If you read my previous post about my plans and goals for 2020, you know that I’m trying to prioritize balance and consistency. But what the heck does that really even mean?
The thing is, I have a tendency to be an “all or nothing” type of person. I go into something with grand plans and dreams for how it’ll work out, get basically obsessed with making it happen, then when it doesn’t I move on. Not super healthy but it’s something I am working on.
This year there are three big ways I’m seeking balance.
Balancing my blogging schedule
So for me, blogging and all that comes with it is a passion project. I love to write. I love to share my life. And I love to think that maybe I can offer some advice along the way that can help other moms and military spouses. But I’m either all the way invested in this space and let it consume me, or I do nothing. Like not a dang thing.
So this year I am backing way way up. I’m commuting to one post a week this month. Once that becomes “easy” I am moving up to two. I’m not sure where I’ll end up. Maybe a blog post every day, maybe just one a week. This is my year for really diving in and finding what works for me.
Consistency will hopefully be a side effect of this balance. Once I find what actually works for me, I can keep doing it. Every week. Not just for a while then getting burnt out.
Balancing my content
I’ve read a lot (like a lot a lot) of “how to blog successfully articles. That’s not something I’m ashamed to admit. But they really all sell the same advice to write posts that help people and are likely to get shared and go wild on Pinterest. And sure, that’s great. But in the past year I spent so much time trying to write informative posts that I have suddenly found “me” lacking from the content (ugh I hate that word) I’m creating. In other words, it’s all become content and there’s no really personal bit. And maybe that makes me more pinnable, but at the end of the day that’s not what I wanted to blog for.
Long story short, this year I am trying to find balance between sharing helpful things and personal things. Balance between “content” and life. When I find that balance I know I’ll enjoy writing more and I hope you will enjoy reading more.
Balancing family and blogging
This is another place where I tend to be all or nothing. Usually it tends to show up as me feeling guilty for spending too much time blogging and working on posts/instagram/etc and not spending all that time with my family. But I think it’s important to be a little selfish sometimes.
With Eloise coming soon, I know I’ll be going back to writing more posts on my phone while she’s nursing. (True story: I hated pumping for Oliver but I loved that I had that time to sit and work on posts uninterrupted!)
We have a lot of big life changes coming up this year so I’m sure this part is going to be a constant work in progress, but I’m looking forward to finding a balance that really works for me to feel fully present for my family while also working more on this blog which is something I enjoy.
So there you have it. The three big ways I’m seeking balance in 2020.
If you are a balance expert I would love to hear from you! I think I need all the help I can get!