!"
Great to have you back - I've been reading since before you got married & hadn't realised how much a part of my routine my little visits to your site are!
Look forward to seeing what you've got up your sleeve for this year. I've just moved across the world to Australia & am looking forward to having a bit more time to focus on writing & blogging too :)
T

Manja said...

Thank God you are back! My 3,5 year old boy has had the chicken pox for the last 18 days so I've been stuck at home with him and my baby girl GOING CRAZY!!! Your blog is sunshine to me:-)

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Kerry said...

So good to have you back - I've missed your posts! A friend and I often sit over coffee chatting about the beautiful things we've seen on your blog. I'd love to hear more about your postpartum experience - I've just had my third (2&3 came very close together!) and for the third time struggled immensely with breast feeding. I still have waves of guilt over it but know we made the right decisions for us as a family.

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