I love blogging. From the first post I wrote at Betty Crocker Wannabe, to the post I'm writing right now, I have enjoyed every second.
A few days ago I read a post on Cottage Instincts that really hit home. Cindy talked about how blogging had in essence taken over her life and her home. That's the way I've been starting to feel. I have not been creating a home for my family, I have been creating a home that I can blog about. That was a tough realization for me.
Now, don't get me wrong, I do love what I have been able to create, and I am very proud of myself for what I have been able to accomplish. But what started as a way to fill my time, and help heal my heart, very quickly took over. There was no time for cleaning, because I had a blog post to write. There was not enough time for my children, because I had photos to edit. Blogging got in the way of life.
Not only that, but the time that was spent LOOKING AT OTHER BLOGS was overwhelming!! There are so many talented and creative ladies out there, and at times it would make me feel inadequate. As soon as I would post my latest project or room reveal, there was a better one on another blog.
What I failed to realize, is that my home only has to be good enough for ME, and for MY FAMILY. That's not to say that I don't love and appreciate the platform that blogging is, for sharing ideas and for gaining and offering support. But when you start checking your email every five minutes to see if there have been any comments on your latest post, there's a problem.
I am a person who has always struggled to create balance. When I do something, I do it "all out," holding nothing back and jumping in with both feet. I did that with blogging. Eventually, something has to give.
I recently started taking my children to church, because it was "the right thing to do." I wanted my children to grow up with a church home, just like I did. I wanted them to have the same experiences with Sunday School and VBS and youth group, that I did. But in doing "the right thing" for my children, I have in turn been blessed by coming back to God. I am learning to accept that I am good enough just the way I am. There's not one diy project in the world that can offer the same satisfaction.
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