Happy New Year! I hope you’re having a relaxing day with your family. I’m hanging out with the kiddos while we watch the snow fall outside. We’ve gotten a lot already and it doesn’t look like it will stop any time soon! Which I gotta say, I’m super happy about!
I enjoyed doing the word of the year so much that I thought I’d give it a try this year, too. What I like about the word of the year is that it isn’t a bunch of random resolutions that I’ll give up in a month or so. It is a word that I just have to be mindful of and remember throughout the year. Kind of a way of steering myself in a certain direction for the year.
This year I’ve chosen the word “balance”.
I spent 2013 pushing myself out of my comfort zone. As much as I’ve appreciated that experience, I feel like now it’s time to bring back a bit of balance.
I have a new baby now. Well, she’s not new anymore. She’s 9 months old already! How crazy is that?
Anyway, I’ve noticed over the past year that I’ve spent too much time on my computer – mostly doing blogging related things. I love blogging, really I do! But I can’t spend my whole life on it. I’ve been saying “just a sec” to my kids way too much lately. And it’s not fair. I started this blog as a way to spend my free time as a stay at home mom. During nap times and after bed. Or now and then while my husband watches the kids for a bit. I didn’t start this journey to get in the way of my kids. And that’s what it has felt like recently.
Another area that has taken a hit is my furniture painting and booth where I sell my pieces. I have neglected painting the pieces I already have. I don’t even know when the last time was that I bought a piece of furniture to redo because I have so much in my basement already. And honestly, my booth kinda looks like poo right now. I’m kind of discouraged about it actually, because I’m just not feeling it right now. And I’m sad about that. The furniture part of my business is why I got started in blogging in the first place. I miss it. Plus, I hate going into the shop and seeing my booth and not feeling excited about it. It needs to be a reflection of me and my style and it just isn’t right now. So that definitely needs to change.
Part of that will come in the form of using my time more wisely. Using the time that the girls are napping or hanging with Dad to get a coat of paint on something. Another thing I thought of this morning was that maybe I need to ask for a dedicated one hour per day from the hubs to watch the kids while I do work related things. And see how it goes from there. This is turning into my job – I am making money on it after all. And I need to treat it that way. What’s one hour a day? I can actually get a lot done in that time if I do it consistently and I spend my time wisely!
Now that I say all of that, it kind of sounds like I actually don’t want to spend time with my kids. Not true at all! I want to be more present with them while we’re together and not so distracted by my work. And while I’m not with them, I want to make sure I spend my time wisely by working, learning, blogging, painting, or even just taking a break to read or watch Downton Abbey! 🙂
I hope I can remember all of this throughout the year! I think I’ll constantly be reminding myself of where I want to focus my time, but I think I can do it!