Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Thoughts and a Blogging Re-Evaluation

This morning I woke up with a big fire in my belly to clean, clean and then clean some more. We've been busy lately and I feel like our house is starting to get away from me so, I wanted to tackle a bunch of stuff and get back to the feeling of "being on top of things". It's funny though, every time I think I'm going to accomplish like 1,000 things in a day, I somehow forget that I have little helpers. These little helpers are sweet and they have good intentions but, if you've ever been around two kids 3 and under, you know that they don't actually make the job go faster.
I'm sure you've seen this.....It's so true, isn't it?
At one point, I was vacuuming and Judah started motioning for me to look into the dining room. I looked and there was Paisley, sitting ON TOP of the dining room table. Seriously?! She's 20 months. Judah is 3 1/2 years old and he's NEVER done that. I'm not saying that he hasn't done many other things but, he's always stayed clear of the top of the table. Lately, there are a lot of situations that are similar to the table top incident. I find myself saying a nice long drawn out "Duuuuude!" a lot. It keeps me from saying something worse and it helps me keep a sense of humor in the situation.

So, I set her in time out and she thinks it's fun. When her minute is over, I tell her she can get up but, she wants to just keep on sitting there. Seeing her continue to sit there makes me almost feel bad, even though I told her that her timeout was over. Ridiculous, I know.

I got about 1/3 of what I wanted to do accomplished and then we headed out to go on a walk. We walked down to a friends house and delivered her cookies, flowers and peas from our garden for her Birthday. I love our community and I love all the amazing MOPS moms that are in my life. I never stop feeling the blessing of friendship and support. It's all around, I can feel it and I want to spread that feeling of community.

On our way back, I started jogging with the stroller. We recently got a new double jogging stroller and I just love it. I'm great at walking long distances but, when it comes to jogging, I feel like my heart's going to pop out of my throat at any moment. So, I had Judah cheer for me and it totally helped. His "Go Mommy! Faster! Faster! You can do it Mommy!" totally inspired me to keep on running. I hope to jog with them more often.
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Paisley, happy to be playing outside! 
Lately, I've been re-evaluating blogging and how, what and why I blog. I've been thinking about how I write, what I write about and why I write it. First and foremost, I write because I love writing. I doubt that there will ever be a time in my life where I don't do some sort of writing. To me, writing is a beautiful way to preserve memories, document feelings and put your heart down onto paper. 

However, when you write and anyone can read it, things can get a bit more tricky. So, in order to not get too personal, I often share different projects that I'm working on, or things that I've been making. But lately, when I've been re-evaluating blogging, I feel my heart telling me that there's so much more to me than just a Mamma who writes about her projects. To be honest, my favorite blogs are written by inspiring women who write about their life. They share their heart and they share beauty but, not only in their projects. They share the beauty in their lives. 

On the flip side, there are thousands of craft and cooking blogs but, very few really stand out, unless the writer is sharing who she is or unless she's amazingly talented. And don't even get me started about the hundreds of link parties. I don't want to sound snarky but, I'm so tired of getting comments from people asking me to join their link party. Sure, I link up but, only to a few parties, hosted by bloggers that I actually really like. But, please don't get me wrong, I do love a great cooking site or an amazing DIY blog! 

This little blog of mine is simply that: A blog of mine. I want to share my heart here and share my life. I hope to inspire other women and show that I'm not perfect, and neither is my family. I've got a BIG God in my life and He gives me strength. Sure, I'll still write about projects that we're doing but, I'm NOT another craft blogger or site where you can find an amazing recipe, posted on a weekly basis. I'm just me, a girl who likes to write and wants to stay true to herself. I will continue to write about whatever I feel like or whatever is inspiring me at the moment. 
There are no rules and there are no limitations, except for the ones that we set for ourselves.
Angela 

10 comments:

  1. I love it Angela! Your blog is definitely YOU...the bright cheery colors and I have to say that even in your DIY posts you come across real and honest:) I can definitely get caught up in feeling like what's the point of blogging when there's always someone doing it and saying it better. But God gave us each a voice for a reason and I have to focus on that and serving Him only...it's a struggle for me though!

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    1. Thank you, Jewel. I agree, God gave us each our own unique voice and our own story. We need to remember to stay true to our story and not let our voice get drowned out by all the influences around us. Love you, friend!

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  2. I'm so glad that I read your post today. Lately, I've been thinking of the same things that you are. This summer I decided to re-evaluate my blogging. I've been getting overwhelmed by everyone's desire to sponsor a blog, giveaways and link parties. It's enough to make someone crazy! I plan on cutting out some of the "fat" of my blogging soon. Reading posts like yours is so encouraging and inspiring. Thank you!

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    1. So glad you were encouraged by my post. As long as you stay true to yourself, you'll be golden!!!

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  3. Amen is all I can say. And I love you, of course.

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    1. Missed seeing you last night! Love you too!

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  4. I agree with everything 100 percent! There is a rat race to blogging and you get caught up in it and its tough. And cleaning a house with kids is so so fun. Haha.. not! The other day I vacuumed and Avery took the canister off the vacuum and there goes all my dust. THEN he spilled goldfish on the floor when I was done re-vacuuming. Yup.. the living room got vacuumed THREE times. I need to start saying DUUUUDE.. lol! :)

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    1. Oh man, you had to vacuum 3 times?! That is SO not fun! Someday we'll miss the spilled goldfish, right? :)

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  5. Love that you are staying true to who you are. I think that is essential in order for the blog to be fun for you and for it to reflect you. Keep it up!

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  6. Great post! Thanks for stopping by my blog as well. I can't wait to check out all your tutes! Looks amazing. Also I need that last quote on my wall and on a shirt!
    XOXO
    Megan

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