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Last Weekend and Why I’m Taking Weekends Off

Posted: May 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Blogging, The Year of Erin | Tags: Blogging, City Living | 4 Comments »

Was pretty freaking amazing.

I’m not usually a warm weather person but 70 degrees and full sun is right up my alley.

Saturday I took the opportunity to go shopping sans kids for supplies to make a terrarium.  I also ended up stopping at Home Depot for some annuals and Target for some miscellaneous items.  It was great.  I wasn’t rushed.  I was shopping for fun- something I don’t generally do.

After I got home we hung out in the backyard and it was so nice.  I planted my annuals in pots, we grilled, the boys tore up the garden.  Other than the destroyed garden, it was a great afternoon.  I was kicking myself that I had to leave to go pick up some diapers I bought through a co-op at 5pm.

The sun was shining.  the boys were all in good moods.  My hands were dirty.  I haven’t had the urge to just sit in a chair, kick my feet up, drink a beer, and enjoy the sun in ages.  And I couldn’t!  (Note to self: don’t plan things at 5pm on Saturdays.)

After I got home from  meeting the other girls from the co-op Yogi Dad and I hung out on the patio eating stinky cheese and crackers, but it just wasn’t the same.  The blissful moment had kind of passed.  It was getting cooler but neither of us wanted to deal with a fire in the fire pit.  We were both tired from a long day in the sun.  Lesson learned.

Sunday was of course, Mother’s Day.

I usually want the day to spend with my boys just me, maybe my Mom, but this year I wanted a little bit of a break.  My Mom and Yogi Dad took the twins to the Twins game and it was just Judah and I.  After they left for the game we walked up to a local coffee shop (Royal Grounds) for some icy cold caffeine and a cookie.  Judah fell asleep about 5 minutes before we hit our driveway.  Of course.

It took about an hour to get him to finally take a nap, but once he did I got down to putting together my terrarium.  Or, terrariums.  I ended up making four.

If you’re thinking i might have a blog post about them, you would be wrong.  I am utterly terrible at thinking ahead and way to impatient to take pictures during a process.  I just want to do it and get it done.

I like the end results- my kitchen window has a new look.  No more terra cotta pots filled with succulents.  Those all got moved to the windows in the basement.  I hope they continue to thrive there.  I’m also hoping I can stop obsessively checking to see if I have new shoots but that’s a different story for a different day.

After the game we had an easy dinner- pulled beef sandwiches with chips and veggies and strawberry shortcake.  No muss.  No fuss.

The best part of this weekend?  I unplugged from my blog.

It was awesome.

I find it really hard to balance my work and my family.  When you are a stay at home mom and a blogger- when are you supposed to write?  I used to write into the wee hours of the morning but I felt like I was distancing myself from my husband by going to work as soon as the kids went to bed.  I was also really setting myself up for rough mornings as i need a lot of sleep.

The flip side is that if I write during the day I’m writing while I am with my kids.  There are no naps set in stone here- they have been fighting them for months, some days they sleep, some days they don’t.  I have no guaranteed down time where I can write uninterrupted.

For example- last Monday I had four posts that were due including one about the What to Expect When You’re Expecting giveaway and I was scrambling to get it finished, get my giveaway started and drum up some interest since it was a 2-day flash giveaway.  Of course the boys were firing on all cylinders and it quickly dissolved into three boys running around sans clothing, a bottle of course sea salt being emptied from one end of the house to the other and various other awesome messes.

But I had to get it done.  There was a short deadline and people were counting on me.  It was much easier for me to just ignore the complete chaos for the time being and clean up afterwards as long as I got those posts up.  It’s not usually *that* crazy, but it was a moment I don’t want to revisit too often if I can help it.

A few years ago I wouldn’t have thought twice about it.  I would write when I had the time, when something came up.  Now, it’s not so simple.  Now I have commitments to brands and sponsors.  I have income flowing in through this site.  If I have to write, I have to write.  Sometimes I get behind, sometimes things fall through the cracks.  Sometimes the things that I would rather write about get missed completely because I just need a break.

I didn’t expect this when I added the extra layer of sponsored posts and reviews and giveaways to my site.  It’s been amazing for my family, don’t get me wrong.  But it can be binding at times.

So from now on, weekends are off limits.

I’m not going to post.  If it’s something that is scheduled ahead of time, there will be posts.  But from here on out, I’m declaring weekends family time.

I can’t say I won’t check in on Facebook- that’s a hard habit to break.  But I’m taking my weekends off- I worked 15 years in retail where weekends were a given.  After a year of staying home, I’m finally taking my weekends back.

It’s kind of scary.



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4 Comments on “Last Weekend and Why I’m Taking Weekends Off”

  1. 1 Jenn said at 4:22 pm on May 15th, 2012:

    You go girl!!! Take those weekends off!! Enjoy your family 🙂
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  2. 2 whatisnutritiondotco said at 9:42 pm on May 17th, 2012:

    I agree, you need the weekends. Besides, can't you write a new blog once a week? It sounds like you are crazy busy on all the social sites. It's so much to keep up with. How much of it is really necessary to keep it going?

  3. 3 Jessica said at 8:40 am on May 18th, 2012:

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  4. 4 Kelly said at 9:21 am on May 19th, 2012:

    Good for you! We all need time to unplug and unwind with our family. When I first started blogging I thought I needed to blog every day, multiple times a day and I ended up burned out and resenting my decision to even start blogging because it was such a burden. Taking the weekends off and only posting a few times a week gives me the motivation I need to keep blogging.
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