Last week when I was at my Weight Watchers meeting the conversation came up about why you started. Why did you want to lose weight? Why are you here? And for those who had been there for a long time, has your why changed? For me, my why was so simple, to be there for my daughter. That’s it. Well, and to maybe fit in half of my closet. While I was sitting there it wasn’t much else than that. But later that day, I thought about the same question when it came to my blogging. Why did I start blogging? As you’ve seen, I’ve not been sharing much this year, and that’s okay. But I wanted to get back to the reason for why I blogged.
You see, as long as I’ve been blogging here it was because I needed a creative outlet and to connect with other like minded moms. Then, when I left my job, I got awfully lonely. By nature I’m a very social person. Heck, my job was to meet people daily, travel and offer college kids the opportunity to start their career at a great company. I missed that. I still miss that. Having a winter baby in a cold climate really puts a damper on your ability to do things, and so I stayed home for a good 6 months. I wanted to connect, I wanted to feel like I wasn’t alone and I had other moms to do this with. And so I shared our days, the things we loved and the things we did. People commented on blogs because they wanted to.
Then blogging changed. Blogging was all about how to monetize and sell products. It was all about how many likes your Instagram photo got or who your next brand partner was. Like many of my blogging friends, I jumped right in. It was a great opportunity to show the creative, which I crave. Now, I’ll say my photography and other aspects of having my own “business” has dramatically changed because of the way the blog world changed, and I’m grateful for it. But, I’m not a photographer. I’m not a food photographer. I just love taking pictures of my kiddos and food I make. Now don’t get me wrong, I really have loved the sponsored aspect about it, it’s been a fun and creative push I need.
So why am I saying all of this?
Really, to say that I’m done playing the game and going back to basics. I didn’t start blogging for likes or shares. Heck, I started blogging before Instagram was a thing! I blogged to tell my story and if you wanted to follow along, then welcome! At church this week we talked about distractions. What are you doing in your life that at the end of the day isn’t worth it in big picture? It hit me like a TON of bricks. Like I almost started crying in church it cut so bad.
- The aimless scrolling on Instagram.
- Comparing myself to others.
- The mindless television.
- Online shopping.
I could really go on and on and on.
But what really matters? I’m at an early cross roads with where my next path will take me. We never planned for me to stay home for this long, but we’ve been so fortunate to be able to do so. We’ve got one more year before our baby goes to kindergarten. You guys, I can’t even wrap my head around this. But here I am not being able to go back to a job like I had before. I love my little space here that I’ve carved out and love telling our story. I hope that this is something I can continue doing because I think like many of you, we all just want a friend and somewhere to feel accepted and belong.
So for now, my plan is to get back to basics sharing a Friday Five with you every Friday and one additional post through the week. That may be a sponsored post, that may just be pictures of Hattie coloring, who knows, but I want to slow down. I want to enjoy the important things now. I want good food, amazing friends, Jesus, stellar music and just being still. I want to soak it all in. I want to go back to basics.
What is your why? What are your distractions and how can you get back to basics in your own life?
Photos by Hanna Schweiss Photography