How I’m (Actually) Going to Balance Blogging & High School

How I’m (Actually) Going to Balance Blogging & High School

This is me, happier than I’ve been in a long time. Why? Because I’m finally working on finding balance.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may have noticed a change in the number of posts coming from me over the summer break and into back to school season in August. I’d like to explain, but this time without excuses.

I’d also like to tell you how I’m going to change because although balancing blogging and high school isn’t the easiest, I’ve realized it’s something I need to figure out for my own personal happiness.

So this post is, in a way, a continuation of How I (Attempt to) Balance Blogging & High School.

First things first: Why did I stop blogging for so long (or blog so irregularly)?

I got the idea of quality over quantity in my head, but it wasn’t until I realized how unhappy I was not writing when I understood I was looking at that concept all wrong.

I thought it was more important that I disappear for a while but come back with one fantastic post than to regularly push out smaller posts that I don’t have the time and flexibility to work on as much.

What I didn’t realize, is that when I would put out a post after not doing so for such a long time, I wasn’t actually proud of it and I wasn’t happy.

I guess you could say I’ve had an epiphany. It’s more important to me that I continue to push myself to be creative and get new creative content out there than to focus all on my energy on school work (or procrastinating my school work).

I would rather put out a bunch of smaller posts that I’m proud of than to put out one big messy one that I’m not.

I would rather make time for a little bit of creativity and expression each week than to sit around and wonder when I’ll have the time to.

In other words, word count is not a good way to measure quality over quantity.

After all, there’s nothing wrong with a quick read!

This blog is something I really love, and I don’t plan on giving up on it. Not now, not ever.

I have so many people around me who love and support me, and they motivate me to keep going. Even though I’m not seeing as much growth as I hoped I would by now, that’s okay and I understand because I haven’t gotten to put in the time and effort so many other people do.

The dream works, but only if you do. I haven’t been, but I plan to. Sometimes life happens.

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For example, I started writing this fairly short, straight-forward post a little over a week ago with the intention of it going up last Saturday, but then I got sick, like super sick, for five days. I missed three days of school and I slept for almost two days straight.

Sometimes, things can’t be helped, but here I am, it’s a whole new week, and I’m still determined to share this post with you. Why? Because it’s important. It’s something that I’m sure all creative people go through at least a million times during their life. The struggle of balance.

I thought senior year of high school was going to be all fun and games, and come to find out, first semester is not. Definitely not.

Between college applications (Which I’ve actually done two, just not for schools that I’m actually genuinely interested in going to), senior classes, test scores, work, trying to maintain some kind of social life, and thinking about how this blog is being put on the backburner YET AGAIN, I. Was. Dying.

It’s only September, but already I feel like the worst is mostly over. Other than college applications, which in my true nature, I can’t help but to procrastinate them, I’m already feeling better about life.

I think joining the school newspaper this year may have been one of the best decisions I could have made, I have so many new ideas for this blog and how I can carry them out, things seem less overwhelming at work now, and I’m actually feeling really good about the future, other than, ya know, college because YIKES.

All these things are why I’ve set my new goal for this blog to be one post a week. Some weeks they’ll be big, thought-out, creative posts, sometimes they’ll just be smaller posts, like the occasional rant, a post about Emily or my family, a monthly playlist or favorites, or even another Life Lately, where I sit down and pour my heart out to you about what’s going on in my life at the moment because after all, this is a lifestyle blog.

However, the one thing I never want to lose sight of is the fact that I firmly believe I am a positivity-based lifestyle blog. I believe a positive attitude has the power to change absolutely everything. By choosing kindness, and understanding, you can forever change this world. By spreading love, you give this world hope. Together, we can easily do this.

I can’t wait for what’s next.

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How I (Attempt to) Balance Blogging & High School

How I (Attempt to) Balance Blogging & High School

Welcome to My Office!

This comfy spot right here on my bed is where most of my blog things happen. We save homework for the kitchen table or my desk when it isn’t covered in piles of college advertisements and receipts.

Here is where I write blog posts, take my flatlays, other pictures like this one, plan out what is next to come in my planner, and jot down ideas or poems in my notebook. So technically, this is where it all happens.

I guess this spot being my office kind of helps me balance. Most of the time I’m up ridiculously late working on procrastinated homework, but some nights I find that inspiration strikes and so I get out my laptop and begin working on a new post for whatever concept has suddenly popped in my head before I go to sleep.

I have so many things I want to write about. There is an endless number of things I want to share and explain, but all these ideas usually come to me in one sitting, with not nearly enough time to complete them all. So this is how I have so many drafts in the works.

Currently, I have 45 drafts. 45 posts, or starts of posts, some of which I eventually want to finish and publish. Some of them I might never finish because I just don’t feel like they really work for what I want this blog to be anymore, but most of them I probably will.

Who knows, I might even be able to save the drafts I’m not sure I want to publish and turn them into something new, something that fits who I am now. Only time will tell.

All I can say is: It’s not easy. The desire to be creative and to do the things I can to push myself toward whatever future it is that I want while also being given busy work at school about things I really don’t care about all that much

is hard.

I know the things I learn about in school are important, at least for me to further my education in college. Because y’all know that blogging doesn’t require precalc or chemistry otherwise ya girl wouldn’t be here.

I really enjoy this. I love having this platform to talk about things I’m passionate about and sometimes I find new things I’m passionate about in history, psychology or english class, which then reminds me why I kind of do enjoy school. Because then I can talk about those new things that interest me here: This place that is like a diary that everyone can read and has the possibility to learn from.

On this blog, I want to continue my advocacy for people with disabilities and to share more about Emily, push myself to create more fashion-related content, dabble in digital art and other art forms, and continue to candidly share more about my personal life, interests, and experiences.

I will continue to do this, but it is extremely hard sometimes. I don’t always feel like I have the time, and when I do, I lack the motivation it takes to get stuff done because I am exhausted.

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I slept in for the first time in months this week. The first day I slept until 11:30, the second until about noon. I typically hate sleeping in anymore because I always feel groggy and like I can never really wake up. So then I waste the rest of my day lazing about doing nothing, maybe even sleeping more.

It was Winter Break back in December, that was the last time I really slept in. I have been working every weekend since then, and obviously, school just has to start at 7:35 every morning so I don’t have the opportunity to sleep in then either. It just hasn’t happened for me.

Which is okay, I don’t mind, but I didn’t realize how tired I was. Those two days I slept in this week didn’t affect me like they normally do. I felt refreshed and was more awake. I know you can’t ever catch up on sleep, but those two days of sleeping in told me exactly how sleep deprived I was because I could tell my body really needed it.

So I guess you could also say I’m juggling sleep too.

But so goes the creative lifestyle, right? Living the creative dream, choosing writing over sleep, photography over time management, and choosing to embrace new literature whenever possible instead of getting caught up on that psychology project that is due next week, all while trying to make it out of high school alive and with a diploma in hand.

It is without a doubt a struggle, but a struggle I don’t mind continuing. Things will eventually get easier as I become more experienced, and I will hopefully have less schoolwork (if I’m very lucky).

So in conclusion, it is possible to balance high school and blogging, but there are probably a lot of people out there doing it a whole lot better than I am, but I promise I’m going to make it, somehow.

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