There should be more hours in the day.

I’m having one of those days where I feel like I’ve abandoned the blog. I know it’s only been a week, but I’m definitely struggling with the aspect of ‘not enough hours in the day’.

I already have been getting up earlier than normal to work on the photography business (editing and the etsy shop), and then I’m at work from about 8:30-5 (and usually get a run in on my lunch hour. Also, I love my job.), and then it’s time to head home, make dinner and spend time with the other half. At this point, we’re usually just trying to catch up on our favorite shows, or I’m reading a book. Sometimes, depending on how many shoots I’ve had, it’s back to do some more editing. We’re usually in bed around 8 PM since we’re both up early.

So needless to say, I’m having a hard time attempting to fit the blogging in too.

I know. The answer is to start planning posts, and scheduling them ahead.

Yes – easier said than done. Especially when you don’t really have the time to brainstorm, write, edit, schedule, etc. It’s a challenge. And I’m totally envious of all of those bloggers out there who can do it.

My goal for this blog wasn’t to post each day about what I did that day, what I wore, what I ate, etc. It was created to be a creative outlet for me. However, lately, I’m feeling like I’m even lacking there. And I’m even putting pressure on myself to be that blogger who posts daily.

But I’m taking a step back. I don’t HAVE to write daily. I don’t HAVE to write if I don’t want too, or if inspiration hasn’t hit. I wish I could be like my favorite blogs I read every day. I really do. Their blogs look amazing, they appear effortless, and are so much fun to read. I look forward to them every day (you can check a few of my favorites out in my Blog Roll!). But right now, I just don’t have the time to devote here every day. My life is busy. And I want this blog to be enjoyable, for all parties. It’s not fun for any of you reading this for me to just be ranting about my day (kind of like I’m doing here… I suppose….sorry!). I mean, unless something interesting happened of course!

So, if I’m coming to realize that it’s okay if I disappear. I never set a standard that I’d post every day. I simply wanted this as an outlet to write, whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Hence why it’s a glimpse into my life. So back to the roots I go. A little of this, a little of that, with some healthy living stuff, and some photography, and just all around me.

But only when I feel like it of course. (Hopefully that will be a little bit more often!)

And thanks to all who subscribes, follows, stops by, and so on. I really do appreciate each and every one of you. I’m glad to know my rantings are enjoyed…. at least some of the time 😉

 

Planning a Wedding on Pinterest

When I got engaged in November 2012, the first thing I did (okay maybe like… the third thing) was start a ‘Wedding Inspiration’ board on Pinterest. Let me be clear, prior to getting engaged, I had no real desire to use Pinterest. Seriously. None. I had friends who were literally losing hours of their day pinning and I just didn’t get it. I didn’t have the time to sit there and pin recipes, workouts and wardrobe ideas. I just didn’t. I worked full-time, I taught riding lessons on the weekends and my photography business was growing. I didn’t have any extra time. And when I did, I was reading.

But suddenly, with a new sparkly on my finger, it was like an extra 2 hours was added to each and every day, strictly for Pinterest*. I couldn’t get enough. I suddenly discovered how easy it was to, literally, plan my entire wedding on this site. I could determine my color scheme, my flowers, my bridesmaid dress, my wedding dress, my ceremony location and reception venue, even my food choices! I even could find centerpieces, decoration ideas, wedding favors, groom’s attire, wedding hairstyles and makeup and so on. I could literally have my entire wedding planned without ever visiting another site. Below are few photos from my various Pinterest boards.

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The only thing that would have made it easier, would have been to book right there from the site.

I couldn’t WAIT to show my fiancé everything for our wedding. Literally. So excited.

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The only minor detail – we hadn’t even talked about where we wanted to get married or any of the details yet. In fact, the one thing we had talked about right after we got engaged, was to not even really PLAN for at quite a while, just to enjoy the engagement. He, of course, just laughed and told me yay or nay on some of my ideas – god love him.

So it made me think – ‘I wonder how many other brides have used Pinterest to literally plan every last detail of their wedding’.

Turns out… there are a lot.

Here are just a few articles I found. I especially love the one about the groom who planned a surprise wedding for the bride based off her Pinterest account.  See – even men are getting in on the Pinterest Wedding action!?

 Pinterest-Addicted Brides

Pinterest changes the way brides plan their wedding

Bride surprised with perfect Pinterest wedding she’d been planning all along

Now, after being engaged for over a year, I’ve come to look at Pinterest as my inspirational venue. I have several boards for all things wedding, including a Beach Inspiration, a Vegas-themed Inspiration, Wedding Style, and Wedding Photos. But I’m looking at it as strictly that, inspiration.

A few of my Pinterest boards.

A few of my Pinterest boards.

Pinterest is certainly a great tool to organize your thoughts and see what interests you. What I have found super helpful, are all the infographics and various tips/tricks that are posted. Definitely will be a lifesaver when we actually start planning!

For me, Pinterest is about inspiration and ideas. For others, it’s a ‘wedding planner’. Either way works, as long as you’re partner is on board and not surprised when you say, ‘I think I have the wedding all planned out on Pinterest!”Make sure they are in the loop. Just a thought 🙂

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*For the record, the 2 hours a day may be an exaggeration. It was sometimes like 30 minutes… and sometimes like 2 hours. But it definitely was not all wedding stuff.