I’m baaack! Whew, I feel like I’ve been gone forever even though I was only absent from the blog for two weeks. I am, however, excited to be back today sharing the latest update on our move and what’s been happening in my world.
Life Update- Moving and Finding Balance
First off, we’re officially moved into our new home in Georgia and excited to be settling into the area quite nicely. Going from living in a super rural area where you had to drive an hour or more to get to anything, to having everything you could ever want and more within a 15 minute drive is ah-mazing!
It could also end up being dangerous for my wallet though, as I’m not used to having Hobby Lobby, Ulta, and Target at the tip of my fingers- haha.
Anyways, after going through our 6th move in the past 7 years, I think we can safely say, we’ve about had our fill for moving. Packing is horrendous, the actual drive/move is worse, and unpacking is such a chore. But all in all, I would say it was worth it because I’m absolutely in love with our new home.
Here’s just a few of my favorite spots in our home!
My walk-in closet is the size of a bedroom and my shoe shelf is seriously a dream come true.
I’m a tub girl through and through and I foresee this gal spending so many relaxing nights soaking in this.
Last but certainly not least, we now have a fireplace and I’m loving the fact I can decorate it each season and it adds such a cozy feel to our home.
Taking a Break and Finding Balance
In other news, I felt like I needed to be honest with you regarding my two-week break from the blog. At first I was going to try to be a crazy superwoman and keep posting as normal, but really that was just unrealistic. And if I’m being completely real, even beyond the fact that we’ve been super busy packing, moving, and running around like crazy for the last two weeks, I was starting to feel a little burnt out with blogging.
You see the absolute very second I announced that I was going to go full-time with my blog, I had this immense pressure fall on my head like a ton of bricks. So to try to compensate for the fact that was a “full-time blogger” I deemed it necessary to dedicate practically every waking hour to blogging.
Quite literally I would wake up, drop the kids off at school, come home and immediately dive into 6 hours straight of being on a computer, followed by a couple hours of break in the evenings for dinner and homework with the kids, to going right back at it for several hours before bed. Oh and when I wasn’t blogging, I was packing up our house and trying to sell.
And while the first couple of days were fine, by day 3 I was absolutely exhausted. I can remember crawling into my bed and asking myself “Is this really what I want to do every.single.day?” Is this what it’s going to take to make all my blogging dreams come true? (To never do anything but blog and barely eat, sleep, and have a life?) And of course the answer is a resounding NO.
Look I love blogging. I love writing, taking photos, creating fun content, and connecting with all you amazing peeps out there. It’s something I’ve truly grown to love over the past two years and I can’t really imagine life without blogging in it, nor do I want to.
But I also REALLY love my family- my husband who I just saw last week for the first time in a month and a half, my two precious kiddos who are getting older every single second, and sometimes I love just being plain ol’ me, makeup-less in the comfort of my pajamas in my home, minus the need to share anything on social media. (I know, I know it’s practically blasphemy to not want to share every moment with the world nowadays.)
I guess the point I’m trying to get at is that you can be passionate about something without dedicating every waking moment to it. It’s also completely 100% okay to take breaks.
I frequently have to remind myself that while I can do anything that I put my mind to do, I can’t do all the things, all the time. And it’s crazy to even try to.
I’m ready to get back at it with blogging and to put all my plans into motion that I talked about in this post, but this time I’m going to do it the right way. I’m not going to kill myself to try to get a month’s worth of tasks done in a couple of days, nor am I going to spend my time doing things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. (More on this to come in a later post)
When you are passionate about something, it’s important to keep after it and not give up on the goals inside your head. But equally important is keeping yourself both mentally and physically focused and strong, which means taking breaks and living life!
I’m so happy to be in a new place with my family and excited for all the precious memories we’ll make together. I’m also excited to continue blogging and bringing great content that all of you will hopefully love and find valuable.
If you have ever struggled with finding balance and feeling overwhelmed, I hope you find this post encouraging and know that it’s okay to take breaks when needed. That doesn’t make you a sell-out and it most certainly doesn’t make you any less amazing.
Hope each of you have had a great last two weeks and I’ll catch you back on here on Wednesday!
Thanks for stopping by! -Cara