business,  inspiration


photo-3Hey y’all. So it’s been an interesting week for me. The kids are on spring break and while they’re super excited about it, the reality is that I still had to work. Thankfully my kids are old enough to play together (somewhat nicely, while sometimes too loudly) but the mom guilt is still there that I have to work instead of playing games or doing something crafty with them. I’m knee deep in B-school, feeling like my to-do list is getting longer and longer instead of things getting checked off. I’ve got a bad case of overwhelm going on. This is partly because my website is being updated completely and hopefully launched in May meaning that some of my tasks can’t be done until that time. To put it lightly, I’m overwhelmed and halfway considering quitting my course, throwing away the to-do list and just doing life the same way I have for the past 10 years.

Earlier this week I read this post from Hayley. She talks about where she is in her blogging journey and so much of it resonated with me. I’ve been blogging since 2007 and it’s evolved and changed so much in that time. This year, I’ve consistently blogged on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, in an effort to put out quality content without tying myself down to everyday posts. My posts focus on 5 main areas: inspiration, how-to’s, sharing others, shop updates and random posts (like book reviews and such). My focus has gotten right down to my color-coded calendar so I can make sure that I have a good balance of each one throughout the month.

In creating categories to focus on each month, I think I’ve made myself try to seem like I’m an expert at all of these things when really the one thing that I’m really good at (and make money with) is making jewelry. There are so many DIY experts out there with gorgeous pin-able posts. There are so many awesome bakers out there sharing their recipes. And on and on and on. Why do I feel like I need my blog to be all the things to everyone? I really don’t know. My blog should just be an extension of Amy. I don’t need to be everything to everyone because I can’t be.

Hayley says,

“Are we all so connected that there is no mystery or suspense anymore? Isn’t Instagram easier and Twitter quicker? How can we bring back the stories of our mundane lives? Because, those are the things that I’m inspired by. I don’t need another Pinnable post from another blogger–although, I understand why we all write them.”

So, I don’t know where this leaves me. Until B-school is over and my website is complete you might not hear much from me besides what I already have scheduled (which includes an amazing giveaway this month for all you momma’s of young ones!). I might blog randomly here or there about something that strikes my fancy. But until I have a hold on what I want this place to be and what it should be, I’m going to let go of that pressure on myself and focus on my to-do list and growing my business (while taking time off to love on my family). I feel like I go through this every 6 months or so…my blogging identity crisis. Someday I’ll figure it out.

Oh yeah, I guest posted on Aleks’ blog earlier this week about cultivating our strengths, I’d love if you’d check it out and hopefully be inspired. Maybe share it with a friend to encourage her to cultivate her God-given gifts instead of focusing on her weaknesses.


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