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This week I have started a new routine. I get up at 4:00 AM to drag myself out of bed and get upstairs to work on the blog for a few hours before heading off to work. It’s so quiet up in our loft at that time. And oddly enough, I feel so productive and not nearly as tired as I would have thought. 

It’s funny, but many of my family members are extreme early risers, and I always wondered if that would happen to me. Granted, right now I’m only naturally waking up at that time about 60% of the time, but I do have to wonder at what point it will become a solid habit for my body. 

I kinda like it. 

Blogging is not something that is just going to fall into my lap, and I realize it. I’m in that phase that many beginning bloggers go through where they are trying to establish themselves, still learning the actual ins and outs of the blogging world, but working at their day job full time. In addition, there are the kids, the husband, the homestead, and various other things I enjoy doing too – as well as the household requirements. It’s enough to make anyone want to throw in the towel. And for a while there – a few weeks – I was consciously a little bit absent from the production of content for Wanderstead Wife. But I was still working in the back-end, promoting the website, watching videos on how to do certain things, and reading articles. I have been going through our thousands upon thousands of pictures from our Alaska trip this past summer. It’s hard to look at them because on the one hand, they feel like they were just yesterday, and on the other, I’m sad to realize a trip like that won’t ever be the same and I miss that amazing we freedom we had for those 48 days of travel. 

However, that freedom I am missing? Well there is really only one way to get that back. There are countless families, couples and single people out there traveling, working from home, and contributing to their blog from wherever they are, and they are successful. Let’s just call that a #lifegoal for right now. And because of that goal, we decided it was time to get serious. Treat it like a job. Because it’s a lot of hard work and dedication. If that means getting up at 4 AM to get a few solid hours of writing and maintenance done on the blog before heading off to my second job? Well so be it. 

So this new routine of mine? So far I’m enjoying it. I am more tired at night, but if I’m being perfectly honest with myself, I’m tired at night no matter what time I get up. I’m just not really a night owl. 

Over the next few weeks – probably quite early in the morning – you might notice some changes slowly creeping into Wanderstead Wife. Chad has decided he wants to take a more active role in the blog (yay!!) and we are working together to streamline a few things. We have some pretty exciting things coming down the pike that I can’t wait to share with you, but for now you’ll have to just be content with your teaser: Exciting things to come very soon!

Oh, and my last favorite thing about this new routine? Chad gets up with me. And he makes us a mug of tea and together we sit and discuss the blog, the content, or even just work side by side. It’s quality quiet time with my husband, and I sure like it. 

I think I can get used to this. 


Author: Erin

I'm doing what I can to provide the best life I can for my family. I love cooking & baking, homestead arts, DIY, and gardening {as well as coming up with projects for Mr. Wanderstead Husband!!}...but I love to explore the world around us too! We will figure out how to do it, and eat well while trying.

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9 thoughts on “New routines, goals, & “a plan”

  1. Yes, I know that feeling up getting up early and getting stuff done while the rest of the worl sleeps! I think you inherited that gene!

    Posted on September 7, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  2. I admire your determination, Erin. You are creative and you have such a positive vision. I can’t wait to see as your blog evolves. You are really inspiring me.
    As for getting up early, you know I have been an early riser all my life. I very much enjoy those pre-dawn and dawn hours. Even now I routinely get up at 4:00. I do some of my best writing and thinking at those times. I also like getting out for what used to be a run and is now a walk (and often a bike ride) very early. I like being in the neighborhood before anyone else is awake. Nice moments for solitary contemplation.
    The trade off is that I am routinely in bed by 9:00/9:30 but I don’t mind that as much. I don’t miss watching a lot of TV and my creative energy dissipate as the day goes by so its easy to go to sleep and wake up to new ideas and fresh curiosity.

    Posted on September 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  3. Sounds like heaven to me. I enjoy those productive early mornings. And doing it together is even better.

    Posted on September 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm
  4. I’m so inspired by your post. I get up at 6 a.m. and thought that was early. 4 a.m. now that is commendable! You will definitely succeed. I like your conversational style, very easy to relate to.

    Posted on September 7, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    1. Thank you! I appreciate the feedback :). 6 AM is early too!!

      Posted on September 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm
  5. Erin, my husband and I also get up very early, and he makes our first tea of the day. It is my favorite cup of the day! 🙂

    Posted on September 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm
    1. It’s such a wonderful way to begin the day!

      Posted on September 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm
  6. Could totally relate to your post

    Posted on September 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm
  7. Um, I totally love that brown mug.

    Posted on September 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm