Last year was my first official whole year of blogging and oh the things that have happened and changed over the past year. 2014 was a great one for us as a family and me as a person. I have learned more and grown more in the last year than I think any other year that I have been alive. True fact!
I survived a whole year of being a mother of two. Missy Moo was born in 2013 so it was my first official whole year of taking them both on while working full-time from home. A challenge in itself to survive.
We have had the pleasure of being state side for two whole months and can’t wait to do it again this summer with my American family. It’s amazing that the kids get to experience both worlds, both cultures, both families. We floated the river, we experienced fourth of July, making memories with besties, there really is no place like home.
My blog went from being just a family record of our adventures to a full-time job in less than six months and the last six months of the past year were the busiest I have ever been ever! I look back and think how did I not kill over once or twice.
Well I did, the end of the year saw me as sick as I have ever been. Weeks and weeks of coughing and fighting to breathe almost did kill me over. I pushed through it being the stubborn bull that I am not wanting to rest and take time off any of it. I attend Blogfest with a bottle of cough syrup and twenty packs of cough drops just to make it through the day. The bloggers that I met or hung out with will vouch how sick I was and come Christmas I didn’t sound any better. I have vlogged both on my channel and MumTalkTV with a scratching, aching throat and sniffles in between takes. My main point is I was hurting myself with my urge to keep going. I was not getting any better.
So at the end of 2014, an amazing year, I had changed completely. The world of blogging had really changed my life, I blog about it more here. I learned more about myself in one year than I ever have. What my capabilities were and were not. I pushed myself too far sometimes and not far enough other times but I think after a year of it all: family, kids, work, play, and illness I am finding a balance.
I kept my xmas promise, by taking two full weeks off work and spending time with my little ones. Precious time while they are still young, still at home with me because we all know how fast it really goes. Buba started school this year and I am focusing on making the next few months of him still at home with us the best, most adventurous months I can! Taking time off blogging was so hard for me. There were so many days I thought I could just write this or that and schedule it but that would be cheating as that’s not time off. I put the laptop away and I went in and out of twitter and instagram but not on my blog. There were times I felt like I was missing out and would never catch up if I didn’t get online and other times where I saw logic and laid on the carpet playing in the kid’s kitchen with them instead, not thinking about it, at all. So as I start 2015, I will not write a long list of new year’s resolutions that I will never keep. A list of goals in my head will remain there and hopefully some will be achieved but as I read other blogs and their new year’s resolution I keep coming back to just one word…
I need to find balance so I am healthy, I am happy, and so I feel fulfilled yet am not missing out on my kids or my work opportunities. It isn’t something that will be easy but I feel like I have more of a grasp on it with time off. I will be better with time management and therefore will help me balance everything on my very full plate.
One thing I need to learn is “one cannot possibly do it all”. It’s the one thing I try to pretend I can do but I can’t. If I want to get back to being healthy and staying that way for myself and my beautiful family, balance is a necessity! I need to learn to say, “no” more something I cringe to do!
I hope that 2015 brings all of you what you wish for, strive for and want. I also hope it’s full of fun, love and laughter because those all make up a beautiful life that we only get to live once.
“Life is about the quality of it
not the quantity of things in it!”
I think I was greedy in 2014 wanting it all for myself, my blog and my kids. 2015 will be more about enjoying life and what I already have to share right in front of me.
If you have any amazing “life balance” tips please comment below. Would love to hear them on my new journey to take one day at a time and stop rushing around so much with my head cut off!