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Some of you noticed that I don’t publish for about two weeks. This pause may last longer and here is why.

Firstly, I’m still figuring out how I want my blog to be. After publishing for a longer time once or twice a week, in February I’ve published three times a week. During this period I’ve been working on the articles all days long interrupted by all the mother’s tasks. The burnout came fast. I need to step back and come back to my one article per week schedule. Even if I give you less advice, information and ideas, even if the success of the blog will come much slower, I have no other option. Ok, I could kill my kids or start taking some pills but I don’t count these as options.

privately

Today is the first time ever when I’ve broken an electronic device: my laptop! It is a shock to me. I have to wait for the repair. It’s another cause that will affect my blogging negatively. Now I’m writing on my iPad which isn’t a comfortable tool for me. I can’t check proper title capitalization here (ok, I could but it would take much more time than on laptop), I like the Grammarly app on desktop, I need Canva and TinyJpg to prepare photos, I don’t trust the WordPress app (in the past my drafts disappeared) and it’s much harder to put links and nice headers in the tablet app.

blogging

One more thought about blogging. I know that you like the “professional” articles: helpful, on one topic, nicely formatted. I like them too. But I’m not an article producing machine. For me, this place is a blog, not a portal. It carries a bit of me. My thoughts, my personality, experiences, my point of view. I’ve decided to try writing once a week a Mini Art like this one with various current thoughts. You can surely benefit from it, because I have more good ideas, tips, and thoughts than I’m able to format as “professional” articles. So I’ll drop some great ideas in a non-great form.

Maybe this, combined with the lack of all on-laptop options, will make me focus more on just writing?

mother-crisis

Recently it’s too much for me also in the area of motherhood. Sometimes I just hate my boys’ energy. They’re in the stage when they climb to every cupboard and other storage places. Yes, I’m a minimalist but I won’t get rid of knives, I won’t store my juicer in the basement and I don’t have enough space in our wardrobe to keep everything only on the highest shelves!

It’s really bad with me now. I’m getting crazy much more often than I wish. Hopefully, the spring weather that came to us last Sunday will last, not letting winter anymore and the nice time outside will help my boys and me. I’m a stay at home, work at home, homepreschooling mom. I’m not perfect. But even when it’s hard, it’s important for me to be with my kids.

slowing down

So: less work, more self-care, more calmness, less screens, more time outside, less perfect blogging. Sending my laptop to service.


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Ula Archer

Woman. Wife to one Husband. Working at home mother to two Boys, the Older and the Younger. Minimalist. Reader and self-developer. Simplifying my life to regain my space, time, energy and attention. Optimizing. To be happier, more productive, more smiling, more giving to my family. To have more time for walks in nature.