Thelma and Louise
Calvin and Hobbes
Coffee and Donuts
Partners… they work together. They make each other better. They actually make each other who they are, in some intangible way. (This list of perfect partners could go on, but I got distracted after the coffee and donuts part.)
What do movie/cartoon characters and junk food have to do with blogging, you ask? Usually not much, but I had a realization the other day. It was a big one, and I’m still trying to figure out what it means exactly. Are you ready for this? Here it is…
I can’t do it all.
Yep, I said it. In a world of “Lean In”, “Boss Babe”, and “You can have it all” I realized I can’t. At least not at the same time as my sanity.
On the heels of a particularly hectic week last week, I lay in bed wondering why I couldn’t sleep. In my mind I started running through all the things I needed to do the next day. And you know what? I noticed a pattern. Every task belonged to a different part of my life. I was literally running in at least 7 different directions. Here are the main things I spend my time doing in any given week:
- Run a blog
- Raise two kids and a husband
- Volunteer at both kids’ school
- Two church ministries
- Remodel our house
- Remodel a flip house
- Write a book, maybe two
Something’s got to go. But it’s not going to be my blog, because I love that. And it’s not going to be the husband and kids, although some days I find myself wavering on that point. And I’m not going to leave my house in its current state. So basically, none of it can go. The truth is, I have good reasons for wanting to be involved in each of my activities and passions. The trick is finding ways to be involved at the level that is healthy for me, and for my family.
And here’s another thing I realized… I’m not good at asking for help. I’m a DIY kind of girl, and it’s hard to give up control. Can I get an amen from any mom who’s ever given chores to their kid? It feels good to delegate, but no one ever does it quite like you would. So there you are, doing it all.
Well, no longer. Starting today, I’m asking for help.
I’ve decided I need a partner for my blog. I love chatting with you every week, sharing inspiration, tricks, stories, and projects. But I don’t love some of the background parts of running a blog. (If you’re not a blogger, I won’t go into those here, for fear of boring you to tears. If you are a blogger, can I get another amen?) Here are the parts I would give up if I could:
Pretty dry stuff. But I believe there is someone out there in blogland who loves that part of it as much as I love starting a new DIY project. If that’s you, help me, please! I’ve got a few ideas of how I could incorporate another person into the world of The Palette Muse and I’d love to chat with you about it. I’ll include an easy comment form at the end of this post to get in touch with me, or you can simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m really not looking for guest contributors, nor a virtual assistant. What I’m hoping for is someone who can actually share some of the burden, as well as some of the good stuff. A true partner, if you will.
So what do you say, will you be the Ben to my Jerry?
(Yep, definitely time for a snack.)
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