Life Update- Moving and Finding Balance

Life Update- Moving and Finding Balance

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!

Life Update- Moving and Finding Balance

My walk-in closet is the size of a bedroom and my shoe shelf is seriously a dream come true.

Life Update- Moving and Finding Balance

I’m a tub girl through and through and I foresee this gal spending so many relaxing nights soaking in this.

Life Update- Moving and Finding Balance

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 insane. 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.

It's Ok to Take a Break

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

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58 Comments

  1. Sara wrote:

    Glad to hear that you’re settling down in Georgia WITH YOUR HUSBAND!!! You’ve gotta take care of you, lady. 🙂 Blogging breaks are more than okay. Love that tub – I’m a tub girl too!

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! It was so nice to be reunited together as a family again!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  2. Jennifer wrote:

    Ahhh the house is so pretty! I love it! Glad you’re finding your groove with the new balance. I know it takes some time…plus the move…it’s a lot. If you ever need to vent, let me know!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Thank you so much! Balance is hard but it’s worth striving for!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  3. Nadine wrote:

    I am glad you guys are getting settled in! It is nice to have places to go fairly convenient to you! Your shoe area is a dream!!! And that fireplace is so awesome and cozy looking.

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! I’m looking forward to decorate it each season!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  4. I’m glad you are all settled now! I think rural areas are pretty but I need to be near civilization! I’m not a city girl but def suburbs close to everything. I def feel you on being burnt out from blogging. I have felt so inspired after going to Gen Beauty that I have been going non stop and with work related stuff and family stuff going on as well, I’m just really tired! I’m trying so hard to get up more and more content, videos, IG videos etc and it’s just really taking a toll. I have a wedding this weekend and I’m really looking forward to having a break from it all!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • It is hard! It’s also hard to learn when enough is enough, because with blogging it almost feels like there’s always “more” you could be doing, ya know. Trying really hard to find that perfect balance nowadays.

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  5. Alexis wrote:

    Girl that shoe closet!!! #goals Yes, it’s okay to take breaks! I always try to take a break in the summer to unwind and enjoy life.

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! It’s my favorite part of my closet! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  6. Whitney wrote:

    I love those new spot in your home! Can’t beat a pretty fireplace 🙂 Good luck figuring out the perfect balance for your family/work life. It’s tricky and I think it’s something I’m always reevaluating to make it work for me.

    Posted 10.18.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! Balance is never easy, but it’s something worth striving for!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  7. My favorite part about this post – “Drop kick the kids to school” … haha… I love real life.
    You take your breaks – enjoy life & family – what else is the point of a blog if you’re not living a life to share?

    Posted 10.18.17 Reply
    • Great advice and so true! If you’re not living a life, what’s the point really?

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  8. That bathtub! That fireplace! That shoe collection! GIRL. I’m so happy for you!!! It sounds like your head is on so straight, too…have no doubt you’ll be doing everything you want to be doing!

    Coming Up Roses

    Posted 10.18.17 Reply
    • Thanks so much! I’m definitely giving it my best! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  9. Elke wrote:

    I love your house. Looks stunning 🙂

    Posted 10.18.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! Slowly but surely we’re getting settled in! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  10. Stephanie wrote:

    Your new home is lovely! A break is sometimes the best thing. It is good to recharge the blogger batteries.

    Posted 10.17.17 Reply
    • Thanks Stephanie! It was much needed and really helped. 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  11. Your new home looks so nice! A fireplace is so perfect and makes it feel nice and cozy. I hope your blogging break re-energized you but it happens and a break is so necessary sometimes to get the inspiration back.

    Posted 10.17.17 Reply
  12. Helen wrote:

    Your house is gorgeous! Congratulations on the move. Where in Georgia did you move? Would love to invite you to some blogger meet ups!

    Posted 10.17.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! And that’d be awesome! We’re in Leesburg (part of the Albany metro)

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  13. I literally just went through the same thing. I was living in my single lady apartment for 4 years and just moved out. It was really hard, a week before the move my boyfriend went into the hospital with a collapsed lung as if the stress of the move wasn’t enough. Needless to say, the past few weeks were a little crazy and really stressful but the beautiful thing is that everything has a tendency to go back to normal and balance itself out. You just have to go through the crappy feelings and let it all right itself. Or at least that was my tactic this time around.

    Posted 10.17.17 Reply
    • I think that’s great advice. So sorry to hear you had a hard time going through your move too, but I do think you’re right everything has a way of working itself out.

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  14. My fireplace is my favorite asset to my house – aside from the kitchen of course! I loooove decorating it for the holidays

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • I think it’s my favorite too! Looking forward to decorating it each season!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  15. mahryska wrote:

    you space is beautiful!!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎
    http://www.mahryska.com

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  16. Anna wrote:

    Your house is gorgeous love them a shoes you have. Moving is very tiring at time, it’s takes time to really unpack everything because you are not sure where you really want to put other things. Taking a break from blog is perfectly okay I did it few times and I love it. It gives me a peace of mind.

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thanks Anna! Definitely makes me feel better that other bloggers can understand where I’m coming from. 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  17. Lisa wrote:

    Your new home is lovely. And it’s so nice to read words from someone who has been in the same place in regards to blogging. This past while, it seems that every waking moment there is something that ‘needs’ to be done for my blog. Last night I was up way too late trying to repair a broken page on my blog, and with very little sleep I am getting thru the day. I made the decision today, after reading your post that I am going to have to set some boundaries that include time allotments for blogging and take some breaks during the other times!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! I think as bloggers, we’re so passionate about it because it’s ours that we sometimes forget that like everything we need to set boundaries and find a balance. Otherwise, you’ll spend way too many late nights, lunch breaks, and time away from family which isn’t good for anyone. Plus you honestly have to ask yourself “Will this really matter a week from now?” That’s at least what I ask myself lol

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  18. I want that tub! Congrats on being all moved in!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  19. I hear ya on the blogging thing. IDK what I am doing half the time. I moved four years ago and still need to decorate my house etc! There are only so many hours in a day

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Haha, my husband and I were just joking the other day that after 3 years we finally felt like we had fully moved into our other house and then we moved again lol

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  20. Kelly wrote:

    No one can do it all!!! You were smart to take a break. Your new home look beautiful and I’m so excited about your immediate access to Hobby Lobby!!!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! This hobby lobby is seriously amazing too lol I could spend hours in there.

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  21. Jessica wrote:

    I took my entire summer off from blogging so yes a break is always needed! Especially, if blogging isn’t your full time job. I love your fireplace and that tub girl omg!!
    I would love for you to stop by and say hi!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thanks Jessica! Glad to see you’re back blogging again! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  22. Timothy Ferguson wrote:

    Love you Cara, So glad you are getting settled in. We love your blog.

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
  23. Kate wrote:

    So glad you guys are reunited and settling into your new home, and yay for shopping close by! And a blog break is definitely necessary and refreshing, I’m sure you’ll find that perfect balance <3
    Green Fashionista

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! I feel like I’m starting to get into a good groove, which is nice. 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  24. SMD wrote:

    Totally totally okay to take a break. From anything and everything.

    So glad you guys are settled – peeks into the new house look great but even nicer that you’re all back together under one roof!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thanks Steph! It’s been amazing just to all be together again. 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  25. I love the new home; looking fwd to seeing more pics.

    Taking a blogging break is what everyone does once in a while; I know I have on many occasions but I find myself coming back to it after a long hiatus rearing to go!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! I don’t know why we all kill ourselves when we have to take a breaks, because I think it’s very much necessary sometimes.

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  26. Andrea Nine wrote:

    Your new home is fabulous, I love your shoe shelf! In the house we are building, I have a huge walk in and I am so excited. Family does come first. No need to explain, just glad you’re back girl! xo Hope your week gets off to a great start!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! That will be so nice! I used to have a tiny closet and I’d always have to store off season clothing in our garage. I can now have it all in one place with even extra room, so it’s amazing! 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  27. Ugh. Moving is rough. I’m sorry about that. But I am glad you are settling in well. And it’s so true. It’s okay to take a break- and sometimes necessary!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! The older I get the more I’ve learned breaks are very much needed in life. 🙂

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  28. Your home is beautiful! (I would love that bathtub!) You are so right about needing to step back and take a break. It’s important to have balance in life! 🙂

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! It’s been amazing to soak in after a long week! 😉

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  29. Rachee wrote:

    Your house is gorgeous! I hope you get settled and can enjoy it as much as you’re able! Also, treat yo’self! Moving is NOT for the weak!

    I took some time off, felt so very guilty but got over it quickly because I need to be healthy and take care of myself in order to help every one else. So I am taking a break when I need and jumping back in when I can. Good words to read this Monday morning!

    Posted 10.16.17 Reply
    • Thank-you! I’ve definitely been pacing myself in realizing it doesn’t all have to be done in a day’s time. Happy Sunday!

      Posted 10.29.17 Reply