Happy July! Holy moly the year is just FLYING BY. Anyone else feel that way?! Last month, the amazing momma set to be my shining Day in the Life star for June experienced a great loss, so we decided to push her post back so she could focus on her family. I decided that I needed a break from my blog, as weekly blogging can be a lot for this momma. Find out what I’ve been up to, and what my break taught me, here!
Ohmygosh, has my time off from blogging been glorious. While I love writing, pumping out content weekly was starting to leave me feeling a little overwhelmed, and with summer starting I decided to sit back and really look hard at my work schedule to decide what I could pull back on a little, and what needed to stay on track.
Because you know, summer vacation was made for beach trips, water tables, board games on the porch, and ice cream shop trips. Not sitting inside staring at a computer.
While I believe blogging is SO important, I decided any momentum I’d lose by not posting during June would be much overshadowed by the extra hours in my week to focus on my girls and other aspects of my business.
A few months back, I decided to make a slight switch from working with women in general to working with moms. I was so excited to focus on helping moms explore their passions while helping them work smarter, not harder so they could spend more time with their little sweeties and less time stressing out about their businesses! I made some changes to my website and social media accounts, but it felt a little strange.
I was taking things I’d created for one audience and tweaking them to fit another, and I’ve been struggling with that “something just ain’t right!” feeling for months. Unfortunately (fortunately!) I was so consumed with my clients that I didn’t have the time to step back and work on my own business. Long ago I’d decided I would take a limited number of one-on-one clients over the summer while my eldest was home from school, so I decided that cutting back on some other things in June would give me the chance to dream and visualise the new direction I wanted my business to go, so that I could create/change things so my business flowed a bit better!
Gosh was the break helpful! I created an Instagram content schedule all the way into August (yay!), created a blogging schedule through September, made plans for a brand spankin’ new Facebook group for momma business owners, and came up with ways to serve my clients even better.
Perhaps most importantly, I got my shit together as far as juggling it all. Sometimes life feels overwhelming with all the responsibilities I have on my shoulders, so I made even more strategic plans so that I could run my business and household sans stress.
I decided to distance myself from people who sucked the energy out of me with their negativity and pulled my tribe in even closer. I made doctors appointments for random ailments so I could get a black and white look at what I needed to do to be the best I could be, health wise. I forced myself to get out and sweat my butt off in the disgustingly humid hot weather to go to the park, the beach, take walks…anything to get out in the world with my girls and make them smile. I completed a Bible study on being a better partner.
I feel renewed, and ready to take on the world (ok, maybe not the whole wide world, but I’m at least ready to blog again!).
All this to say, if you feel like you need a break once in a while, take it. Be strategic about it and plan an end date, but just freakin’ do it already. Your mental health is always number one and no one does their best work when they’re overwhelmed and burned out.
Remember, even on the worst days, as long as you’re doing your best that’s all that matters. Some days your best is better than on other days, and that’s ok. It’s life. We’re all in this together, pretty momma.
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