Often when we realize how precious those seconds are, it’s too late for them to be captured because the moment has passed. We realize too late.”
― Cecelia Ahern
Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! I am really excited to announce that I am starting a series! This series will be posted every second Tuesday of the month and is about life lesson from toddlerhood.
I tested out the idea of bringing blogging and the life lessons that my 17-month-old teaches me in the article, A Change in Perspective, last month. That article was about how my little lady – as I like to call her – sees dandelions as beautiful flowers that were put on this earth especially for her to pick.
3 Unusual Challenges Every Blogger Faces
Today, I am sharing about 3 challenges that every blogger faces. What makes these 3 challenging is the fact that they are a bit unusual. They sneak up on you.
- Working From Home
Last week, my little lady and I were spending a very long day together as my husband was working late after being in class all day. After nap time, I decided to take the little lady out for a walk for some fresh air. That is when I took the picture we used for this article.
That whole day, I had been looking for a moments when I could distract her so I could get my work done. I could feel the weight of the work week pushing down on me. I wanted a little time so I didn’t feel like I was being crushed. When she woke up from her nap in a mood that wasn’t her finest, I sighed with frustration.
It wasn’t just the work week that was pushing down on me, but also the dirty dished in my sink that I hadn’t gotten to yet. Do I do the dishes or do I research an article that is due?
I think working from home, like many of bloggers do, is one of the most difficult ways to work. Don’t get me wrong. It is a huge blessing, but it gets harder and harder to separate our work life from our home life. The boundary between them can get pretty hazy. Working from home takes a discipline that I have never faced before.That was how I was feeling when I snapped this shot. When I saw the picture and how it turned out, a thought hit me – it won’t be long now before my little lady is pushing her real baby in a stroller.
- Being Too Focused on the Past
Lately, I’ve been noticing that my little lady isn’t very little anymore. When she was a newborn, I remember just being in survival mode and being so thankful when I would get 4 hours of straight sleep. I remember thinking I just need to survive till she sleeps through the night.
Now, I think I could handle a few sleepless nights if I got to hold my newborn little lady again. It went by so fast, and I didn’t even realize that time was flying by.
- Tunnel Vision
When I’m not focused on the past, I seem to be focused on the future. I love that I’m a planner. I have a 3 year, 5 year, 10 year and yes, a 25 year plan. I love getting excited as I dream about our future.
Then moments like the one in the picture snap me back to reality. I realize that if I am not careful, I will miss out.
June’s Life Lesson from Toddlerhood
So many things can hold us back from being present in the moment that we are in. The dirty dishes, the past and what we wish we would have done, and the future and what it will be like. Then, suddenly we notice that the world is passing us by.
Today’s challenge is to take a moment, however long you want, and be present. Notice the amazing things about your life and take a deep breath.
The past is only memories, the future is yet to come, the present is all we have.”
~ Jennifer Whipple