Life Update: House Hunting, My Miscarriage & New Fitness Routine
It has been far too long since I’ve sat down to write a “feelings” post, or even just share whats going on in my life. It’s hard to really get across every little detail in Instagram stories, and if you’re new around here (hi, welcome), I like to share these posts every once and a while so I can really dig into and share with you all what’s currently going on in my life!
The House Hunt
First of all, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect house for our family for a few months now and it has been no easy process. Dustin and I have been renting various apartments in the decade that we’ve been together (we’ve moved a total of 14 times. Yes, 14) and now that Stella’s been added into the mix, we want a more permanent place to call home with a great yard and space for our little family to thrive and grow!
The areas we initially started looking in were highly competitive and we learned after four solid (some even over-asking) offers, accompanied with personalized letters and a photo of our family, that we most likely weren’t going to be able to get the perfect house for us with all of the items on our wish list. These include: 3+ bedrooms, yard, and open living space/kitchen area. We’re SOOOO picky *sarcasm.*
We’ve since expanded our search and I’m excited to say we just put an offer in on an amazing home only a few miles away from where we initially wanted to live, but in a much less competitive area. It has a huge yard, massive living space with a beautiful brick fireplace and 3 huge rooms with ample closet space for yours truly! It is everything we dreamed of and more in a house and it is so much below what we budgeted for a house that I’ll get to customize the entire kitchen if we get the home! Yes, I’ll be documenting the whole process on the blog if we get the home. Cross your fingers for us, and subscribe so you don’t miss out on updates!
I realized I never really closed the door on my pregnancy loss with you all and I wanted to finalize it here in this post. I got my blood tested one last time and had a small amount of HcG left, by the next week I took a pregnancy test and it came up negative which means I am clear of any of the chemical signs that I was pregnant.
I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m not going to have another baby for a while. I have been putting my energy into my business and growing my blog. When I first found out I was pregnant for a second time, the couple weeks following I became hopeless, sendentary and had feelings that my “life was over” since I’d be a mom of two little ones who’d be toddlers at the same time. How would I be able to blog? How would I have time for myself? How could I ever love another baby as much as my current baby, Stella?! I felt a little depressed because the whole thing was such a surprise and we didn’t plan to have another baby for at least a few years, if at all. That pregnancy also made me realize how little effort I had been putting into my blog. I love this platform, I love writing, photography, brainstorming ideas for content, and I love the endless to-do list of things that make me feel so productive (yet is never completed)! It also made me realize that I need to enjoy this time with my little girl. I am so fortunate that I get to be home with her every day and I don’t want to miss out on a thing. If I were to have another baby at this stage, I’d have to sacrifice half of my time, or more, for a needy newborn and I’m not ready to give up these precious moments with Stella yet!
I’m sure a lot of you noticed a visible change in my content during the time I was pregnant. My photos and content suffered, I hadn’t put up a blog post in MONTHS, and everything was just backsliding. Soon after recovering from my miscarriage, I kicked it into high gear. I decided to get into physical shape (we’ll get into that in a minute), I put myself on a blogging schedule and I made attainable goals for myself. Writing everything down really helped me. I wrote down my top 3 stretch goals for myself and my blog. I then broke those goals down into small parts that I could work on individually to help me chip away at my larger goals so I could see the progress and actually feel like I’m accomplishing things. This has worked so well for me, and I highly suggest this method if you are working to achieve some large goals too! I’ve been able to stick to my blogging schedule, I released my new Spring preset and I’ve been dedicating more of my time to Stella. I’ve gotten super efficient with my time!
My Health Journey
Early on this year I did a juice cleanse and I told myself I would stick to a healthy diet and workout routine following the cleanse. Of course a week after I finished I found out I was pregnant and my midwife urged me not to start any new fitness routine during my pregnancy (cue the feelings I wrote about above). I really got into some bad habits when I found out I was pregnant. I was eating whatever I wanted and felt so tired so I was doing a lot of sitting around. I did the same thing when I was pregnant with Stella but I was also very active and working full time in retail so I was on my feet all day getting good exercise! I tried to will myself to workout but I kept going back to “what’s the point?”
I have been really off and on with working out but Dustin and I are making a conscious effort to make all of our meals at home and creating opportunities for success by only buying food that is (mostly) good for our bodies. It has really helped that we both work from home so we can keep each other accountable easier. I recently found the Love Sweat Fitness workout app and I am hooked! I love their videos and the pace of the workouts. I’m hoping that sharing my fitness journey with you all that I’ll be able to make it stick this time! I have a feeling this Spring and Summer will be my healthiest yet!
I am so thankful for making relationships and growing my network this year. I have been able to up my photography quality and amount of content I create by connecting with fellow local bloggers to trade taking pictures, and have also garnered some fantastic opportunities from those same contacts. I have always been pretty introverted so this is huge for me, I’ve made it a goal of mine to try to grow my network even more and create more relationships within my blogging niche this year!
I’m proud of where my blog is at currently and I see my blog growing into something really fantastic this year with the momentum I’ve gained in only a couple short months so far. I’ve re-done my blog theme, and customized it to make it my own. My newsletter goes out bi-monthly and will be full of fun exclusives for my loyal readers. My Spring preset is having even more success than my Winter one and I am so proud of my accomplishment of being able to figure out how to create, package and launch it all on my own. I’ve put myself on a schedule and have been a better mom because of it. My time is spent more wisely and I’ve been able to dedicate more time to Stella and still work toward achieving my goals faster than ever before
I look forward to pulling this post up at the end of the year to see how far I’ve come and what I’ve accomplished. I was looking back at the content I was putting out this time last year, when I was only really putting in half (or less) of the effort than I am now and the improvement and change is astronomical. I still can’t believe how far I’ve come since last year and with the momentum of the past few months this year will be full of many more accomplishments than ever before! I’m so excited that you chose to follow along my journey and I’m humbled by the support I receive on a daily basis. It truly means the world to me that you read my blog and allow me to share my life as a part of my job. I could not be more thankful for YOU!
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