Finding Balance and Purpose

January 29, 2015 in Learning by Anna

Hi. My name is Anna. It’s been over five months since I wrote my last blog post.

I cannot believe the statement I just wrote.

When I started Learn Like A Mom, I envisioned myself being able to knock out three to four blog posts each week and truck through life like normal.

That has not happened.

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Finding Balance and Purpose at any point in life. I'm at that point again right now.

Finding Balance and Purpose

It’s easy to think about something. It’s another thing to actually do it.

Like I said, when I started this, I went in with some great expectations for myself and what Learn Like A Mom would become. I even contributed a chapter to the book: Everything But The Posts.

Why haven’t I been a rockstar blogger?

One reason: I didn’t know what I was really getting into. There is a lot of work behind running a successful blog. And for me, I don’t want to do it if I’m not going to do it the best way possible.

I need to get over that. I get stuck in analysis paralysis. And the technical things bloggers deal with are constantly changing. So no matter how much I analyze, whatever I choose could change tomorrow.

I need to just write. Carve out time and write. Catch up with the other “stuff” that comes with maintaining a blog as time allows.

I have contradicted my own advice of being consistent. And, in 2014…I did this in all areas of my life.

I was inconsistent with blogging, writing children’s books, my direct sales business, my clean eating plans, my fitness goals, and my homeschooling goals.


Now, granted, I packed up half of my house, put my house on the market, and spent an ABSURD amount of time keeping it “show ready” while my husband spent the majority of the year away from us, starting a new job.

Doesn’t sound like much? Then you haven’t had your house on the market in a poor market with two small children and a dog to stay on top of every moment of the day just in case someone requests a showing…and you have no restrictions on the listing for showing requests…which means they can be right outside your home when they call.

And that happened. More than once.

I wish I could say those efforts were worth it, but as of the time I’m writing this, we didn’t sell the house.

At just about the one-year mark of being on the market, we bit the bullet and moved our household to join my husband and have since rented out our former property.

All I can think of when I look back at 2014 is the hours and hours, which probably add up to weeks of my life that were wasted just cleaning and staging.

I look back at myself and just see a stressed out woman. And that was even with letting things (like blogging) take the back burner!

So, now it’s 2015 and I have goals for this year!

My blogging ones were supposed to start three weeks ago.

You should have read six blog posts by now! (I wanted to try and write two blog posts each week.)

You haven’t because I haven’t.

I haven’t quite found the balance I’m searching for in life at the moment. I haven’t gotten into my groove, but I’ve been setting the stage.

I want to move forward with purpose. I want to stop wasting time on things that don’t matter much and focus on my family, my faith, and my personal ambitions.

Finding balance and purpose is what I hope to do through 2015 and carry forward with me.

You can see the work from home tips I shared in 2016 and why I say you shouldn’t make New Year’s resolutions in 2017 if you care to see where I went on my journey for balance and purpose!

What are you striving for this year?