Y’all. Trying to do it all isn’t easy. I’m sure you all know exactly what I’m talking about so instead of preaching to the choir, please just commiserate with me, friends. I have the desire to do so many things each day but not enough of the energy required to do them.

My new job is going really well. I’m settling in, I’ve moved into my own office, and I’m quickly picking up all of my responsibilities. But the transition at home for my family is slow going. Sebastian is having a little trouble adjusting to daycare, which is totally normal. His fever ended up being hand, foot, mouth disease (a viral infection like a cold that is really common for kids his age) but luckily he recovered quickly, but we had to work from home for a few days. Nick and I are having trouble adjusting to the new routine, which is only exacerbated by Sebastian’s a rough time adjusting to daycare because he wakes us up a bunch at night seeking comfort and reassurance that we’re still there. Because we’re not getting a full night’s sleep, we’re waking up much later than we should, so mornings are hectic. I’m drinking copious amounts of coffee. Work time is for work, obviously. Then we come home, cook dinner, bathe Sebastian and put him to bed. Then I have about 2 hours to live my life before I pass out from exhaustion. Sound familiar? I thought so.

In those two hours I have to myself in the evening, I try to relax. Most nights that means sitting on the couch, watching TV with Nick. Sometimes I read a book. Sometimes I eat a sweet treat or drink a glass of wine. I spend way too much time scrolling on my phone.

Very rarely do I blog.

And that’s sad to me because I want to blog. I have ideas and things I want to write about, but it requires a surprising amount of brain power that I just don’t have by the end of the night. Also, I feel like it requires photos. And not just any photo, but good-quality, pretty photos. And ain’t nobody got time for that right now!

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I am determined to make more time for blogging and other things that bring me joy.

I’m back to trying to find a blogging routine, which is something I’ve struggled with (when it comes to blogging) ever since I graduated from my graduate program. It was so easy to take photos back when I could spare a few hours during the day between studying and classes! Now, I would like to take photos when I get home in the evenings, when the light is golden and perfect, but life & the weather don’t always cooperate. Maybe it would be easier if I had more photography skills, but whatever.

So here I am. Almost photoless and complaining about a life that’s actually pretty good. #firstworldproblems.

I’ll figure it out and will be back to posting regularly in no time. Awesome photos or not, I’m still here. It won’t be easy, but it makes me happy!