As I reached a milestone age this year I decided to take a look back at why I started Over Thirty Mommy and what happened along the way.
Before the Blog
My husband and I had been married for over 10 years when we had our daughter. The delivery was not a fun experience and ended up with me in emergency surgery. One of the last things I remember was hearing a doctor tell my husband to get my mom from the waiting room so that she could say goodbye since they were not sure if I would make it. All hospital personnel left the room with me and left my husband holding a baby, that was minutes old, not knowing if he would be raising our child alone. Luckily the talented doctors were able to control the bleeding and off to recovery I went. After a few days in the hospital, I was released and we loaded our new baby into the car and headed for home.
The first few weeks were a struggle. I was not ready for all that came with having a new baby. The lack of sleep and late nights were not something I prepared for. It took some time but we adjusted to life with a baby and began to settle into a pattern.
Over Thirty Mommy started as my way to journal the trials and successes of being a mom who waited to start a family. I thought it would be a fun way to chronicle her growth and see how she changes over the years. It was a great way to share with family that lived far away.
The blog evolved into more over the first couple years. We took on product reviews, giveaways, and attended events.
As my daughter grew, I decided to go back to college and finish my degree. This combined with work seemed to take up most of my time and I let the blog slide. Eventually I quit posting at all. I just didn’t have the drive to be on my computer after a day at the office and hours of homework.
After close to 2 years, I started blogging again. The motivation and excitement was not there like before so when my husband and I purchased a business, I was quick to let the blog go again. I did not let it die completely but only did the occasional post.
This year I turned 40 and thought I would take a retrospective look back at what happened to Over Thirty Mommy and see if I could find my mojo to get it back up and running. The more I thought about it the more I realized I lost the main reason I started Over Thirty Mommy. It had become more of a chore or another job rather than fun.
I am more determined now than ever to get the blog active again and have come to the realization that I need to keep a balance between writing about my daughter and reviewing products/events. My daughter has expressed an interest in helping me do the reviews. She is very opinionated and will give it to me straight up. I think this will be a fun way for us to do this together.
So looking back I see that I lost sight of the focus of Over Thirty Mommy. I used college and our new business as excuses to back away. Now I am excited to get back into blogging and sharing it with my daughter as something we can do together.
We are getting organized to start back on a regular posting schedule. We are developing goals of where we want the blog to go. One of our dream goals is to be a Disney Mom. While this is a dream goal, we have other more attainable goals and a setting the path to attain them.