Happy New Year everyone and Happy Snowy Thursday! Today I am going to be sharing some real talk with you all. I am home today because we were hit with a blizzard and there’s a foot of snow or more already on the ground. The snow started early morning and in some places it’s still going. The majority of my job is closed and there’s no school so it’s a snow day for us.
I know that it has been almost a month since I last posted and there are a number of reasons why. As I enter my third year of blogging, yes that’s right my third year, I wanted to share my thoughts about my blogging journey thus far and some of my goals moving forward. Before I continue, I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank all of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning. Thank you for your support, for taking the time out of your day to hang out with me here, read what I have to say and interacting with me by leaving comments on my posts.
As I have mentioned in several previous posts, blogging is not easy. I started my blog to serve as a creative outlet and in some ways a stress reliever however there have been many times when blogging is what caused the stress. When I found myself getting to this point, I realized that I needed to take a break or two or twenty. In the interim, I am aware that taking multiple breaks does not help my analytics but at the end of the day self care is more important. In the past few months, I have heard from so many bloggers who also felt the need to take a break for the same reasons. I find comfort in knowing that I am not alone.
This is where I am going to keep it real when I say that for the last couple of weeks I have been seriously contemplating ending my blogging journey. I have felt this way for some quite time and during the Christmas break I tried to not even think about it. I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s hard to not get discouraged and wonder why I even want to blog anymore. It’s also hard to not play the comparison game either.
Another factor is that sometimes, I just don’t have the time to write. I also don’t have the luxury of being able to blog full time and to be honest I don’t ever want to. In the last three years, I have learned that I cannot write when I’m under pressure therefore it would feel even worse if I knew that my next paycheck depended on it. When I started blogging, it was not with the intentions of making an income from it. It wasn’t until December of 2015 that I was approved for my first sponsored blog post and since then I have only had two more. I have listened to the advice and suggestions of so many more experienced bloggers when applying for campaigns and I end up waiting for weeks on end just to get denied. This is when the comparison nonsense kicks in.
On a personal level, only some of that is what has kept me from sharing both my blog and personal goals. A few weekends ago, I found myself reading several of my own goals posts and let’s just say that the tears started flowing. I work full time and when I come home, sometimes the last thing I wanna do is go to the gym or cook or do anything for that matter. Also, raising a teenager is by far the HARDEST thing I have ever had to deal with. OMG it is definitely mentally draining and exhausting. The only thing I can do is take things day by day and hope for the best but many of my nights end in tears.
♥ Thank you ♥ to everyone who has messaged me privately on IG when I have shared my feelings while in this stage of my parenting journey.
I’m wiping my tears as I write this so I’m going to wrap up on that topic for now. Also, if you are still reading this, THANK YOU for hanging out with me up until this point! I have decided to continue blogging but mainly when I feel the inspiration to sit down and write. I have never forced myself to write anything for the sake of having a post go live. Nope, never.
To all my Planner Girls who read my blog too ♥ THANK YOU ♥ I look forward to interacting with all of you everyday!
I will still be sharing some planner stuff for all of my planner girls so if any of you are reading this, then you already know! You can look forward to more editions of the Planner Lowdown series and maybe some other fun planner stuff too so stay tuned…
My Goals for 2018 – Short & Sweet
I am blessed that I have my son, an amazing family and my friends. While my circle has gotten smaller over the years, I am thankful for each of you! I have a great job and I am healthy so I am very fortunate.
Blog goals – I’m going to continue on this journey and interacting with all of my awesome and supportive readers! In the next couple of weeks, I will be sending out the third edition of my newsletter so make sure to subscribe if you aren’t already.
Personal goals – Practice more self care! I will get back to the gym because that is the one or two hours every week that I can just forget about everything and focus on myself. Financially, I will continue on my no spend marathons cause this girl got some stuff to do.
My two words for 2018 are: Pray & Believe
Well I am going to end this for now. I wanted to start off the new year by sharing what I have been feeling lately. I will still share some personal goals and accomplishments from time to time and I’ll always be around on Instagram if I’m not writing. For now, I am going to wash dishes, play with my planner and relax for the rest of the night.
Until next time…..