Hi friends! Happy Thursday!
On Tuesday, I attended the local Madison gathering of Tuesdays Together. Honestly, sometimes it is hard for me to make weekday plans. That might sound silly, but my husband would tell you this is 100% true. It happened way before Mr. Maxwell arrived, so I cannot blame that little love bug.
I look at the week as a time for work, family, working out, + staying on top of things. BUT, the truth is when you work every other weekend…you need to make some weekday plans. I’m thrilled I went because the very candid + funny Jenna Kutcher was there to speak. If you don’t run a blog or you aren’t in the wedding industry you may not have heard of this lady. Or, maybe you have because her brand has boomed in recent years.
Tuesdays Together filled a coffee shop with creatives that genuinely want to support each other. It is always an uplifting experience. I put this on my calendar a while ago, informed my husband (as we need to plan for Maxwell), + told him not to let me change my mind. I’m on nightshift this week, so everything is just a little bit harder. I knew I would miss nursing my little baby when he woke up in the middle of the night, so scheduling another thing that would take me away from him was tough. But, time for myself is essential to my happiness, so I curled my hair + made it out of the house.
I took a couple of points away from Jenna’s speech + conversations with other friends (new + old) + I wanted to share those with you guys as I think they could be uplifting for you too.
Having more than one passion is awesome, but it is time consuming. I’m passionate about SO many things. First + foremost, my handsome husband + cute little baby. I want to shower both of them with attention + love constantly. One of the highlights of my day is having dinner with my husband. We make sure to put our phones away (isn’t it funny that this is noteworthy in our society?) + just focus on each eachother . We have found it to be the best way to stay in the conversation + get quality time in. Next, my passions include this blog + helping/taking care of others. I’m also passionate about taking care of myself. This means that my life is full, but it is full of things that I love. I would challenge you to prioritize what you are passionate about.
Attract or repel. I loved this point that Jenna made. I’m not going to be everyone’s cup of tea as a blogger or as an Instagrammer or as a person. That’s okay! We are all different + what I’m posting may not be for you. What I’m posting is what I’m passionate about. It is the message that I want to convey + is genuine. A trap that we can easily fall into is wanting to be accepted + liked by everyone. BUT the truth is…if you are not attracting or repealing when you are blogging, you are most likely playing it safe + not finding your people. It was a reminder to stay true to what I envision for my blog + not get caught up in comparing myself to other bloggers or trying to recreate what they post. And isn’t that a great reminder for all of our lives? Make your own kind of music my friends.
Show up. It was like she was talking right to me with this point. If my readers are expecting a new post every Tuesday + Thursday morning (when I post), than I’ve got to show up for you guys. If you lovely readers are taking time out of your day to stop by, I’ve got to show up when you are expecting me. Sometimes it is HARD to find the time to get the blogs done, edited, find a picture to put it in, + publish. BUT, you deserve the consistency. After hearing this point, I did make a decision about the blog: on Tuesday and Thursdays I will post in the morning + it will be my voice. I’ll still have guests on the blog on Wednesdays or Fridays some weeks! It will mean a little more planning + effort, but I know it will be worth it. Maybe there is a place in your life where you need a little more accountability or to show up.
Giving people a voice. One thing I’m committed to as a blogger is having other people come on this blog + tell their story. I love giving other people a platform to share their unique experiences. For me, what makes life beautiful is our differences. Recently, I had Natalie + Jenna come on the blog to share about their journeys to having a baby. Everyone has a different experience + I have such a heart for the struggle it takes for some people to bring a sweet little baby into their home. Having very close friends currently going through this, I know it can be an emotional rollercoaster each month. Tomorrow, you are going to meet my friend Becki + hear about the adoption process that her + her husband (+ doggies) are currently going through. If each of these women’s posts helps just one person that is out there + struggling with the tough journey of infertility than we have done good! Both posts by Jenna + Natalie had an outpouring or support + encouragement from readers, so I know that this topic is an important one.
A word of encouragement. One highlight of every TuesdaysTogether is I get to see my friend Maison. She is one of those people that gives the very best hugs + wears her heart on her sleeve (just like me). So we can catch up (most of the way) in 5 minutes. We are sure to support each other in life + in our blogs/businesses (find Maison + her husband Caleb’s work/blog here). She had gave me the sincerest compliments about the posts lately + encouraged me that I’m doing what I set out to do: empower + encourage women in loving themselves + in their health. She said, “I remember when you were telling me how much work it was to keep up with the blog, but look what you are doing now! You’re doing it, you’re doing amazing things.” Thanks Mais! Just as Maison does, I love giving people compliments…spread the love!
I hope everyone has a great day! Stop back tomorrow to read Becki’s adoption story.