Whew- this is a heavier post than what I am used to writing but it feels good to get some of it off my chest.
Since moving from our home in Prosser, I realized that some of the things I used to enjoy doing, just havent been getting done. This makes me kinda sad. I made a list of those things I would like to do more often, the items on this list are things I know keep me happy and somewhat sain. ;)
This image is super inspiring to me. Those arrows are gorgeous! Link here.
Decorating used to be a favorite past time of mine. Our house payment is quite a bit more expensive here than it was in Prosser, and that means less money being spent on home decor goodies. I have however gotten creative and made some budget friendly diy's that have helped this home feel like our own... but haven't been as inspired to blog or share much of that process... and I am not sure why. Maybe I've been a little busier in my etsy shop than I used to be. Or maybe not blogging or sharing as often has allowed me to find that balance between work and family. Maybe I quit caring so much about how our home looked. I think that could be a good thing, but I do miss the feeling of getting excited over a new idea, or the re-arranging of a room! :)
-Couldn't find the original link to the above photo-
Taking pictures has always been something I have loved doing. When family came out to see us this summer I was asked to take family pictures. I was more than willing and did it but just felt really uninspired... like I just didn't have that fire or inspiration that I used to. It was much harder than it should have been, and didn't come natural. I realized a couple of weeks ago that it was more than likely due to the fact that I haven't been using my camera much. This means I am really really out of practice, and do not have nearly as many pictures of the girls as I should. Not taking pictures also means I do not have any blogging material. This brings me to #3 on my list.
Blogging I first started a blog back in February of 2007, under my first etsy shop name SparksFly. It was under a blogger account... I just took a glance and had to laugh... my how things have changed. Please proceed to that link at your own risk. ;) I was just starting out and trying to find my place in the etsy world. Pictures I have posted of Trinity are adorable... she was so little! Anyhow, I got a little off track... basically, blogging has been a part of my life for the last 7 years. I feel that I was pretty good at consistently posting because I enjoyed it. Sure, I might have gone a few weeks between posting but I always got right back in there! I do remember noticing how much easier it was to post to facebook, and I think that has probably contributed to my lack of blog posting. Facebook just seemed more social, especially when comments left on the blog became few and far between. Lately though, I have been feeling cheated by facebook and the lack of people I am able to reach. It has me wanting to focus more of my attention on my blog. Devoting time to a social platform that can change on a whim just starts seeming like a potential waste of time. I think I will get back to blogging and trying to enjoy that process again.
Exercise Without going into a whole lot of detail, I have had health issues that I have dealt with as a result of giving birth. It seemed like when we moved a year and a half ago those issues got worse, and that has kept me from being very active in the exercise department. In turn, this makes me feel quite a bit un-like msyelf. I want to try and find something I can do every day that is very low impact, and just gives me that feel good boost that comes from knowing I am doing something on a routine basis that will improve my health. Because this helps improve my mood ... and when mom's happy... well you know- everyone's happy. ;)
In summary these are all things I would like to work on. Hopefully blogging about this will make it easier for me to be held accountable because you guys can help motivate me to do so! I think a home tour is finally on the horizon. Maybe that will get me going on two of the 3 things on this list. Which room should I start with first?
Have you noticed that there are things you need to make time to do, just for you? It is much too easy to get busy with everything else that needs attention, and overlook yourself. I've found that when I take a little bit of time just for me, I can give of myself easier.