Of course I intend to record some of the things we do together over the summer, but I won’t get hung up on ‘keeping up with the Jones’ by posting every day or checking my stats for fear that I might plummet in the dreaded Tots charts! In the grand scheme of things……what does it matter? In this season of life, less is definitely more.
Less Stress, More Space
I’m loving my ‘Less is More’ theme for this year. If you read my blog post last week, you will know that I’ve worked pretty hard in the first 6 months of 2014 to try and achieve my goals – having more success with some than others *cough*. But ever since Britmums Live, a little over 2 weeks ago now, I’ve been thinking about adding one more. Let me explain….
Sometimes, this blog causes more stress and heartache than pleasure. If you’re not a blogger then you will not understand. But trust me, this is not a good place to be. Not winning the BiBs family award for the second year in a row, left me feeling a tad disappointed – ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ springs to mind! And I was taken aback by this emotion – I wasn’t expecting to win, so why was I bothered?
Then a few days later, I got caught up in a ‘conversation’ on Facebook regarding stats – page views per day to be precise – and despite declaring many times that stats aren’t important to me, I found myself looking at Google Analytics with fresh eyes. I was left with that feeling of disappointment again, trying to work out what I needed to do to be up there with the best – blog more often, comment more, be more active on social media. More, more, more.
Then I realised something. Three things in fact…
1. I do not have time for this.
2. This is not what my life should be about.
3. I should prioritise making memories, not blogging about them!
So having been inspired by the wonderful Emma over at Little Wood Life, this summer is going to be about making memories. As my children are getting older, I am very conscious that this could possibly be the last 6 week summer break that my 14 year old is happy to be seen anywhere near us. Right now, she she seems fairly comfortable with our presence but with a new year comes new territory and things change pretty quickly in a teenager’s life.
I have purposefully booked in very little over the summer break which does make me feel somewhat twitchy, but leaves us with space……..to be spontaneous and to relax together. I do intend to write a summer bucket list but initially, I wanted to get this off my chest: I love blogging but I love my family more.
If you’re a blogger, do you get drawn in to the competitive side of parent blogging?
How do you combat that?
And for anyone else, how do you plan to de-stress over the summer?