Happy Birthday to Us & Hello Routines!
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Happy Birthday to us! It has officially been one year since our very first post on This Mama Needs Grace. On October 19th, 2018, I wrote our very first blog post: “This Mama Needs…”. Go back and check it out. Or not, because let’s be honest, it is not the best, but the messaging is solid. And it still is very much the driving force behind this blog:
“My prayer is through this blog of grappling through my own ever-present need for Jesus’ abundant grace, that you too can remember that even when it feels like you have nothing together, that God loves you with a crazy love and He showers you with grace in all of your imperfections.”
A year later, and this is still my prayer.
TMNG (this mama needs grace) initially was born because I was drowning. I was drowning in my tears, drowning in unreasonable pressures I had set around motherhood, drowning in feeling like I was simply not enough. The transition from working to fully staying at home was a much more difficult than I would have imagined. Since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a mom. I have dreamed about snack making, playdates, arts and crafts. But then reality hit, and the vision I had of being a stay at home mom was not quite as peachy.
I quickly realized I needed an outlet. I needed a place to spill my guts. A place to be fully honest about some of my raw and difficult days as a new mama. I needed a place to write and remember who I am. I am not just a mom, a wife, a runner. No, I am much more than that…I am His beloved daughter. I needed to remember this.
Year 1 Reflection
To be honest, I did not have a ton of goals when TMNG began. I really just needed a creative project that was for myself. A year ago, I was not in the healthiest place because I was fully consumed in being a “perfect” mom. I barely took time to go on a run or to yoga and I had nothing that made me want to get up early in the morning. My days were consumed with nursing, cleaning, and making dinner. Those things just were not filling me up. I desperately needed a reason to get out of the house to pursue something I was passionate about. I needed a fill-up and in many ways TMNG was that place for me.
So while this began as very much a personal thing, below is a quick look at what has happened in a year.
Year 1 Stats
- 70 posts published
- 98,621 words written
- 264 post likes
- 22 comments
- 124 subscribers
I am not a numbers girl. I am all about the words, but I also think it is important to occasionally check in with the number side of things. Those stats in some ways impress me. I am shocked I have written those many words in a year of very much working on this thing part-time. I am also shocked I have actually stayed with it and have been for the most part pretty consistent. This I am proud of!
In terms of comments and followers, well, we are small, but after a year of writing, creating, posting, and dreaming; I firmly believe this is just the beginning. TMNG might be small right now, but I have this beautiful vision of what it can become so I will not stop. I feel God in this, so I will keep writing. When He tells me to stop, I will, but now is not the time.
A Year of Growth
Within this year, I have written on all types of things. From losing my grandmother to returning to running to mom routines to traveling to lessons in motherhood. TMNG has been a place for me to ramble about the current state of my heart. It really has come to hold a lot of the hard things that have happened this year (saying good-bye to my grandma and dealing with anxiety as a new mother) to a lot of the really exciting moments (running a sub-3 marathon, celebrating 4 years of marriage, celebrating Hudson’s first birthday). TMNG is more than just another mom blog. It is the home place of all my crazy ideas and emotions wandering in my head and heart. It is my open-diary for myself; my open-letter to you.
This past year, TMNG has been a bit all over the place, trying to really figure out who we are. We took on different subjects, styles, and formats. From super short posts to extremely long 2,500 word posts; from no pictures to pictures embedded everywhere. We have had a lot of different looks and held all types of content: lists, tips, reflections, letters. Through this year, we have grown a lot and it feels like we are finally beginning to understand our voice and purpose.
After a year of figuring out exactly who we are, we think we know. Kind of. TMNG is changing and evolving. TMNG is still going to be the home base for my emotions and ideas to wander freely, we are just taming it up a bit.
For year 2, TMNG will become your destination spot for all things…ROUTINES. Yes. Routines, schedules, healthy habits. And not just any routines. Simple ones. Not overwhelming or more complicated than your life before routines. Simple and accessible ones you can start adding to your life TODAY. The focus will be on routines revolved around the morning, quick cleaning, fitness, devotional time, meal prep, and toddlers (because that is currently where we are at over here at the Capel home).
These routines are specifically curated for not just anyone, but for the busy mama on-the-go.
Busy mama, we see you, and this one’s for you.
Starting next week, join us every Thursday for new content that will be geared towards providing you with specific ideas and tips on how to make different aspects of your life into a routine. We will be talking about ALL sorts of things (working out, marriage, cleaning, dinner time), but it will all be through the lens of how to make that thing into a routine. A pattern. A thing you don’t even think about, you just do it.
We Love Routines, You Too?
If you can’t tell, we are big fans of routines, and believe routines are the key to happier, healthier, and more productive mamas. Mom life, especially new mom life is EXHAUSTING. Without systems in place, it is easy to feel like you are drowning in all the responsibilities on your plate. The thing we love about routines is that it not only is something that allows for you to be more productive, it ultimately frees up chunks of time for you to do the things that fill you up. It allows for you to start taking the time to go to that Tuesday workout class every week, or consistently work on that side hustle you have been dreaming up for years. It allows you to finally step into your calling and ultimately, to find CONFIDENCE in your new life as a mama.
Not to mention, routines benefit not just us as mamas, it benefits the entire family, specifically the little humans we are raising. Check out this really interesting article that presents research that draws a link between family routines with children that are more socially and emotionally healthy. Once you start diving into the research and numbers, routines become more than a nice option for those people that are well-organized and enjoy planning. No, routines, are necessary for all of us! And as the article points out so well, routines do not mean your days are always super strict and rigid. There is flexibility, which we talk about in future posts.
So are you in, mama? Click the button below to instantly join our community, get email reminders when a new post drops, and as a special gift to say thanks, we will send you one of our fav weekly checklists to make sure you are getting all the important things DONE! See you next week!