This is wrapping up the “All About” series – it’s been fun! But I didn’t want to stop without addressing the question everyone asks – “how do you do it all?!?”
The short answer – I don’t.
But let’s delve into the long answer:
–this is a craft blog, so I show you crafty things. I don’t show you when I’m sitting around starring at the computer, or my giant pile of laundry, or my bathrooms in need of cleaning, etc. I don’t hide my real life purposely, but since this is a craft blog, a lot of real life doesn’t show through. Does that make sense?? That’s why when reading blogs I always try to tell myself that everyone looks good in the blog world – it’s only a part of life, and it’s the part you want to share with the world, so of course it’s the good part. I try to keep it real, but even so, I’m sure it comes off as fabulous because I think my crafts are rockin’
–my kiddos are growing older – life gets easier as they do. I remember when they were younger, it was just about surviving each day – I didn’t craft or cook big meals or make treats or anything until they were in bed. Personally I think the age of 9 to 18 months is the hardest – but keep in mind I haven’t had teenagers yet. But for you with young kids – it gets easier!! My oldest is 9 and my youngest is 3 – having older siblings to entertain him is huge! When I only had young kids, I was the entertainment, but now with older kids, even the younger ones will go off and play. It’s great. I find time to involve them in crafts or do things while they keep busy. I now put icing on cookies while they are awake – I would have never even dreamed of doing that a few years ago. And my kids probably watch too much TV (they don’t nap so they get to watch shows every afternoon), and I’m alright with that.
–I don’t really watch TV. We’re frugal so we don’t have cable, so there’s not a lot on anyways, but I would rather be blogging or crafting anyways. So it’s all about picking what you want to do and choosing to make time for it. I used to be all about TV every evening – - it was just always on. I remember dating Trevor and sitting in his living room with the TV off and thinking how weird that was – - and now I’m a hardly-ever TV watcher – who knew! Although I love love love The Office and we’re big into watching movies. (pic source)
–a lot of my craft projects are simple – just finding 30 minutes and a whole project can be done. I think I gravitate to those projects. So it looks like I’m doing a lot of projects, but they’re easy ones
–blog planning is big. Most my posts aren’t in “real time”. I spend an afternoon writing several posts, then preschedule them out. I can’t imagine trying to keep up and write a post each night for the next day! The goal is always to be a week ahead – 2 weeks would be awesome. I’m normally around a few days ahead. When I type out repetitive posts, like Take-A-Look Tuesday, I will do several months at a time and then not worry about it. I have a calendar where I fill in the squares as to what will post on that day – that way I don’t get confused!
–at any point in time, my house is probably messy. I figure you pick priorities, and if I have to choose between picking up my basement or sewing, I’d pick the project anytime!
Any other thoughts?? Questions??