The Future of JoyReturns & OgleOhio

For most of Lent, I have toyed with the idea of pressing the delete key on both JoyReturns and OgleOhio (my photo-blog).  I simply did not have the words, nor pictures,  for blog posts.

Why did I not have the words?

Since January I have been working as a loan officer at a small local credit union.  I love this job.  However,  it is over-whelming the amount of systems, policies and procedures I must learn.  Most days I am mentally and physically beat.  The brain is so tired I am unable to think of anything to say.

It is not only my blogging suffering but the freelance writing I was doing for Jennasis and Associates  has gone away.  There are no words for my friend Jennifer.   I submitted a list of ideas at the beginning of the year for her website but lack the words to give those articles life.


Also I submitted my resignation as a GriefShare Co-Facilitator when this 13-week cycle ends and no longer participate in the church’s weekly prayer group.

My Calling

I feel called to somehow, some way keep JoyReturns going because by ceasing to blog I quit:

  • Providing support and encouragement to widows.
  • Educating those not grieving about grief.
  • Working on changing society’s perception of widows (we are worthless).

So this blog will stay in existence.


Here is what I am going to do:

  • OgleOhio will be a bi-weekly blog (every other Tuesday) starting today.  A new category will debut on 4/16 entitled “Steeple Chase.”  It will be pictures of different steeples through out Ohio.  I got the idea after attending my great-aunt’s funeral in January.  Debuting at a later date will be “Gizzy-boo’s”  which will be pictures of different Gazebo’s through out Ohio.   (Gizzy-boo’s are what my nephew’s called them when they were growing up.)
  • JoyReturns will be a 3 times a week blog. You will find a new article every Tuesday (God willing) and Weekend Wisdom on Saturday and Sunday.  Worse case scenario, JoyReturns will become a weekend only blog.  It is easy to find uplifting scripture, quotes, sayings and poems for publication.

Thank You

Thank you to my new and long-time readers for your continued support during my hiatus.  Having new people following JoyReturns helped me decided this blog needs to carry on.

I pray God will bless all my readers with abundant joy.

4 thoughts on “The Future of JoyReturns & OgleOhio”

  1. I am so happy you are still going to try to continue on with the blog. You are an inspiration to me, your mother and many other people too. I know being back in the working world is hard and very tiresome but you will succeed in whatever you do because you give your best and God will give you the strength to carry on helping others. As to the photo blog; picture taking has always been your hobby and you are so good at it. With a camera in your hand you are happy. Push forward my wonderful child and you will find the light at the end of the tunnel.
    Love Mother

    1. Thank you for your wonderful comment my loving Mother. I am so glad God gave me to you. There is no one else I would rather have as a Mother. Trust me, I keep pushing every day.

      Love, Michele

  2. I’m glad you are keeping these precious digital assets going Michele. Even if you can’t blog daily, weekly, or event monthly, they should stay up as a testament to what you have accomplished. 🙂

    1. I am determined to keep going as I believe an active online presence, other than FB, Twitter and LI, is necessary in order to stand out.

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