Good morning! Welcome to my first ever sip n’ share: progress edition. It is a beautiful morning here in Monroe. The sun is filtering in through the blinds, and I can hear the girls playing in the other room.
So what is a sip n’ share you may ask? It is my way of taking a moment out of each week to just write and connect with you guys.
I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump as of late. I find myself wanting to write, but at the same time struggling with what to write about. As I’ve pondered this lately I’ve come to one conclusion: I’m lacking personal connection. I’ve been writing about holidays and milestones and other mainstream things so much lately that I forgot to insert myself into my writing each week.
So grab your tea or coffee (or water…whatever works for you), and get comfy. This is my Saturday Morning Sip N’ Share: Progress. We’ve got some catching up to do!
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Collective Family Progress
Progress is my sip n’ share theme of the week. I have to share…we’ve made so much progress as a family this week!
My girls, 8 & 6, have finally gotten their own rooms! That is such a huge step for them. They have been sharing a room since our youngest left our bedroom at 6 months old and moved in with her sister.
Quite honestly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go at first. Our 6 year old still has some pretty big anxiety and feelings about bed time. She’s scared of every shadow, every imaginary bad person, every worst case scenario that you can think of. Even though it’s only been a week, I still have to sit with her for a few minutes at bed time to get her to settle and fall asleep. She hasn’t shed any tears, though!
Our 8 year old is doing wonderfully with the transition. She was the main one that prompted the separation. At 8, she has been expressing for some time that she needed her own space. My husband was a little skeptical, but I wanted to give it a try for her sake. She is truly relishing in and enjoying her own space, but has already invited sister in for a sleepover. It’s been a sweet transition to witness.
As for me and my husband…we are very excited for them. Most parents would probably say “Oh no, my baby is growing up too fast!” And while I feel that for sure, I’m so proud of the big girls that my little girls are growing into. It has been exciting and amazing to watch them take this next big step.
My own personal progress has been a roller coaster as of late. Some days I am full of ambition, hope and energy…basically ready to accomplish everything that pops into my mind. Other days I feel the self-doubt and angst creeping back in. It really just depends on what is going on in my life at the time.
This past week I have mostly been the more positive version of myself. I’ve made a lot of personal progress. It might not mean a lot to you guys, but I’ve made my first Etsy sale and my first Amazon Associates sale this past week. To have both of those things happen in the same week has been very uplifting.
By now you definitely know that I’m a stay-at-home Mom. What you might not know is that being a stay-at-home Mom is not my life goal. When I first agreed to stay at home with our girls 6 years ago, I did so under the agreement that I would get to return to work when our girls both started school. Well then COVID hit. While both of our girls would’ve started school in a building back in the Fall of 2020, they didn’t. It wasn’t until the Fall of 2021 that they actually both went to school. And then it still wasn’t good for me to return because every five seconds they were sick, or quarantined for being near someone that was sick.
Here it is June 2023 and I’m still a stay-at-home Mom. Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful that I can be there for the girls whenever they need me. But at the same, there is still a part of me that feels unfulfilled. I’m still fighting to find out what my purpose is outside of being a Mother.
For me to make those first two sales this past week has been huge for me. It’s not even about the money. It is the reinforcement that I need when I feel like what I’m doing as a blogger is not enough. Trying to start your own business is hard. But trying to start your own business when you constantly doubt yourself is harder. So I’ll take those two small sales this week and count them as huge wins.
First Week Progress
Our first full week of summer break is now over, and it was a pretty good one! I will admit, it was a bit unorganized and the girls spent way too much time on screens. But that’s kind of how summer break goes, right?
We had our first girls’ outing day yesterday. We spent the day exploring parts of Charlotte that the girls hadn’t visited yet. Albeit it was Whole Foods and other more commercial parts of Charlotte, but they still had fun. You can tell we’re from small town America, by the way. The girls were amazed that Whole Foods had a second story with dining options and an outside terrace. They were also astonished to find that Whole Foods sells pizza slices that are easily the size of their faces!
We ended the day with a swim in our neighborhood pool. It was great.
I have been independently diving into some personal interest projects lately. I’ve been crocheting more (and hoping to add some items to my Etsy shop). Over the past few weeks I’ve also been a beta reader and part of the launch team for a new book by an author that I admire. It’s been a very fun, interesting and inspiring process. Michelle Nelson-Schmidt’s book “Life is as Magical as You Make It: Listen to Your Heart and Find Your Joy” is now available for purchase on Amazon and on her website! Trust me, you should definitely check it out.
That’s It For Saturday Morning Sip N’ Share: Progress
Thank you for hanging out with me during this first ever Saturday Morning Sip N’ Share (Progress Edition). It has been super refreshing to sit here and chat with you all for a bit. I hope you know how much our relationship means to me. I wouldn’t have a reason to write without having you here.
If there’s anything you’d like to share with me on this beautiful Saturday, please feel free to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about you and how your week has been!
See you next Saturday morning for another sip n’ share!