I made a commitment to myself to keep my blog updated. My initial commitment was to make 30 posts in 30 days. Then, I decided that I would commit to maintaining my blog with “regular content”. I wasn’t sure how often “regular” would mean to me, but as of right now, I’ve added content nearly daily for more than two months. It’s important to me and is worth the work (because let’s be real, it IS work). I am at over 60 posts in as many days. I am not running short of ideas that inspire me and am still having fun with this. That being said, maybe someday “regular content” will mean 2-3 days per week. I am ok with that too!
I’ve been asked the same question quite often lately. “How do you do it?” Often, this question is elaborated upon by listing the things that I do… Raising children, working full time in a demanding field, having an actual social life, enjoying family time, adding daily content to The Swearing Mom, all while the Rock Star travels. What is the answer? How do I do it? Well, I usually reply “I don’t know… I just do”. However, since I’ve been asked so many times, I would be remiss not to actually consider the question. Obviously, the people asking feel as though they can’t imagine how I have the time. Often making secondary statements like, “You must not sleep”. Let me tell you, I sleep. Look people, I am not one of those people who can survive on 4 hours… I SLEEP.
Here’s what I don’t do… I don’t watch TV. Yep, that’s it. We, as a family, killed the cable years ago. We murdered that shit! Bye bye stupid, pointless, drain on my time and bank account! We don’t need you! My husband suggested it long before I was accepting of the idea… I simply could not imagine why we would get rid of it! I mean, normal people have cable, right? At the very least we would have basic programming, right??? WRONG! It’s just one more ridiculous idea that we’ve been programmed to believe… that we actually NEED to spend our money in that way. Such a waste of precious time. We signed up for Netflix and since have also added Amazon Prime… But, I still don’t “watch TV”. Do I watch a show here or there? Yes. I will definitely be watching the next season of The Walking Dead, I like fantasy stories and as a result have fallen for Game of Thrones. So, I do allow myself to enjoy some television viewing pleasure, I just don’t allow it to be THE thing that we do. I NEVER aimlessly flip through channels. If I’m watching, it’s with purpose. My family still watches things but we killed the cable and we aren’t sorry! I’m not passing judgement, though! I spent a lot of time watching TV in my life. So much so, that I am certain that I’ve met my life’s TV quota. I was raised in the 70s & 80s, for Pete sake! You KNOW the TV was my baby sitter! Even as an adult, I spent years of my life watching hours of television every single day! HOURS! You know, that’s really only four episodes of a sitcom or two of a series. Think about your intake and the hours of your life that are literally consumed by your television.
So, that’s how I do it. It was a priorities shift that made me feel like a more productive human. It was that shift that makes it possible for me to accomplish the things that matter to me. We killed our TV… and we got away with murder.