{THE ORDINARY MOMENTS 17} #11 ‘HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY & SIX YEARS OF BLOGGING’

It’s been a funny old week here. I have a tendency to let how I am feeling reflect on my blog and in what I write and share. I’ve been feeling quite anxious this week, nothing serious but as such I haven’t felt like writing much. I am a natural born worrier and since having children this has got a lot worse. We’ve been really busy at home and I’ve been spending quite a lot of nights awake, either worrying about things or just generally thinking about the long to do list I have in my head. It feels never ending and as such can make me feel quite overwhelmed. I’ve spent a lot of this week feeling overwhelmed- I can’t quite pinpoint my emotions but I just have felt a little tense and on edge, whether that’s because we have been busy, I have had lots of work to do, the awful events in London, or just all of that put together I don’t know, but I definitely haven’t felt quite right.

I’ve also quite frankly been struggling a bit recently with my blog and getting the balance right. I’ve been blogging for six years now, in fact I wrote my very first post on the 28th March 2011. That’s by far the longest I have ever stuck at a hobby, a hobby which I have been fortunate enough has become my job, and I can’t explain how thankful I am for that. Without a word of a lie, I think to myself at least four times a day how lucky I am to have started this blog. It’s my passion, it’s our family memories, it’s my fourth baby and it’s my work. I am so grateful for it, for every single bit of it. Recently though I’ve struggled a little about what to actually write about. I’ve gone through this before, many a time, in the six years I’ve been doing it. I go through little ruts where I wonder what to say. One huge aspect of it this time around is the weather- the weather has been utterly dreadful and it means I just haven’t been out and about taking my camera with me. I cannot wait for Spring to properly arrive so we can go out and enjoy it- lighter evenings are most welcome around here.

Another big part of it is making videos. For a long time I didn’t make videos on my You Tube channel, bar when we went away, but I’ve been doing a weekly ‘day in the life’ video over on You Tube. I love them, alongside photography making videos is my most favourite thing to do and I am absolutely loving doing it. I am loving pushing myself video wise and creating mini family movies for us to treasure forever. Coupled with that a lot of brand collaborations recently have meant doing videos, and anyone who makes them knows how consuming making and editing videos are. It takes up a lot of time, quite often the free time that we have at a weekend can be spent making a video, meaning that I am not getting out there and doing stuff for my blog if that makes sense? I really need to get the balance right between making videos and writing blog posts, as this blog will always be my number one love. It’s how I started in this crazy online world and I don’t want to neglect it. The way in which we document has changed over the years I’ve been blogging. I write mini blog posts over on Instagram every day, Instagram had become a way of sharing our lives and as such it’s harder to think of different thing last to write about on my blog too.

We have got some incredibly exciting adventures coming up, in fact a big adventure that I have been wanting to do ever since I was a little girl, so soon this blog will be back to it’s usual self and I will get writing on it properly again soon. I can’t wait to get my camera out now the weather is getting nice, getting outside and having adventures a little more- whether those are ordinary ones or not so ordinary. Yesterday we spent the day at the seaside and we bundled three tired children into bed at 9pm, it was a little teaser that summer is on the horizon and we can start to get out and about and enjoy our time together as a family. I can’t wait.

I awoke to two little girls in our bed this morning as we let them have the ultimate treat of sleeping with us last night, and after getting our baby boy from his cot we had a snuggly slow start to the day. I then came downstairs to some flowers and some lovely handmade cards from them, plus a treat breakfast of ice cream and waffles. It’s been a lovely morning so far, I am so grateful that I get to raise these three little people. It’s not always easy but it is the greatest privilege.

Happy Mother’s Day to you all. I hope you have a great day with your families and sending love if you are missing someone special.  xx


17 Comments

  • Sherry says:

    Happy Mothers Day Katie and congratulations on your upcoming blog anniversary. Your videos are always lovely and I adore reading your posts, hoping you get the balance right for you all soon x

  • Absolutely gorgeous photos of you and your lot!

    I think it is quite easy to get in a rut like that but I also think you have lots of loyal readers who understand and wait for better times 🙂 it is not easy to get that balance with so many things going on! And also, priorities do charge get and noone can expect your blog to stay the same over so many years.

    I’m not going to lie though, I was reading your blog yesterday and I felt it was a bit sparse from the type of posts I remember loving in the past. Lovely and high quality as your commercial posts are, still thought this. I hope you will get the balance right, and while doing it, we will be waiting 🙂

    Happy Mother’s day!

  • Life as Mum says:

    Such lovely photos Katie. Congratulations for six years!
    Happy Mother’s Day to you lovely.

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Happy bloggerversary Katie!!! 6 years is a very very long time and it’s been so lovely reading about all of you for that long! Mine is amonth and I always question whether I want to keep going at that time of year. Can’t wait to read about your new adventures!!

  • Lara Jarvis says:

    I know exactly how you feel lovely, and sometimes it’s healthy to have a little break. I am absolutely so excited to read about your upcoming adventures and of course your stunning photos and video documenting it. We share a blogiversary!! Albeit 2 years longer than me! How exciting! X

  • Natalie says:

    Beautiful pictures lovely. I have also been feeling overwhelmed lately, there is always so much to do, so much to think about and so much to remember it gets all a bit too much at times. I have no advice but know you’re not alone. I hope you have had a lovely day with your family and well done on 6 years, you have achieved so much! xx

  • Donna says:

    Happy Mothers Day lovely – and congrats on the blogging milestone! x

  • Happy Mother’s Day and six years blogging, is amazing! I love watching your videos, you capture life so well on film I can see why this has become a new passion. I can’t wait to hear what your new adventure is, sounds exciting xx

  • Kara says:

    I wouldn’t say it is just luck my lovely, you have worked so hard for what you have and create beautiful posts to read and look at.

    Congrats, I am excited to see what the big adventure is xxxx

  • Sorry you have been feeling like this lovely, I must admit I have been the most anxious I have ever been the last few weeks and even contemplated taking my blog down, I am not sure what it is but maybe something in the water, or just so much to do! I hope the light nights and exciting adventures bring it all back for you x

  • Francesca says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Katie. Finding a balance is hard to say especially because blogging isn’t a usual job and all is mixed, job and family. I love watching your video, so I can suggest to improve that because video are the future. blog has always been your Cinderella.

  • Happy 6 years of blogging Katie, that’s such a long time in the blogging world! Don’t worry about not having anything to write about, I think we all go through periods like that. As you say, you’ll be off on an adventure soon and what better blog material than that?! Hope you had a lovely mother’s day x

  • Happy six years of blogging Katie, what an achievement! I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day too, it sounds as though it got off to a great start x

  • Six years, now that’s impressive!! I’ve had a major redirection on my blog recently, so totally understand what you’re saying, I’m also finding it difficult to find time do everything at the moment. I really want to vlog more but I need more time in the day!! Your Mother’s Day sounds perfect xxx #ordinarymoments

  • A belated Happy Mother’s Day to you and 6 years of blogging is an amazing achievement! For what it’s worth, you’re one of my favourite bloggers out there. I don’t know how you manage to fit in so much – looking after three beautiful children, the videos, the travelling, your wonderful Insta-mini-blogs and this as well. Whatever you write, wherever you write it, I always love reading it. You write with the most genuine voice I’ve read online. And that’s worth oh-so-much.

  • Mary Smith says:

    Great post Katie. So glad you had a lovely mothers day. I too am glad for nicer weather and opportunities for adventures. I love your honesty about anxiety and worry and lack of content at times, it’s always so good to know we aren’t alone in these things. X #ordinarymoments

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