April 26, 2013

Something's Gotta Give.....

I wanted to you you readers a quick heads up about something.  I've been thinking about my life and blog a lot lately and where I want things to go.  And I've made some decisions.

You see, I feel like I've been spreading myself way too thin in the past couple of months.  I've allowed too many things to be put on my plate and I'm not doing any of them as well as I'd like to.  That means something has to give.

I heard a phrase years ago that stuck with me.  It said, "A good woman knows her limits."  I know that I can't handle everything right now.  I'm exhausted from the pregnancy.  I'm trying to blog.  I have a lot of responsibilities at church.  I'm trying to cook whole foods and make pretty much everything from scratch for our family.  I'm trying to be a good wife and mom and......I had a real breakdown about it all this morning.

So?  What does all this blabbering mean?  I've decided that I'm going to take the summer off of blogging.  June through August you won't find a new post here.  I want to really appreciate and savor the birth of what will probably be our last child.  I want to be a good mom to my two boys and not feel like I'm going to snap any second.  I want to sit in the backyard and watch my boys play.  I want to just take more time to appreciate all I've been given rather than worrying about all I have to do.

While the blogging has been a huge blessing in my life, it also can be kind of stressful.  I have hundreds of unanswered emails in my inbox right now and that truly weighs on me.  I read about how to promote my blog through all the social media channels and it makes me feel like there is no possible way to keep up with that.  I don't have that to give.  There are more important things in my life.  In 2012 I started to run ads on here and make some money.  It was really helpful to our family during some hard times.  While it was helpful to have made some money blogging, I don't want that to govern the way I spend my time.  I don't want to worry about page views.  I want to worry about being more patient with my boys.

I thought about different ways to keep things going here, like guest posts or contributors but every time I've tried to conceive a way for blogging to take less time it takes more.  And the idea of taking off the summer makes me feel a huge release.  I don't do things half way.  It's not in my nature.  I tried slowing down my blogging speed, but it just doesn't work for me.  I'm kind of all or nothing.

At the end of the summer I figure I'll reevaluate things and decide if I'm ready to come back or if I'm just done.  For now I plan on posting through May and I have some fun projects to share, but that's all I can promise for now.

If you want to have updates on regular life, I'll still be on Instagram (@mommaroars) through the summer but that's about it.  I just wanted to give you all a heads up so that I'm not randomly leaving you hanging come the end of May.

Thank you for your kindness and support and your understanding.  I have been so lucky to have you visit here for so long.  See you tomorrow.


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