It seems like sharing day-to-day happenings has transitioned away from blogs and onto Instagram Stories but blogging is what brings me the most joy so I’ll keep plugging away over here as long as that continues to be the case.
I haven’t talked too much about this on the blog but a few years ago, after Ryder was born, I had a moment that felt poignant for me from a work/blogging/goals perspective. I found myself feeling pressure to share a ton on social media because that’s where everyone seemed to be shifting their attention and that is where the biggest opportunities for growth seemed to be concentrated. It was sucking the joy out of the blog and my work and it was then that I asked myself what my goals actually were related to this space.
Were they to have a gigantic social media following? No. I truly do not have the desire to have a huge social media following because the scrutiny that comes along with that many eyeballs sounds incredibly stressful and exhausting to me. Did I want to hire a team and have a group of people managing my social channels and contributing to the blog so I could produce more content and rank higher through Google/SEO? No. One of the things I love most about blogging is the genuine connections I’ve made with so many of you. I like that when you read words on this blog they’re from me and when you see my social media posts you know exactly who shared them.
Sometimes I feel like ambition and an intense desire for growth is celebrated but, at least for me, when I think about my goals for this blog they aren’t sky-high. They’re actually right where I am right now. I’ve told Ryan for years that if my blog continues on this path with no growth and no dips I’ll be happy. I’m proud of this space and what we’ve created together and know full-well I’m fortunate to be able to contribute to my family financially through this blog. My social media following may never be in the millions and I may never make millions but I’ve found happiness where I’m at in my corner of the internet. I’m so grateful to you guys for continuing to come along for the ride.
Annnd the above ramblings are exactly why I LOVE and miss blogging in real-time. I am sipping my coffee at a local coffee shop right now and didn’t really have a plan for today’s blog post other than to share a little bit about my morning. I think that’s what I miss most about blogging off-the-cuff — ya never know what is going to come out! I’ve always said this blog often feels like an online journal of sorts for me and maybe one day when all the boys are in school I’ll be able to come full-circle and blog in real-time more regularly. Who knows where things will lead in the future but I can say I’m looking forward to the wild ride!
Okay, so let’s back up and a bit and catch up! How are you guys? How is your week going so far? Rhett ended up a little under the weather on Monday. He had a runny nose and seemed to be fighting something so our entire family stayed home and didn’t get out of our pajamas. I had hoped to fill our President’s Day with lots of fun things but, honestly, I think our kids loved the low-key “jammie day.”
Yesterday things normalized and we’re back to life as usual today!
Despite the fact that I was out late last night (I went to dinner with some girlfriends to celebrate my friend Jess’ baby #3), I was up without too much trouble when my alarm went off at 5:05 a.m. (You know those extra five minutes count when the alarm is set that early.) I had plans to head to boot camp with a friend for the 5:30 a.m. camp and was done with a leg day workout by 6:15 a.m.
I don’t make it to in-person camps nearly as much as I used to these days but they really are the best!
I arrived home just in time to say goodbye to Ryan as he headed into the office and then grabbed a quick shower before I heard the big kids making noise in their room. I made sure they were on the right path to getting themselves dressed before Rhett let it be known he was ready for milk! I nursed Rhett and got him dressed before heading back downstairs to make Chase and Ryder’s lunches.
The big kids joined us for breakfast (overnight oats for me that Rhett repeatedly tried to hijack) and then we were off to Chase’s school drop off.
We headed back home after saying goodbye to Chase because today is an “Annemarie Day” — aka one of the mornings we have Annemarie watch Rhett for a couple of hours while Chase and Ryder are at school.
Annemarie breathes life into my week and the time I have to blog and work uninterrupted is something I genuinely look forward to all week long. If you are struggling to find windows of productivity while juggling children and can get some help, please take this is as my gentle encouragement to do so. I only wish I would’ve done it sooner before I was living in a place of serious overwhelm.
Once Annemarie arrived, Ryder and I headed out and I dropped him off at preschool before making my way to a nearby coffee shop where I am now as I type up this blog post! I have a couple more hours until I pick up Ryder from preschool after lunch so it’s time for me to turn my attention to my to-do list. Thanks for stopping by PBF this morning and I hope you have a great Wednesday, my friends!