The place to Start? (My Wordless Week)
First, I’ve to say that this week glided by SO QUICKLY. As a (hopefully fast) recap, I had been feeling extraordinarily overwhelmed for the previous couple of months for quite a few causes. After I wrote out my “to do” listing, it felt like a mile lengthy and I actually had no concept the place to start.
I made a decision to get rid of any stressors that weren’t time-sensitive, and running a blog was considered one of them. Somewhat than skip my weblog posts altogether, I did a “Wordless Week”, the place I posted a photograph a day. In fact, I could not assist myself however to write down a fast sentence or two concerning the picture, however that was it.
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I let my household and buddies know that I wasn’t going to be out there for the week–texts, cellphone calls, can be sporadic at greatest. Jerry supplied to make dinner day-after-day (and he did!–we each discovered that he is acquired some cooking expertise). He actually preferred cooking, so I feel he’ll do it extra usually. It is not that he by no means cooked or volunteered to cook dinner before–he truly gives a lot–I simply at all times thought of it *my* job as a stay-at-home mother or father).
I began remedy a couple of weeks in the past and it has helped enormously to date. I’ve discovered that I’ve a really laborious time asking for assist with anything–especially if it is one thing that I really feel like I ought to be doing–again, as a result of I am a stay-at-home mother or father.
Staying at house is just not almost as straightforward at it sounds, although my children are each sufficiently old to care for themselves. I do a ton of work from home: cleansing, organizing, meal planning, grocery buying, working errands, making appointments, conserving monitor of all people’s schedules, fixing issues round the home, taking good care of the pets, planning out and adjusting the week’s duties, paying payments and conserving ledgers of our funds, and finally–blogging.
Running a blog is how I earn an revenue, and there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Simply yesterday, as I solely had an hour earlier than leaving for cross nation, I acquired an electronic mail from AdThrive (the corporate that handles advertisements on my weblog) saying that there was an issue with bots(?) inflicting some large issue–I do not perceive laptop language in any respect! I simply adopted their directions and trusted them to repair it on their finish, however I used to be utterly wired about it.
I solely earn a modest revenue from the advertisements on my weblog, however I wish to hold a stability for my followers the most effective that I can. I do not wish to overload my weblog with advertisements, although I may earn much more cash; nonetheless, I do not wish to take away the advertisements, both, as a result of it is my contribution to our household’s funds. So, whereas I hate having advertisements on my weblog, I actually do attempt to hold it on the level the place it is not TOO intrusive. I can not stand it once I go to websites (particularly recipe websites) the place it’s a must to sift by means of dozens of advertisements to get to the content material!
Anyway, the purpose is that running a blog IS a job. I spend plenty of time on it–more than one would think–and along with all the stay-at-home mother or father issues that I do, I unfold myself very skinny when I’ve quite a bit occurring. Including volunteering as a cross nation coach to the combination this fall threw me for a loop.
Then our toilet/bed room catastrophe occurred (water injury on our subfloor, and now a whole transform of the toilet and bed room) added an expense we did not plan for. To not point out what a time-consuming undertaking it could be.
Eli hit an enormous pothole with Jerry’s automobile, requiring new tires and a rim (complete of $1500)–again, not anticipated.
The home is totally cluttered in every single place as a result of we aren’t executed with the transform (we needed to transfer every little thing from the bed room and toilet into our eating room, lounge, and wherever else we may put it).
Since I have been DIY’ing the catastrophe, it is taking longer than anticipated. For much longer! However this previous week, I completed framing within the new closet within the toilet and I put in many of the drywall yesterday. I am going to end that immediately. Then I’ve to tape and dirt the drywall, sand it, and finally–FINALLY–I get to do the enjoyable stuff! Portray, adorning, making it look first rate once more. (I wish to stress that Jerry gives to assist with every little thing; I simply do not wish to ask him to, as a result of he often works about 48-60 hours per week.)
Moreover, he is tremendous busy being a nerd. His new passion is placing collectively/constructing a Ghostbusters outfit (he would not like me to name it a fancy dress!).
One thing I’ve discovered in remedy is that it is OKAY to ask for assist, although I really feel like I ought to be the one doing it. My children can actually do extra chores round the home (one thing I felt unhealthy about asking). They will cook dinner their very own meals on the times that I coach cross nation, which is at all times hectic for me. I could make a schedule that features my prime priorities after which put those that are not time-sensitive on the again burner.
So, that is why I selected to take per week “off” of running a blog. I’ve blogged day-after-day since January 1, 2020, and I actually did not wish to break that streak, which is why I nonetheless posted an image a day. However it was an enormous weight off my shoulders figuring out I did not must dedicate a lot time to it.
I do know that I can lower down the quantity of days that I weblog, however I actually do take pleasure in it (more often than not). This previous week, although, I made a decision that I will do a “wordless” submit as soon as per week to take a while and get different issues done–or even take a day of complete relaxation! I can not even keep in mind the final time I did that. Most likely once I had COVID, so it wasn’t even a “enjoyable” day, haha.
One thing else I have to work on is just not feeling responsible for every little thing. When Jerry cooks dinner, for instance, I really feel responsible that I am not doing it. When the home is not clear, I really feel responsible asking the youngsters to scrub the toilet or mud the lounge, and many others. I really feel extremely responsible once I do not cook dinner dinner.
I really feel responsible spending cash on myself, although I’m thrifty (I feel each merchandise of clothes I own–aside from underwear and some hoodies that I acquired for $8 at Kohls–came from thrift shops). Fortunately, thrift buying is one thing I LOVE. I do not even know the place individuals go to purchase new garments! Haha.
Final yr, I even felt responsible for the physician go to co-pays when making an attempt to determine what was occurring with my persistent ache. So, the guilt is one thing I would wish to work by means of in remedy as effectively.
I’ve fairly a little bit of weblog content material for this week, I feel, as a result of I have never written shortly. So, I am going to finish this right here. A number of individuals have been asking me about my latest weight reduction, what I have been consuming, and the way consuming vegan/plant-based has affected my weight, and many others. I have been planning that submit for some time, taking pictures of plenty of my meals, so I’ll try this quickly. I additionally hope to submit some progress with the bed room/toilet, and even some issues I study in remedy.
So, Pals, thanks for sticking round this previous week! I positively plan to do a “wordless” day as soon as per week, on a day that’s significantly busy or I simply do not feel like I’ve something to write down about.
Within the meantime, please ship me some reader electronic mail that I can share in a weekly or bi-weekly (and even month-to-month) submit! I would love to listen to about issues like having a child, working your first race, adopting a pet, a fantastic thrift retailer discover, a brand new haircut, and many others. I wish to have a pleasant, constructive submit to share from all of you! You possibly can ship it (with a photograph, if relevant) to me at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. I am not doing Transformation Tuesdays, however you probably have a metamorphosis to share, I can at all times add it to the reader electronic mail submit!
I admire each. single. one. of you. Really. xo