Here are the reasons why:
- My family comes first. I am many things, but my most important titles are mom and wife. I have a busy, fun, and super cute toddler, and I like to spend time with her. I don’t plan to miss her childhood. As much as it is important to put food on the table, my little family has been and will continue to be my main priority. I will only sacrifice so much time and so many things to ensure our security. Money is important, so it’s a delicate balance, one I will continue to improve but will not sacrifice entirely prior to improvement.
- My faith is right up there. I didn’t grow up with church and don’t find it necessary to physically go to church to be a person of faith; luckily, either does my husband. At the same time, I found a church I really like with a true feeling of community and a solid message of both faith and inspiration. It is wonderful family time too. It’s become really important to me to make time in my schedule to go a couple times a month.
- My business is growing. I absolutely LOVE my business – I’m impacting lives in multiple ways I had never before imagined before. And this business IS the other part of my balance, providing for my family both in the present and the future. Very happily, I get to do it very part-time and around my hectic life, and I am so thankful for that. My personal growth in life and business is why I want to continue to blog but also why I don’t have time.
- I still work part-time. I have a part-time j-o-b. It’s one I like so I don’t want to give it up – yet. I won’t be in this job forever because I know I don’t need to be and won’t always want to be. But for today, I do enjoy what I do, and I love what it gives my family on top of it. Plus, my husband and I have specific plans for the earnings I make from that job so “heigh ho, it’s off to work I go!”
- My health. Fitness and taking the time to eat healthy. I know it seems crazy, but it can be time-consuming – smart shopping, cooking from home, and the cleaning that comes with it… Plus, hitting the gym and adding in 30 minutes of exercise a day. During this time, I come up with TONS of content for blogging. But it’s putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys) which I can’t seem to find the time for.
And isn’t that enough?
When it comes down to it, I’m just like everyone else – I’M BUSY!
I sat down and mapped out my hours for the week to see what I had left for blogging and the truth came out. I placed all of these things above into my calendar and noticed I was not leaving time for other important things – like showering! I’m not even kidding! I packed so much into my calendar, that if you looked at it, I didn’t leave time for hygiene! Of course, I still managed to shower and brush my teeth every day – no worries! But if you think about this, by doing things I had not planned for (such as showering), I was getting behind on what I had I mapped out because I didn’t plan for enough hours in the day. I finally realized, something had to give. And when I mapped out my true priorities and got real with myself, blogging was one of those things that had to give.
The Truth About Who I Am
If I were the type of person who could throw together a post, I would still be blogging, as I see so much benefit to it. And traffic and the feedback I have been getting has been incredible and motivational, to say the least, especially for a novice blogger. I’m glad what I write speaks to so many – that was (and is) my goal!
At the same time, while I love to write, it’s not as easy as throwing together a post. I am an analyzer who has a little attention deficit disorder. Okay, I’m an OVER-analyzer and I can easily get SUPER distracted. Additionally, I went from being a somewhat lazy kid to a busy young adult, who never wanted to be lazy ever again, which turned me into someone who has a prior of over-committing. This fault is one I have been working hard to rid for the past few years and I’m not giving in now!
I’m also a bit of an introvert, which means I spend a lot time in reflection. I think before I talk and that really stunts my blogging growth! It’s all a dangerous combo.
In becoming a successful blogger, one must not only be relevant, but consistent, and the consistency was stressing me out because of my personality traits. I simply needed more than the hour I was setting aside for myself each week to put together a blog post you – my readers and subscribers – would want to read.
I’ll Be Back
So, when I have fewer distractions in my life, or more wiggle room in my schedule, I will be able to blog again. In the meantime, I might just throw out a random blog post for fun (like this one!) and see what happens. I’m not certain when my sabbatical will end, but I am certain of this – I am doing the right thing. All I have to do is look at that list of five things to prove it.
“You need to make time for your family no matter what happens in your life.” ~ Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” ~Stephen R. Covey
“Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.” ~Dallin H. Oaks
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe