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Don’t you just love a good Aerosmith reference? Kudos to anyone who actually read that in Steven Tyler’s voice.
I ended up taking a unscheduled hiatus. Trust me when I say that it was not my intention especially after I had that mini episode of stressing over what to blog about. I honestly believed that I had come to terms with my issues and had found a resolution that would allow me to continue blogging in a fashion that I was more comfortable with. Turns out, as much as I love writing, I have a very difficult free writing my blog posts. I do enjoy blogging immensely, but I have no clue of what I want to share with the world plus I feel that if I am not topic writing then I have nothing of value to provide for my readers.
That’s not really fair to either myself or my readers. I read tons of blogs from fellow lifestyle bloggers and lifestyle change bloggers and Montessori bloggers even when the topics do not relate to my life. I am getting to know my blogging friends and I look to them as a support system. So in this introspection that I’ve had in this past month I’ve come to realize that I’ve been just a sullen Debbie Downer (no offense to anyone named Debbie) and I’ve been selfish.
I genuinely enjoy helping others (12 years in emergency services – the money isn’t that great so I really was in it for the people). I’ve come to realize that I want to be an amazing support system for anyone who needs it. So if you need someone to listen, I’m all ears. Seriously, I have really big ears. PLUS, my name means “Listener” so yanno, I take it as a sign. Hah!
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I’ve been working on a lot of things in the past month. I had a fellow blogger (the lovely Anitra at Chronicles of a Momtessorian) encourage me to write down my list of goals and start working towards them. It may not seem like much, but it helped me greatly. In this past month I’ve worked on my checklist, well, to be wholly honest, I worked on ONE of my seven checklists. Now this may seem silly to some and it is currently unrelated to what my blog had been about up to this point. But do you guys want to know what I’ve been working so hard on? Opening my own online boutique. Crazy, right? I am absolutely over the moon that I’ve taken these steps.
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I’ve always wanted to have my own business. The freedom of being my own boss and setting my own hours (motherhood excluded, I work on HER time). I have this massive romanticized idea of the entire venture. Of course, the easy part was the set up and now comes the hard part of driving traffic and sales. When I made my first sale I almost cried. I am so honored to experience the support of my friends and family up to this point. I know that this won’t be easy and that there is a chance that I may fail, but I have learned so much this far.
And I hope that one day I can even expand upon this dream and open my own brick and mortar shop. Just the idea of it makes me swoon. Or a mobile boutique! Food trucks are such a hit so why not fashion trucks? The point is I am my biggest hurdle in all of this. For once, I am trying not to stand in my own way. Dive in and have a swim!
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What Else is New
Last month I started another new adventure. I know I had mentioned previously that I was going to start keeping Squeaks’ cousin during the week. Now he is an excellent baby so much that I’d even say that he is an easier baby than my dear Squeakasaurus. That being said, I will admit that I was not fully prepared for how much mischief adding another toddler to the household would be. Multiple mommies everywhere are screaming, “DUH!”. I feel you ladies. The babies (toddlers, but they are my cuddle babies so pptttthhhbt) have both been given new nicknames, Pillage and Plunder. They are an absolute riot but there is very little getting work done when they are running wide open.
Anyone who has pointers for being productive with a 16 month old and a 13 month old, I’m all ears.
On the Farm
Guess what time it is? It is calving time! Hubs’ brother had put into works a sort of cycle breeding. This means that all of the cows are bred at the same time so they all calve at the same time. Make sense, right? So there are babies coming left and right. At my last count, we had 8, but it has been a few days so I need to double check.
Hubs told me that the cows usually go off on their own, calve in the woods, and then after a few days rejoin the herd with their new addition. This has not been the case. There have been several cows that came up near the house to calve. My Aunt in Law says that this is very strange in all of the years that she’s been here during calving season. And do you guys know what? I have missed EVERY SINGLE ONE! Quite frustrating. I miss the entire calving by just a few minutes, calf is getting cleaned up by mom. I am grumpy about it.
OH! I also got my first request for a collaboration this week! Turns out it was sent about 2 weeks ago, but I had let this fall to the wayside so I missed it. I know that it may not be super exciting to everyone, but I feel like this is a major step for me towards monetizing my blog. Which is another step towards working from home. Which is another step of being able to contribute financially to my household! I am so stoked and I hope that this opportunity works out and that it is only the first of many opportunities to come.
I really don’t mean to cut it short, but my dear Squeak smells mighty suspicious at the moment. Yep, need to attend to some business here. I hope everyone is as stupidly optimistic as I am right now. I wish the whole world health and happiness!