Giveaway Winner + A Reality Check

Before I get into my reality check, let’s start off with the good news – the winner of the $25 gift card to Garnish is Sarah C. Didn’t win? You can still go buy all sorts of great things at Garnish anyway. I know I will be. 

And now on to the main event. I’m taking a quick break from my typical posts to be real with you all. Most of you probably don’t know that I started this blog back in 2007. I blogged about my personal life consistently for about three years then I got a full-time job that was insanely busy.

I quit my full-time job in April when K was born because I wanted to be a full-time mom and not miss out on any of the precious moments with my son. I’ve been back at blogging again for a month now and have quickly realized that blogging can be a full-time job if I let it. I quit my job for a reason and it was to spend time with K. In the last month I’ve gained 800+ fans on Facebook, 800+ fans on Twitter, and who knows how many on Pinterest. While that’s incredible and I’m so grateful for those fans, I’ve also missed out on way too many of my son’s smiles and laughs.

I’ve read so many posts from people, who have been blogging for years, about finding balance in their lives. Rather than waiting until a couple of years from now to realize how important balance is, I’m taking a step back now to prioritize the most important things in my life. This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop blogging by any means, just the opposite actually. I’m going to be more strategic, efficient, and deliberate about my time and honestly I think it’ll make both my blog and my relationship with K better. 

So instead of spending eight hours a day, I’ll spend however long I have while K is sleeping or otherwise entertained. And when he’s awake, I’ll spend that time playing, going on walks, and just enjoying the time with him because I don’t want him to remember his time with me as time spent trying to steal the mouse from my hand or chewing on the computer cords to get my attention. I love this blog but I love my family so much more and the time I spend needs to start reflecting that.

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  1. says

    I love how you expressed all of this, Britni! I have a hard time as it is …and I’ve only been doing this blogging stuff for six months. It can be very time consuming, overwhelming, and not to mention all of the social media stuff (which I almost despise!). I don’t have any little ones at home any more. (I don’t know how you do it while he’s awake. Naptime sounds like a great idea!) But, I’m just like you…I do not want this to consume my whole day. I have actually started a schedule for myself, too. Because, there’s other things I need to get done in this house while no one is home… like staying on top of the cleaning, and painting the walls, etc! Thank you for sharing with us! You are not alone!
    PS…your little one is so dang cute!

    • says

      Thank you Gloria. The sad part is that I really do think it’s fun, but I can’t let it take over the time I’m supposed to be doing other things. I did better this week, it really is just trying to get the hang of it one day at a time.

  2. says

    Good for you! I just had my daughter on September 20 and blogging during nap time is the best {well if you have time while trying to get everything else around the house done}. I’m proud of you. Keep that balance!! :) Glad I found ya via the DC Ladies!

    Megan @

  3. Michele @ Flavor Mosaic says

    Good for you! Better to work on that life balance thing now rather than years from now. I don’t know that I have ever gotten the life-work balance ever balanced. By the way, K is such a cutie! I can see what you would want to spend as much time as possible with him.

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