I have greatly enjoyed my week off, although it has flown by with me accomplishing very few of the things I wanted to do over the past week. I did get to sleep in one day, made it to one yoga class, and I did get to go see a movie (like a real movie in an actual movie theater!). My days were mostly taken up with the bustle of the season–lots of cooking (and eating!), opening presents, overstimulated children, visiting with my mom, and shopping. But, also my oldest daughter is currently quite ill, which has meant the last couple of days were taken up with a doctor’s appointment, runs to the drugstore, surviving on very disrupted sleep, finding things for a bored sick kid to do, and tons of extra cuddles (she’s getting better though! phew!).
Do I feel recharged? A little. But not completely. If I was a battery, the red light would still be on on the charger and you’d be starting to wonder if I can even hold a full charge any more. I can. Just leave me plugged in a little longer…
But, even if I don’t feel particularly rested or energetic, I do feel really jazzed about some upcoming projects and ideas for the blog for the New Year.
This past week has given me the opportunity to spend some time reflecting. Reflection comes naturally to me this time of year. I am a resolution-setter (and very typically, I really do follow through with my resolutions too). I don’t limit resolution-making to New Year’s, but I do have a habit of saving the most challenging resolutions for January. So, as I contemplate my priorities for 2013, I have been thinking quite a bit both about my accomplishments over the past year but also my plans moving forward.
My blog has grown dramatically over the last year. I feel so grateful to all of you for reading, sharing and connecting with me. I am greatly looking forward to continuing with informative and impactful posts. I love being able to answer your individual questions. My skills in the kitchen have improved substantially over the past year, as I get more and more comfortable with paleo ingredients. I have some awesome ideas for exciting new recipes to try out. At the beginning of last year, I was so nervous to be a guest on Low-Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore. Now I co-host a podcast, which I love, both for the time I get to spend with Matt and Stacy from www.PaleoParents.com but also for the ability to reach and help so many. I’ve been doing guest posts and interviews galore and will be a guest on the Balanced Bites Podcast for a special autoimmune protocol-themed show in late January. I gave a rockin’ awesome seminar at 4.0 Martial Arts in Sandy Springs (was that seriously only a week and a half ago?) and have plans for more seminars. Oh yeah, and the new huge project that I’m going to tell you all about in about three weeks. Whenever I stop to think about what my little blog has turned into in 14 months, I am blown away by how crazy awesome this all is!
All of this started in my spare time while my kids were napping and in the evenings after they go to bed. But over the last few months, the time commitment has increased dramatically (and my youngest gave up naps, dangit). I seem to have slowly made the transition from full-time stay-at-home mom to full-time working mom (but without the paycheck to go with it). And trying to do and be everything for everyone has started to impact my health. It’s time for me to start evaluating the best uses of my time and sort out my priorities.
When I started my blog, I never imagined I would ever have to choose what I spent my time on. It’s amazing to me and I consider this dilemma a privilege. Thank you!!!
Don’t be afraid! I am not stopping! Blogging has become part of my identity. I love it. I love researching topics, writing, drawing, sharing. I love developing and sharing recipes and hearing about your successes with them. I love connecting with you all through blog comments, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. And my blog will continue to be and will always be completely open and free (ugh, unless you are viewing my blog with IE and then there’s a compatibility problem that I would totally fix that if I had any idea how to do so). But, I do need to scale back to free up time for my growing list of other endeavors.
I’m going to scale back one post per week (from 6 to 5 posts per week). Even just posting one less post per week is going to free up 6-8 hours of my time for my other projects, and for making sure that sleep, exercise and spending time with my kids remains a priority. My plan is to try this for a few weeks and then reevaluate to see if I need to scale back more (fingers crossed that this will give me enough time to work on my other projects!).
Making sure I keep balance in my life is my number one New Year’s Resolution this year. I’m not sure if an earlier bedtime is realistic for me right now, so I’m tweaking my supplements (mainly adding some adrenal support supplements) and am going to reduce my consumption of green and black tea (with my adrenal glands in mind). I am going to try to find more short time commitments for exercise on a daily basis (since at best I seem to be making it to only two yoga classes each week and only two good walks per week), which means simply finding small chunks of time to add things like a few sun salutes, or some push-ups, burpees, and/or lunges scattered throughout my day. I am also going to commit to doing at least 5 minutes of mindful meditation every day.
I have one more BIG resolution. I am going to do a modified 21-Day Sugar Detox starting tomorrow (Wednesday’s post will be dedicated to talking about why, what and how). I am excited to be joining the biggest group of 21-Day Sugar Detoxers ever this year and will be the featured blogger for January on The 21-Day Sugar Detox Blog (woot!). I will be sharing my experiences through the next three weeks here on the blog and also on my Facebook page, the 21-Day Sugar Detox Facebook page and Twitter. If you are interested in learning more about the 21-Day Sugar Detox, click here.
I hope that you understand my need to scale back on the number of posts I produce each week. I really just need to free up time for my other endeavors that doesn’t take away from things I need to do to stay healthy (like exercise, sleep, and enjoy life). I figure I wouldn’t be very inspirational, if I didn’t practice what I preach. Plus, I feel that most of you appreciate quality over quantity, if you have to choose between them. But, I really see this change as being positive. What started as “just” a blog has become so much more. And I don’t mean more in terms of actual projects or time commitment (although that’s true too)… I mean more. More important, more meaningful, more fulfilling. And that makes me so excited for 2013! Happy New Year!