WHY I STARTED THIS BLOG

Photo by Haley Thuss

Photo by Haley Thuss

Okay so maybe you’re wondering to yourself why the hell someone would choose a hobby like blogging... especially when there are already SO many out there.   You can find a blog about pretty much anything you want.  Cooking, beauty, fashion, motherhood & parenting, the list goes on and on.  I hear you.  So what do I think sets me apart from the rest?  Literally nothing.  That's the point.  I'm average.  I live in a small town, on a farm.  Sometimes my kids eat veggies, and sometimes they eat hot dogs.  I'm on a budget.  My hair is rarely washed.  I live the life of a perfectly mediocre mom just trying to do her damn best - and that's where this blog comes in.  I LOVE reading blogs of all kinds but sometimes I feel like the content I see features women with lifestyles I can't always relate to.  They live in huge, beautiful homes in amazing locations, go on frequent vacations, and the products they love and clothes they wear are expensive.  I'm not trying to be a hater either- honestly I'm not.  These women have worked extremely hard to be where they are and for what they have, and deserve to live exactly the way they want to.  I just saw an opportunity for someone more like me to provide content that could potentially fill a gap- and feel a little more relatable to the average gal.   

With that being said, the choice to start a blog still wasn’t an easy one.  I thought about it for a loooong time.  I mentioned to Kev (my hubby) numerous times how fun I thought it would be, how it could be a great outlet for me as a work at home mom.  I majored in English Literature in university so reading and writing truly have always been things I enjoyed doing - but I didn’t know anything about blogging, except for what I considered to be fun and interesting content.  I had no idea how to make a website.  Plus, between a busy work life and the kids, I was really wary of whether or not I’d even have time for something like that, because I was not about to start something if it was going to be half-assed.  On top of all of that, what would people think?  Would anyone actually really care about what I had to say?  These thoughts held me back for a really long time!   

Photo by Haley Thuss 

Photo by Haley Thuss 

The truth is,  I love what I do.  I love being a mom, and I love our life on the farm.  I grew up in the country, although not on a farm so I didn’t have a background in it when I married Kev.  It has been a crazy learning curve, and it’s definitely a stressful way of life.... but it’s even more rewarding.   Building our life and farm together with our kids is a real source of pride for us.  With that being said, I also love “girly” things.  I love makeup, fashion, beauty, talking about parenting and products that make it easier, Pinterest, home decor - you name it.  I really wanted to still be able to live out that side of me, and I struggled early on in our marriage thinking that I’d have to give up the passion I had for those things.  That was until I came to the realization- what the f*** for??  I can be both!  I can love both, I can have time for both, and I can be good at both.  This blog has given me the opportunity to enjoy a hobby where I get to do just that.  At the end of the day, this isn’t something I HAVE to make time for- it’s something I LOVE to make time for.  It is so important for people to have hobbies and interests where they can do things for the purpose of enjoyment and I’m so grateful that this is now mine.

Admittedly, I still second guess myself from time to time.  Do I really want to do this?  Do I really want to put myself (and my family) out there like this?  Do I really want to give people the opportunity to judge things about my life?  I spoke with a few close friends who all said the same sort of thing- whether through a blog or not, you’re going to face judgement.  So you can either face it doing something you love, or you can face it feeling regretful for what it’s holding you back from doing.  So I said f*** it, I'm doing it -  and here we are!  I’m super excited to have taken the plunge and more importantly, couldn’t be more appreciative that you’re reading this and have decided to come along for the ride.   LET'S DO THIS!   

 

ALL MY LOVE,

Linds

P.S.  I swear a lot.