(if you’re looking for the ‘stitch fix’ post, click here.)
so many things have been weighing heavily on my mind these days…my family…the shop…the blog. it will never cease to amaze me that whatever it is that i’m dealing with seems to find it’s way to me. it’s like God floods my life’s ‘inbox’ with all of the messages, encounters, etc. that i need to hear/read/see in order to calm my nerves, encourage my spirit, heal my heart, motivate my mind…
so this week, i’ve rounded up a few special pieces that i’ve read, and i’m sure you’ll notice the themes too.
lately, when thinking about this blog, i’m finding myself struggling with the balance between wanting it to ‘succeed’ (i.e. reach a great number of ppl and help support my business endeavors and family) and keeping it manageable and real. writing sponsored posts is fun, but, b/c of who i am, i only write about what i truly believe in and want to support, so i’ve passed up quite a bit of fluff in the meantime. i could flood my posts with ads and affiliate links, but i don’t want to compromise why i do this. not saying that those that do and are successful are wrong in any way – b/c that’s not it at all! i just know where i’m at right now, and small is my big for the time being. cozy, quaint, and quirky. that’s me. so on that note, here are a couple articles to encourage my fellow bloggers:
- why i like being a small blog by cece k. found on blogher.com. i feel like i could have written this myself. it really hit close to home.
- jon acuff’s ’10 words to erase most online hate’ – this is a good one to remember for all of us in the real world or the social media sphere. things are often said that aren’t all that nice, and this is a great reminder when the ugly words come out… i haven’t really gotten any negative comments (coincidentally, a point that cece makes about a positive of being a ‘small’ blog), but i’ll refer to this advice if that time ever comes.
and the big whammy…motherhood. i have honestly wrapped my arms around my husband’s waist or neck at least three times this week alone and confessed that i feel like i’m totally failing my kids right now. this whole week has been one of those week’s in which i wish i could have a do-over. i just yelled too much, the house has been a total mess, and i think we had maybe one decent, well-prepared/cooked meal. i faced twelve loads of laundry, friends. twelve. and that’s just b/c i stopped washing on thursday!
- ‘for the overwhelmed’ by jen thorn. this blog is a new favorite.
- ’embracing the night shift’ by becky of your modern family. this will just warm your heart. my little eden grace is sleeping away in her crib. this is her first week doing so, and i just had to pump, b/c she slept through our usual 2am feeding, and i miss her, friends. i have to say that i am a little saddened by the fact that she’s already so big, and now needing me a little less. read this sweet post; you’ll appreciate it.
- a video brought to you by upworthy.com called, ‘these kids finally say what they really think about mom and her reaction is priceless’. you may have already seen this, b/c it’s everywhere on facebook, but it you haven’t, take a look. it’ll encourage your weary, mommy-heart. i’m tempted to have my hubby record my own girls, but a part of me is a little nervous, considering the week we’ve had (see motherhood confession above).
and, as we approach another week together, take a moment with me to take a long, deep breath. relax those tense shoulders. be thankful. be simple. be pure. be a living example of faith, hope, and love to the ppl you are blessed to have around you. that’s going to be my focus this week.
“Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.” (Psalms 116:7)
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