Changing the way I look at blogging and how its effects this blog….

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This year I’ve decided to make some changes to my blog here and I figured it was about time I came and shared it with you all.

Last year was a big year for us in terms of our family and our family life. Hubby has a job with takes him away from home for up to two weeks sometimes, so my focus shifted from focusing and growing my blog to being a single mother for two weeks at a time. With 5 children, I’m sure you could imagine that I didn’t have a lot of spare hours in the day to spend on my blog.

I burnt out from stressing on what to write here, sharing good enjoyable content that my readers would like the read and I didn’t want my blog to be all about the giveaways that I have been able to organise for my readers. The emails from PR companies still continued to come in while I was taking a break and I just didn’t have the time or energy to focus on getting them photographed/written up and then organising to post them out once the giveaway was completed.

So I walked away from it all, I knew that it was what I needed to do for my family and I knew that I could only come back when I was fully ready to blog on a more consistent time schedule.

During that time what I wasn’t blogging, I did go back to my love (of craft) which was scrapbooking. I have been doing a lot these past few months and even came back in October to share some of my layouts!

I picked up my big camera (Canon 5D Mark III) and have been enjoying photographing the kids in their school environments/play dates/beach excursions and knew that I need to focus on that once more. My memory keeping and documenting for the kids.

So often we got so busy doing life with our children that we don’t actually take the time to be in our lives with our children. That’s one thing that we noticed during the year, we were do busy doing all the things, like housework , running to and from sports that we didn’t have the time to just sit and enjoy doing the little things with our children.

I’m changing that this year! We are taking time each week to do things with our kids just as a family, to enjoy being a family, making memories that the kids will always look back on fondly and remember. I don’t want the kids to remember their childhood as their parents always being too busy for them. Being a large family, it can be hard to do things, or we don’t go places because all we think about it all the effort it takes to do things or we worry about how we will handle the day. Sometimes it seems like its just too much effort and its easier to stay home, but how boring is that!

I’m also doing Project Life this year and I’m going to blog them here each week, I really want to make my scrapping a focus here again on the blog, and will be sharing hints and ideas on how to best manage doing PL on a small time frame.

Here are some of the things I’m wanting to do on the blog this year.

- Share my weekly Project Life layouts and also link up some great designers that I love, their products and freebies that are available around the web.

- Share fun things to do as a family on a budget

- Organise quality giveaways that I can share with my readers

- Share more of our organisational tips that keep our family household of 7 running smoothly.

So there you have it! The new direction that my blog is heading in! I hope you’ll come along for the ride!

Tomorrow I’m going to share my Cover Page for my Project Life album!!

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  1. Welcome back Kirsty! Sometimes you do need to take a step back and reassess. Family is always the number 1 priority, and I’m sure your readers understand. Looking forward to seeing your Project Life work!
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  2. Welcome back Kirsty!! So glad to see that you’ve made a plan and yes, sometimes streamlining things does help and work out in the end. I’m not into scrapbooking but I love looking at others doing it and you’re so right about being overly busy and losing focus on what really matters – family. ;) Here’s to a better 2014. xx
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  3. I have missed you in the blogging world but I totally understand where you’re coming from. Sometimes walking away is the best way to get focus.
    Can’t wait to check out your Project Life stuff. You are inspiring me to give it a go!

    • I didn’t realise until I logged in earlier in the week to realise how much I have missed it as well! A little change in focus and I’m raring to go again!!!

      Would love to see you give it ago!!!

  4. Yay, I’m so excited to see you get back into it! Sounds like the break was just what you needed :)
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  5. I have always loved looking at your scrapbook layouts, since it started my blog. Havemt touched my scrapbooking, I miss it but I do also enjoy blogging. I look forward to read g all your tips xx
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  6. gorgeous blog, gorgeous girl.. gorgeous work.. can’t wait to see more!!!!!!
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  7. I’m so glad you found away to combine 2 loves.

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