Over the past few months, I’ve felt the pull… the pull away from my many online commitments and the pull toward my home and family. And as we approach the finish line of our long transitional period (we’ve been living in limbo since July – nine months ago), I’ve been sensing God’s timing for me to find new balance for the new season.
It’s a difficult task, this balancing of family and blogging. Especially when your blogging “blesses” your family – financially or otherwise.
How to Balance Family and Blogging
Know Your Limits
As a lifelong people pleaser, it’s easy to say “yes” to each and every opportunity that comes my way. This is not only unhealthy, but it’s bad for my blogging AND my family.
By staying organized, having a defined focus/purpose for my current season of life, and using a calendar to be able to see my previous commitments, I’m able to determine how each opportunity might fit into my life.
There are times when I have to say “no” to amazing opportunities because they don’t work within the boundaries I’ve set for myself and my family. Other times, I have to say “no” because an opportunity will “cost” me or my family more than its worth – financially, emotionally, etc.
Recently I said “no” to an opportunity to take my kids to an awesome event for FREE because the logistics involved in getting there were greater than the benefit received.
Know your limits and be strong enough to say “no” when necessary.
Recognize the Signs
There are several signs that indicate a lack of balance in my life:
- poor sleep habits
- depression-like symptoms
- attitude issues (my own and my kids)
I’m sure I could think of more, but these are the ones I’ve been dealing with lately. When these signs start to show up… and they stick around… I know that I need to spend some time in prayer evaluating the current balance in my life.
As a result of these signs being evident in my life recently, I spent some time considering what I might be able to “let go” in order to restore balance. Some things were a temporary release, while others needed to be more permanent. Homeschool Blogging ended up in the “permanent release” category.
Sometimes the most difficult part of balancing family and blogging is simply putting into action the steps needed to regain that balance.
I’m a great “planner” but I often struggle with the execution of my plans. Finding balance often means bringing my plans to fruition through action.
For me, taking the steps needed to “let go” of Homeschool Blogging meant I had to decide how I wanted to part ways and then to contact those who would potentially be involved in the process.
Balance can only be “achieved” when you’re willing to do the work to “get there.” (And truly, it’s a constant work as balance never looks quite the same day to day or season to season.)
A Letter from Ashley
I absolutely love the community that surrounds Homeschool Blogging, and I’ve been blessed to “guide” this community for the past 18+ months, but it’s time for me to step down.
It’s been a privilege to chat with you each week during #HSBloggers Twitter Tuesdays and to represent Homeschool Blogging at various blogging conferences. I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of you personally through our online and in-person interactions, and I hope that you stay in touch!
Would you please join me in welcoming Amy?!?
As the time has come for me to step away from the leadership of this community and website, I’m excited to leave you in the very capable hands of one of our very own, Amy Blevins.
Amy has been a faithful contributor to this website and a strong supporter of this community. I am SO excited that she is willing to step into the role of “owner” as I step down.
I can’t wait to watch the Homeschool Blogging community thrive and flourish under her guidance and leadership!!