If you’ve seen my Instagram posts lately, you might have noticed a pattern. I want to make 2020 a year that I learn to rest. Obviously, this blog is called Housewife Hustle for reason- I have a ton of hustle in my everyday life. As a work-at-home toddler mom, I don’t usually sit down until midnight.
I’m always on the go, whether it’s cleaning, working, or chasing little ones. In the past, I’ve had to take breaks from my blog. This year, I want to make sure I don’t need to take a break to recharge. I want to continually work on my self-care and know when I need to rest, so I don’t cause a major burnout.
Lately, I’ve been feeling drained again. We had a few family deaths during the holidays. My husband is working a ton of overtime, and this momma is tired- mentally and physically. Taking better care of myself is a goal that I refuse to give up on this year.
Continually, I worry if I post enough, if my blog’s good enough, if my stats are high enough, and blah blah more blog worry. Working on my engagement, consistency, and overall blogging strategies are very important to me. However, I can’t be a good blogger if I’m always overdoing it and burning myself out.
This year, I’m trying to find that blogging happy place. Housewife Hustle is my full-time job, aside from being an at-home mommy to toddlers. Pulling double duty means I need to find that perfect groove. Typically, I share 3 posts a week, every single week. Every Monday is my Coffee Talks series where I discuss what’s going on with our lives, new revelations and experiences, and just what’s on my mind while I’m sipping my coffee.
Wednesdays are for self-love, body, and sex related posts, and on Fridays, I share blogging tips. While I love each and every type of post that I do, 3 posts a week is starting to take a toll on me. I used to think I had to post often to grow, but I learned that there is a bigger picture.
Changing My Ways
Blogging isn’t just about posting a lot to get more traffic. It’s about engagement, promotion, strategy, and more than just the number of posts that are published in a week. Because I’ve learned and grown with my blog, I want to dial back the amount that I post.
I will still have all of the same topics, but I will be alternating my usual Wednesday and Friday content. This week will be the start of it. I’ll have this post, obviously. Then, on Wednesday, I’ll share a body or sex related post. Friday of this week will not have a post, but next week Wednesday won’t have a post so Friday will. Get my drift?
Coffee Talks will remain a weekly post while the others become biweekly. This schedule will give me more time to focus on the things I have been trying to cram into my late nights. On top of all of my double momming and blogging duties, I’m also writing my second book. This is all apart of my reasons for dialing back.
Change for the Better
I’m slowly working on making this blog into my vision, and I have a pretty good start. There’s excitement brewing for the things happening at Housewife Hustle this year. For example, the freebie page will change but not monthly. There will also be a newsletter at some point.
As much as I’d like to check all of the boxes on my goal list for this year, I really need to be more patient with myself. It’s time I put my foot down and actually rest for once. I’m mandating myself an hour of rest every night where I unplug and step away from the blog while the kids sleep.
This type of self-care isn’t my favorite, but it’s so extremely necessary. My mental and physical health really need this you guys. For some reason, I feel guilty about the dial down, but I’ll get over it.
What are some changes that you made or want to make to your life or blog this year? Let’s chat!