Finding balance in blogging has taken me a very long time. Blogging has brought so many wonderful things into my life (yourself included). I feel blessed. It does however, take up quite a bit of my time. You can imagine that as a mother of a 3 year-old and a 1 year-old, I don’t have that much time to spare.
I am telling you this because I was forced to make some changes. A wonderful man in my life, Unknown Papi, complained that things just were not working out for him. He was sick of seeing my face stuck in a computer.
Oh, I put up a fight and argued that I get no time to myself and I’m making some money blogging, so why do I have to justify the time I spend blogging when I don’t have to justify the time I spend working outside the home? He listened and tried not to roll his eyes, but bottom line he said, “This is not working!”
I needed to find balance.
I love him, so I have to listen because if something that is bothering him actually gets to the point that he brings it up, then it is a BIG DEAL. He lets a lot of things go.
So what am I supposed to do? Give up something that I love to do?
No. Balance is what is needed.
We came to a compromise. We decided that we would treat it like a job. A job I happen to LOVE. Now, I get up and blog without interruptions in the morning before he leaves for work and then I’m done for the day. I might get a little more time during naps or after the kids go to bed, but I don’t expect to get that time.
And you know what? I’m actually a lot more productive and everyone is much happier. I feel like I get a block of time to “work” and I prioritize that time because it is limited, instead of trying to steal moments throughout the day. And the family feels like I focus on them more the rest of the time.
Sometimes when you lose a fight, you win.
Are you good at creating a balance in your life? Any tips to share?
And now your Friday Fortune Cookie
(don’t forget to add “in bed” at the end, if you are so inclined):
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