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Coffee Talks: Needing A Break

Here I am, on the heels of a remarkable birthday weekend. I think my birthday curse has finally broken, because there were only tiny setbacks rather than full scale pandemonium. The only downside was I didn’t really get to see any family. My parents were pretty sick, and a lot of people were working or busy. I did get some time with my kids, husband, and bestie though. It was nice, busy, but very nice. I’m at this point where I want a break, but I’m not sure I need a break. I think I’m just milking my Monday.

Everyone needs breaks, but I’m just not sure that’s what I’m feeling. I recently got Instagram, so I’m a bit overwhelmed trying to spread Housewife Hustle out evenly. A lot of my family thinks that blogging isn’t a job. To them, it’s just easy scrolling and posting. It’s a cool hobby to them. They don’t see the ins and outs. You have to share, be involved with more than just your blog, and work on content. There’s social media platforms that need checked and updated. There’s graphics that need made. It’s a real job, and it’s not a 9am-5pm kind of job, at least not for anyone I know.

I’ve been trying not to burn myself out lately. Rather than working out 5-6 days a week, I’ve cut it back to 3-5 days, depending on how I feel. I’ve also been slowly spring cleaning. I’ll tackle a few walls and curtains one day, and the next day I’ll tackle a bit more. I just want to spread everything out, so I’m not overdoing it.

Today, I’m feeling anxious. I have two product reviews to get done and an award tag. The products are samples that were sent to me, and they turned out to be lovely. The award tag is the mystery blogger award, and it seems super fun. I want to do all of these things that need done, but I’m feeling off. I also want to procrastinate I think. I want to sip coffee and paint my toenails. To be fair, I’d have a mess afterwards since I’m having a bad eye day- with my eye disease, anytime it snows or rains, my vision isn’t at its best. A lot is swirling around, so I’m scattered and not sure I can pin down one emotion.

Monday Isn’t The Enemy

It’s not Monday’s fault that I want to take a day or two off. I just need a bit more momentum. My best friend got me a new blender for my birthday, so I started the day with a nice, healthy smoothie. I’ve had my coffee. I ate a good breakfast too. I’m just dragging my feet. Get it together, Jenni!

Good Things Are Coming

Our month is about to get more insane, but in a good way. This week we have two more birthdays in the family, plus Valentine’s Day is Thursday. We need to take a mini road trip a town over to see my cousin’s new house and to give my kids a play date. My new glasses are coming soon, and tax refunds are about to hit the bank. I should be thrilled, because it’s not a bad to-do list! We get to make a hefty payment on the house, so I get a new living room set. I could yammer on about the good things coming our way, but I still don’t want to sweep my floors and put real pants on today.

Mental Health First

If I felt like I needed a break mentally, I’d take one. Taking care of your mental health needs to come first, but I think my anxiety is trying to convince me that my nerves are more on the negative side. I guess I’m having an internal battle. I’m going to get motivated. I’m going to get my cleaning done. I’m going to work on my reviews during the tots’ nap time. I got this! If I don’t have this, I’ll be sure to take care of myself.

Blogging Taught Me A Lot

Blogging has taught me the importance of mental health. I’ve come across some incredible people in this community, and I’ve learned amazing lessons from them.

  • Self-Care is extremely important.
  • Mental health matters.
  • Blog for yourself, first and foremost.
  • If you need a break, take one.
  • Don’t try to please everyone, and not everyone is going to like what you do or who you are.

I try to keep all of these in mind when I have off days. It helps pick me up and look for the positive side.

Ending With A Thanks

I want to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday. I had the warmest wishes and messages from so many of my fellow bloggers and followers. It was nice to have positive vibes, and I really appreciate the thoughtful words. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

-Jenni

15 Comments »

  1. I hear you girl, i’m dragging my feet today too. Still in my jammies! I also go through that constant brain battle. Do I really need to take a load off? Or am I just convincing myself to take a load off and be lazy? That’s my battle anyway. I hope you have an amazing week and Valentine’s Day! I hope your parents get better too.

    • Glad someone gets it! I hope your dragging is cozy at least. Staying cozy is the best, since we are having snow and rain all week, it’s a priority here. Thanks a bunch! Have a wonderful week too. 😊

  2. I just spent the past 6 days in bed with the WORST stomach flu I’ve ever had in my life! But my scheduled posts are all out in the world and I don’t have anything for Thursday. What will I do? I’ll probably reblog my post from last year and call it a day. I’m still eating mind-numbingly bland and soft food until my stomach returns to normal.

    It’s hard to put yourself first when you’ve got a blog. You feel like you’re letting people down, at least I do. But I definitely need to get my health back on track!

    Happy belated!

    XO Steph

    • Oh, no! Feel better. I hope you get better quickly. Don’t worry about the blog. Put yourself first. Even if you do a mini-post saying you’re sick, that’s more than enough. Take care of you, girl. We will be here regardless. 😊

  3. Self-care is so important! As a blogger who works from home, I know how easy it is to get caught up with working too much and not taking time for myself. It’s important to set boundaries.

  4. Girl !!
    Blogging is a whole FULL-TIME JOB & a half!! Outside of my day job, parenting and being a wife .. I am working HARD on my blog! I swear I probably spend at least 50hrs per week on it. My goal is to turn it into a career one day so I’m gonna not gonna complain if my goal involves reaching that type of success. I have ppl in my life too that don’t think blogging is a career and that’s totally okay. My focus isn’t to make a believer out of them. That takes too much energy! I’m sticking with the ones who support me! &
    Sometimes breaks are NEEDED. Sometimes you just have to step back and take a mental break before you have a mental breakdown! Great post girlie! You’ll feel more motivated after you rest up a little bit !

    https://jessierenea.com/15-ways-to-practice-self-love-mentally/

  5. So glad your birthday curse was broken! I hope you got the self care time you need and deserve! I always enjoy reading your stuff during a little ‘me time’:)

  6. I feel you. When I started blogging I was posting twice a week. That became too much very quickly. I now only post one a week. I still get behind reading blogs I like to support and posting comments. I don’t plan ahead more than a week or two. I really am just winging it and hoping it all works out soon. Truly there isn’t time in my schedule to do this like a “real” business, but I’m doing my best. And meeting great people like you is one of the perks, so I will stick with it at least until my Bluehost domain is up for renewal. HA!

    I’m so glad you had a nice birthday this year. That’s such a blessing!!

    • Thanks so much. Glad someone gets it! I’ve been trying to step up my post game, but I foresee a break in my future. I want a career in this, but it’s going to take more time than I have at this very moment at least.

      Thanks again! Glad we connected. 😊

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