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Monday, March 12, 2012

A Different Approach

  
I am finally getting time to sit down to write my thoughts on Blissdom.
Right when I got back my little family was struck with the stomach bug.
So, if stepping back into reality wasn't a slap in the face enough, we all get the throw ups.
Awesome.
Welcome back!

Blissdom was an eye opening experience for me.
It was nothing like I expected.
Some aspects of the conference were so unbelievably amazing and others...eh...not so much.

I think I came back from Blissdom with a different take on the whole experience then everyone else did.
I read everyone Blissdom posts and did not feel the same way.
As much as it was a amazing to meet and network with so many creative and talented ladies,
I took home a different blogging heart.

Did you know that Jon Acuff was actually there to speak directly to this mama's heart?
It's true.
Because that is totally what happened.
As I sat there in my chair, surrounded by all this powerful estrogen,
I felt like I was the only one in the room.
That Mr. Hotness Quitter himself was staring right at me
and had my breakable big mama bear heart in his hands.

As much as I love social media, I let it seep over into my family time.
I was constantly on my phone seeing what was happening in Twitter world, who posted a picture of the newly release coveted bag that their husband just bought for them, if someone posted a piece of juicy gossip on Facebook, or checking to see what was the new and "it" product in the blogging world.
I became a little obsessed.

Like Jon Acuff said you will never say, " I tweeted enough today" or "I finished my blog today".
So whats the big deal?
Social Media will always be there but my family will not.
Those itty bitty babies and there cute itty bitty selves grow into amazing babbling toddlers in a blink of an eye.
And if I don't watch out, ill miss it.
Because why? Ill be on Twitter?
Now does that not sound ridiculous!!

When he used the example of his daughter and the napkin I about melted.
I feel that if C could do this to me he would.
If he could speak, he would say "mommy get off your phone and come play with me."
I need to make a conscious effort to "make time for things that matter"
My family matters to me.
I need to make time to get down on the floor and roll around with my son,
instead of sitting watching him play while I check my tweets.
I need to be deliberate about focusing on my family.
I need to change, I need to make it happen!



If social media and blogging is so important then I need to wake my sweet little booty up at 5:00 am
and whip up a couple of posts before my lovies get up.
Family is what matters and I need to change the way I view them.
Family is number and should be at all times.

So yes, Blissdom was a great experience for me.
And while it was all about blogging and how to be a better blogger.
I actually took away something different from the conference.
And that is to blog LESS
and be with my family MORE.

I do have several passions of mine swirling around in my head but feel like I don't have the time or energy to follow through with them.
Jon encourages us follow our passions.
And even though I am a full time working mama and will make my family #1, I am also going to work on my passions.
I will find the time and energy to do what I love.
I will make it happen!

7 comments:

nicole said...

Thank you for writing this. Before I even went to the conference I knew my online time would be reduced b/c it was a Lenten resolution for me. Being at Blissdom was so great and there are times it is really hard to step away from all the online fun, but I know that I need to be present for my family first. I am not a morning person, but eventually I'm going to have to embrace the early morning I guess. I felt some stirrings at the conference about what I want to start writing about, but I want to give those stirrings time to develop.

Erin said...

I just love your outlook on the conference. As for following your passions, when the hell do people expect working moms to do that?! I have had big plans in the work for a passion of mine, but the time keeps getting away from me! You are right though wherever that time is, it's still important for us to find it!

Happy Monday, hope its a good one!

Brandi said...

Love this!! I needed to read this post!!! THANKS!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Ive had to limit blog time to nap time or at night, and only if my hubs is studying. I found myself constantly preoccupied too. Great reminder!

Baby Shopaholic said...

I was waiting for your recap. You should read Digital Mom. I read it last summer and it helps to see how these super bloggers manage it all. I don't want to miss a minute with P so from the time I get her after work until she goes to bed is HER time! I stay up late to get everything else done.

Jennifer said...

I heart you! That is it... and that is all. ;) Wonderful perspective. I find that I'm still processing a ton of stuff from the weekend away. And I really don't know what to do with it all. And I LOVE this post. Perfect!

Amy Powell said...

It is so hard to find that perfect balance between family and social media. What a wonderful thing to be reminded about what's really important in life :)