I would be a hypocrite if I did not take time for myself. After all, that’s what I firmly advocate for moms who contact me. We absolutely need time for ourselves so we can thrive and our families can then thrive.
Lately, it’s been hard for me to do just that. Not so much because I don’t want to but because I have been awful at making time for myself. But I’m having to shuffle my priorities and force myself to do so.
Sometimes, the blog may go quiet for a bit. It’s not because I don’t care. (I’ll never stop caring) It’s not because I don’t want to blog. It’s because I need a break.
I know life gets crazy for everyone. Here lately, it’s been very crazy as of late.
The trip to Austin for the PSI fundraiser was a lovely break. However, the craziness started before my journey to Texas.
In late April, my husband was laid off.
School got out for the summer.
Back on government assistance. Which, by the way, is NOT easy to qualify for as they want every single last document under the sun and it’s all due 10 days before they send you a letter (and yes, I got a letter like that). They really work against you to keep you off the system. And what really sucks is that with hubs’ job, we were finally phasing out of needing the assistance.
He gets unemployment but it’s not nearly enough to support a family of five. So I’m looking for a job. And that means I may have to cut what I do here unless I can find some sort of financial support for the blog soon. Sadly, it may even affect my ability to participate in #PPDChat. That makes me very sad. It makes me especially sad because I know I won’t be happy doing anything else but supporting moms. I truly feel it is what I was called to do and I know in my heart I am good at what I do here at Postpartum Voice, Twitter, and other websites.
Hubs is working at getting his own computer biz started. He’s great at repairing and working on computers so he’s getting that on the road right now. He has one regular business client at the moment and some random individual clients as well. It’s growing but again, it’s tough going out there these days.
This summer also saw a very stressful situation between myself and a family member. I am not going to go into details but suffice it to say it led to some of my worst days since the depths of hell with my Postpartum mood disorder. The end of that week found me in tears and watching four and a half hours of stand up comedy. That was followed by a severe adrenaline withdrawal.
The next week was Austin. Austin was great. Until I came home. My original flight was canceled and I did not leave the airport until nearly 6 hours after that flight. I have never been so happy to be back in Atlanta!
The following day, my 4yo started Pre-k.
The next day, my 6yo had her tonsils out so she was home for a week.
Then my 4yo got sick this past weekend.
Now hubs is sick, 2yo is showing signs of getting sick, I’ve got PMS, the dog is scratching and licking places she really shouldn’t be on a constant basis because of her allergies (and no, Benadryl doesn’t work – bathing her a minimum of once a day does), our washer is on the fritz and will flood the back porch in the blink of an eye if you leave it alone at the wrong time, and… ugh. See the damned snowball in Georgia? That’s my life. And I am not coping well with it right now.
Today though, the girls are back in school. Hubs just left for a computer job for his business client and Cameron is (somewhat) playing independently as I type this.
I had a huge vision for this blog when I revamped it and am hoping to get to these changes soon – I really want to start posting a vlog for my Just Talking Tuesday posts. And WordPress has recently introduced this new service which allows us to PHONE in our blog posts. How cool is that???
I also want to start a forum for readers to share with one another.
But right now, I need to take care of me before I can take care of others. So if I don’t post for a few days, it’s not because I don’t love you. It’s not because I’ve stopped caring. It’s because I’m simply practicing what I preach and taking care of me so I CAN take care of others. I don’t deserve any less. And neither do you.
Most nights lately have found me passed out on the couch after the kids are in bed. Last night my husband tried to wake me up and get me to go to bed. I fell asleep in the middle of tweeting, y’all. In the middle of TWEETING! That’s tired.
Please pray for us as we move through this tough time in our lives. Pray that my husband is able to expand his business quickly. Pray that somehow I manage to get financial support for the blog worked out. I’ll be putting up a page soon specifying a wish-list of needs. First things first, I’d have to go to self-hosted in order to do any sort of ads. If I do run ads, rest assured that I will vet any and all support for moms and will NOT under any circumstances allow the placement of ads for any medication or supplements on my blog. I will remain committed to supporting moms in whatever choices they have made without judgment. We all have to walk our own path and deserve to do so without guilt brought on by the judgment of others.
Thanks for reading.
I’m going to close my laptop after I hit publish and go talk my son out of wearing his sister’s tennis shoes.
I came to my computer to write a similar blog post on my own blog… so I can relate in some resepects. I hope your life calms down and you can return to your passion soon. I think we all understand.
Lauren you are ALWAYS in my prayers! Do what is best for YOU and your family! You deserve so much for BEING so much to so many! We will keep #ppdchat going! Hugs to you, momma! and lots of love!
Lauren, I will continue to pray for you and your family. Please reach out if there is some way I can be of help.
You know I love you and the extremely hard work you do to help us mom’s with PMDs.You rock mah socks. I am so proud of you for putting you and your family first and foremost. That is what’s important. Even if you are MIA you have etched extremely powerful knowledge, hope and help in your posts that will be there for us moms.
I really hope that things work out for you and your family. I really do because you deserve it.
Big Hugs and prayers
I am so happy to see you doing what you tell us all to do. This comes at a fabulous time for me as well to realize that I need to get out of my routine and have some fun with my friends. Here’s to you and may god bless you and your family along your path. I am going to plan some time to get away! :)
Here’s hoping you have some peace during your time away from the laptop, and that your family situation improves immensely in the coming weeks. Many blessings to you.