Finding the Balance

I’m at a crossroads in my blogging experience. I enjoy writing, sharing information on my blog. I enjoy creative writing, the writing challenges, and sharing portions of my life, but where does that end and my IRL (In Real Life) Life begin?


So that’s where I am today.

I’m finding the balance between being a homeschooling parent, a writer, a blogger, a NaNoWriMo competitor; not to mention a mother, daughter, wife, friend, sister, and all the other relational components going on.


It’s complicated.

This being the year of quality, we’ve worked on our construction and remodeling projects, scaled back our obligations, and opened up the things, people, and experiences that make our lives more rich. We’re still working on those items, and as we grow and change, those will certainly grow and change too. How much I share of my family, friends, and experiences is still something I am deciding if and how to share on my blog and social media.

I think about my boys.

Do they want to be associated with the things I’m writing? Is it fair to them for me to put their images, their lives, online? Is my perspective my intellectual property? When does my story and perspective interfere with their lives, their online persona, their futures? I’m not sure. I’m not sure they’re sure. With as much that is online, on social media, will it become ubiquitous? Will their anonymity be cherished or rued?

Only time will tell.

So I take it day by day, post by post, and word by word. I try not to overthink — but this blog is a reflection of me, my life, my experience, my thoughts, my stories….

Grace and Space



4 thoughts on “Finding the Balance

  1. Best to you as you navigate these issues. I’m hitting some of these crossroads as well and choosing to devote the majority of my time to my “real” writing rather than blogging–or even journaling (which I like to do, but definitely saps my energy to do the fiction writing I want to do). I considered keeping up with posting at my blog, but since it was explicitly about a particular year in our lives, it’s been easier to pretty much let it go. In general, I’m weighing how much online activity is beneficial and how much is the mental equivalent of junk food. Certainly, plenty of Facebook time amounts to little more than scrolling through funny pictures and videos and–especially recently–an onslaught of political posts. How much of this is actually beneficial to my life? For me, I’ve decided the benefits don’t warrant the amount of time I’ve given it. Real life is more important. Face to face relationships are easily more important. Getting drawn into all the debates in social media land and the blogosphere is far less important. For me.
    Again, best to you as you sort through it all.

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    1. I’ve been going back and forth. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. I so enjoyed reading your blog on your year away, but I’ve also though about the benefits of living in the moment – the now. Nurturing relationships in real life balanced with nurturing my writing. This month I’ve been adding to my book with the NaNoWriMo Challenge…it’s a juggling act with all the other responsibilities I have. While I can live with dishes in the sink and floors to be mopped, I don’t want to miss out on all the rest. Thank you again for stopping by and I look forward to your book launch once it’s published 🙂


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