Real Life Wednesday

One of the biggest things people have a hard time understanding is how much time actually goes into blogging. I mean, you just sit down and write up a quick post right? {if you’re a blogger I can hear you laughing now….} Thing is, I spend a good amount of time each day sitting in front of my computer while I write posts, answer e-mails, contact advertisers, network on twitter, connect with readers on Facebook. Some days to the tune of 4-5 hours a day, most days at least one hour – normally 2. With a smart phone I’m also in constant contact with twitter and facebook, noticing right away when someone mentions me on either.

It sounds weird to all you non-bloggers, but I do enjoy this part of my life. It’s my outlet to say what I want to say and connect with other like-minded folks. I’ve learned so very much in my few years online I don’t’ plan on going anywhere anytime soon! I love the business side of running a blog and so much of what I do draws from my personality strengths.

But I think what we all experience from time to time is the onslaught of media and the constant inflow of information and conversation. We don’t often take the time to be quiet until it’s much too late and we’ve hit our breaking point. How often do you take a break from this noise and truly enjoy the time you spend with loved ones? Or rest in a quiet space? Take a nap in the sun or spend an afternoon creating?

I find I don’t’ have near enough time for these things and last week happened to mention on facebook that I was thinking of taking one day a week completely off from “screens”. No t.v. during the day, no computer or smart phone.

The idea kept picking away at me and I find the idea of it kind of amazing really. As a blogger who works from home, my to-do list is always with me – so the idea of not having anything to do for a whole 24 hours feels refreshing just thinking about it. My friend Dan from Corganic even came up with a name for it:

Real Life Wednesday

I think I like it. :-) So for now, each Wednesday will be my true “day off”. My day to create, to clean, to organize, to play, to read. To rest and renew in this wonderful life the Lord has blessed me with. To re-connect with my earthly family as well as my Heavenly Father.

Tell me, when do you ever take intentional and regular time off to play and rest, to renew your spirit?

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Oh Donielle – I love it! I truly love my blog and I enjoy everything I do in regards to it and my social networking. But, it is exhausting at times, especially since I work a full time 9-5 job, plus a part time job as well. I find myself having days where I just don’t have the energy to write a blog post, create new recipes or do research, even though I know need to. I really like your idea of taking a day off from it all. I think I’m going to start doing that. We all need a break every now and then and I have to learn to let myself rest and stop thinking I’ve got to do it all!

  2. Oh, I like this idea! Having it as part of the schedule helps it actually be relaxing too.

  3. Donielle,
    Wonderful post. Especially in light of the adrenal fatigue, etc. God certainly meant for us not to be going at it all the time.

    Take care and hope you enjoyed your day off!

  4. Jessica K says:

    Yes! This is so important. Enjoy your Wednesdays. At my house, we take Thursdays as a family day and I look forward to it all week. I hope you have a wonderful, restful day.

  5. Love this post, and I have in the past ‘scheduled’ no tv days for my family, with lots of grumbling, but I like the idea of no ‘screens’.

  6. We forget the simplicity of life sometimes, don’t we. Probably because at times it doesn’t feel simplistic. Being a brand new blogger myself (and working full time during the day), I feel like I’m running from one thing to another – and I’m loving it. But your post was a good reminder how we need to “let our brain breath” and just do nothing at times.

  7. All of my friends and family ready my blog, but they never understand how much effort goes into it. I have a cooking blog, so first I have to be inspired to make something, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches just won’t cut it. Then I have to take pictures of it. Then I have to edit those pictures. Then I have to type up the recipe. Then I have to write something brilliant. They seem to think that voila, it can happen in ten minutes.
    I love the simple life and only wish that somebody would pay me for my efforts to be a brilliant blogger. Then I could take the time to make it a reality. Thanks for reminding us that blogging should be fun and relaxing. Deep breaths. . .