The place to Start? (My Wordless Week)

First, I’ve to say that this week glided by SO QUICKLY. As a (hopefully fast) recap, I had been feeling extraordinarily overwhelmed for the previous couple of months for quite a few causes. After I wrote out my “to do” record, it felt like a mile lengthy and I actually had no thought the place to start.

I made a decision to eradicate any stressors that weren’t time-sensitive, and running a blog was one among them. Fairly than skip my weblog posts altogether, I did a “Wordless Week”, the place I posted a photograph a day. After all, I could not assist myself however to put in writing a fast sentence or two concerning the photograph, however that was it.

When your software belt feels too heavy, your mouth will just do fantastic

I let my household and mates know that I wasn’t going to be out there for the week–texts, telephone calls, could be sporadic at finest. Jerry supplied to make dinner every single day (and he did!–we each discovered that he is obtained some cooking expertise). He actually preferred cooking, so I feel he’ll do it extra typically. It isn’t that he by no means cooked or volunteered to prepare dinner before–he really gives a lot–I simply all the time thought of it *my* job as a stay-at-home guardian).

I began remedy a number of weeks in the past and it has helped enormously up to now. I’ve discovered that I’ve a really onerous time asking for assist with anything–especially if it is one thing that I really feel like I ought to be doing–again, as a result of I am a stay-at-home guardian.

Staying at residence just isn’t almost as simple at it sounds, regardless that my children are each sufficiently old to handle themselves. I do a ton of work from home: cleansing, organizing, meal planning, grocery buying, operating errands, making appointments, preserving observe of everyone’s schedules, fixing issues round the home, caring for the pets, planning out and adjusting the week’s duties, paying payments and preserving ledgers of our funds, and finally–blogging.

Running a blog is how I earn an revenue, and there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Simply yesterday, as I solely had an hour earlier than leaving for cross nation, I obtained an e-mail from AdThrive (the corporate that handles advertisements on my weblog) saying that there was an issue with bots(?) inflicting some massive issue–I do not perceive pc language in any respect! I simply adopted their directions and trusted them to repair it on their finish, however I used to be fully stressed about it.

I solely earn a modest revenue from the advertisements on my weblog, however I wish to maintain a stability for my followers the very best that I can. I do not wish to overload my weblog with advertisements, regardless that I might earn much more cash; nevertheless, I do not wish to take away the advertisements, both, as a result of it is my contribution to our household’s funds. So, whereas I hate having advertisements on my weblog, I actually do attempt to maintain it on the level the place it is not TOO intrusive. I am unable to stand it once I go to websites (particularly recipe websites) the place it’s a must to sift by means of dozens of advertisements to get to the content material!

Anyway, the purpose is that running a blog IS a job. I spend a whole lot of time on it–more than one would think–and along with all the stay-at-home guardian issues that I do, I unfold myself very skinny when I’ve loads occurring. Including volunteering as a cross nation coach to the combo this fall threw me for a loop.

Then our toilet/bed room catastrophe occurred (water injury on our subfloor, and now a whole rework of the toilet and bed room) added an expense we did not plan for. To not point out what a time-consuming venture it might be.

Eli hit an enormous pothole with Jerry’s automotive, requiring new tires and a rim (whole of $1500)–again, not anticipated.

The home is totally cluttered all over the place as a result of we aren’t executed with the rework (we needed to transfer the whole lot from the bed room and toilet into our eating room, front room, and wherever else we might put it).

Since I have been DIY’ing the catastrophe, it is taking longer than anticipated. For much longer! However this previous week, I completed framing within the new closet within the toilet and I put in a lot of the drywall yesterday. I will end that at present. Then I’ve to tape and dust the drywall, sand it, and finally–FINALLY–I get to do the enjoyable stuff! Portray, adorning, making it look respectable once more. (I wish to stress that Jerry gives to assist with the whole lot; I simply do not wish to ask him to, as a result of he normally works about 48-60 hours per week.)

Apart from, he is tremendous busy being a nerd. His new pastime is placing collectively/constructing a Ghostbusters outfit (he would not like me to name it a dressing up!).

One thing I’ve discovered in remedy is that it is OKAY to ask for assist, regardless that I really feel like I ought to be the one doing it. My children can actually do extra chores round the home (one thing I felt dangerous about asking). They’ll prepare dinner their very own meals on the times that I coach cross nation, which is all the time hectic for me. I could make a schedule that features my high priorities after which put those that are not time-sensitive on the again burner.

So, that is why I selected to take per week “off” of running a blog. I’ve blogged every single day since January 1, 2020, and I actually did not wish to break that streak, which is why I nonetheless posted an image a day. Nevertheless it was an enormous weight off my shoulders understanding I did not should dedicate a lot time to it.

I do know that I can reduce down the quantity of days that I weblog, however I actually do get pleasure from it (more often than not). This previous week, although, I made a decision that I will do a “wordless” publish as soon as per week to take a while and get different issues done–or even take a day of whole relaxation! I am unable to even keep in mind the final time I did that. In all probability once I had COVID, so it wasn’t even a “enjoyable” day, haha.

One thing else I have to work on just isn’t feeling responsible for the whole lot. When Jerry cooks dinner, for instance, I really feel responsible that I am not doing it. When the home is not clear, I really feel responsible asking the youngsters to scrub the toilet or mud the lounge, and so on. I really feel extremely responsible once I do not prepare dinner dinner.

I really feel responsible spending cash on myself, regardless that I’m thrifty (I feel each merchandise of clothes I own–aside from underwear and some hoodies that I obtained for $8 at Kohls–came from thrift shops). Fortunately, thrift buying is one thing I LOVE. I do not even know the place individuals go to purchase new garments! Haha. 

Final 12 months, I even felt responsible for the physician go to co-pays when attempting to determine what was occurring with my continual ache. So, the guilt is one thing I would wish to work by means of in remedy as nicely.

I’ve fairly a little bit of weblog content material for this week, I feel, as a result of I have never written shortly. So, I will finish this right here. A number of individuals have been asking me about my latest weight reduction, what I have been consuming, and the way consuming vegan/plant-based has affected my weight, and so on. I have been planning that publish for some time, taking photographs of a whole lot of my meals, so I’ll do this quickly. I additionally hope to publish some progress with the bed room/toilet, and even some issues I study in remedy.

So, Associates, thanks for sticking round this previous week! I positively plan to do a “wordless” day as soon as per week, on a day that’s notably busy or I simply do not feel like I’ve something to put in writing about.

Within the meantime, please ship me some reader e-mail that I can share in a weekly or bi-weekly (and even month-to-month) publish! I would love to listen to about issues like having a child, operating your first race, adopting a pet, an awesome thrift retailer discover, a brand new haircut, and so on. I wish to have a pleasant, constructive publish to share from all of you! You may ship it (with a photograph, if relevant) to me at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. I am not doing Transformation Tuesdays, however when you have a change to share, I can all the time add it to the reader e-mail publish!

I admire each. single. one. of you. Really. xo

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