Through my blogging break, I learned that when parenting seems like the hardest thing I've ever done, when it feels like it's going to swallow me in and when I feel confused, knowing I was made for this, but wishing I was better at it. When I don't know all the answers and I get sick of the questions. When I feel like I'm loosing myself in Mothering, but I'm desperate to remember who I am---It's at those times that I want to fold in and focus ONLY on my family. What I learned from my blogging break is that when things are the hardest, that's when I really need something that's just for me, and NOT about mothering.
I learned that when you feel like you've given it your all, but you get nothing back, when you feel like you've done everything, but you're good at nothing, when all you want is to be alone, but that seems impossible. When all you do is clean and yet, your house is still messy. When you're tired of the daily normal, but you thrive on routine. When you feel lonely, but friendship is scary. When you feel done, but you want to strive to do better---You need something to help you count your blessings and that's what blogging is for me.
When I took my "break", I didn't realize how good blogging is for me. It's a creative outlet, and something that's just my own. It inspires me to break out my DSLR and through the lens, see simple things as blessings. It helps me search for beauty. It helps me see the ordinary things as gifts and it gives me a thankful heart, which is a happy heart.
My blogging break showed me that even if I wrote 500 posts, that were just for me and all I did was post pictures of what I'm thankful for, it would be good. When life seems harder than it should be, we need to intentionally see beauty in the ordinary and that's what blogging helps me do.
So, right now--- Here it is. Thankful for these things:
///Toes in the rain.
What about you? What are you thankful for? Let's share!