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I was sure that my house would be cleaner if I stopped writing my blog. I was wrong.
A while ago, I had reached a point where I was dreading coming up with something to write here. For me, that is when I know I need a break. I look back at times when my writing flowed so freely and am jealous – of myself!
I am such an internal processor, and I think that is what makes me a writer. It takes me time to work out my thoughts and balance emotions with sane thought. Often I am just writing my heart here, figuring out things for myself and hoping to send across the message that Christian women don’t have to be perfect. We’re not. None of us. Some just hide it better than others.
It seems I am alternately overflowing with words and dry as a desert. Sometimes I look at prompts or carnivals and try to get inspired. But my number one rule is not to force myself to write. I don’t believe force creates authentic, good prose.
My break was good and bad. It was good to not feel like I needed to be on the computer nonstop. It was good to spend more time at night with my husband.
I quickly discovered, however, that the blog is not my main time suck. It’s a combination of obsessive e-mail checking, Facebook, and Twitter. Of walking by the computer and thinking I’ll just check my e-mail and instead spending time clicking through various things and spending 20 minutes online while my children run amuck.
Toward the end of June, the blog break combined with a vacation started to result in less time on Twitter, Skype, and other various sites. I enjoyed the feeling of freedom. I am still living there.
But did not blogging make me a better wife, mother, or housekeeper? Not really. So I have to face the fact it’s other distractions that keep me from excelling in those roles. It’s something I don’t like to face, but I certainly need to.
For now, I’m glad to be back. I have a lot to write about, including a series on doing Disney with a toddler and baby, how I ran a 5k, and hopefully about successful and quick potty training (we’re in day 2 of potty boot camp!). Hope you’ll stick around here with me as we live life imperfectly.
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