The one year itch

tekapoA few weeks ago, I seriously contemplated breaking up with my blog.

It wasn’t a spur of the moment thought. It was something that had been simmering away in the back of my mind for a while.

As I boarded the plane for our trip to New Zealand recently, I was pretty much convinced that it was time for us to part ways.

This wasn’t a decision I wanted to take lightly though, so I promised myself I would think long and hard about it while I was away.

And that I did.

Every opportunity I had, I looked to the mountains surrounding me for answers.

Over the last year, I have given my all to this blog (as much as a working mum of two under four can). It has been my love, my obsession, my life. I have lived and breathed it. I have stayed up into the wee hours carefully crafting posts telling my concerned husband that I can sleep when I’m dead. The blog was taking over my life. I hadn’t quite gotten the balance right.

Then there was the suffocating feeling I couldn’t ignore from the ridiculously high expectations that I placed on myself. With my one year blogaversary coming up, I reviewed the goals I had laid out in the communications strategy and business plan I created when I started this blog and became disappointed in myself. I focused on what I hadn’t achieved and lost sight of everything that I had achieved and gained from this blog.

Somewhere along the line I also became caught up with keeping up with the Joneses. I witnessed other bloggers coming up with brilliant ideas and becoming a huge success. While I cheered them on ridiculously happy for and proud of them, I couldn’t help feel as though I was being left behind.

These feelings and thoughts were all consuming and making me unhappy.

When I looked to the mountains one day, I had an epiphany. (Although Dave will tell you he’s been saying this to me for months now πŸ˜‰ ) I realised that I had forgotten why I started blogging.

I started blogging because I needed something for me. This blog was my gift to me. A form of therapy. I wanted to create something that would strike a chord with readers and provide parents who also felt like they had lost their identity something to relate to.

I have realised that what makes me happiest (besides Dave and the girls) is writing and connecting with people. I love baring my soul and having readers comment on my posts and email me telling me they can relate.

I have formed some amazing online friendships over the last year. I have become invested in other people’s lives and they have become invested in mine.

Plus, how could I forget my obsession with words? Throughout the day words dance in my mind until they form beautiful phrases which I jot down on pieces of paper that I leave scattered throughout the house.

It turns out that all I needed was a little time out. Some much needed screen free time has cleared my head and given me renewed energy. I am now feeling as excited about my blog as I was in the early days.

Three things became clear to me while I was away.

Breaking up with my blog was absolute crazy talk.

I must not forget the reasons I started this blog.

I must acknowledge that while I desperately want to be a writer/blogger for a living, I need to be patient. The timing is not right for me to forge the career that I desire just yet, but my time will come.

So, you will be pleased to know that I am here to stay.

Today, I celebrate my one year blogaversary.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your support. I read and cherish every single one of your comments. They mean the world to me, as do the friendships that I have formed online.

92 comments on The one year itch

  1. Susan Tyler
    May 1, 2014 at 5:13 am (3 years ago)

    Whew!!!! You had me worried there!!! We are grandparents, retireees, Texans by choice & connected to dear friends through your blog!!!! Half way around the world and I keep up with the wonderful Wilsons through your words. & pictures, please keep writing- it is a joy to read yor blog.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Susan! That is lovely to hear. I’m glad you get so much enjoyment from my blog. It means alot that you read along πŸ™‚

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  2. Bec | Mumma Tells
    May 1, 2014 at 6:50 am (3 years ago)

    Happy blogaversary to you, Renee. I love this little space you have here, but I also appreciate the need for some time out. I think it’s great that you’ve been able to reflect on why it is you started, and that you’ve come back to us…for reasons that are right for you. Words from the heart are always the ones I adore most. Thank you for sharing yours. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Bec πŸ™‚ I’m glad I’ve decided to stick with it too. Thanks for your support x

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  3. Erin@TheMumsGroup
    May 1, 2014 at 6:51 am (3 years ago)

    So glad you decided not to throw it all in Renee! Your writing is excellent and so relatable and I now count you as one of my online friends! Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s awesome! X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Erin. That is so sweet. I definitely count you as one of mine too πŸ™‚ Thank you xx

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  4. Kate
    May 1, 2014 at 7:03 am (3 years ago)

    Great news, happy blogaversary! I’m sure we can all relate to how you feel. Glad to have you sticking around and glad your time away was so refreshing x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kate. I’m glad you can relate. I’m sure most of us have felt this way at some stage or the other. Thanks for your support x

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  5. Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel
    May 1, 2014 at 8:43 am (3 years ago)

    I’m so glad you’re sticking around, Renee! You have a beautiful way with words and a refreshing perspective which always makes me think differently about things – which I love!

    I agree we all get caught up in the achievements of others sometimes but if you run your own race and keep moving in the direction you want to go, you’ll get there eventually. And it will be sweeeeeeet!

    I think we should have lunch again soon. Much to chat about!

    C xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, we definitely do need to have lunch again and soon!! You could have been quoting my husband when you said run your own race and it will be sweeet lol. Very wise words. Thanks so much for your support, C. See you soon xx

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  6. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    May 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm (3 years ago)

    I was a little nervous when I opened this link, hoping against all hope that this wasn’t going to be a good bye post. Over the past nine months I have been following your blog, your writing has moved me. You have the incredible ability to put into words many of the feelings, thoughts and fears many of us have. It’s hard to not compare our individual journey with that of those around us, I know I am certainly guilty of it as well. Thank you for sharing your writing with us, I’m glad you are here to stay x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh Lauren! Thank you so much for your kind words.They mean the world to me and have given me a lump in my throat. I truly appreciate your support and can’t wait to meet you IRL very soon xx

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  7. Deb @ home life simplified
    May 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Glad you had that break. I am working on a post for new bloggers and one key lesson I learned in my first 12-15 months was breaks are critical for me. It is so good to get space from both the blog and the social media for a bit, have fresh experiences, reconnect to wanting to blog etc.

    Looking forward to year #2 hon. I know I comment less these days but I subscribe and read along xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 7:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Deb. I really appreciate your support. I have so much to learn from experienced bloggers like yourself. I am looking forward to your post for new bloggers. Sounds very useful. Thanks again xx

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  8. Jodie@FreshHomeCook
    May 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Phew! So, so, so glad you are not pulling the pin – I would miss you terribly!

    I have no doubt the you will achieve your goal with blogging – you are an amazing writer with a beautiful view of the world & this can only grow!

    Having time out, even from our passions, needs to happen, if only to remind us how much we love it!

    Happy Blogaversary! Here’s to many more! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Jodie. You are such a doll. Thank you for your kind words and generous support. I really appreciate it. Thanks again xx

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  9. Josefa @always Josefa
    May 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy blog anniversary! The juggle is hard Renee, and at times it can feel impossible, but staying true to why you started to write and what motivates you to write is all that you need. The comparison thing is hard to let go of and I’m not sure anyone is free completely from comparison. SO go easy on yourself, congratulate yourself on all your achievements and just sit and be still for a moment and realise just how happy you are in this gorgeous little space you have created – well done! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Josefa!! I am definitely looking forward to sitting down this evening with a celebratory drink and reflecting on the year that has been. Thank you for your endless support and guidance. It has meant the world. xx

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  10. Rebecca Stephens
    May 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy blogaversary! I’m glad you decided to keep blogging, I love reading your blog and I’ve only just found it recently!

    I had my own first blogaversary a couple of weeks ago too.

    As well as having fun, meeting people and giving people laughs and warm funny feelings, remember that we mummy bloggers give parenting a voice. We’re also creating history and leaving a record for our kids. I wrote a blog about it here that you might find interesting: http://rebeccastephens.com.au/bad-spelling-in-blogs-isnt-all-bad/

    Take care and keep blogging:)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 7:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds great, Rebecca. Thank you. I will definitely check it out. Leaving a record for our kids is definitely something I love about blogging. Congrats to you also on your first blogaversary. I am looking forward to reading your blog.

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  11. Simone Samuels
    May 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow! A year already Renee!! Congrats! I love how far you have come and how much your blog lights you up! Your time For blog fame and fortune will come!! Love ya xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks babe. Have been thinking of you today and the support you gave me in the lead up to this giant leap I took. I am eternally grateful to you for your wisdom. Love ya too x

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  12. Shelley@MoneyMummy
    May 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes I totally understand – I have been having a blogging crisis myself and took some time off!! Funnily enough it was around my 1 year as well!!! So glad you are back!!! Happy Blogaversary!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm (3 years ago)

      How interesting, Shelley! Maybe there really is a one year itch!! πŸ™‚

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  13. Bec @ The Plumbette
    May 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

    All I can say is Thank GOD for those mountains because you have a good thing going on here and it’s not something to walk away from. I’ve fallen into the comparison trap too and you just have to forget what everyone else is doing and follow your heart and write what you want to write and not get disheartened by blogs that get more likes or readers or whatever. I’ve been blogging a bit over two years and still struggle to get Facebook likes and yet my readership continues to grow. Don’t underestimate what happens behind the scenes. I shared my media kit with blogger and she admitted that she has been trying to convert her many facebook likes to readers. That made me feel quite good knowing I had the opposite problem. You are a great writer Renee and persistence will see your dream come to fruition. x πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Bec! I really appreciate your advice and support. You are completely right that we need to focus on running our own race AND I love what you said about not underestimating what happens behind the scenes. Thank you! xx

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  14. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    May 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh hun, we have all been there. Felt lost, left behind, envious even jealous but you have had the epiphany now and you will be fine. Never forgot what this blog is to you and for you. It’s not about ‘success’ in others’ terms it’s about success in your own terms, the ones inside your heart. Your blog in my eyes is a huge success and am so glad you started, and glad you are continuing. xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww Jodi bless your heart. Those are lovely words. Thank you. I think I might print this comment out and keep it. Thank you xx

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  15. Erin
    May 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Welcome home! Been wondering how it all went:) It’s all about finding a balance and remembering why we blog.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 6:26 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Erin. We had a great time. I will write about it next week. Finding the balance is hard. I will try to perfect that this year πŸ™‚

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  16. Lizzy - Muddle-Headed Mamma
    May 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m so glad you’re going to keep blogging, Renee, I had been missing getting your posts in my inbox! Congratulations on your one year anniversary and on everything you have achieved so far. xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 6:27 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Lizzy. I appreciate your support xx

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  17. Carla from myyellowheart
    May 1, 2014 at 11:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Glad you’re not breaking up from your blog Renee. Though I get your reasoning. Blogging is the reason for my tiredness, I wonder what I’m doing sometimes too. But while I’m still enjoying it, I’ll continue to do so I suppose!!! Will I see you at problogger in August?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 6:28 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, I hope so Carla. I am looking forward to meeting you. Blogging definitely is demanding. We all just need to find that right balance. Thanks!! x

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  18. JM Peace
    May 2, 2014 at 6:56 am (3 years ago)

    Ahhh, patience. The writer’s best friend.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol πŸ™‚ I tried to comment on your blog today, but have had no success. Will try again tomorrow.

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  19. Lydia C. Lee
    May 2, 2014 at 7:10 am (3 years ago)

    I love your blog!! As I often say, you have to decide whether you want to do it for commercial reasons, or just as something for you that occasionally brings in a few perks…and then be happy with that (maybe the other will come, but you will still be happy if it doesn’t). It does mean you don’t need to worry about stats and can take a break from time to time without worrying about getting someone to run it…
    Happy birthday – and I can’t believe it’s only been a year.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Lydia. I have appreciated your support throughout my journey! Now that I have had time to reassess and reflect, I know that I am content with having this blog as a hobby for now. I do want to write professionally, but not necessarily through this blog. I am open to anything and everything though.

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  20. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    May 2, 2014 at 7:24 am (3 years ago)

    Happy birthday Renee! We must have started out just about the same time (mine was in March). I too have these constant nagging doubts (the what am I doing type things). I think it is just part of blogging and every single blogger has this constant feeling nagging them endlessly. It’s like a bad dream that you constantly wake up from renewed. Just keep blogging and post by post, make sure you are doing it for you because you enjoy it and don’t play the comparison game. Just as every blog is different, so to is its audience.
    Blog for you hun! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Jody. I will. I think sometimes I get caught up with all of the different linky parties and think oh sh!t I’ve got to get a blog ready for tomorrow’s link up etc and force my writing. I need to take a step back and write for me and my readers. The best writing from me comes naturally if that makes sense at all. Anyway, thanks for your advice and support xx

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  21. Katie (@mumabytes)
    May 2, 2014 at 8:16 am (3 years ago)

    Ahhh, I totally understand, lovely! I went through the very same thing recently – and it came right when my host renewal was due so I nearly packed it in! Time out helps get perspective, and it looks like you did. I think Blogging has become competitive in some ways; with so many of us doing it now, it’s very demanding on us. I took a good month of thinking and having some “me” time, and decided to re-purpose my blog and concentrate on one area that I’m most comfortable with and find the most fun. It’s important to be sure about what you want out of it, just like you said. I’m glad you aren’t going anywhere – I’d miss you heaps! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww thanks, Katie. I have always appreciated your support so much and absolutely love your blog. I’m glad the me time has done you good. It can work wonders can’t it?! It’s funny my uncertainty came around my renewal time too lol. Thanks again xx

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  22. Vicki @ Knocked Up & Abroad
    May 2, 2014 at 9:05 am (3 years ago)

    Happy Bloggersversay!! Only 1 year…. I thought this blog had been going for way longer because you’ve established it so well and have quite a way with words. 1 year is no time at all and you’re right the career advances will come in time.
    I get all that you wrote in this post. I have times when I expect too much of myself and I push myself to produce more posts than what really comes naturally. It also takes me away from things I should be doing like being a Mummy and a wife, but I love it and that’s why I do it. I also get disappointed when I’m not winning blogger of the year awards (slight exaggeration) but I have to just keep plodding along and know that I am fulfilling the purpose of why I started the blog initially. I’m glad you’re not breaking up with your blog! You have so much more to say and no one expects you to put anymore time into it than what you want or can manage xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

      I love this comment, Vicki. Thank you. You totally get where I’m coming from. Pushing myself to post all the time and spending more time reading and commenting on blogs than I spend in my real life was just crazy. I am really going to try to get the balance right from here on in. (I say as I’m typing away on the pc and neglecting hubby on a friday night πŸ˜‰ ) xx

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  23. Denise
    May 2, 2014 at 9:50 am (3 years ago)

    Happy blogaversary Renee! I’m so glad you’re sticking around. I reckon every blogger goes through the “I’m packing this in, I’ve had enough” stage, (I know I did) but it’s just a phase. Keep on doing what you’re doing, you rock:-)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much for your advice and support, Denise! It really is comforting to know that so many other bloggers have felt this way too.

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  24. Toni
    May 2, 2014 at 11:53 am (3 years ago)

    If you ask me your doing pretty bloody good already. I’ve been blogging just over two years and I don’t think I’ve done much more than you.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Toni! You’re a superstar! I’m so grateful for your support!

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  25. Cybele @ BlahBlah
    May 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy blog birthday to you! I’m very glad you’re sticking with it. The blogosphere is a better place with you in it x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww bless. Thank you so much! x

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  26. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    May 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm (3 years ago)

    I could have written this post for you. I’ve been there. I said that. And I’m still here too. Blogging can be very overwhelming if you forget about why you are doing it to start with.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm (3 years ago)

      So true, Malinda. I have read my first ever post a few times lately. It is always a good reminder for me πŸ™‚

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  27. Vanessa
    May 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm (3 years ago)

    I am terrible with patience, so I think it’s a lesson that needs not only learning, but practicing!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Very true indeed, Vanessa!

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  28. SarahD@snippetsandspirits
    May 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm (3 years ago)

    You could have been in my head. By the way, you are doing pretty amazing. Just keep enjoying it when it becomes a chore take a break. I too feel more relaxed about it whatever will be. Blogging obsession stops us sleeping and then we lose clarity. So I hope you can maintain the balance. Don’t worry about what everybody else is doing. Really glad you are not quitting ! You would leave a big void in blogland . X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh thank you so much, Sarah! I am really going to work on getting that balance right. It is so hard when I get FOMO all the time, but I will try πŸ™‚ xx

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  29. Seana - Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel
    May 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy b-day… I think it’s an excellent idea to have regular breaks from the blog and from all digital media as well. It can be so overwhelming. I’m having a month off soon, and am looking forward to it, essential for me to keep my online space workable in the long term.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh good for you, Seana! You won’t know yourself after a month off!

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  30. Pinky Poinker
    May 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm (3 years ago)

    My blog and I have an on/off relationship. Some days I just want to pack a bag and leave and some days I can’t imagine living without it. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Even your comments are hilarious. I am loving your blog at the moment!

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  31. Zanni Louise
    May 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank goodness that was your conclusion! I honestly love your writing Renee, and really enjoy reading your perspective. Please stay! A year is really not a long time in blogging land. Good things will come. You have evolved so much already! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 3, 2014 at 6:49 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Zanni. I have appreciated your advice, support and friendship x

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  32. Rory
    May 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Glad to have stumbled across this. I was ready to smash my blogs head in. Maybe I’ll hold off for a while πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 3, 2014 at 6:50 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, please do hold off! πŸ™‚

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  33. Mum2Three
    May 3, 2014 at 7:13 am (3 years ago)

    Glad you’ve decided to continue Renee, love your writing xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 4, 2014 at 7:13 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Tash! I’m looking forward to reading more of yours too x

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  34. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    May 3, 2014 at 8:31 am (3 years ago)

    EVERYONE goes through this. Yep. You speak wise words that I think we can all relate to. It’s the WHY you do it that’s important. Not the who, where, when or what. But the WHY. You nailed it.
    Do it for you …
    Anything else that comes from it is just a bonus.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 4, 2014 at 7:14 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Leanne πŸ™‚ It’s comforting to know others have felt this way at one time or another πŸ™‚

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  35. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    May 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh gorgeous, I’m so glad you decided to stay! I spend WAY too much time and energy in the bloggy world when I should be doing other stuff but like you it’s my hobby, I love writing, connecting with people and maybe helping one or two people feel like they are not alone in this tough parenting gig! I’m fortunate I already get paid to write but it kind of makes it worse that I blog and don’t get paid because I’m wasting time when I should be making money. BUT it’s my release, my light and fluffy fun when there’s little time or money for me to go out and have a real hobby like skydiving!!!!!!! Welcome back, both physically and mentally, to the crazy time-wasting world of blogging – love ya guts πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 4, 2014 at 7:16 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Em. I love your guts too!! I think it’s one of the best hobbies out there that we could have. As soon as I find the right balance I reckon I’m set πŸ™‚ x

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  36. Grace
    May 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy 1st Blogaversary, lovely! And here’s many more to come!
    It’s all about taking that step aside whenever you need to and being completely truthful with yourself when that is. Don’t put the pressure of “having to blog”. Glad to hear that you’ve come to all those realisations x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 4, 2014 at 7:17 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Grace. Yes, a big part of it is taking the pressure off and just doing what comes naturally. Thanks so much x

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  37. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    May 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy Blogoversary chick – I am so glad you didnt walk away. I think that what you went through is something all of us bloggers go through at some stage or another… call it a rite of passage. The key is to always come back to why you started and go from there. I have fallen into the trap of comparing myself before.. and that breed anxiety and doubt. The best thing I did for myself was to stop doing that and just run at my own pace. You are a gift to the blogosphere beautiful girl – dont even think about leaving us xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww thank you so much. Your words mean the world to me. I will definitely put this down as a rite of passage and focus on running my own race. Thanks for your advice and support as always xx

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  38. Emma Fahy Davis
    May 4, 2014 at 7:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Definitely crazy talk – happy blogoversary lovely and don’t you dare quit on me! I love reading along and I love your comments on my blog too. I’m so glad New Zealand gave you some time to think, it is definitely a lovely spot to be thinking πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh it sure is, Emma. You have an amazing homeland. Thank you for your kinds words and support. I really cherish it xx

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  39. EssentiallyJess
    May 4, 2014 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy Blogaversary!!
    So so glad you didn’t decide to give up. It’s impossible to not look at the success of other bloggers from time to time and wonder why, or what we are doing wrong. But it’s so much nicer to look at all the people we do get to interact with, and be so blessed by knowing them. I’m personally very happy you’re sticking with it xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 5, 2014 at 6:20 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Jess. That means so much. I very much love IBOT and having the chance to interact with and learn about so many of the beautiful writers out there, including yourself xx

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  40. Steph @ Grace in the Little Things
    May 5, 2014 at 11:47 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve only been seriously trying with my blog for a month and a bit and I already fully sympathise! There are so many amazing blogs out there that sometimes I wonder why I’m bothering to try… But then I realise that all those blogger are humans and are bound to have messy homes sometimes too.
    And as you said, down time is important, and so is remembering why you started. I started as something to do, a hobby to pass the time that didn’t really cost me anything! I need to remember how fun blogging can be!
    Thank you so much for this timely post.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 6, 2014 at 8:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Welcome to the blogosphere, Steph! I know you will love it! And yes, housework is overrated πŸ˜‰ Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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  41. Sonia from Sonia Styling
    May 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy Blogiversary to you! I think we all experience moments like these as bloggers. I know a little while ago I was doubting myself massively and then finally I gave myself a (metaphorical) slap in the face and reminded myself of why I started blogging in the first place – to communicate and connect, my two greatest passions in life. And so we type one post after the other and eventually we’re swimming again! The cycle of blogging…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 6, 2014 at 9:01 pm (3 years ago)

      I love that, Sonia. ‘And so we type one post after the other and eventually we’re swimming again’. So true. Thank you!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 7, 2014 at 9:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Oooh thank you. I’ll have a look!

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  42. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    May 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Renee, you are one of my regular reads that strikes a chord with me. I love that you bare your soul, and share your world. I’m sorry, but you just can’t give up!!
    I’ve had my blog for 2 years next month, and I feel I’m as much a beginner as I was at the start. But you know what? I’m loving putting my words out there. It doesn’t really matter that I’ll never be one of the biggies, I feel so lucky to be able to have a space where I can write what I like.
    Hugs to you hun, don’t go anywhere xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 11, 2014 at 11:33 am (3 years ago)

      Ahh thank you, Lisa! You are so kind! You have always been such a great supporter of mine and I truly appreciate it. How exciting that you’ve been blogging for just under two years!!! Please know that the feeling is mutual. I am a massive fan of yours too x

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  43. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    May 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm (3 years ago)

    OMG Renee you can NOT stop writing! So glad you came to your senses – amazing what good a break away from everything will do for you! Glad you are here to stay!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Aroha!! That is so kind of you πŸ™‚

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