Digital Detox

I have been writing my little blog for over 18 months now. Whilst it doesn’t get all the TLC it deserves and it is unfortunately at the bottom of my very long list of priorities, I love it and I am very proud of what I have achieved.

However, over the last few weeks I just have been feeling a little down about it all. I guess it stemmed from an exciting opportunity I was offered, one with a brand I really admired. I was all set to go, juggling school pick ups and a childminder for Alfie – I was so excited to finally be doing something for me, something for my blog. Then I received the date….it was the same morning as Meme’s sports day and, although hubbie planned to attend too, the decision was of course a no brainer for me. I knew how much she would want me there and I wouldn’t miss if for the world.

Yet, I did feel really disappointed. Of course there will be other opportunities and, in the grand scheme of things, it didn’t really matter. My blog is a hobbie, probably it always will be, but I couldn’t help but feel a little sad about it all. I never attend blogging events and I never usually say yes to opportunities that take me away from my family. However, this one was seemed to be perfect for me and I also felt ready to step out of my comfort zone. It would have been a confidence boost that I very much needed.

So, this week I took a little break from blogging and a little time away from social media. I went places with the kids and didn’t worry about taking pictures. I needed to switch off from my blog and everything that goes with it and just get a little perspective. For the first time in a long time, instead of spending my nights scrolling through Instagram  or writing a blog post I actually read a book – and it was so nice, it was escapism which I desperately needed.

I love blogging and I am so glad I started my little online space but it can be hard knowing and wanting to achieve so much more. To have so many grand plans but just not having the time to achieve them. To be offered opportunities but not be able to commit to them. I guess sometimes I wonder when will it be my time? I don’t know the answer but I do know it’s not now. My little family need me at the moment and it is my choice to be with them. I am lucky enough to be able to spend the majority of my time at home looking after them and I realise all parents have to make sacrifices.

Last week at sports day as Meme proudly waved to me whilst trying her best to come first, I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be.

 

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21 thoughts on “Digital Detox

  1. I try and do this once or twice a month – a day or morning out without me shoving cameras in their faces or uploading insta stories! Its a good thing for mental health and relaxation too, I hope you keep it up x

  2. What a lovely post and you are absolutely right, we have to put them first when we can. They only get one childhood. I also turned down something that was on Libby’s sports day. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than on that field watching her run her little heart out.
    Nat.x

  3. It can be so overwhelming sometimes, a break from social media and from taking photos etc is so welcome. I try to take a week away from it once a month, just to remind myself that theres a life outside of blogging. #ordinarymoments

  4. It sounds like you needed the escape for a few days, social media can be all consuming. I keep telling myself that we will have all the ‘me’ time we want in future when the little’s are older, and that I will miss these days. I need to remind myself to switch off and escape more, relaxing and reading sound awesome. I get consumed in work, when my body and mind need to relax!

  5. Oh the balance is near impossible to achieve. I wake up hours before anyone in the house to get some reading and writing in – no easy task and I am exhausted! I wish you much luck, and know I am right there with you – hopefully making all the right choices! #BigPinkLink xoxo

  6. I’ve started to do this fairly regularly now and I feel so much better for it. Glad you had a break lovely, it sounds like you needed it. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

  7. I know exactly how you feel. It often feels as though you have to blog at maximum capacity to get the golden opportunities, but then when they come you have no time to take them up as you’re already blogging at maximum capacity!? ? a digital detox sounds like something I could really use. It so easily takes over doesn’t It? Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

  8. Oh it must have been so good to have a break and just concentrate on your family for a while. I love my blog too and I’ve got so many ideas for it. But my family are my priority and I don’t have time to do everything. Every time I lose love for my blog, I just take some time away. And then I always miss writing and it reminds me why I started blogging in the first place. Hugs Lucy xxxx #BigPinkLink

  9. It does feel good to have a break sometimes doesn’t it. When we went on holiday recently I didn’t look at my blog at all, and hardly touched social media because the wifi was so crap. It definitely helped me to unwind. #TwinklyTuesday

  10. Finding a balance is so tricky. My blog is my job now and I often feel guilty for wanting the time to spend on it properly. I should out my phone down more and give myself a night off sometime though! You were definitely in the right place with your daughter. Other opps will come your way, I promise 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  11. Oh this really resonated with me. My blog is almost 18mths old and I feel this pull all the time between being a mummy and being a blogger. I love being a mum but it has been nice to have something that is “me” with starting the blog. I sometimes wish I could take more of the opportunities that are offered to me, but also I know that one day I will miss having my girls around all the time and I will never get that back. Blogging will always be there. #mg

  12. All I can say is that your time will definitely come!! I sometimes have the same struggle with missing so many opportunities because I work full time. And then I see everyone off enjoying them. But there will come a time when you can have a little more space for you and it will grow. You have the priorities exactly right, well done on the detox X #mg

  13. I can totally relate, believe me you are not alone. I have recently had some offers, but for me I could have made them work I just not sure I want to. I am not sure I want that pressure on me and my freedom to write whatever I feel, and I am not sure that I won’t to have any advertising on my little space. It is hard to know somedays what is best. I know when I take a night off it feels so good, to just relax and not worry about what I may miss out on. You have created a truly beautiful blog and have an adorable loving family so I say you are winning! #mg

  14. Social detox sounds like what i need right now. And I can completely identify how u are torn between career opportunities and being there for the family. There is nothing right or wrong. We need to follow where our heart lies in the now. Might change later when the kids are older

  15. Aww, I love the last line. It’s important to put family first, but it’s still really hard when you have to say something you really want to do! I’m currently racked with guilt because I’m ditching my hubby hundreds of miles away from home on his birthday on Sunday so that I can go to BlogOn. I hope you get another opportunity like this soon! #mg

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