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I’m Tammy Strobel. Welcome to my digital home!

I’m an author, photographer, traveler, and cat lover.

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Why I’m Taking a Blogging Break


“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” — Sonia Ricotti

Last weekend, my friend Dee Williams and her two-year-old Australian Shepherd, Oly, visited us. It was a wonderful weekend filled with good food, laughter, silly dogs, walks, and more. For example, I took Dee and Oly to Lake Siskiyou for a long hike, we had a delicious cup of coffee at Berryvale in Mt. Shasta, and then we spotted a unique rainbow-covered bus in the parking lot. Plus, Dee made a special mango salsa for us on Saturday night, and we also did a little bit of writing.

The best part of Dee's visit included long conversations about our personal and professional lives. The conversations I had with Dee made me think about my life in different ways. We talked about deep topics, asked big questions, told funny stories, and laughed hard.

However, our talks also prompted me to take a short break from blogging. Last week, I encouraged you to unplug and take a break from your screens. Now it’s my turn to unplug. I will still work, write, take photos, and engage with my photography students, but I won’t post essays, photos, or links on RowdyKittens.com. I’m also taking a break from writing to my newsletter subscribers.

I’ve been sharing my writing and photos on RowdyKittens.com since December of 2007. Over the years, I’ve taken both short and long digital sabbaticals to renew my creative juices. Every time I take a break from blogging, email, or social media, I feel refreshed and full of creative ideas that I can't wait to share.

I don't see this break as a full digital sabbatical because I will still be working and completing tasks that include time online. Instead, I'm giving myself permission to take a break from the blog, and I want to use the extra time to ask myself big questions like:

  • How can I make the rest of my year awesome?
  • How can I take my body of work—which has been focused on education and empowerment—to the next level?
  • What can I offer readers during fall and winter? How can I simplify my posting schedule?
  • Should we move into town this winter or stay in the tiny house? More importantly, is the tiny house still working for us?
  • How can I take care of my body and mind in more holistic ways?

If I want to answer those questions, I need to take a break from blogging to find the answers.

During my blogging break, you can connect with me on Instagram or in Chicago.

  1. Lately, I've been experimenting with mini blog posts on Instagram. During my blogging break, I will continue to post photos of My Morning View along with photos and small stories of my everyday adventures. You can follow along here. My daily photos are also automatically posted to Twitter and Facebook, so you can keep up with my small stories and daily photos there, too.
  1. Last week, I talked about my upcoming trip to Chicago. During my time there, I will host an informal reader meet-up. If you live in Chicago, or in outlying areas, I'd love to meet you! The meet-up will be a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people and to chat about living simply, happiness, everyday adventures, and good coffee! I hope to see you there. If you want to attend the meet-up, please RSVP here.

When I’ll be back … 

I'll be back from my blogging break in mid-September—maybe sooner. In the meantime, I hope you’ll connect with me on Instagram or in Chicago. Alternatively, you can read one of my books or explore past articles and links.

With gratitude,


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