I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Momma Wants Java has officially reached her first blogiversary. Time flies so fast when you’re having fun! It’s been a whole year of early mornings, finding balance between motherhood and blogging, and writing posts. I feel like I’m a much happier person than I was a year ago, and I also feel a little wiser. I’ve learned a lot about blogging this past year, but blogging has also taught me a few life lessons that I might have missed otherwise (or it would have taken me a lot longer to figure them out!). So here they are for you: 5 life lessons I’ve learned from blogging.
1. Goals are essential for everyone!
I had no idea I would be such a huge fan of goals, but here I am practically shouting from the rooftops about them. Goals give you something to work towards, add a little focus in your life, and give you a great sense of accomplishment. No matter how big or small they are, set some! I’ve got some ideas here in this post if you need a little inspiration. Learn something new, get fit, declutter, keep up with housework, finish a project, anything! Just start setting some goals and then crush them!
2. Every momma needs a tribe.
Whether it’s for blogging or commiserating, you need someone who knows what it’s like to be in your shoes. You need someone to go to with your triumphs, your miseries, and your rants. Every momma needs someone to bounce around ideas with, offer a little advice from time to time, lift her up when she needs a little help, and celebrate her victories.
The great part about this is that it doesn’t have to be people within a 10-mile radius of you. Thanks to social media it’s easier than ever to meet people from all around the world (as long as you’re careful). There are a million Facebook groups to join, and I even met one of my blogging BFFs on Twitter.
The world is your oyster, so go forth and find some other momma pearls!
3. Moms should never feel guilty for me-time.
This one took me a long time to figure out. As a stay-at-home-mom I thought it had to be all babies all the time. I didn’t really let myself take a break, and let me tell you, nothing good happens when you’re exhausted and burned out. A little time to ourselves is essential for not only our sanity, but our family’s happiness. I even wrote a whole post about it, so go check it out here.
4. Every parent should have a side project.
This ties in with number three. Again, it doesn’t have to be all babies all the time. You need something to occupy your mind besides what you’re feeding the kids for lunch or how much laundry you need to do. It doesn’t have to be a side hustle bringing in income, but it needs to be something that brings you joy. Start a blog, get crafty and do some DIYs, or maybe take up photography.
And this is not just for mommas. Spouses need a side project, too. Just make sure to communicate so that both of you get plenty of time to dive into your projects.
5. Organization is key to staying on top of everything.
One day on a whim I bought a planner because it was pretty. I had seen a similar one mentioned in someone’s blog, and I had fallen in love. I had no idea what a game-changer it would be.
I used to schedule appointments in my phone, and I had scattered to-do lists all over the house. Once I started using my planner, I had everything in one place. I started planning out my days according to what I needed to get done, and all of a sudden I was on top of everything. See? Total game changer. You can check out my planner here. It’s amazing!
When I launched my blog a year ago I had no idea I’d be learning so much about myself. I thought I’d just write some posts and get out some of that stored up creativity. It’s been an amazing year of growth, both for me and the blog, and I can’t wait to see where we go next.