Before I start today, I want to say thanks again to Linda for hosting Just Jot It January. I jumped on board for the first time last year and it really helped boost my blog into something new, but this year I managed to post every single day. Plus, I managed to keep some of the things I was already doing like Friday Fictioneers and Sunday Photo Fiction, so now I feel like I have a real direction for my blog and I’m excited to post.
I’m also really excited for the blog hop in February. I followed this one last year as well, but I really like the direction Bee has taken and I’m excited to get started. (I think I’ve overused “excited” at this point…)
I went through a lot of changes last year and there were a few months where my blog suffered a lot. I honestly have an unspoken goal this year to post something every single day, no matter what.
As my boyfriend is always telling me, I get so excited about new things that I end up overdoing it to the point that I can’t keep up the demand I’ve made on myself. For me, I have to focus on balance in order to make it all work.
In the last month, I feel like I’ve started to feel more balance in my life. I’m exercising more regularly again (with things I actually like to do), I’m writing on a daily basis and while I’m still in the learning process in the day job, I feel like that is even coming together.
I used to get so frustrated when I tried to write. I don’t have a designated area in the tiny house, so I’m usually on the couch right in the middle of everything going on. It was my excuse not to post many times in the past. One of my favorite Christmas presents from my boyfriend was a pair of noise canceling headphones. Now I can sit here listening to music while everything else is going on, and I can focus on writing. It has done wonders for my peace of mind and my blog.
I’m still trying to balance the difference in my life when the kids are here and when they aren’t, but I think that will always be a work in progress. What I believe I need is to not get so set on timing, but instead I just need to let things happen whenever and however they do. For example, I had to adjust my plans for tonight for my son’s football meeting, which meant I wasn’t able to attend my workout class. But instead of getting upset, I am focusing on what I can control.
I hope you all find balance in your life. I believe we all need it.
Love Is In The Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around with Bee. She also asked us to combine Mindful Monday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading. (It is my first time taking part in Mindful Monday, but I think it’s something I can totally jump on board!) Today’s prompt is “Mindful Self-Love”.