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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Know Thyself

Can we truly know ourselves? The Greeks thought so, but Benjamin Franklin disagreed. In Poor Richard’s Almanack, he wrote, “There are three Things extreamly hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know one’s self.”

Well, I may not know myself thoroughly, but I am learning more every day. Of late, I have learned that I cannot spin very many plates at once. I wrote about spinning plates back in October. That was when I was getting ready to go on a vacation with my family and felt the need to schedule multiple posts on the blog, and on Facebook, and I was in the middle of an editing project, too. I have learned that I can only really focus well on a couple things at a time.

Why? Why did I pile all that on myself—that is the truth of it, I didn’t have to do most of those things, but I felt I had to. And it made for a stressful start to my vacation.

I started this blog back up last August and wanted to share my message and heart with people. My plan was to keep the posts simple and not overwork myself. I also knew from previous experience (with the same blog) that I couldn’t keep at it unless I was making some money with it. So, I joined a network where I hoped to learn about how to monetize and gain advertisers and such. What I ended up doing was comparing myself to all these other bloggers (which can be a good thing and can propel you to greater heights) and seeing that I should polish my posts more, create better content, always attach good graphics to posts, include my blog name on the graphics, set up a schedule to share on Facebook often, pin to Pinterest regularly, setup a newsletter subscriber list, regularly send email newsletters, join numerous affiliate programs, network with other bloggers to spread my content, and on and on and on.

While those are all good things, and I have learned so much, I cannot be a web manager, graphic artist, writer, editor, accountant, marketing executive, SEO specialist, social media organizer, and more, with the amount of time and money at my disposal.

I know many think that blogging is easy and fun and it can be if you don’t care about growing a following and making money for the time you invest. I know some don’t think that bloggers should make money. To that, I will say, time is money. There are few who have the luxury of spending hours and hours doing an activity for free. And to keep up with a blog, it takes many more hours than you can imagine.

So, this explains to you all why I haven’t posted on here since February. Don’t worry, I won’t be completely closing up shop. I plan to post from time to time on here as I have things to share. I want to share things from my heart, rather than just coming up with content intended to grow my list of followers.  If it grows, it grows; if it doesn't, then oh well.

I have some plans in place for summer. First is to relax and enjoy the time off of homeschooling. Second, is to spend quality time with my kids. I’ve got some fun books, movies, and possibly a museum trip in the works. I have my own list of books to read for a literature class I’ll be teaching this fall at our homeschool co-op. I will also focus more of my energy on my essential oil business, because it pays better than this blog. My heart is to see people get well, and these oils are doing amazing things for people. I will keep my Facebook page up, but won’t be posting daily. And I will blog in my spare time.

I don’t regret starting this blog back up. I have learned so much, have met some great, new friends, have been able to bless people through giveaways (I would love to do that again this coming Christmas), and have been eating better—that’s partly because I feel accountable to you all and partly because I was starting to experience some weird food issues. I posted about that on Facebook. I will transfer that here for those who may have missed it.

Do you feel like you have too much going on? Stress does bad things to your body. I can attest to that. I used to look up to Crystal Paine (owner of MoneySavingMom.com) because she was younger than me, had two small children at home, yet seemed to have her house and business in order. I remember when she had her little boy and moved into a nice home that her and her husband had scrimped and saved for and paid cash for per the Dave Ramsey plan. I was impressed. I thought if she could do it, I could do it. I thought it must not take that many hours to keep up with the blog if she could manage it being pregnant with two little ones under foot. And her blog was bringing in over a million hits a month!

Well, appearances can be deceiving. Crystal writes in her new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life, that she was working 30 to 40 hours per week and driving herself into the ground. On top of being sleep deprived, she was incredibly stressed out with her business. She says that she started having weird health problems. Every two to three weeks, she was bedridden for a few days with a high fever, headache, and intense pain throughout her body. Does any of this sound familiar? I certainly hope you’re not bedridden every couple weeks, but stress could be manifesting itself differently for you. For me, it comes out as dermatitis, depression, and lately some food issues that could possibly be histamine related. I named this blog All Things Health because I believe we should focus on spirit, soul, and body, and there are many subcategories of those three main headings, but I almost think stress is almost THE most important topic to address. Almost. I will have to share more on that later. For now, get this book. It is really good. I think it is going to change many lives.

I know some of you have looked up to me, thinking I'm a Superwoman for all that I accomplish.  Let me just be honest here, there are many things that I let go.  We each can only handle so much, and so this is going to be a season for me to reconfigure some priorities in my life.  Do you need to stop and do some restructuring?  I'm telling you, this book may be just what you need, to help sort out and focus on what's important.  It's really helping me.

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1 comment:

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