Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Unplugged

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In September, I celebrated my two year blogging anniversary. I remember my first post and hitting the publish tab. Later that evening, I was anxious to see if anyone commented.

Initially, I posted every day, but soon I realized that wasn’t going to  work with my schedule. During those early posts, the excitement of a comment or a ‘like’ kept me going on those days when there were no comments.

As 2014 comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the wonderful connections I’ve made through blogging. For non-bloggers, they might not understand. For the rest of us, we understand that even though we are separated by state lines and oceans, it doesn’t diminish the strength of the connection. So thank you all for being there, some from the start. You’ve all made my world a little brighter in your own unique way.

For the first time in over two years, I plan to step away from blogging in order to spend the holiday season with my family. In fact, I plan to completely unplug in order to meet some self-imposed deadlines and give a certain someone my undivided attention, especially during our Jeopardy competitions. I want to wish all of you a safe and joyous holiday season. See you in 2015!

xo
Jill

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

76 thoughts on “Unplugged

  1. Have a great Christmas and New Year Jill, I might not post much these days but I’ve continued to follow your blog. All the best to you and your family

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  2. Jill, my life is definitely richer for blogging. My husband doesn’t quite understand, often referring to my “virtual” friends vs my “real” friends 😉 But when I was a preteen, growing up in a small rural village, I became involved with a pen pal program. For a while, my life was marked by my walks up to the post office to see if I had a letter from my pen pal (my “virtual” friend). We are no longer in touch (I am talking about over 40 years ago), but maybe that experience helped me to accept the joy that comes with discovering a new friend, miles from me, someone I may never physically meet, but someone whose friendship I will always cherish. You know, someone like you 😉 Have a wonderful holiday with your family and your special someone. I look forward to “seeing” you in 2015!

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    • Aw…thank you Marie! I appreciate you sharing your pen pal story. The fact that you remember your pen pal from over 40 years speaks volumes.
      I hope you’re back to 100% and fully recovered from NaNoWriMo. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! xo

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  3. It’s a much deserved break, Jill, as you are one of the most dedicated bloggers on WordPress! I’m sure Derek will be thrilled to receive that undivided attention. I’ve been scarce in the blogging world these days … I try to keep up with reading posts, but sometimes life takes precedence. I’ve been back in the classroom since before Thanksgiving. It’s my first love and it’s wonderful to be teaching 5th graders again, although it’s an all-consuming job. My limited spare time is spent with the family, so all things blogging (and writing, unfortunately) have fallen way-low on the priority list. I wish you a restful and joyful holiday season! xo

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    • Hi Gwen! It’s great to see you. I’ve missed you and your blog posts. I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying your time back in the classroom. I believe you are exactly where you belong. You’re a natural! Unfortunately, my “deserved break” is turning into a headache. My post has been MIA since early this afternoon and WP isn’t allowing me to repost…sigh. Maybe I’ll blame it on North Korea. 🙂 Wishing you and your lovely family a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year! Thanks for popping over! xo

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      • I wondered what was going on, Jill – when my link didn’t connect here. I pulled it up through Google. I’ve had problems with WP recently, too. I was told I need to “migrate” to their new server. I’ve got all the instructions, but I’m paranoid about doing something wrong and having the whole thing just disappear!!

        You’ll be missed while you’re down, but not by those who matter most! I’d like to say “ditto” to you post, Jill! Merry Christmas!

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      • Hi Shel! Oh, I would be nervous also to migrate to their new server. Are you still having problems? Knock on wood, things appear to be okay today. I only wish they would cool it with the changes. Today my notification section looks completely different. Oh well.
        Merry Christmas to you and your family Shel! I hope you unplug for a while too.

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    • THAT explains the quiet, Gwen. So glad you’re doing something you love, though! Merry Christmas!

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  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours Jill. Glad I found your blog, will look forward to staying connected in 2015. I agree with you about your early days blogging and confess to still checking my stats and wondering if anyone reading is getting anything out of what I write. But I really started my blog as a way to chronicle my observations and questions on life…and it’s renewed my joy in writing. So, win!!! Enjoy your unplugged time, sounds absolutely wonderful. 🙂

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  5. I remember the joy of a like and a follower from a total stranger! It was a rush and very addictive. Have a great holiday and let’s hope that Saturday game goes well.

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    • Hi Kate! Confession…I’m actually a Washington Redskin fan, since I grew up in the area. In order to keep peace and harmony in the house, I’ll be pulling for the Eagles since Derek takes a loss much harder than I do. 🙂 Plus, a Skins loss means nothing because they’re so horrible this year. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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  6. Enjoy your Holidays Jill! Unplugging is a good thing in my opinion. I have definitely spent less time blogging this year but I still love to read blogs and comment. Sometimes I unplug from that too. Merry Merry!!!!

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  7. Enjoy your hiatus, sweet lady… You are my most wonderful ‘connection’. A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! xo

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  8. Happy Christmas Jill! Have a wonderful time with your family, recharge and get those writings out there! I love that you are here so don’t forget to come back! xoxo

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    • Oh, Pauline…you’re so sweet. Your comments here and on other blogs always make me smile. For the next week, I’ll be living your life and enjoying “temporary” retirement. Hugs to my pal Siddy! Merry Christmas! xo

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  9. This is so true. Being disabled and home all day, my blogger friends mean the world to me. They are like my work colleagues and when someone stops by to chat it just makes my day. 🙂 Happy Holidays!

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    • Hi Susan! It’s amazing how you can get to know people without actually meeting face to face. Through WordPress, I’ve met some people who’ve become friends, mainly through outside email. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday and hopefully some time out on the boat. 🙂

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      • Funny you say that. Greg has had the boat out all day putting a new sway-free hitch on the truck. He’s ready to get on the water. We have a winter solstice party to go to tomorrow and I’ll be cleaning house all day Sunday (probably Monday, too) Christmas Eve party at our place and maybe out on the water Christmas Day or the next 🙂

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      • Christmas day on the water sounds very nice, Susan. Enjoy the winter solstice party, sounds like fun! I’m currently struggling with WP issues…my break isn’t starting out as a good one. 😦 Take some pictures when you’re out on the water, so I can live vicariously through you. 🙂 xo

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  10. I’m so glad to have met you through your blog, Jill. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year too. I hope you’ll get some time for fiction writing this holiday season. I hope I can get some quality writing time in too. I’ll hang out with my family. Hopefully we’ll stay in our pajamas the whole day and eat lots of great food and watch fun movies. 🙂

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    • Hi L. Marie! I’m so happy we met too. You’re such a big help to me when I send my panic emails to you. 🙂 I know how special your family is to you so enjoy this holiday season with them. PJ’s, food and movies sound like a great plan…enjoy! Merry Christmas! xo

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  11. Hey Jill! Late to the party, you may already have unplugged until the New Year, but I’m wishing you a wonderfully relaxing holiday with your loved ones and writing mojo. I know I’m looking forward to two weeks of writing in between the family festivities. 🙂

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    • Oh no, you’re not too late Jolyse! I was having WP issues last night, but things seem to be A-OK this morning. You know me, I can’t not reply to comments, so I won’t be completely unplugged yet. 🙂 I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! So happy Reilly is home! xo

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  12. A very happy festive season to you and yours, Jill. I really enjoy my blogging times with you and hope you wont be away too long. I’m going to take a leaf out of your book and pull the plug for a while. My posts will be fresher in the new year for it. Thanks for the friendship and inspiration. All the best for 2015 xxx

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  13. Dear Jill, I really hope you are able to unwind and relax during your time away, do all the things you want to do and then return to us refreshed and renewed. I’ll be there with you, signing off today until after the New Year, but I’ll be in touch. Meanwhile, wishing you and DFD a very Happy Christmas and New Year…and thanks again for being such a great friend and support to me. I’m so glad we met here. Big Christmas hugs coming your way… 🙂 xoxo

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    • As I’ve mentioned before, Sherri, you’ve become a bright light in my life and I’m so thankful we connected through WP. You’re a wonderful listener in spite of my slow e-mail responses. 🙂 I hope you too can enjoy the holidays and just be with your family. DFD and I both wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of peace and joy. xoxo

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      • Oh Jill, you are a bright, shining star in my life. And if anyone is slow to respond it’s me! I’ve yet to respond to you and hoped to by now but will before Christmas! So behind, just got my post out to sign off but should have gone out yesterday…chasing my tail as always!! Thanks so much for your lovely Christmas wishes my friend. Be in touch shortly… 🙂 xoxo

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      • Relax and enjoy the holidays with your family, Sherri. E-mails can wait! xo

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  14. Merry Christmas, Jill! Yours is one of the blogs I look forward to each week, and I do hope you’ll enjoy a break this holiday season and come back for more of the same in 2015. Your comments are always positive and uplifting, and I think everyone would agree that this world could use a lot more of that kind of thing! Take care and enjoy your time off in the world of the unplugged! See you around the bend…:-)

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  15. I think many of us share these sentiments, Jill. Thank you for expressing it so nicely on our behalf.
    Have a wonderful festive season with your loved ones. A new year ahead- how exciting! 🙂

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  16. I feel blessed knowing you, Jill. I totally understand how you need to ‘unplug’ for awhile. When I go to my Mom’s I go down for only an hour to blog, sometimes while she naps… When I live near the library, I feel happy to walk, blog and check on things as best as I can and go home: to no more checking, reading blogs or writing!
    You have made a wise and wonderful choice, so unplug for awhile but please come back! I would miss you terribly, here and over on my own posts. You are a constant inspiration for writing (here) and great commenter (over there.)
    Merry Christmas dear friend, Jill and enjoy your holiday season with husband, family and close friends!! Happy New Year, 2015, too!

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    • I feel the same about you, Robin…thank you. 🙂 You my friend, are one blogging machine. I honestly don’t know how you crank out the volume and work outside the home as well. I hope you’ll take a little break to enjoy the holidays or at least cut back to six posts a week. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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      • I did not check on my posts after I left town on the 24th, which was a challenge, I actually felt like it was 6 days off, said so accidentally on several people’s comments… isn’t it hard to give it up?
        I am usually not writing totally original thoughts daily, that is how I do more posts. I did feel that Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. and Sat felt like 6 days!b I really did try to stay unplugged, Jill! ha ha!
        Just in case we don’t reconnect again, here’s to a marvelous new year with lots of new beginnings, Jill! Keep on enjoying the peace and quiet of not posting, while enjoying the warmth and merriment of family and friends! Smiles always back to you, Jill!

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  17. Happy Christmas Jill – you’re one of the busiest and dedicated bloggers I know. You put me to shame. Hope you have a great break.

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    • Well, I don’t know about putting you to shame, Roy, but thank you. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Hopefully, you’ll enjoy a couple little sweet treats in spite of your dedicated change in eating habits. You’re an inspiration.

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  18. Having you in my blogging life has made my life much brighter, Jill! 🙂 I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas. Relax, eat, drink, play, do puzzles and REPEAT! See you in 2015! Lot’s of Love! xo

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    • Aw…thank you, Maria! You’ve brought much joy and laughter into my world this past year. I still smile at the little tambourine you sent to me, along with the other goodies. I hope your feeling okay. I’ve certainly missed your posts, I but understand your needs. Oh yes, there will be puzzling during my break. I’m working on a 1000 piece one at the moment. :)Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

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  19. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and every happiness and success in all your endeavours Jill in 2015! I am following suit and unplugging as well until sometime in Jan 🙂 I am so happy I found you in the blogosphere, Jill. Much ❤

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    • I feel the same, Yolanda. You also have been a bright light in my world this past year. The beautiful photos you sent of the lighthouse was definitely one of the sources of inspiration for my short story that was published…so thank you for that special gift. I’m happy to hear you’re unplugging to enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and your family. See you in 2015! xo

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  20. Have a Christmas that’s Merry and Bright . . . filled with Peace, Hope, Love, Joy and Light! See you in 2015!

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  21. Good for you! As stretched as we all are, a break now and again is in order. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope it is delightful!

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  22. Good for you, Jill. I’ll miss you, but I applaud your decision to free up time for what you need to get done.
    I look forward to hearing how it turned out when you return in January. You go, girl!

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  23. Jill have the best and brightest Christmas, it has been a pleasure getting to know you this year. I now have so many wonderful online friends this year and treasure every one of you. Stay happy and healthy and we will see you when you get back.

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  24. Happy holidays to you, Jill! You will be missed. Y’all come back now, ya hear?!! Merry Christmas to a lovely lady!!! xoxo

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  25. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family, Jill!
    I am glad that we connected in the world of blogging.

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  26. Have a Merry Christmas, Jill! It’s good to step away for a bit.

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  27. Glad to see that you are respecting your self-imposed deadlines — in my experience, I have the most difficulty adhering to those, but my aspiration is to treat them as the most important deadlines I face, because they relate to the work that rings truest for me.

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    • It’s good to see you, Chris. I’ve found if I write down my self-imposed deadlines, I’m more inclined to stick with them, so far, I’m on track…with the exception of remaining unplugged, that’s been more difficult. Happy New Year to you!

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  28. Good for you, Jill. Sometimes it’s hard to step away, but very good for your ‘in person’ life. 🙂 I am taking advantage of the between Christmas and New Year to catch up a little on here. And wanted to wish you a fantastic, inspired, peaceful and very joyous New Year.

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  29. I hear you, Jill. Lately, I have been doing a lot of writing instead of artwork which has felt GREAT! Last night I finally got an incident down in my laptop that I have wanted to write for years which just never came out right. It was something that altered my thinking for many years and was very painful. It affected every relationship I had with guys after that. Anyway, I haven’t put anything new on my blog in quite a while either. I just check my messages and other people’s blogs every few days. Have a wonderful week, Jill, and thanks for the e-mail! I appreciate it. Happy New Year. 🙂

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    • Hi Patsy! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Yay! I’m happy to hear that you’re doing more writing. How satisfied you must have felt after writing that piece. I’m proud of you! Enjoy your time off and Happy New Year to you too! By the way, just today, I was admiring my hummingbird sketch you drew for me…I love it! xo

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      • Hi Jill. We did have a wonderful Christmas. The Christmas Eve service at our new church was awesome, and I felt very blessed.

        Yes, writing that piece was difficult, and I haven’t gone back to re-read it yet. Thank you!

        George, Grace and I went to see The Hobbit yesterday which was fun. I hope you had a nice New Year’s day. I went to bed early on New Year’s Eve. It used to be a big deal for the kids to stay up late years ago, but now Josh is up until all hours of the morning writing or watching things on his laptop or writing role-playing scenarios, so it was no big deal to him.

        I am so glad you like the drawing. That’s funny, because just last night I was looking at the painting I did of it and thought about you!

        Happy New Year, Jill. 🙂
        xoxo

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  30. You have been given an award because I have appreciated you in 2014. Please see my newest post and accept your award. Thanks for being a part of my WP Family! Thank you for being a faithful followers. Blessings in 2015!

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  31. Jill … Like you, I’ve also enjoyed the connections I’ve made thru blogging. But it’s also good to step away and recharge. Enjoy your “unplugged” time. Thank you for the good wishes. Happy New Year to you and yours. 😉

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    • It’s so nice to see you, Judy. I’ve enjoyed our recent chats. It’s been difficult for me to completely step away. Everyone’s posts are always so interesting, I’m afraid I’ll miss out on something. 🙂 Have a wonderful New Year!

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  32. Smart girl, to unplug. I do that periodically, and it’s so refreshing.

    I’ve considered not blogging at all; but I find that the connections are important to me. And so, while I began blogging thinking it would somehow benefit my book sales, (I was told I must, for that reason), I don’t care about that anymore. I blog because the relationships matter to me.

    Wishing you a lovely, peaceful, healthful 2015. ❤

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  33. I did the same and unplugged for the season. It was pretty busy and I also didn’t want to overdo it. Hope you had fun! Happy 2015 to you.

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