I started 2019 with a mission to revamp my life. I have so many wonderful things happening, and I just want to be able to enjoy them to their fullest, and not feel like I am waiting to check another thing of my to do list. I thought the way to do that was to be super organized, have a plan, and make it happen. But I started realizing as I continued to struggle keeping up, that I needed a new approach. I truly needed to step back, take a break and start over.
I am not going to lie though, it’s been a week and I am already ready to jump back in, #oldhabitsdiehard I guess…. It is hard to force myself to take the time I know I need. Last week I took the time to give my blog a bit of a refresh, catch up on tasks around the house, and for the first time in 2019 I actually am fully caught on on laundry. #momlife
As I move into this week I am starting to think about how I want to move forward. But to do that I needed to reflect. Did you know that I started my blog almost exactly 12 years ago. We had just moved to DC, already made a trip back to Pennsylvania to get married, and when we returned back to our new “home” (I quote that because I never thought DC would feel like home, and we would end up moving back) I realized I literally had no one but Matt. Our family was hours away, I knew no one in the area, so I started a blog on Xanga. Blueyedlove07 was created in March of 2007. The funny thing is, most of the time it was simply what a DITL would be on YouTube, just in writing. From that moment I never stopped. I changed platforms, switched my name to Happily A Housewife, but I never stopped. I have so many amazing things to show for all the hard work over the past 12 years.
The day I posted my “taking a break video” I went back, read old posts, watched old vlogs. It all comes down to the fact that I am so proud of what I have done over these past 12 years, not only in my life, which looks so different now, but also with my blog. I just need a short break, and a bit of a revamped feel and then I know I will be excited to be back at it.
I haven’t fully decided what/how I things will look when I return to YouTube, but I do know a few things. No more schedule. Better quality on the editing, taking my time to make a video something I am proud of instead of throwing it live to beat a deadline in my own head. Also this may be disappointing to some, but I decided to no longer run the weekly vlogs. That is not me saying no more vlogs, or that I will never post a weekly vlog, it actually allows for more of my content to be vlog style.
Lastly, I want to thank each and every person who has commented, messaged me, and emailed me over the past week. The support was overwhelming and so thoughtful.