Sunday, January 19

How To Do It All (and still be relatively sane)

Self Love For Bloggers

There is a delicate balance as a blogger, between reading or watching things because it's research for our own blog, and watching and reading things just because we enjoy it.

 I am convinced true life balance is a complete illusion.

I have believed perfect work/life balance was a myth for many years work-life/balance requires perfection, this is an unrealistic goal to be chasing. None of us is perfect so why chase perfection?

With that in mind, the title of this post claims the content you are reading contains advice on how to juggle life as a blogger. 

It does. 

Trust me I am getting to that, but before I give you my tips for managing blogging and life, I first needed to set the scene just so I can give you what I think is the number one most valuable self-loving thing you can do for yourself as a blogger and indeed a person.

Don't put so much pressure on yourself,
 take some time every day just for you. 

You can't make your blog as awesome as you want to if you don't have the energy to take care of you, then you will be on top of your game to take care of your blog or whatever else you need to do.

1. Remember the three C's

  1. Consistency 
  2. Connections
  3. Cut it down!

Consistently putting our goals into little tasks will make life a lot less stressful and increase productivity but we were designed for a relationship so there will come a point where we can no longer do things on our own.

How does this apply to bloggers?

We can consistently create all the content we want to, but if we don't network we won't likely have any readers!

Building relationships is a beautiful necessity.

If your blog is your business, then I can understand why you feel like you want to do everything yourself I get it, trust me I do. It is your blog and you want to make it what you want it to be. That is more than fair enough, but if you reach out to other with different skills, and focus on your own strengths you will make some new friends, create a more professional feel on your blog and be less stressed because you have delegated those things you're not so good at to other people.

2. Mix it up!

Set some time to research how a bunch of different people handle juggling blogging and life, then cherry-pick the tips you like, find what works for you and create your own unique schedule that is perfect for you.

3. Preparation is everything

The one thing that everyone needs to do in order to have a schedule that will be productive is planning ahead. There are many ways to do this. Some people schedule their blog posts, others have life management files, others still use calendars, agendas or dairies and then there are those people like me that do all of the above. Whatever you decide to use to manage your life, make sure you do plan ahead. Knowing you already handled certain things frees up time to do other things and is an excellent stress killer!

4. See yourself as a whole person and plan accordingly.

If you see yourself as just flesh and bones and forget about taking care of yourself emotionally and psychologically then your body will suffer for this. Make sure before you take on new tasks that you are mentally, emotionally and physically up to the challenge at hand. If not then don't be afraid to say no. We've come full circle, it really is super important to take care of you before you worry about all the demands of life.

5. Keep it simple.

You knew this one was coming, this entire blog is about simplicity after all!

 The key thing you need to remember when creating a plan to manage your life is how your plan is serving you. A good management plan should be simple, help you be productive and on task to complete your goals and NOT a burden! 

There is a big difference between being stretched or challenged and feeling overwhelmed or burdened, but that's a whole other post.

Anyway, I need to follow my own advice and look after myself and go eat something so I will leave it there.


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Thursday, January 2

Happy New year & Cracking Xmas Wrap up.

I just realized that some of my cracking Xmas posts that were scheduled didn't actually go up on my blog. It feels like the moment has passed now, it would be uploading for the sake of it  so I'm not even going to bother upload them so that means Cracking Xmas is all finished.

I think the search for the meaning of Xmas can be interpreted in allot of different ways. For me personally I think what Xmas means to me is a time that outlines the truth about relationships, be it family friends or significant others, relationships and people are very important and I really learned the value of that through this series.

That said, thank you so much to all my readers for sticking with me this year and roll on 2014!

Happy New year all!


Cracking Xmas - In Search of Stars - 10 Common Misconceptions about Christianity

1. We all believe the same thing.
While are basic foundation is pretty much the same, different Christians believe different things and have very different interpretations of the bible, this comes into the way in which we conduct our lives. Christianity is very much about personal choice in terms of what you believe and how to conduct your life based on your convictions. 

2.We hate gay people and they are going to hell.
Not at all. We don't actually hate any one group of people, God is a God of love and as His children most of us will try to follow that example and be very tolerant of people, regardless of their life style. Being gay won't get you to hell as of itself. We believe it is down to what you do with God's son, not how you choose to live. 

3. Christianity is the biggest kill joy religion ever, you can't do anything.
We believe that the rules in the bible are there because God loves us and has our best interest at heart. While there are certain things some Christians will be very much against, Christians are suppose to be and can be very happy people from all sorts of walks of life. It is very much down to personal conviction in allot of cases. 

4. Drinking alcohol is a sin. 
Jesus's first miracle was turning water in to wine. Go figure. Seriously though, the bible doesn't say you can't drink it just advises against getting drunk because God is just looking out for you and knows if you drink to much you will get a hangover. It's as simple as that.

5. Christians are super-humans that never do anything wrong.
News flash, Christians are humans too! I can't stress this enough, we all have our own minds, make mistakes, dream, fail and love just the same as anyone else. Becoming a Christian doesn't mean you will never sin again, it just means that your less likely to want to because who really wants to knowingly hurt someone they love?  

6. Christianity is incompatible with logic and reason and certainly has no place even trying to co-exist with science. 

Tell that to Albert Einstein, C.S Lewis or Issac Newton! To start with faith and logic are polar opposites but once you have had faith in God and He has come through for you a few times, it becomes logical sense to trust Him, even though your mind may try to logically reason that faith doesn't make sense to the mind. That is because it was never designed to make sense, it wouldn't be faith if it did. This one is confusing but you can look into it for yourself if you want to know more. 

As for Christianity and Science co-exists, I know a very intellectual scientist that likes to put it this way....

" Science is the how of what God did"   

They can exist side by side, but I am not going to try and explain it because it does take faith which is why to some it may seem that this is entirely impossible.  

7. Christianity is boring 
This one always makes me laugh. Christianity is anything but boring!  Well maybe to some is, but personally being able to live with the knowledge God is looking out for me no matter what is really comforting and encourages me to enjoy life. God wants his kids to have fun its not all serious prayers and solemn songs. In fact, there are so many different types of christian music of all genres, and in doing research for this article I came across Christian martial arts groups, Christian wrestling, Christian break dancers, Christian goths and even Christian anime, gamers and comic book lovers, just to name a few. Christianity is more diverse today then ever. 

8. You have to clean up your act to go to church.
No, Jesus would accept you as you are and so should all believers, again its only the minority that lets us down.

9. Christians are judgmental.
Yes, some of us are unfortunately, but those that are have just not really understood the love of the God they claim to serve and experienced His grace yet. This goes back to Christians are human too, we are more then capable of making mistakes and unfortunate we often do.

10. Christians are a bunch of hypocrites!
This one is unfair human nature tends to look at the negatives in all people. What happens allot is that non-believers will catch a Christian do something that they believe is against our bible and will latch on to that one thing, instead of remembering all the times that one believer got things right. I can assure you if that believer truly loves Jesus they will feel awful about it, you telling them how much they messed up is the last thing they need. If you are not a believer, then just think of it as being nice to your fellow human being to not rib them about it. However I am not going to claim that this one is complete rubbish, some "Christians" hypocritical" but again I would argue they don't really know the Christ of the Christianity. 

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