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Life has been a whirlwind of craziness lately! As you may know, this summer Mike and I made the decision to move our family out of Madison. The main factor in our decision was Mike’s work, which was 2 hours away. He would be away from the family for several days at a time, and with a small baby that was really hard. There was also a financial factor; we were tired of putting money down the drain on rent and ready to kickstart the house hunting process. It happened quick – we first discussed the idea of moving at the end of June, and by August 1st we had moved out.
We moved to Mike’s hometown and we are currently living with his parents while we save and plan for a house. It has certainly been an adjustment. Because we made the decision so quickly (because of the school year), we packed quickly and I didn’t realize how much stuff I had accumulated in six years! Let’s just say when we move into our house, I’m going to unpack with a giant trash can next to me.
The month of September came with a new energy that I didn’t see coming – changing up our living situation has inspired me to let go of things that aren’t important, and fight for the things that are. After ten years of finding my footing in the world of blogs, YouTube, and social media, I am jumping in with both feet to be a lifestyle blogger. Two things happened that have helped fuel this jump:
- I signed up for the 5-day start your blog course by It’s a Lovely Life. After I signed up for this free email crash course I feel in love with the things they were teaching me and all the information I had been craving for so long. I used their code to purchase my own domain and took another course from them on how to use WordPress. I set up the site, and as I was doing this, we come to the second thing:
- I connected with my blogging partner, Jessica! Our husbands are close friends and we always found ourselves talking for hours and we had so much in common. After my husband and I moved here, we were lucky enough to see them much more, and I mentioned to Jessica that I was starting a new blog and that I thought she would be amazing at it. We talked for a long time about what the “niche” of our blog would be, and we settled on balance. (you can read more in our “about” section here.)
I’m not gonna lie, I am super nervous. I have fears and doubts every single day. This is part of being a parent – we constantly doubt ourselves. We are our own harshest critics, second guessing every decision we make. But something I realized whenever I have anxiety about my children; it’s because I love them. It’s because they are so important to me that my brain tries to put the breaks on my emotion by causing anxiety. I try to apply this theory whenever I feel nervous about something new – I tell myself your brain is just putting the breaks on because this is important to you. Instead of trying to fight the feeling, I think about how lucky I am to have things in my life that I love and feel strongly about.
The only thing I can do is take this energy – anxiety and all – and dive into the world with my arms wide open. Fear & doubt will always be there. I am constantly learning to ignore the negative emotions and focus on the immense positivity and blessings that surround me.
I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited for a season change than I am for Fall this year. This time last year I had a newborn, and I wasn’t able to appreciate the season nearly as much as I would have liked. Not to mention we lived on the 3rd floor of an apartment and didn’t have easy access to outdoors like we do here.