“Some days just do not go according to plan. You wake up with lofty goals, a mile long to-do lists, & an actual decent plan. Then one thing after another goes against everything you thought today was going to be. Instead of writing or having me time, you are trapped under a teething tot. But then perspective sneaks in… When was that last time you just sat down and snuggled. How long has it been since your toddler needed you this much? Don’t be mad. Don’t feel guilty. Soak up the moment. It didn’t feel like opportunity until now… #perspecticles #parentingunfiltered” – Made By Meggs, Instagram
Three weeks ago I posted that photo on my Instagram account. That day I felt overwhelmed by all of the things I wanted to do, crashing into all of the things I needed to do. As a mom it’s hard to balance it all some times. We spend so much of our time and energy being there for our kids and our husbands, that we rarely have time for much else. And while 99% of the time I find that fulfilling, its that nagging 1% that creeps in from time to time. But I have said this before, and I’ll say it again, my family will always come first. They are my priority. As I am sure every parent would say. But that doesn’t stop us from wanting more, just a tad more… at least some times.
As a stay-at-home mom it is especially hard for me to step away from my family life to have time dedicated to anything else. It’s not easy to sit at a computer and write, when your little ones want a snack, or play with your keyboard, or just generally want your attention. Even harder to compose content when you have a slow eating guilt in the back of your mind that you aren’t giving your children enough, even though you feel as if you are giving them everything you have. (Wonderful that parenting guilt is, isn’t it?)
But those days when I spend all of my time with my children, I leave the bulk of my other responsibilities and interests for nap time. It makes it increasingly difficult to do all of my household chores and then squeeze in any blogging. When my window of opportunity has an unpredictable time slot. And lately my girls have been THE most unpredictable nappers! Which makes any thing tough to balance. This is usually when I tell myself to focus only on 3 things I need to complete for the day.
Three things limits my guilt, my frustrations, & ultimately my overwhelmed feelings. But it means so many things are left behind. But that is the reality. Because we can not do “all of the things.” Repeat that with me. WE CAN NOT DO ALL OF THE THINGS! As much as I want this blog to be so many things for my readers, my top goal is to be real. I don’t want you to come here and read, only to think “Wow, she does it all!” because I have only posted the fun parts of my life. I am a real person just like you. I am a real parent, just like you. And right now I am not doing it all. Right now, I pretty much feel like I’m doing the minimum!
But this is not the end! I am just here to check in and let you know that I am always in blogging mode. It is just that my thoughts have not made it into type yet. The pages have not been formatted and linked. The photos are not here… yet. Content is always running in my mind, but it’s the “pen to paper” part I am still working on!
Here are a few things I am drafting up right now.
- My review of a product that will not only get you to naturally clean your home, but also save you money!
- A crafting project that is SO easy to do with your kids, and yet beautiful enough to frame.
- My top list of products for toddlers. Which will make for an awesome start to your holiday shopping (yes, I went there!).
- A spotlight on a clothing company that I fell in love with, my first month of blogging.
- And of course MORE easy and quick recipes to keep you cooking and baking looonggg into the chilly fall months!
So in the mean time, share your thoughts and photos and recipes with me. I am always looking for new things to try. And if you want to keep up with my imperfect every day life with two toddlers, keep up with my on Instagram. I don’t seem to miss a day on there!