Monday, July 18, 2016

Live the Little Things

Today I share with you my blogging dilemma and some photos of what I've been up to while on hiatus.

So my "Back to Blogging" Status was a little bit short-lived because, as it turns out, it's harder to get back to it than I thought! I shouldn't have expected to just jump back in and have everything be easy. Life doesn't work that way in the real world, so why would it work that way for blogger life?!?

One thing is this: While I've been away from blogging, I've seriously learned to enjoy being unplugged. Sure, I've got the mobile phone --- with only my most favorite apps - Instagram, Twitter & more recently Snapchat (username: twojustByou), but other than that, it's been an unplugged life for me. Unplugged from the blog, and even unplugged from my family's Etsy shop and small business. I've been living the little things. And having fun doing it.

I do miss blogging. I miss the sense of community, visiting my favorite blogs every day, and finding new ones to follow. I do miss Etsy - mostly the community of it, because I'm a member of many teams, and I miss promoting & supporting handmade & small business. 

I discovered Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, and it's now one of my favorite places.
More on this later, I promise!

But while trying to get back to blogging, I'm stuck in a difficult position. I now work, which has been a new thing for me (less than a full year). Working and blogging and the small business...It's a lot to do with four kids too. I really don't know how it's done. How do you moms do it all?!? I felt busy with being only a work at home mom, but now that I have a job on top of the work at home mom stuff, it's even crazier.

In June, I chaperoned my son's field trip to Sutter's Fort.
It was incredibly hot outside that day, but the trip was well worth it.

Blogging was my Me-Time. This entire year, I haven't had that at all. So when I finally got my internet connection fixed, I thought, "YES!!! Back to blogging." Then I lost all my files. That wasn't a good sign right there. Even now, there is something super glitchy with my computer. I guess it wasn't just the internet connection that was the problem. The computer has a little something to do with it too. So, of course, I want a new one. But that will take some time. I have to live with what I have for now. I have my eyes set on a laptop (and an iPad Pro, but that's later on down the wish list).

We had a family fun day at Old Sacramento!

Anyway, I don't know how often I'll be able to post. I'm shooting for at least 1-3 times per week, starting in August - and at least once a week for right now. Then, of course, I co-host the awesome Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop, where you can find the best blogger recipes and DIYs around!

What I do know is that you have to live the little things. I knew that being unplugged was important before. I've always said that taking time off is actually essential for productivity. Well, I've had a lot of time away, and it's been really fun. Now I need to get back to work, work, work, work, work. And learn how to manage my time so that I can try to do it all. Because I know I don't want to give up blogging, even if I don't get back to my page views & blog comments and all that other stuff that does but doesn't matter. I think I just want my Me Time back. That's all. 

With all that being said, how do you manage your time for work, blogging, family and sleep? 
How do you find a healthy work-life balance? Do you have any tips or suggestions for me? 
Let me know in the comments!

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Elephant's Child said...

The little things are HUGE in my world.
Balance? Some days an impossible dream. I muddle along. Some days are better than others. And I am learning (slowly) to be as kind to myself about my (perceived) failures as I would be to someone else.
Good luck in your journey.

Memories for Life said...

I can't imagine finding time for blogging if I had to go back to work outside the home! I enjoy blogging, but it doesn't bring in any income or honestly, many sales to my Etsy shop. So like you, I do it for myself. I enjoy the connections and the community.
I've learned to only blog when I really have something to say or share. I don't force myself to blog if I'm not feeling it. I think my blog has a more honest feel that way.

La Vie En May said...

I honestly wish I had better work-life balance. I spend a lot of time at work and not enough time exploring the world and doing the things I want to! I'm trying to change that behavior and move onto something much more meaningful than just sitting in an office.

I love all the things you shared so far Kim!

The Art Bug said...

Really it is hard for me to imagine managing blog + online Shops with work and Four kids!!! As you know I was also away from my blog for a long time even though I was at home, but just not feeling well during the first trimester of pregnancy left me with no will and strength to do it.
I am glad that you are back, and kudos to you for doing that with a full time job!! Good luck and hope you will continue!