April 18, 2016

Celebrating Two Years of Blogging

Life has been majorly crazy around here lately, with more to come. M2 has been having issues more often. We all keep getting sick and passing it around. Appointment after appointment for doctors, car repairs, HVAC issues, you name it. Lots of family from around the country is visiting this month.

I have also been battling a case of writer's block. There are so many ideas swirling around in my head, yet the words don't want to come. Any of the posts I've written lately have taken much longer than usual. Most of the time, I start one then come back to it weeks later to finish. I've been struggling with balance between work and family, too. There is only so much time and I've needed more of it for family and to work on my weight loss.

While all this was going on, I realized I've been blogging for two years now. Happy two years! Thank you all for joining my crazy, busy life as it's changed over and over again in that short time. I can't wait to share what's to come with you. You guys are awesome and your support means so much.

Two years is the perfect time to step back, reevaluate and decide where to go from here.

More time than I'm comfortable with was getting sucked up by social media, so I'm cutting back on that. The big upside to being a freelance writer/editor and  blogger is that I set my own schedules. I can be a stay-at-home mom, too, and put my family first. That hasn't been happening as much as it should. When you work for yourself, there's always something else you could be doing. I'm the type that pushes myself to do more, be more, do better, be better. Blog more. Post on social media more. Get more readers. Blogs take up a surprising amount of time, demanding a ton of work. Especially in the first few years. To be totally honest, I was starting to feel tons of pressure, stress and anxiety from blogging and freelancing. I didn't like the feeling or what it was turning me into.

Work was encroaching on the life I want to have, the life that is my reason for everything. Despite being home, I felt like I was missing too much with the kids. Too much of my life was being devoted to the wrong things. I don't want to be one of those people who live to work, I want to work to live. Right now, that means flipping my schedules and priorities around into a more comfortable balance. Life is my focus, not work. I've been talking about balance and how it's one of my goals for this year. Well, the light bulb came on about how I need to do that.

I'm not giving up my work or the blog, don't get me wrong! There are still going to be weekly posts and daily social media updates. I want to share my life with you, not be pressured to have the perfect blog and do everything "just right." I've put the blog and my freelance business it in it's proper place and giving am it the time it deserves -- while putting my family and myself at the center, giving us the time we deserve, which is what is most important in my world right now. I'm simplifying my life, making sure to live as much as possible in a way that won't create regrets.

Since I've decided to realign, I'm actually finding the writing is coming back to me. Instead of feeling pressure and stress from my work, I'm enjoying it again, which is why I started all this in the first place. I'm eager to see what the next chapter of life holds.

For a bit of fun and to celebrate, here is a baker's dozen of the blog's most popular posts:

Living a Simple, Happy Life

The Journey with Autism Begins

10 People You Encounter in Facebook Yard Sale Groups

How to Determine, Set and Follow a Budget in 7 Easy Steps

Colonial Williamsburg Gingerbread Cookies

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Specials

Spiced Apple Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Buttercream Frosting

Dear Self: You're Good Enough

DIY Girl's Toddler Room

Marriage: The Changes 5 Years Bring

"The Fat Kid" Tells All: The Formative Years

"The Fat Kid" Tells All: The Teen Years

Easy Money-Saving Tips: Round 1

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  1. Happy Anniversary!!! Congrats on two years!

  2. that facebook yard sale groups is one of my all time faves!!! Happy 2 year blogiversary!!

  3. First, Happy 2 year anniversary! That's awesome! Second, I can totally understand where you are coming from. Social media and promotion take up a huge amount of time, and I often take a step back and refocus. Family is definitely more important. I think you're making the right decision, and I can't wait to see what you do next. Love your blog!

  4. Awwww happy bloggerversary!!!!!!! Can't wait to see what else in store!

  5. Happy 2 year Blogaversary! I totally feel you on finding the balance between social media and family time. It's tough. I'm trying to schedule more, so I'm not on my phone all the time.

  6. Happy two-year anniversary! That's such a milestone! And I know what you mean about the blogging taking up so much time, and having to re-align priorities. Definitely something I struggle with too! Thanks for sharing your journey!

  7. Happy Blogiversary and Congratulations!!!

  8. Congrats on two years! That's awesome! I love reading your blog, it's one of my favorites! :)


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