I propose we stop apologizing. Sure, we all have busy weeks. We all have kids or jobs or even pets that have needs, sometimes more than others, and we (or at least I) tend to think of our blogs as somehow "extra." Now, I'm not arguing that we should prioritize our blogs over our children or spouses; however, I do think we should do away with the distinction between "blog life" and "real life." Writing a blog is a part of who I am, just as being a wife, a mother, a homeowner, and a teacher are pieces of me.
A lot of people talk about the work-life balance, as though work is somehow not part of life, as though there is some ideal spot, and once we find it, we can just stay there. But in reality, balance is not about being static; it's about constantly making small adjustments to maintain that balance. Sometimes, depending on what you're carrying, balance means tilting more one way than another. Sometimes, balance means setting some stuff down for a time just to keep walking. Balance means lowering your head sometimes and raising it at others.
For me, balance means forgoing nutritional homemade lunches and letting the kids have an extra corndog-laden school lunch. It means working on the day I had scheduled off to be my with my in-laws and not-working the next morning to just sit and talk to my husband for over an hour. It means cleaning the bathroom but not mopping the kitchen floor. About letting go of getting the fridge cleaned this week and abandoning a book that wasn't bad but just wasn't great. And about not apologizing for any of those small, necessary adjustments.
So, yes, I've been AWOL this week here; however, I realize now it wasn't a week. It was just a week. It is just life. And I'm not going to apologize for that. What do you think? How do you feel about the balance in your life?
PS: Am I allowed to just put Sunday Salon on a thoughtful Sunday post? Or is there some secret club initiation I should have participated in first? Please correct me if I have overstepped my bounds!