Taking Back My Blog

You may have noticed I’ve been rather absent lately.  You’ve see me on Facebook and Instagram but I have been utterly and completely silent on the blog.  There are lots of reasons for that.  A lot of it has to do with our family moving.  Twice.  In five months.  Never.Again.

Amidst the chaos of moving to temporary housing until we moved into our permanent {and insanely beautiful} home mr and I were in the process of trying to decide our job situation.  Ultimately deciding to switch jobs once we signed the loan papers for the new house.

My boys needed me during this time.  And to be honest, I was a nervous wreck.  For like the entire five months.  I was no good for anyone really. It’s a miracle I’m still married and have all my hair.

I had a handful of great excuses to neglect the blog.  But that’s not the real reason I stayed away.  The blog was taking over my life.  {A little glimpse into the mind(s) of a blogger(s)} if my stats were good I’d have a great day.  If my stats were bad (low) I’d be disappointed and moody.  It’s a very competitive industry hence the pressure I (we) put on myself (ourselves).  There were emails to respond to, food to make, photograph, then, if I had time leftover, I’d write about it.  And don’t even get me started on social media.  I swear I’m getting hives just thinking about all the pressure.  It’s a full time job.  But so is being a mom.

Family has always come first in my mind, as it should.  So here’s the dealio…I’m not going anywhere.  This is my happy place.  AND I’M TAKING IT BACK.

I’ll post what I want, when I want, and how I want if I think it’s going to help someone {even that someone is just me}.  I’m backing off of sponsored posts, giveaways {which were already far and few between by choice}, and trying to live up to some invisible line we (bloggers) create for ourselves.

I started this blog because I know I have something to offer that’s special.  {EVERYONE has something to offer and we are ALL of infinite worth.}  I am incredibly passionate about the importance of families.  I also love to cook and write and teach.  This is a natural fit for me.  It will just become the sand in my jar of stones as opposed to the boulder it was becoming.

Here is a peek at the what the future holds..

coming soon

In the meantime, thanks for your continued love and support!  You make this my happy place!

XO Krista

Comments

  1. Casey says:

    This is so awesome. This makes me insanely happy to hear you are doing what YOU want and not what others want of you. Thank you for posting about this struggle.

    • Krista says:

      Thank you SO much Casey! I know it’s something we all face but I feel like it’s the huge elephant in the room that no one wants to face. If nothing else I hope this gives just one more person permission to let just one thing slide without feeling like it will sacrifice the success of their blog.

  2. Chels R. says:

    I’m so glad you are back and I’m so proud of you for making a few choices that I’m sure were not necessarily easy because while you want your blog to succeed and do well, you don’t want it to dominate over every area of your life and effect you and your family. Good for you for working at trying to find that work/life balance and for putting family first. It is so competitive and I’m not even a popular blogger and still I feel the pressure of it all.
    I can’t wait to read about what you’ve been making and doing :)

    • Krista says:

      Thanks Chels!! I think all of us {no matter how many followers} put so much stress on ourselves when most of the time it started out as something fun. Having the support of the community makes the transition that much easier.

  3. Emily says:

    I’ve been feeling a similar way, especially the last few weeks. I’m not quite sure what direction I’ll go–I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. But I love this post and I adore you, so I’ll be here to watch you take this baby back. :)

  4. Shellina says:

    Way to go, Krista. YES. Sending you prayers and support (in any way you’d like it, even just in prayer) during this monumental time of discovery and purpose for you. Love love love you.

  5. Jessica says:

    You take it back girl! Way to go! Do it for you, make sure it’s still fun for you and when you put your family first, you can’t go wrong. You’ll do awesome as you always do. And I know, I’ve worked with you wayyy back :)

  6. You. Are. Awesome.

    But I bet you already knew that. <3 I love how you said that you are making this blog the sand in your jar of stones. Perfect. Can't wait to see all your delicious and creative recipes again!

  7. Kathy says:

    Bravo!

    I’ve been thinking of you this week. We need to have a playdate soon. I totally understand the pressure and support you 100%!

  8. OMG you poor thing it sounds like it’s been insane! I think you absolutely did the right thing and I’m so glad to have you back!

    • Krista says:

      Thank you Kayle! The support has been phenomenal! I’m overwhelmed actually…in a very good way. It makes jumping back into the blog easier.

  9. Katrina says:

    I can SO hear you. I was also caught up in trying to see if I could keep up with the “big boys” with my blog, but it became clear to me that that isn’t what was important. I don’t NEED the money. I just like blogging, baking, writing and enjoying my family. My slap in the face was recently being diagnosed with MS. Now I’m having fun trying new healthier treats (I’ve gone gluten free, refined sugar free and no processed foods—I know–BORING). My family still eats junk and I still bake for them and find things to make for me. It’s all good.
    Speaking of that…I need to go check my Google analytics, haven’t looked for a few days. It’s always fun to see that graph. I’ve flatlined……………………………………………………… ;)
    We need to meet. Need to get Holly down this way because I haven’t met her either, we tried last winter and a huge snowstorm stopped us.
    Great post.

  10. Oh my BGM, you had so much on your plate! I’m so glad you took time to be with your boys and put your family first :). Can’t wait to see all the delicious recipes to come :)

    PS: I can’t get myself to call you Krista because in my head you are BGM lol!

    • Krista says:

      You can call me whatever you want Zainab! After all, I am THE budget gourmet mom. Thanks so much for continued support! The community has been overwhelmingly supportive. Makes me feel so loved.

  11. Jonena says:

    Good for you!! (I’ve had to stop looking at the stat page – it’s like the scale – not a good head space!)
    Have a gorgeous end of summer!!

    • Krista says:

      Oh the scale…definitely not good for the psyche. Thanks for the support! I’m soaking every last bit I can of summer before the snow falls and I’m stuck inside the house. Of course, there’s always baking!

  12. GOOD for you!! I love this post. Blogging can take over your life & it’s important we all keep it in it’s proper place and take back the fun in the beginning. I get it! Family first…..absolutely.

    Glad you’re finally all moved and settled. Happy you’re back :)

  13. Sometimes I wish my blog was popular and caused me stress. ;) Good for you for taking control of your life and not giving in to other people’s priorities. We each have to do what is best for our own lives. I look forward to all the awesomeness you have in store. Whenever you are ready.

  14. Kalyn says:

    So happy to hear you have worked through this and realized that you are in control of how, when, and why you blog! I had a little blogging epiphany myself recently where I realized I was planning my life around the blogging schedule (that only exists in my mind) and I decided to start planning the blogging schedule around my life instead. Seems simple, but it really helped my attitude. And congratulations on the new house!

    • Krista says:

      Thank you so much Kalyn! Isn’t it crazy how one simple change can make such a difference? It is such a relief to know that I’m not the only one who does it either. Always have to keep ourselves in check.

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