I have great intentions. Dreams, even! Many of my friends know I operate, on the daily, behind a pair of proverbial rose-colored glasses. The upside to this is I live in a perpetual state of positivity. The down side, well, I tend to set high expectations for myself and others.
I expect (and desire) to share a blog post at least twice monthly, if not weekly (because frankly, Lord knows I have a lot to say about stuff). I expect them to be perfectly edited. I expect them to be an enjoyable read. I expect people to chuckle or even nod their head in agreement. I expect negative comments from time to time (gasp!). I expect people to not like what I have to say (double gasp!). All that to expect even a mere readership besides my mom and my besties!
The everyday demands pile up. Little moments with family take precedence over my audience. I get discouraged. I lose confidence. With me, I’m either all in or all out. Which, is actually pretty funny, because when you take an average of me being all in or all out, it’s basically half-assed every time!
Life! We do what we can, when we can, and the best we can. That’s my reality, and I’m coming to grips with it.
The point of all this self reflection is to say this: I’ve basically had a blog for years! It’s been a desire for much longer than it’s been a reality. I first launched our Family Enchantment vlog on YouTube, check out our first video. That was back in 2014. It took two years before I got my blogging act together.
Remember how I said “all or none?” Two years later, we posted a three-part video series about camping! Because I know you’re curious, here they are: part 1, part 2, part 3– a particular favorite of mine because it includes my husband and our son!
Somewhere in between the launch of our vlog and getting more focused on our outdoor family adventures, I decided I’d blog about the realities of motherhood and, of course, a related vlog, with only two videos, one of which is a presentation I gave to my MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group in 2015 about my struggle with comparisons.
Part of this crazy blog/vlog adventure has been trying to find my voice as a blogger. Should I share recipes? (I only had one recipe on that other site!) Should I toss in some fashion? Whelp, you can see how that went on this video from a year ago. And then just when I thought that would be fun, YouTube and my Internet service decided not to play nice, so I just said “forget it!” And thus, I’ve done NOTHING for some time.
So, after much contemplation over the past year, I decided to launch our Family Enchantment blog on WordPress. It’s been more of a focus since the start of the year. And, I decided I would blog about whatever was on my heart, including our family’s outdoor adventures, stages of motherhood or in my head, such as planned holiday activities and the like. As a stay-at-home mom, I’m very active with my children, and I’m typically plotting things to do with them during any amount of down time (look for upcoming posts about our summer activities), so I figure why not share some of the fun with readers for inspiration!
Again, I have big hopes, dreams and expectations. I have to remind myself every day (sometimes hourly) to balance those with the reality of life and my stage in it. And, I have to regularly remind myself to not compare my life stage to other mom bloggers who are going “great guns” or even other moms who seem to be “killin’ it” at life. No one knows the behind-the-scenes reality, and my personal goal is to focus on who I am, what I bring to the table (or don’t) and what I’m about. And that brings us to this blog right here.
Along with the help of my husband, I’ve branded and rebranded it multiple times. (Remember, I said I expect it to be perfect?!) and this year, I finally started writing and posting more.
A little one’s birthday.
Lent and a social media “diet.”
Six baby chicks.
A new puppy.
Concerns with my dad’s health.
Focusing on family.
Kids’ extracurricular activities.
Volunteering at school.
An active preschooler.
Coordinating our local MOPS & MOMSNext ministry and beginning the transition to new leaders.
If you’re still with me, you’re pretty much up to speed with why I’ve not posted since February.
Since Beginning our blog, I’ve been wanting some type of graphical element to represent it. So, I found an app called logo maker by Chue Dave and I created what you see before you.
Here’s why I like our look. First, we live in Southern New Mexico. The Organ Mountains are to our east, and greater mountains are to our north. We spend a lot of time in the mountains over the course of a year – hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, snowshoeing, relaxing and the like. The sun is special because it represents the Zia symbol of the state of New Mexico. Plus, my husband and I met, fell in love (married in 2010, thus the established date) and started our family here in New Mexico. Additionally, we tied in the color red and deep turquoise, which are both indicative to New Mexico culture. The name – Family Enchantment – is because first and foremost, our blog focuses on our family and what makes us unique (or, at times, a little crazy). And not only does the word “Enchantment” represent our life in the Land of Enchantment, but that word itself means a feeling of great pleasure, delight or even magic, which I feel definitely represents our family.
Hopes. Dreams. Blogging. Life.
If you haven’t noticed, I tend to be long winded! So, this blog is more for sharing with readers the thoughts in my head and on my heart.
I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram @familyenchantment for a daily dose of inspiration: Mom-spiration Mondays, Talk about it Tuesdays, Real Life Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, Fun Fridays and Weekend Adventures. Of course I’ll share these on Facebook as well (find us using the same handle).
And, I really do love the idea of sharing life via a vlog, so maybe before the end of the year I’ll get that up and going again! Please subscribe now so you don’t miss it when it finally happens!
Obviously I’m consistently inconsistent with this blogging journey. I’m also real and honest to a fault, and I hope you enjoy following along as much as I enjoy sharing with you.
Thanks for reading and following me on this journey! ✨