If you’ve been following along here with me at For The Joy you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been around too much lately. There are a few factors that play a role in why I’ve been absent but to sum it up… LIFE. Ya know? I’m going to be turning the page and bringing a new focus.
First, I had a baby just over a year ago (now I know I’ve had quite a bit of activity on here in the past year) but babies change your whole world! I still find that I’m trying to figure out our new normal. But that could also be because we picked up and move across the country from Texas to Iowa in July. We are back in God’s Country ;). It’s been a nice change but has come with a lot of ups and downs and readjustment. We’re still not adjusted.
I started a new job and Matt started school full time in a respiratory therapy program. Grayson started a new daycare and we are all trying to figure out our new normal. Not to mention we are currently living with my parents as we figure out our life here in Iowa. We’re saving for a house and with Matt in school full time we need the extra help. I’m just throwing it down ya’ll. It’s been hard for me to have to admit I’m a mom who lives with her mom. God is working on humbling me and giving me new vision about the expectation of society on how our life should look at different ages. I’m working on letting it all go. Life is messy and we’re all imperfect people just trying to do our best.
Another reason why this blog hasn’t had a lot of love lately is because I tried to do as the “wise bloggers” said and focus on one area. They said, “you can only monetize your blog if you have one real focus.” I say screw that. Yep. I said it. After months of trying to shell out post upon post about how to blog and how to be a good small biz owner I became entirely too bored. I was trying to juggle one part of my life (this blog) in a way that is very different than my real life. My real life is wife, mom, full time teacher, part time photographer, Beautycounter consultant, and aspiring blogger. I spend 90% of my week at an elementary school loving on the less fortunate, and fighting battles against “those in charge” to get to a place where I can do what I know is best for my kids to learn to read in our classroom. So why was I trying to spend all this other time writing about things that I don’t have a huge passion for? Yea… because they said “if you don’t have one focus, it won’t work.”
I tried to fight it, the whole teacher blog. It’s in my blood, you guys. My life as a teacher and the amazing (but exhausting) work I get to do every day lights a fire in my heart. So this is me telling you the new direction of this blog is going to be a true reflection of my REAL life. Of course from time to time I will blog about running a blog and how to be good a being a business owner. Because I do still love those things. But I’m also going to be blogging about my life as a wife, mom, teacher, Beautycounter consultant, photographer, and anything in between I see fit. I hope you’ll continue to follow along as I switch gears!