I don’t normally get personal on this site. I try to make this more of a place to inspire you rather than all about ME, but I feel like I need to get this out there…I have been on the edge of a blogging burn out for the good first few months of the year. I was debating on quitting, handing the site over to someone else or something crazy. From September up until the middle of December I had been able to keep up with a regular weekday posting schedule. That’s 4-5 times a week. A first for me! I was pretty dang proud of my consistency. Then the year started with a preschooler who refused to nap, a less than ideally healthy me and our family life started getting really busy. So after talking to the Hubster, we decided to slow down my posting to 3 days a week and with the help of friends and many guest bloggers I was able to prep the site to run on its own for 2+ months. It was crazy to prep, but it was amazing the relief I felt and my ability to focus on my little family. And boy, oh boy am I glad I had that time because we had a lot of really good changes happen all at once!
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We had an amazing opportunity to purchase our first house, which equals no more renting. We are very excited about that! The Hubby had a change in his work schedule which allows us to have a more consistent schedule and spend weekends together as a family. Both of these things pretty much were wrapped up/happened all at the same time. We were hoping to close a couple weeks early on the house and have 1 or 2 weekends to transition between homes. Our closing was pretty smooth, but as most closings go, it got crazy towards the end. Because of some small paperwork delays, we closed later than our original close date on a week day (not a weekend as we hoped) and the seller, determined not to extend a 2nd time, ended up closing in the last few hours of the final day. Good thing, too, because we were packing the truck that day not sure what we were going to do with all our stuff and a 24 hour rental truck! lol But it all worked out! The only bad part was that we were not able to do basic prep to our new home before we moved in and only had 2 days to clean our rental out. (The house had been vacant for many months and needed a good vacuum, carpet cleaning, extreme wipe down of everything and paint job. I did not realize how bad/dirty it was until much later….something I’m going to give the blame to higher powers because that was a serious blessing not to notice! lol) With some extreme help of my mom and sister we were able to extreme clean the rental the remaining 2 days of our contract (I am cheap and wanted our full deposit back, which we got!). Then it was back to our new home for me to start the deep cleaning. I think I made it only one more day, Friday, and vacuumed the house like crazy before we had the carpet cleaned that Saturday. The next few weeks are a blur. We soon figured out that we had more good news, hopefully, on the way! My body was exhausted from everything I had been doing (and I was terrified to push it any more for fear of another miscarriage) that I listened to my body and let myself rest… a lot! The couch became my good friend during that time. =) I am officially past that 3 month mark and feel a little better about sharing the news. So, YES, we are expecting a new addition to the family late Fall!
See, I told you…Lots of good things happening, but oh so crazy times! I am so glad I had the time to focus on my family and the amazing thing is, is that my site actually did better with all my pre-planning, post less and on “auto pilot” than it did when I wrote a daily post 4+ times a week. Now that I almost have no other distractions, it is time for me to get back. I am making a plan to help me get my motivation back in all departments and I’ll share that with you soon….hopefully, Thursday.
Until then, share with me:
How do you keep everything in order or plan your day as a mom and stay motivated?
The Wizzle saysMay 2, 2012 at 9:20 am
Aw, congratulations! How exciting for you!
Gwen saysMay 3, 2012 at 6:50 am
WOW!! you do have a lot going on. Congratulations on so many things. Now go put your feet up 🙂
Tammy Guise saysMay 4, 2012 at 3:16 am
I feel so glad for you that now you will be able to spend sometime with your spouse. It is so good to live independently. I am living with my in laws hence anything that I plan does not really happen. Yes, I do plan my daily activities by deciding the tasks to do, waking up time etc but i fail to do most of the things. I am just thinking of some other plan that works.
Sandi Anderson saysMay 4, 2012 at 7:55 am
Congratulations!! With little kids, you can have a general plan, but just know, it isn’t going to go the way you plan and that’s okay!! Us adults and our plans are missing the joys that come with the little ones, cause sometimes you just have to leave the dishes, take off your shoes, splash in the puddles and run through the grass. 🙂
Tarmy saysMay 4, 2012 at 10:53 am
Congrats Michelle! All kinds of great things!
I’m struggling with the motivation issue. It seems each night before I go to bed I’m ready to “start tomorrow” then today comes and I waste all my time. I think we have to work and but I think we all need to give ourselves a break, as long as we are spending quality time with our kids and feeding them then sometimes we just have to let some of the rest of it go.
I’ll be interested to read any of the comments that tactfully have tips on getting up and doing Ü