My break was wonderful. I needed it more than I initially realized. I’ve been very stressed out lately, and even though I’m a pretty anxious person, I was letting it consume me. I just needed to reprogram myself and how I’ve been reacting to situations I can’t control.
Curveballs & Changes
Right before my break, we found out there was a possibility that the union at my husband’s job could go on strike. We scrambled to line up temp jobs just incase. Thankfully, negotiations are on the table rather than an all out strike- for the time being anyway.
This whole ordeal really made me realize I can’t control every aspect of our life. It tested my positive outlook. I mean, how can you be positive with the threat of being jobless with a mortgage and family? We did it though. After a few days of panic, me and my husband realized that we are golden. He has temp jobs that pay what he makes now as an option. We wouldn’t take a hit, and we are extremely fortunate for that. It was refreshing to know that change isn’t always the enemy. It really had me focus on how I react to stuff that’s out of my hands. It also made me appreciate how fortunate we are, because we both grew up very differently than we live now.
More changes are coming too. Our daughter turned 2 recently, and now our kids have their own rooms. We also have plans to redo other parts of our home, and we started talking about a remodel down the line. So much good is coming, and if a little bad sneaks in, then that’s life. I’m just going to stay positive and catch every curveball the best that I can.
I love Housewife Hustle, but before my break, I seriously questioned if I would renew my site this coming fall. I got caught up in constantly stressing out about numbers and growth. The one piece of advice I give to bloggers, I ignored. Now that I have my footing back, and my confidence is slowly climbing back up, I’m going to keep trying to be a blogging force.
I want to start by doing more reviews. I’m on a curly girl journey, so I’m always trying new products and tweaking my routines. I also love and want to keep my Coffee Talks series that I do on Mondays, because I’m free to just talk about what’s going on in our life or whatever is on my mind. The regular Monday posts are supposed to be about what’s on my mind as I sip my morning coffee, and I love it. It’s a combination of routine and free thinking, which work well for me. I have a few ideas for regular posts too.
I really want to start doing something for #followfriday from Twitter. Every Friday, I’m tweeting and retweeting lists of amazing bloggers and people that I think others should follow, so I want to start featuring a different blogger every Friday. I have a slight idea for how I want to go about it.
- Ask the blogger 3-5 questions about their blog and who they are.
- List my favorite 3 posts from their blog.
- Share all of their links and encourage others to check them out.
I think it’ll be fun, and I’m always looking for new blogs to follow too.
With my Pinterest growing, I’m also interested in beauty and style, so I was thinking of adding a monthly recap on my new and favorite pieces of clothing/shoes that I wore during the month and maybe some of my favorite beauty finds. I’m still working out the kinks, but I’m excited to say the least.
With all of my new ideas buzzing, I have to say that the biggest emotion I have is appreciation. During my break, I still used Pinterest and Instagram some, but I didn’t post anything super blog related. I just enjoyed pretty pictures and recipes, but I was overwhelmed with the support I was still getting. I don’t know why I thought my break meant I would get zero views or shares. I figured I would just fade away for a week, but that’s the opposite of what happened. I had people tell me to enjoy my break, and they’d be waiting for my next post when I felt better. It was so humbling. It also made me realize that I just need to let go of my anxiety surrounding numbers.
Numbers have always controlled my life in one way or another. Whether it was grades or numbers on a scale during my struggles with bulimia, I always let numbers overwhelm me in the past. I think the biggest change needs to be letting go of the numbers and the worry.
Always Find the Positive
This break really opened my eyes about staying positive. I have so much good in my life, so when I let my anxiety and depression control me, I going to work on finding the positive aspects of my day. It’s really helped me in the last few panic attacks. I’m excited for this journey to continue, and now I know that if I need a break, it’s okay to take one.
Stay tuned for more to come from this housewife, because I have a lot of hustle left to give.