1- Thank you for your thoughts on yesterday’s post. I truly appreciate that no one made me feel ridiculous (even though I completely get that fretting about monetizing one’s dear hobby actually is exactly that, to some degree). I have no plans to change things in any significant way to gain more visibility — I could never sell “skinny teas” (OMG) as someone mentioned. I guess I could sell Hobonichi planners, but I don’t think it’s in the cards.
I think I just need to keep on keeping on and if I am able to create content that is truly valuable to others then maybe some of those things will eventually lead to a minor but viable side hustle of sorts. But if not, I think I am okay with that too. I may not have hundreds of thousands of page views, but man — those of you that do read here are really wonderful! Thank you.
2- Exactly 7 years ago, this happened. My baby is 7 today. I have big feelings about this, and there’s something about your oldest child racking up years that is extra poignant — I guess because it’s also one’s parenting anniversary! My life before and after that day are so different, and while both were wonderful I am just so grateful that I’ve been able to spend these past 7 years being a mother, building a family, and watching this girl grow up.
3- Link share of the week: Beth of Parent Lightly was kind enough to email me after yesterday’s post, and I realized that somehow I had never added her blog to my feed reader (error now amended). She has a great post out on how she makes and maintains a master list of tasks – her approach is somewhat different than mine (I tend to kind of purposefully wait until I am triggered to do certain things — thank goodness for that “DUE FOR OIL CHANGE SOON” light that pops up in my car!), but there are some really great ideas here.
4- We have entered Q2, and one of my goals is to take an Instagram vacation. Honestly, I need to. That app is hideously addictive, and I think a break will help me reevaluate its place in my life. I feel pretty sad about the idea, which means that I totally need to do it. I think I am going to bite the bullet and take April 8 – May 7 completely off of Instagram other than creating & posting the weekly podcast posts on the BoBW account. I do plan on returning, but I cannot have it be available to me at all times. Yesterday, Josh took A&C to a school production and I had approximately 90 minutes that I could have done a number of nice things with. Yet someone approximately 82 of them were spent scrolling.
I left Facebook in January of 2016 and it was one of the best decisions I made. I do not want to leave Insta for good, but I think I need at least a taste of what that might be like. Wish me luck.
5- I’m off today and greatly looking forward to this 3-day weekend! Josh and I are both off, and we have Annabel’s birthday party, the local Diabetes Walk, a date night at a play, and more.
Today I get to bring treats to A’s lunch at school AND take G to her ‘baby class’ at My Gym. I also have ambitious goals of completely clearing out my physical/email inboxes (ie doing a proper weekly review) AND balancing our YNAB budget (a monthly task). BUT FIRST, a workout (21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio, which has become a classic for me — even if round 3 is torture). Happy Friday!