When I first heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it. What I didn’t know is how much I needed to read it.
My life is full. It’s full of driving to the far ends of the earth (and back again), and washing a never ending pile of dishes, and picking up dirty socks off the floor, and telling children to speak kindly. It’s also full of folding the laundry, spending time with my husband, educating my kids, and cleaning dirty toilets. Not necessarily in that order.
Oh, and I also have a blog.
As part of my goals for this year, I’ve been trying to be a better business woman, which, for me, translates into being a better blogger. I’ve wanted to fit in more blog work around the housework….and figure out how to fit in all the housework around the extra blog work. I’d like to say it’s been a graceful balancing act, but it’s been much more like a tug-of-war. And the big ‘ol mud pit in the middle is the constant temptation to waste my time. I spend far too much of every day in the “pit”.
So, when I heard that Christin (from the blog Joyful Mothering) had written a book about being a blogger while being a mom, I jumped at the chance to read it. I wanted to hear how this amazing woman manages to fit it all into a day. I desperately wanted some scheduling tips and some blogging wisdom. I was hoping learn how to better manage my home life while staying connected to my online world.
Well, Blog at Home Mom didn’t disappoint. It has practical how-to’s on nearly every page. It encouraged me to make a schedule for my home (and stick to it!) and make a plan for my blog. It also dealt me a heavy dose of conviction about the time I’ve been aimlessly wasting. It was just what I was looking for.
But there was something else I got that I didn’t even know I needed. You see, I thought this book was mostly about being a better blogger while being a mom. I was wrong. It is much more about being a better mom while being a blogger.
Christin spoke truth to my heart. While I was searching for a method to manipulate my time and tasks, she reminded that, “Motherhood cannot be reduced to a task list. Motherhood is done from the heart.”
I had forgotten that. I’ve been so busy being busy that I have often overlooked the heart. My heart and the hearts of my children. My blog and the housework are important, but they aren’t the most important. Christin pleads with me again, “Moms, please don’t leave this important calling up to fate or chance.” Maybe that’s what I’ve been doing. At least a little bit.
Blog at Home Mom is a book that I want to read again. Slowly this time. I want to soak it up and put it into practice. I want it to change me. I hope it already has.
And, despite the title, it isn’t only for bloggers. It is for anyone who works inside or outside of the home. It is for the mom who enjoys scrapbooking or struggles with finding the time to read more books. It is for anyone who has a job or a hobby. It is for the mom who needs to remember to be intentional about what matters.
Do you want to see how this book might change your view your family and your work or hobbies? You can enter below to win a copy! The giveaway ends at midnight on Saturday so enter now…and stop back every day for extra entries!
And if you want to start reading it right now, you can purchase your PDF copy here or get the Kindle version here. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that your purchase helps Christin’s family fund the adoption of their two sweet girls from Ghana. Pretty cool, right?