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This is my fifth year participating in the #write31days challenge. When I first started, I thought it would be a great way for me to get to know other bloggers, and it worked. I loved the community and the encouragement, and I also loved the challenge of writing for 31 days straight.
When I was preparing for the challenge this year, I could not pin down a topic.
It seemed like life was going at warp speed, and before I knew it, it was September 30th, and I hadn’t come up with a topic.
At that moment, I knew that I wanted to write about overcoming overwhelm.
Why? Well, because I was so overwhelmed, it seemed natural to want to write about overcoming it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any idea of how to do this in the month of October. Well, I did have a few ideas, and it all started out well enough.
Then my kids got sick, and then I got sick. I haven’t been really sick in a good couple years – which is absolutely lucky, I know that.
I think one of the reasons that I hadn’t been sick besides colds over the past couple of years was because I had made peace with my schedule and removed what wasn't necessary. I was able to not being stressed or overwhelmed. So, when my body started to become stressed again, and I felt life getting a bit out of control, of course I got sick.
I thought I would be able to persevere and get through the challenge, writing about my experiences, however, I’m sure you have noticed, that was not the case. Instead, I wrote a few posts about how I am not very successful at overcoming overwhelm.
Finally, the week before Lucy’s birthday, I said enough. I was sick, had vertigo, and could not talk. I realized I needed a break.
Taking a break in the blogging world seems like such a difficult thing. I think that it is difficult because we are all always connected, always trying to put out new content, always trying to be in community with our readers, trying to share interesting and valuable information online.
What happens? Essentially, burn out happens.
You push so hard, I push so hard, that I end up back where I was a couple years ago, and all I need is a little bit of breathing room.
I ended up allowing myself to take a break. Not an easy task for someone who is trying to build build build, but it was necessary. I wasn’t helping anyone, certainly not myself, and that is a main reason that I blog.
Simple living in a complicated world – yet my world was very complicated, and I was doing nothing to simplify it.
I am constantly striving for balance in my home, but realized that my blog was taking on a life of its own. This is a good thing since I am trying to build this online business, however, it is also a bad thing if I am unable to balance everything else I have on my plate (most notably homeschooling and the activities my kids are involved in).
Being an introvert it is easy for me to just want to shut out everything and hide. But, obviously that isn’t an option.
I realized that in order for me to do better with balance, I needed to work smarter and not harder. I also needed to take some time to think about my goals for this blog, what is my long term vision, and why do I continue to write even when I am stressed?
The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit came at the right time for me as far as blogging goes. I realized that I was trying to do too many things, too many things with my blog, too many things in life, and I needed to prioritize.
For business, bundle has been an amazing tool for me. Showing me some of the problems that I have, while giving me concrete steps to take in order to improve. I love being a blogger, working for myself, but sometimes self gets in the way, and I just need someone to tell me what to do. This bundle is helping me learn that.
Now, there are a lot of things that I am doing for my personal side as well, finding balance and not being overwhelmed going into our busy season is something I definitely need to work hard on, and it is not easy, but it is worth it. I hope to be sharing some of those steps over the next several weeks.
As for now, I am sorry that I was unable to finish this challenge, but I think that I learned a good lesson in that sometimes I can’t push through, sometimes I really do need to take a step back and look at the big picture.
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How do you overcome overwhelm in blogging or in life? Do you ever continue pushing through without stepping back to breathe?