Blah Blah Blog Blahs

Yeah, say that title five times fast (you know you want to try it – I can almost hear you!), and you’ll get an idea how I’m feeling about yet another month slipping by way too fast without me successfully and consistently blogging as I would like to be doing! It’s not so much a blog challenge, as it is challenging to blog!

Working away on my laptop - at least I have good company!
Working away on my laptop – at least I have good company!

I suffer from some kind of guilt complex that at times simply won’t allow me to do things I *WANT* to do – like take a break from the “have to” tasks long enough to do “want to” things, such as the following:

*Blogging, for instance, for the creative outlet it is.  Ideally, I would like to blog every day, in one blog or another, and interact with those who are kind enough to read and leave comments, as well as read and leave comments for other bloggers.

*Quilting, crafting, and other equally creative, leisurely activities. I joined a group on Facebook called “UFO Queen 2013” – and no, that is not some spooky alien support group – in this case, the “UFO” stands for Un-Finished Objects, and all 185 members (so far) have varying numbers of such incomplete projects.

The idea is to win the “UFO Queen” title by completing the most projects by the end of the year. To my shame (and a bit of shock), I have documented over 100 such unfinished objects! For instance, I have two quilts to complete using this same quilt design (this one, sadly, no longer exists, as my oldest daughter lost it in a fire):

Log Cabin Star Quilt ~ Made by Me, K’Lee

I have multiple quilts, pillows, table decor items, bags, dolls, stuffed animals, crocheted items, and many other projects in various stages of completion – all waiting for me to finally find/make the time to finish them!

*Set up social/professional sites. Well, this may sound more like work – and it is work-related – but I really want to spend some time getting my various sites (and blogs) up and running.

*Take time off to spend with hubby/family/friends. People who don’t freelance for a living probably don’t understand this, but when you work from home – for all its benefits – you can never really “not bring work home” because you work in your home, so your work is always there. I haven’t successfully achieved the right balance yet between working and taking time off – so I tend to work at any and all hours of the day and night, depending on what I have to do or what deadlines are looming.


So there they are – four multifaceted “want to” areas of things I really need to incorporate into my life for my own mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

Who’s with me? Do you struggle to maintain the proper balance between the “have to” and “want to” areas of your life?

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8 comments to “Blah Blah Blog Blahs”

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  1. Melinda - February 19, 2013 Reply

    Yes I do. I “have to” teach my son, do school work, keep up with work and church obligations. I want to knit more, see more friends and play. Someday maybe. Great post!

  2. Suerae Stein - February 19, 2013 Reply

    I’m with you!!! As you know, I’ve suffered my own blogging blues, (and I couldn’t even say your title correctly even once)! I am only striving to post once or twice a week with only one blog. I guess we need to make reasonable goals and start small and work our way up to our ultimate goals. I totally get the working-at-home-thing. It is hard to balance everything. Sometimes I feel like my work is pieced together between errands, chores, etc. Your quilt is beautiful. I’m so sorry you lost it in a fire. I hope your daughter didn’t suffer many losses from that fire!
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  3. Kathy Widenhouse - February 19, 2013 Reply

    I’ve recently started keeping track of how I spend my time each day (in an effort to blog more.) While I’m a fairly well-organized person, I have been surprised to learn how much time I spend on checking email and other mundane tasks. Some simple changes will help me, for sure!
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  4. Kebba Buckley Button - February 19, 2013 Reply

    K’Lee, you need some refreshing newness! Thanks for the great title, “UFO Queen”, meaning “UnFinished Objects Queen”. A great giggle. In my holistic healing/stress mgt practice, I’m all about how people can stay energized. May I boldly recommend a two-hour vacation? Like a movie, a trip to a park or olive mill (not sure where you are and your climate)? Your brain physiologically needs changes from time to time. Btw, your quilt is beautiful! Thanks for the fun post.
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  5. PattiO - February 19, 2013 Reply

    I do have trouble balancing!
    so many different messages,
    BE Present,
    Plan for the future,
    Release the Past,
    which one to do?
    am I not being responsible if I just live for the now?
    Am I being too distracted, missing things in the here and now if I keep planning ahead,
    How can I release the past if I need to learn from it?

    God & I had a talk,

    I am to give everything before me my attention and do everything I can with what I have in the time I am given.
    That’s it.
    How to start?
    EVERY MORNING, be still!
    meditate, wake up and then take a moment to be grateful,
    the rest will start up on its own.
    sounds easy?
    WELL, its not, lol!
    it takes some work to be carefree!
    i am still working on the BE STILL PART! 🙂
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  6. Alana (@RamblinGarden) - February 19, 2013 Reply

    Oh gee, I am found out, I ALSO belong to one of those “unfinished” projects group on Facebook. (Not yours!) So far, number of finished projects -zero! Number of books read that I took out of library? Too few! Number of hours online: too many! (my husband, sitting next to me on the sofa, is shaking his head sadly right now.)Hopefully, by taking it slow, and cutting out the wasted time, you will slowly accomplish your goals. (I should talk.)
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  7. Jan - February 19, 2013 Reply

    I can so relate! And the worst thing is when I stick in the “have to” it stops being fun and takes longer to do, leaving less time for the “want to”…

    Walk away, take a break and you will find the the “have to’s” actually get done quicker!

    Love the quilt pic too – very pretty 🙂
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  8. Heather - February 20, 2013 Reply

    Working from home can be so distracting; there always seems to be something else to do. Is it possible to structure your day/time as if you have to go into the office? I’m not sure how successful I would be. Good luck!
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