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One Year Ago

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In a way, it seems like it was yesterday.

It also feels like years have passed….

It was one year ago that I first decided to take the 30-day August Blogging Blastoff course and start a real blog. Not like one of the many free blogs I started a long time ago on Blogger that I haven’t touched in years.

I wanted to start writing again. Since Kenna was born, I had hardly written a thing, and I really missed it.

When I came across the ad for the course, I just sort of ignored it at first. But then, I got to thinking.

I was five or six months pregnant, and I really didn’t want to go back to work after maternity leave. Could I do it? Could I start a blogging business and stay home with the girls after my maternity leave was over?

I remember riding home with Dan for lunch (we worked at the same place and went to lunch together when we could) and telling him I was going to go for it. It was as good a time as any.

We had been able to save up some money, so I wanted to make the investment while we could still afford it. He agreed that it was good timing, so I signed up for the course.

I worked through the course and started building my blog. I worked on it for two months before officially launching it.

I did end up going back to work — remotely — for five weeks after my maternity leave was over, before we ended up moving from where we were living in Iowa to Minnesota, where we are now.

It’s been quite the year. Blogging has been a fun outlet for me, a constant on the wild roller coaster ride we were taken on when we still lived in Iowa. Because this is a public blog, I can’t say everything I would like to say, but we were in a really weird place work-wise (and that’s a nice way of putting it).

Making the decision to move to Minnesota was an obvious one. It hasn’t been easy, but it was the right thing to do. Even though our living situation is a little difficult, we are hoping our house sells so we can finally breathe again.

Oops…sorry…I’ve gotten a little off-track.

I’ve also gotten a little off-track with my weekly posting schedule. I didn’t even make one post in July!

Things have been a little crazy, but I’m hoping to get back on track now. Maybe. A part of me wants to just relax and enjoy the summer before it’s over, but there’s a part of me that needs structure (which my life is completely lacking right now!).

Lately, I’ve had quite a few people ask me if I like being at home with the girls and not having to go to work.

The answer is a resounding YES! No, it’s not easy, and I never thought it would be.

Would momming be easier if I didn’t have this blog and other writing jobs to work on? Yep.

Would it be easier for me to get more work done if I didn’t have the girls here? Of course.

Working at home while caring for my girls and the house is exhausting. Some days, everything seems to flow smoothly but, in all reality, most days it feels like I got nothing done.

I’m not sure exactly where we are headed right now, with this blog and our lives in general, but the unknown is a little exciting. And scary. And that’s okay.


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  1. Super fun to hear the background leading up to starting this blog. I really enjoyed reading your posts. keep it up!!

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