Overwhelmed. That is the word of the day for me. As I write this, it is Saturday afternoon and as most who follow me by now know Saturday mornings around here are a bit crazy with my girls having dance class for 2 hours (Lily’s class is at 9:10 am and Emma’s class is at 10 am). I sit and wait for 2 hours during the length of the time that the classes run, while Kevin goes grocery shopping. I talk to other mothers and do enjoy that, but I have tons of stuff that I need to get done while I sit there.At this point, I would have loved to put my yoga pants to get rid of all my stress…
I know I shouldn’t be complaining, but the stress of getting everyone up, ready and out the door on time with the constant fights of who wants to wear what (even though I lay their dance outfits out for them), who wants to eat or don’t eat, the hair wars (this would include not wanting their hair done at all to which way they want me to do their hair to last but not who wants to drink and use the bathroom when. I swear this alone could make a sane person just a bit more insane. And then one wonders why I cry that no one wants to nap anymore, because after this type of morning, naps are truly in order and a godsend!!
But this past weekend on top of the normal Saturday craziness, I also was coming off the stress of hosting our third Finish the Sentence Friday, where I read and commented on everyone’s blog that linked up on top of all the usual daily work and chores that I do, too. So indeed by this Saturday morning, I truly was a bit of a bitch to be around. Sorry, but I am also PMSing, so it was not pleasant for poor Kevin. I was seriously ripping his head off for the slightest thing. And I even snapped at Lily when she just would stop whining and crying about wanting Kevin not me today (Can’t say I blame her, because like I said was so not a pleasure to be with today).
Then, Kate (she co-hosts the FSTF Linkup) messaged me to confirm I wasn’t alone in being overwhelmed with the Blog Hop’s reading material. I was so glad to know that I wasn’t alone on this, because I thought that I sounded awful complaining that people actually wanted to link up with us and was having trouble keeping up. I mean I am truly grateful that everyone has been so supportive and is linking up. Thank you to all those who have done this in the past few weeks.
From talking to Kate, I think I can say the feeling is mutual that we are so happy that we do have followers who want to come to our blog hop and join in the fun, but we also need those who link up to know we want to read what you wrote, but as this list grows may not be able to do it all by ourselves. We are contemplating co-hosts and/or a bit more rules for following others blogs to help delegate our responsibilities to help take a bit of the burden and load off of us. I think we need to do this for our own sanity’s sake. So bare with us as we get this straightened out for next week’s link-up.
In general, I put a lot of the pressure though on myself, because I do blog seven days a week, simply because I love writing, as well as sharing my world with you and will continue to do this as long as I can and as long you will have me, too. I also try to return the comment when someone does make their way over to read my blog and is kind even to take a moment out of their busy day to leave me a comment. I have been asked how or even why I do this and it is more the why then how. Even as this blog is growing, I still want people to know that at the heart of my blog is just me, someone who truly appreciates all the support I have gotten in the past, present and future, too. So a simple thank you to a comment is just who I am.
Simply I am a bit stressed at times lately, because as a former teacher, who was a stay at home mom first and foremost to my girls, I have, now with my blog, begun to take on a writing career. So, in essence, I have become a work at home mom, who still has two kids, a house and a husband to take care of. I am not superwoman and sometimes something has to give, because I just can’t do it all.
On top of all this, I have a book also that needs to be edited and need to make time for this. I will say this that I was writing on many different venues at once too last year with this blog included. I have found myself not having time for those other venues. I feel terrible, but think I am going to take some time off from those, as far as writing. I just can’t do both to be perfectly honest. Maybe once my kids are both in pre-school next year, but right now I have to admit I love my blog and how it is growing, as well as I really want to get my book out there as well. Those who follow me on on these other sites, please don’t take offense to this, because I will still read other articles, comment and share as my time permits, but I don’t have enough time in the day to write on there and keep up with everything else, as well at this point.
I also need to balance all this and make time for my family and myself, too. Because at the end of the day, I am truly so very exhausted, but have about 10 books on my Kindle/iPad that waiting for me to read. I love reading and used to do it everyday at least for a half hour at bedtime and haven’t had a moment to do that at all. I also have shows DVR’d that I need to catch up on. I don’t watch much, but what I do watch, I enjoy and would like to continue to enjoy.
This wasn’t even supposed to be a long post and now that I vented for over 1,000 words I am truly going to stop. I just want to again say thank you to all that do follow me and continue to care enough to support me. Also, thank you to my newer followers, because I truly love getting to know other writers and share with you as well. I will do my best, but please understand I am human and may have an off day here or there. Today was definitely one of them and just trying to stay sane in all my craziness.
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