Do you ever feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to relax and enjoy others’ company because there is a nagging list of to-do’s on your mind? Do you ever feel guilty for enjoying some down time? I’ve reached that point. And I don’t like it. By the end of each day, I crave for more hours, rather than feeling good about what I’ve accomplished. Down time IS an accomplishment! Especially if you are extra energetic or driven. It’s time for me to stop and smell the flowers.
(These are Red Hot Pokers, or some call it Torch Lily.)
I’ve been pretty vigilant about planning blog posts and sticking to it. It’s time consuming to blog. Especially craft tutorials. They require photos for every step. Many times I get so involved in the craft I forget to stop and take a picture.. Then I have to try to explain in words what I did. In other instances my craft is taking too long to get it done in time to be posted according to my schedule. Then I’m not getting enough rest, or my housework is getting neglected.
Then there’s always ‘life’. You know – weddings, large social gatherings, illnesses, volunteer services, etc., etc.
It’s time to slow down the blog. I’ve thrown away my blog schedule. Yay! The blog requires planning, doing the ‘job’, photographing, cleaning up the photos, posting, adding the post to Pinterest, submitting my work to craft sites, linkies, back ups, etc., etc. And the worst part is that I don’t have enough views to get paid. All that work and nothing to show for it. Whew! I’m exhausted. Time to watch the caterpillars grow in my butterfly garden.
(Monarch butterfly caterpillar last week, 1/4 inch long.)
I’ll continue blogging, but I’m cutting back. I just opened an Etsy shop for my jewelry, and I need to create inventory. I will still post jewelry and bead weaving tutorials. And whatever else is happening in my life that might be interesting. No more planning my posts. My blog is going to float along with my life. Ahhhh…..