Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too. If you a new to the series and want to learn more, you can read the first post here, or check out the Words To Live By tab in the top menu.
Without further ado, this weeks words are:
This last week has been a hectic one and and I have got seriously behind on my blogging and commenting on the all the linkies I joined up with and it is going to take me a few days to catch up. One thing I won’t do though is take away any more time from my family in order to do that catching up. I love writing this blog and it has given me back a piece of me that I didn’t know was missing (although I certainly felt something was), but family always has and always will come first.
Next week my husband will be going back to sea for the next 10-12 weeks and I want to spend as much time together as a family as possible while we can, especially with him missing Christmas. For that reason I have decided to take the rest of the next two weeks off. I will still comment on the linkies I joined to last week and reply to comments on here and twitter but I won’t be taking on any extra commitments until mid December. If you are visiting this from a linky then I have already had that time off as I won’t be joining it to any until then ;).
I did want to spend a little more time writing this post and really get into why I find it so important but just as I started some family we haven’t seen for months turned up unexpectedly for a visit, so I turned the computer off and really enjoyed their company while they were here. And that is what this post is really all about.
I’m not the only one who thinks putting family first is important. As always, here are a few great quotes to back up my message:
“I’ve always put my family first and that’s just the way it is.” Jamie Lee Curtis
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet.” Proverb
“I balance family and career by doing what makes me the happiest! That for me, without question, is putting my family and kids first.” Bridgette Wilson
“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” Michael J Fox
“Family time is sacred time and should be protected and respected.” Boyd K Packer
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” Barbara Bush
“Family is the most important thing in the world.” Princess Diana
Enjoy your family time x
I enjoyed taking time off and really made the most of it spending time with the family. We didn’t do anything special, just enjoyed each others company without any outward distractions. My husband went back to Sea on Thursday (8th) and while it was tempting to rush straight back to the blog I knew I needed to take some extra time. And it was time well spent. Up until this weekend I hadn’t done any Christmas shopping at all but now I’m almost done, just a few stocking things to get.
I have lots of catching up to do and if you have commented on here or sent me messages on twitter over the past couple of weeks I will get round to responding in the next few days. Before jumping back in with both feet though I want to try and keep some of that special family time and create a schedule for myself that keeps more balance. This will be the last Words To Live By post until the new year and once my son breaks up from school I will be playing things by ear. I may post a few things that I have been meaning to get around to but I will mostly be concentrating on setting my goals for the new year so that I can come back with a plan of action, and of course spending time with family having a great Christmas.
How do you juggle family time and blogging with all the other commitments in your life? Do you work set hours each day? I’d really love some advice and may compile any tips into a post to help others struggling with the same issue (I will obviously give proper accreditation for all tips received) x