Monday, April 28, 2014

All You Need is Love....or Structure

I have contemplated numerous times how to fit all the aspects of my busy life into one blog and how to do so without being a complete and utter mess, as it is now. Like I stated in my last post, I needed to come up with a schedule. That way you readers/followers can anticipate what will come next and may attract more readers. First thing I did was make a list of what my life/my being consists of. Here is said list:
  1. I am a mother
  2. I am a wife
  3. I am a woman
  4. I am a Catholic
  5. I am a student
  6. I am a small business owner
  7. I am a crafter
  8. I run a household
  9. I blog
  10. I am trying to lose weight
  11. I am homeschooling my toddlers through preschool
  12. I am about to start potty training two very stubborn toddlers
  13. I am a plethora of useless information
  14. I enjoy politics/religion/history/law
  15. I am a procrastinator
With this list, I had to come up with a way to juggle all this in 7 days, keep it interesting and possible to follow myself, and I tried to come up with a schedule that would be a fun play one words (or actually letters). I decided to group some of these together. Here are the groupings:
  • 1, 11, and 12
  • 2, 8, and 9
  • 3 and 10
  • 4, 5, 13, and 14
  • 6
  • 7
I then used these groupings to come up with an obtainable schedule. Ready for the final product/schedule? Here is my plan starting May 1st:
  • Mommy Mondays- I will use this day to talk about my weight loss adventures/attempts, fashion (even though I am somewhat lacking a great fashion sense), and my development in my womanly roles.
  • Toddler Tuesdays- I will use this day to update everyone on my progress through homeschooling, potty training, and anything else that my toddlers (or babies) are up to.
  • WIP's Wednesdays- I will use this day to show off my DIY, knitting, and other creative projects.
  • Teach Me Thursday- I will use this day to teach my readers about things I am learning in school, on my job, through reading, or through my Bible study.
  • Family Fridays- I will use this day to share our adventures as a family, what we are planning, and how we are growing as a family. 
  • Sell Me/Sold Me Saturdays- I will use this day to show off products that have been made for customers and things that are new to my shop. 
  • Spousal Sundays- I will use this day to talk about what I am up to as a wife and homemaker, like meal plans, budgeting, and possibly things about the blog itself. I will also talk about my journey to become a Proverbs 31 wife.
Now I need to get on a new name. This blog was started with the thought that I would only want to discuss my business. It has evolved big time since that idea was arrived upon. I now need a name that fits my new blogging style/idea. I am open to suggestions :) 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Blog Schedule

I am someone who needs lists, and schedules, and order. While I tend to do everything at the last minute, I still need a ton of order to my chaos.For example, I am that person who has like 4 calendars going. I use my Google calendar, a calendar on the wall (like you can get for free at almost any expo or major event with a ton of vendors), and a calendar/planner book that is in my purse. Why do I need these things? I feel like with one hundred things going on in my life (running a business, school, an internship, coordinating appointments for a family of 5, in charge of the bills, planning parties, etc.) I need reminders in one hundred different places. So why in the world has my blog NEVER had a schedule or plan?!

I was driving to my internship today thinking of the chaos that is my blog. There isn't structure. There isn't a well thought out plan. At times, I enjoy this because I can just sit down and write what I want. At other times, I feel like I don't have a plan and things get forgotten (like did you even know I made Ryenn a dress for Christmas?!). I was trying to think of what my blog could be, where it is now, and how I can still write about ALL the things I like to write about while having order.

Then it hit me. I need to have a day devoted to the different topics I want to talk about. For example, we are starting homeschool preschool soon and I want to document some of the things that work well, things that were less than successful and the progress my littles are making. I also want to talk about my health/fitness progress and adventures, my business products, what I am making for my house/family, what fun things we have done as a family, and even some interesting things I learn (and can teach to others) throughout my internship/school/job/etc. With all that, how is my little blog NOT supposed to seem like chaos?!

The solution? Have a schedule! I have decided to come up with a plan for each day and try my hardest to post everyday (like Teach Me Tuesdays or WIPs Wednesdays)! I am vowing to come to this blog space with more structure and a better plan. I want this to be a vast array of information, but not be a mess. I am going to think about this schedule and what I need it to be/what is attainable, then I will post the plan. Is a name change in the future for Adaly Myles Place?!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

She's ALIVE!!!

I sort of fell off the face of the Earth. Ok, not so much, but if you ONLY follow my blog, you may have questioned if I were still breathing or not. Let me first say that yes I am breathing, but barely. A third child is not something that is a piece of cake (what I originally thought). I thought that because I survived two kids pretty easily, a third would be nothing. This might be the case for most mothers. However, with two toddlers added to the mix, a third child is NOT the easiest thing in the world. Even if you do have the world's most perfect baby, like Wyatt. As of my last post, he has grown so much and is doing so much more (like crawling, but I will update you on him in a later post).

And I mentioned I was interning right? All I can say about my internship is that it has been amazing! Seriously! I never thought in a million years that I would enjoy working for free (ok, working for free doing something other than caring for my children, husband, and home). But I do. I love it. I have been able to work hands on in the court room, with victims, and through a lot of the processes in our legal system on the prosecutor's side. I have learned so much and it makes starting law school this fall that much more exciting.

I have also been super swamped with orders. I have been able to make some adorable things that I had not made yet. And I found it to be so fun. Again, I will touch on these projects in later posts. The past few months (3 to be exact, sorry) have been so busy, so fun, and a lot to catch you up on. I promise not to leave you hanging for another 3 months, unless I really do bite the dust ;)