It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog. Truthfully, I felt a lot of guilt about not growing my business in this area for the longest time. I kept feeling like I was failing and maybe to some other person’s standards I am. I haven’t hit the jackpot with blogging income, I’m not even making money off the affiliate marketing yet if I’m being completely transparent. I’m definitely NOT a talented writer and thats okay. I am however, doing what I love and most importantly, I’m making time to be with my little ones.
Aria was born at home on Valentine’s Day this year, just two weeks before the world as we know it turned upside down. Just like many others, this year has brought things into focus like never before. Family. is. everything. Not that it wasn’t before…but even more so, we have cherished every opportunity to hold our babies, spend time understanding them more deeply and making time for spontaneous fun.
I could argue that for a long time, most of our lives were completely out of whack. Our priorities were focused on the grind of the work day, then rushing here and there with the kids for activities and errands, hurrying to figure out what’s for dinner, quickly getting them through their night time routine then falling asleep on the couch watching TV and starting this all over again, every single day. We were sleepwalking through life, not really focusing our devotion with our families, but instead the activities and keeping “busy” as if it’s some virtuous calling to always be busy. When you bump into someone at the grocery store or out on a walk and they ask “how have you been?” have you ever responded, “SO busy”…as if we earn a gold star for a job well done keeping extra busy. We all do it, and we’ve all done it.
As things start to fall back into a new routine, especially with the approaching new year, let’s challenge ourselves to not fall into old habits. Let’s keep our eyes focused on our families. Careers will come and go. Jobs will change, and eventually lead to retirement. Family however, doesn’t retire. It doesn’t come to a close one day.
We are given the most incredible blessing in our families. Perhaps, like us, you find yourself in a place where you’re living across the country from your family. It’s also okay to make time for those friendships that keep you grounded. Take a time out from the hustle and bustle, grab a glass of wine with some friends if thats your thing. Grab a coffee date with your spouse, or make time to go for a walk with one of your mom friends. Whatever it is that fills your cup outside of your career, make it a priority this upcoming year.
Merry Christmas y’all!
See you all in the New Year!