Is one week in too soon to say I’m back to blogging regularly? Ha. Maybe, but I feel committed and excited to get back to this space. While I enjoy the connection of Instagram so much, the blog is the heart and soul of what I do and I want to put most of my focus here.
So, with that, I wanted to just chat with you today. Starting with a common, but important question- how are you doing?
When I asked this on Instagram last week, with the options of hanging in there or struggling a bit, the majority responded with struggling. That made me want to give out a million I get it hugs. I wish there was a way I could support you more (and if there is, let me know!).
My goal and role in this space and time is to simply continue sharing my life with you. Not because it’s anything particularly noteworthy, but because the biggest lack I am seeing in the world right now is connection. I want this place to be about connection. I want to hear how you are right now, and as a gateway, I’ll go first.
Mentally: Mentally I’m doing pretty well most days. We have a lot going on at the moment, which I look forward to sharing more of with you soon, so my mind is often occupied, which is a good thing. We’ve been able to create some fun summer memories, from our family lake gathering, to joining friends at Oak Island for a couple days, and celebrating the fourth of July.
We are homeschooling (first and third grade now), and it’s solidified that I like the year-round approach because it takes off a lot of pressure. We don’t have a strict schedule beyond doing school when we’re at home, and I like that. I’ll be sharing our curriculum for the year later this week.
Emotionally: This really depends on which day (sometimes which hour) you ask me. Sometimes I’ll be working out and then break down into tears because a song Dad liked came on. Or I’ll be sharing a peek into life on Instagram stories and have messages shaming me for taking my kids to the beach. I get it; life is incredibly emotionally charged for us all right now. While I don’t understand people who want to release that pressure on strangers on the internet, I get that it comes with the territory of sharing and being open.
To be honest, I’ve thought about being done with sharing because it would just be easier to disappear and go live my life with my family. But right now, that’s not my path. Like I said before, I think we need connection now more than ever and over the past few weeks I’ve found new online friends that inspire me to keep being open. That means some people will leave this space, but it means others might be drawn to it. If I can be a friend for just a single person, it’s worth it to me at this moment to keep going.
Physically: This is mostly a positive right now! David and I have never been more committed to working out. I have been a member of Madeline Moves’ weekly workouts (it’s an app) for months and am hooked. She releases five new workouts every week and David and I do them M-F. Right now we are doing her challenge, which means an extra workout on Saturday, too. I think five days a week is my sweet spot though.
Food-wise, we’ve been eating pretty well- here are our current favorite meals. With summer fun, there have also been more chips and dips and vodka sodas than usual, which I’m OK with. However, this is our first fully normal week back at home and I’m excited to have a full week’s meal plan lined up (here’s my free printable if you are a planner, too!) and to maybe stretch to Friday before having an adult beverage. Maybe.
Whether you want to comment and let me know how you are (which I always enjoy reading!) or not, I hope you take the time to check in with yourself. It’s so helpful for me to evaluate where I’m thriving and where I’m struggling. Sometimes it helps me to put action items into place and other times it’s just important for me to acknowledge what is hard at the moment and hold space for it.
Sending sunshine your way; I hope you have a really good week. <3