One Year

by Samantha on February 10, 2012

It was one year today that I hit “publish” on this blog.

I had no idea what I was doing.

All I knew was that I needed an outlet for all of the thoughts and challenges that I had trying to parent and trying to work outside the home, especially since I now had twin toddler boys in the mix. I didn’t know what I was doing, really. I did know that there must be other kindred spirits out there in the ether, who would understand the frazzled feeling that had become the norm for me.

I was struggling with the proverbial “work-life balance” that really didn’t feel balanced at all. Just like so many other moms. I hoped that that the blog might be a common connection for us. That’s why I asked the question on that first post as to whether “Having it All” was still possible.

Since that first day, so many things have happened as a result of this blog.

I’ve met some amazing people – some in real life, some virtually.

I realize that I am not alone in my state of continual fatigue, confusion and general discombobulation (is that a word?) in trying to cope with many kids and, well, life in general. 

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There is strength in numbers. Knowing that there are so many other parents out there who are doing the best that they can, not with perfection, is comforting. Knowing that it’s okay for other moms in who are going through some of the same challenges that I am makes it easier to accept that things don’t have to be perfect in my world either.

Some of the topics that I’ve covered on this blog in the past year are ones that resonate with so many of you: sleep deprivationmeltdownskids and technologylaundrywork-life balanceparenting guiltfrustration and more. As difficult as it may seem sometimes, it is so much easier to deal with knowing that I’m not alone in the craziness. As I said before, there is strength in numbers. Or perhaps the more fitting sentiment is that misery loves company. Who knows which adage fits perfectly here? Maybe both…and that’s okay.

Having this outlet for connecting with parents who are going through similar circumstances makes it so much easier to manage.

Thank-you for reading my blog and sticking with me through the insanity that is my life. 

Samantha

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Sacha Chua February 13, 2012 at 2:53 am

Happy anniversary! I started blogging a little less than ten years ago, and I can tell you that it gets even better from here (as hard as that is to imagine!). You'll find yourself coming across your old blog posts and smiling at the memories, chatting with blog "regulars", reading other people's posts and joining the worldwide conversation… It's a lot of fun, and I hope you'll keep writing!

(… and then you can show your kids the posts when they grow up!)

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Samantha February 13, 2012 at 4:21 am

Thanks, Sacha!
I agree – there's nothing like blogging. Having a forum for your thoughts and musings, and connecting with others along the way – it's been a great experience and one I plan on continuing. I would never have imagined everything that I've gained from starting this blog one year ago, if anyone had asked me then. It's been an eye-opener in so many ways and an absolute pleasure writing. I plan on continuing on and am looking forward to connecting with more like-minded people along the way. Thanks for commenting!

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