We all have a life outside of our blogs.

Work, family and friends may take up a lot of our time, as well our other interests and/or hobbies.

So, what do bloggers do when they’re not on their blogs?

Jannie Funster sings and plays the ukulele when she’s not blogging. When Vered is not on MomGrind, she’s writing parenting articles on Up To Us, and Tom Volkar is a life coach when he’s not blogging.

Today’s Lesson

I don’t often talk about what I do when I’m not on this blog. Today I’ll share.

My first commitment of time goes to my family and friends. When they’re around, I step away from my blog and make memories.

My husband and I have a business which demands a lot of our time and although I work from home, I treat it like a real office. If I’m not answering the phone, typing contracts, bids, estimates, company correspondence and/or running errands, I’m handling the accounting end of the business. When time permits, I can also be found dabbling in my hobbies – reading, sewing, photography, decorating, gardening, cooking and/or baking.

My blogs, which started out to be an outlet and possible money making endeavor are now a passion. Although most of my writing time is spent on this blog, I update my Observation Mountain blog on occasion, visit other blogs and can also be found on Twitter.

Concern about the environment, and the six years of experience gained from having a (wood) recycling business, prompted me to share more of what I’ve learned and create another blog named, “From Waste To Resource” –  “Eco Friendly Ideas to Create A Greener Environment”. Although it’s still in its infancy, thus far I’m having fun with it.

So there you have it.

Now it’s your turn.

Today’s Assignment

If you’re not on your blog, where can you be found?

Do you have an ebook, another blog and/or business endeavor you’d like to share?

If so, please leave the link(s) in the comment section.

I’d love to hear where life takes you when you’re not blogging, and I’m sure others would too.


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  1. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Congratulations on your new blog. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    For me – there never seems to be enough time. In the past, I’ve had full time businesses, in addition to running a few niche websites and blogging. I really don’t know how I kept up.

    Since closing my third business last year, I’ve kept the niche websites and continued to blog. But I’ve been using the spare time to write a novel and create a product to sell on my blog and I’m hoping it will be ready within the next month. That is the product, not the novel (that is going to take me a whole lot longer).

    The product has taken me a long time to create because I want to make sure it will be useful to my readers.

    Also, I spend time with family and friends. I like to walk and swim (but not in winter), read and watch films. I also like studying and learning whatever sounds interesting at the time. At the moment, it’s meditation and Spanish.

    Cath Lawson´s last blog post..Are We Stupid? Silva Life System Review Part 1

  2. Cool idea for a new blog. We can always use more environmental friendly ideas.

    When I’m not blogging I’m hanging out with my wife, working at my day job, and building products for my blog. I’ve written an ebook called “Work Happy the Google Way” to get more readers to my blog. I guess that’s working on my blog too, just in a different way.

    I’ve been working so hard on my blog that I forget to step back and enjoy life. I’ve been taking more time over the past couple months to go on hikes with my wife, bike rides by myself or taking time to practice Yoga. The more I create a balance in my life the better I get at blogging.

    Karl Staib – Your Work Happiness Matters´s last blog post..Your Company Should Do Annual Career Counseling

  3. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    Outside of Exit78, I have a number of other interests and activities, including travel, photography, and renovating our home.

    Most days, I go to the gym trying to get fit and lower my weight.

    I have 3 other blogs that I am maintaining or starting.

    Two of them are related to our travel and RV interests, Haw Creek (RVs and camping) and Haw Creek Out ‘n About (travel). As with Exit78, I also, on occasion, share some of my photographs on both.

    My newest blog is On Climate. I have had a lot of questions and reservations about human caused global warming. I’ve wanted to blog on it for a while, but did not want to hijack Exit78, so a few weeks back decided to start a new blog related to climate change. Through my studies, I’ve come to the conclusion that human caused global warming is real, but that there is a lot of hype and uncertainty on its severity and that there are other climate change factors that are not often talked about in the media. For instance, it’s not often mentioned in the media that global temperatures for the last decade have been stable and even dropping slightly.

    Congrats, Barbara, on another interesting topic where your readers can share! 😉

    Mike Goad´s last blog post..Eyes of the Great Depression 014

  4. Your new blog sounds like a real winner and I’ll bet you can get fired up about it. That’s key to a lot of things in life.

    When I’m not blogging or coaching you can often find me at the gym. I love lifting, swimming, the machines, the steam room, everything about the place. I retired from competitive rugby at age 45 and at 58 I still imagine a comeback. Golf just doesn’t cut it – I like to hit at full steam, so I’m still looking for a replacement sport with that kind of action.

    I also enjoy Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments both online and live. I love to sing with gusto.

    I’ve been working on my Career Decision-Making ebook for awhile now, no promises on when it will be finished.

    It’s also very enjoyable to facilitate authentic groups by phone in many different areas of my professional life.

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..How To Get the Best Career Advice

  5. LingNo Gravatar says:

    You have an extraordinarily busy life, Barbara. Me, I just hope to get some shut eye and take a short walk when I’m not on the internet. Maybe bloggers should be forced to take mandatory 2 month annual vacations…

  6. Hi Barbara,
    When I saw the title of your post in my reader, I thought you were on a search for lapsed bloggers like me! (though you see, I still lurk).

    Now that I have a “real” job, my work and my family are what I focus on, along with staying fit. I recently sat down to papercraft for the first time in months and that made me happy, and I knit and read too, when I can.

    And I haven’t given up on Vintage Mommy or One Bag Nation entirely!
    Hope all is well with you – I see you’ve become a dedicated twitterer – yup, I lurk there too . . .
    ann

    Vintage Mommy´s last blog post..Show & Tell: Nothing to Show OR Tell!

  7. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Wow Tom – you look nowhere near 58. I would have guessed you at least ten years less. I need to get myself back to using the gym and steam room again I think.

    Cath Lawson´s last blog post..Are We Stupid? Silva Life System Review Part 1

  8. Cath – In the interest of full authentic disclosure, the picture on my Avatar is four years old. But the workouts and stress free living definitely help. 🙂

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..How To Get the Best Career Advice

  9. naturalNo Gravatar says:

    hmm, if not blogging, i’m with my family or doing housework (not to worry, i enjoy it.) usually the computer is on or i’m making updates to my website – not my blog. i’d like to get back to regular reading (books) and writing (books).

    natural´s last blog post..Pet Peeve Friday

  10. Jay SchryerNo Gravatar says:

    The way I see it, blogging is my “out breath” for life. It’s where I take all the things that I have learned or encountered, and share them with the world. So, when I’m not blogging, I’m busy with my “in breath” for life. I’m out learning new things, having new experiences, and taking in as much of the goodness that the world has to offer. That way, I have something new and fresh to blog about when it’s time for my next “out breath”. As Mr. Miyagi said, “Breathe in, breathe out.”
    🙂

    Jay Schryer´s last blog post..And Justice For All

  11. For one, hiking in National Parks including Glacier National Park.

    John @ Curious Cat Investing Blog´s last blog post..The USA Economy Needs to Reduce Personal and Government Debt

  12. KristinNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Most of my blogging (or reading others blogs) is done during work hours, but occasionally I venture into the blogging world after hours. After seeing everyone jump into Twitter, I joined that too. But not sure where all of you find the hours to get it all done.

    Mostly my evenings and weekends are consumed by family. As mom to 3 1/2 year old and a 19 month old, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. This year, I decided it was time to take a little me time and have started working out again while the rest of the house sleeps.

    Good luck with the new blog.

    Kristin´s last blog post..HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY – OR IS IT?

  13. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    When I am not blogging or reading and writing comments, I am researching my husband’s blog and reading architectural and engineering blogs about green design and the changing world needs.
    http://www.bikingarchitect.com

    I also get lots of email questions from my own blog which takes up to 2 hours of my day because I work on line with soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    I also do workshops on change: such as weddings and funerals and parenting and community activism.

    I swim and walk at least 15 hours per week.

    I love to read and watch movies in my free time
    I do garden but I don’t consider that a hobby – it is work.

    Family is right at the top of the list for me too and I am working on adding some friends to life, that are not on line!

    I thought you were asking about all the bloggers coming and going these days….? I am still having reader/email troubles to contend with…which is making me upset.

    Patricia´s last blog post..“My Neighborhood Looks Like a Snow Globe!”

  14. TracyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara! What a nice topic, I enjoy seeing what other people do besides blogging.

    As you can imagine, most of my time is taken up by my children. The youngest is now 1.5 years old and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can read books again! I really enjoy taking walks with my kids. We have lots of good conversations that way.

    I also love spending time with my husband, but we are both tech junkies in our own way, so sometimes it’s just sitting next to each other while we each do our thing.

    The other thing I love to do is cook! Like I said, now that the baby is 1.5 I feel like I’m turning a corner and can now find the time to cook again! Which leads me to my other blog IHMMB Life & Style, which is where I put recipes and post about how to use various web features and recaps of tv shows. I don’t do that blog alone, I work on it with friends.

    It’s mostly geared towards the readers of my forums, the I Hate My Message Board forums. It’s a very long story how that name came to be! I don’t spend a ton of time working on the forums, but I do need to check in multiple times a day to make sure all is running smoothly.

    Tracy´s last blog post..Shangri-La Diet: Week 2

  15. Ulla HennigNo Gravatar says:

    When I am not blogging, I am doing my job at the Berlin University of the Arts, or taking pictures, or meeting some friends, or taking a walk, or doing some household chores, or reading a book. There is so less time for so many things to enjoy – sigh!

    Ulla Hennig´s last blog post..Marilyn Monroe

  16. Good beerNo Gravatar says:

    I am hanging out with family and friends. I have both all over the U.S., which makes it a bit hard to keep in touch so this is an activity in and of itself. Recently I have taken up the hobby of photography, it’s pretty fun but oh so time consuming.

    Good beer´s last blog post..Beer in America

  17. What a great idea for a post!

    When I’m not blogging during the work day, I’m doing copywriting/branding/marketing work for my clients (I’m currently trying to stay on top of six different projects). A few times a year I also teach copywriting seminars in Chicago for Mediabistro.

    Three days a week I pick my three girls up from school and spend the afternoon enjoying them and doing mom activities. We also love family time, so we’re sure to make the most of it when my husband is home in the evenings and on weekends–game nights, having people over for dinner, and just talking together are our favorite activities. We also like to find time for bike rides and walks to the library or park, cooking together, and doing projects around the yard. In general, we’re big supporters of community–both our neighborhood community and our church community.

    Kristin T. (@kt_writes)´s last blog post..What I know (and really like) about YOU

  18. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    When I am not blogging, I am researching green things along with the rving life. Currently, building a small house and helping the elderly in the area when I can.

    Welcome to the green side of the world!!!! Look forward to reading your new blog.

    Linda´s last blog post..EPA’s TV Recycling Challenge

  19. Baby SlingsNo Gravatar says:

    When I am not blogging I am still usually tied up working on the business. Thursdays & Fridays are set aside for family time. My daughter and I try to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Looking forward to reading your green blog……

  20. RibbonNo Gravatar says:

    Hello this is an interesting question and one that I have enjoyed taking the time to think about….
    here’s a list of some of things that I do…
    I nurture my family & friends
    I meditate
    I play (this incorporates a variety of activities)
    I study

    ….mostly I lead a very charmed life.

    Enjoy your new blog & thank you for all that you share.

    Best wishes Ribbon

  21. Eric HammNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Barbara, thanks for giving us a little more insight into your life and excellent post idea!

    When I’m not blogging I’m spending time with my wife, walking the dogs, enjoying good meals and watching our favorite TV shows online (House, Bones, Numbers, Dollhouse, … sorry, I’ll shut up). I also enjoy taking the dogs and my RC airplanes out to our local RC airfield and hang out with ‘the guys’ and fly and breathe in the fresh air.

    I’ve put out some ebooks and started some online businesses, but right now my main biz focus is Frugal Site Design.

    I build full blown websites as well as blogs using WordPress. I also offer other tech/consulting services.

    Thanks for the chance to share, Barbara! 🙂 Eric

    Eric Hamm´s last blog post..The Simple Guide To Single-Tasking Success

  22. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    It’s great to learn a bit more about you. I wish you well with all of it…

    Me? Well….when I’m not blogging – I have a day job in the IT field, working for a company I very much appreciate. After that – you’ll likely find me at a basketball court, or a soccer field, or a baseball diamond, or a football field. Our whole year revolves around transporting three kids to various sporting events they’re involved in. And the occasional band concert. And cub scouts. And birthday parties. (I guess you could say my hobby here is that of taxi driver). After all that – free time with friends and family is where it’s at. And lastly – I like to workout whenever I can squeeze that in too – and train a short triathlon or two each year.

    This has been a really fun post to read Barbara – so neat to see what others do outside of the online world.

    Lance´s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day

  23. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    I am only on the web for half the day. The other half I am with my my kids, sending them up and down for their extra classes, bringing them out or just being with them. In the evenings, I sometimes attend group gatherings for my pet interests so that I have a chance to be in touch with the offline world.

    Occasionally, I work on clients on their issues. I also allocate an average of 2 hours everyday for meditation and inner work. During this quiet time, I also do soul readings for clients who have placed an order.

    My days are very busy. I hardly have time for shopping and tea parties. For my creative outlet, I no longer paint. I channel my artistic pursuits to learning how to use my photoshop software. Any recreational activities are all done during the weekend!

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Making Sense Of Life Events

  24. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Catherine – Thank you for leaving a comment on my new blog. I knew you were working on a product, and now that I know it’s so close to being unveiled, that makes it even more exciting. And…a novel, too. You are a busy gal, aren’t you?

    Hi Karl – Thank you. Your ebook is fascinating. Although I haven’t read every post on it, what I’ve read is superb. I leave your blog thinking of how I can used what you’ve taught. And yes, it is very important to make time and enjoy life. The blog will wait.

    Hi Mike – Thank you. I’ve been on your “On Climate” blog and love what you’ve shared thus far. Like you, I find the idea of global warming fascinating and agree the media doesn’t always report ALL of the facts. Have fun with that endeavor. I’ll be back to visit you again soon.

    Hi Tom – Ah. We found out something new about you. Competitive rugby. If you can imagine a comeback, you’ll do it. Speaking of your singing with gusto. I heard you when Robin did the “recording” post. You certainly have a beautiful voice.

    Hi Ling – How wonderful that would be if we all took a 2 month mandatory vacation. I’ll give that idea two thumbs up.

    Hi Ann – It’s great to see you hear as I was beginning to wonder if you gave up blogging. I’m happy to hear it’s life and your other hobbies that are keeping you busy. THAT is what’s really important, isn’t it?

    Hi Natural – Housework isn’t as bad as some make it out to be, is it? I also enjoy it. I hope you find the time to write a book or two. Having read your blog for quite awhile now, I know it would be a success.

    Hi Jay – **smiles**. I like that, “breathe in, breathe out”. Life is that way, isn’t it? Learning new life lessons is a great way to find material for our blogs. It not only gives us a chance to share, but often makes our readers think, as well.

    Hi John – Oooooh! Glacier National Park is a beauty. Enjoy your hikes.

    Hi Kristin – Thank you. You’re right. Finding time for ourselves is VERY important. When our plate is full, we often put our needs on the back burner, but by carving time for us, we end up living a more balanced life. Happy workouts.

    Hi Patricia – WOW! You’re one busy lady. I commend you for working with soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. They’re often forgotten about so I’ll bet when they receive messages from home, it makes their mission (and being away from loved ones) a tiny bit easier. Kudos to you for all you do for others.

    Hi Tracy – Thank you. I knew you were busy with your children, but didn’t realize the youngest was only a year and a half. It’s great that you can cook again as it sounds like a passion of yours. I’ll have to check out your second blog, since I also love to cook.

    Hi Ulla – I love the photos of Berlin you share on your blog. That’s a great thing about meeting bloggers from all over the world, we get to “see” the different parts of the world, as well. Keep those pictures coming.

    Hi Good Beer – That’s true. When our family and friends are spread all over, communicating with all of them can be difficult. Have fun with your new photography hobby. Although it can be time consuming, the end result makes it all worthwhile.

    Hi Kristin T – Thank you. You’re busy, aren’t you? It sounds like you make time to squeeze that which is truly important into your days. I agree, community in our real lives is very important.

    Hi Linda – Your “green” research sure produces interesting findings. When I visit your blog, I’m always amazed at what’s out there. Thank you for the welcome into the green side of the world and for leaving a comment on my new blog.

    Hi Baby Slings – Thank you. I like how you have specific days set aside for family time. Too often life gets so busy family time gets put on the back burner. Your priorities are in the right place.

    Hi Ribbon – You’re welcome. Your great attitude shines through in your statement, “mostly I lead a very charmed life”. It’s all about attitude, isn’t it?

    Hi Eric – You’re welcome. I remember when you share a photo of your RC airplane on your blog. That looks like a fun time. Now your new business is something I didn’t know about. I’ll come by and see what you’re up to. I wish you the best.

    Hi Lance – Thank you. Family certainly keeps you on the go, doesn’t it? Your kids are very fortunate to have a dad that’s so involved with their activities. Training for triathlons can’t be easy. I wish you well.

    Hi Evelyn – Working on the web for only a half a day is a good idea. It sounds like it gives you a chance to spend time with/on yourself, plus with your family and clients. Quiet time can make a huge difference in our lives as it also helps us learn how to prioritize.

  25. When I’m not blogging, I’m usually found either work, hanging out with my son, or performing spoken word.

    I intend to have an short eBook – a novella out as soon as I kick myself in the ass enough to finish it.

    Matthew Dryden´s last blog post..Elizabeth and David

  26. Thank you for this post, Barbara, and thank you for the link love!

    It’s great to know more about you (wow, you’re busy!) – I knew you had a family business but I never realized you were so involved in it.

    It’s also great to learn more about your readers.

    Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..International Women’s Day: We Still Have A Long Way To Go

  27. TumblemooseNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    When I’m not blogging, I’m most likely working a writing project. One or two days a week I sub teach for the local school district. On the weeks that I have my daughter, I’m hangin’ out with cute little kid.

    Otherwise, I’m watching soccer, reading or writing.

    I need a hobby.

    George

    Tumblemoose´s last blog post..Spread your writing wings, it’s bittersweet

  28. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    You seem like a professional twitterer now … I’m so left behind.

    I’m a weekday warrior and I take weekends off. During the week, I lead projects on the patterns & practices team at Microsoft.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..Adapt, Adjust or Avoid Situations

  29. Hi Barbara,
    When I’m not coaching or blogging I’m playing…
    Since moving to AZ I’ve discovered most of the women I meet golf. My husband loves golf so I’m learning to golf.

    I also love to run, I’m learning to like to lift weights and play with my new camera.

    Since I can fly for free anywhere in the US and discounted outside the US we travel a lot.

    I’m leaving for MI Friday for a week to spend with my daughters and 3 grandchildren and then to Atlanta to run a 1/2 marathon with my daughter who lives in GA.

    In April we take our annual after tax season trip, and on Memorial Day weekend we’re going to Tybee Island.

    I loved reading about everyone. This has been fun. Congratulations on your new site. I already checked it out and left a comment.

    Isn’t life grand?

    Tess The Bold Life´s last blog post..Magic Mondays Are 1/7 of Your Life!

  30. 1. At my day job
    2. Taking care of my daughter
    3. Doing freelance work
    4. Walking and running errands (I am car free)

    When I’m not doing those things I work on my blog, help on the forums, read and play videogames. I also like to watch Masterpiece Theater and try to do that on Sunday nights.

    Pretty exciting, huh?

    Kim Woodbridge´s last blog post..Eating and Drinking With WordPress Plugins

  31. DotNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barb, You and your readers are doing so much! It’s interesting to read.

    When I’m not blogging, I’m at my day job as a legal secretary, or on the subway and bus commuting (I can no longer drive). Or I’m resting, which I have to do a lot of. I’m also working on my other website about genealogy, reading novels constantly — mostly thrillers and detective stories — watching TV or a movie, shopping online, attempting to wrangle my paper madness into files, and cleaning the house.

    Dot´s last blog post..OpenOffice Extensions

  32. When I am not blogging or on face book or twittering??? LOL. I am active in my kids school so I am there quite a bit. I also take my dogs for long walks. And I am a wanna be professional photographer. Then there is laundry (which get ignored because I blog too much…). I do a ton of stuff around the house and support a spouse that is training for the Ironman. There you have it…not enough hours in the day 😉

    Caroline (the zen in you)´s last blog post..Who’s got your back?

  33. MayaNo Gravatar says:

    It is so nice to read what everyone else is up to!

    Great new blog Barbara!! Wish you the best on that.

    I mostly try to keep up with life, my kids, my blogs and my startup – and when I am exhausted I come back to my Thinkmaya blog. It has become my place for relaxation – and I need it more than it needs me 🙂 these days! And yes, on twitter – it has been my learning platform !

    One night a week, we do somethign as a family and one other night we try to meet up with friends as well. But having a startup is busy – you know about that:)

    But how nice it was to read about everyone – esp about how young Tom is !

    Maya´s last blog post..The One Hundred: A Guide to Pieces Every Happy and Balanced Soul Must Embrace: Simplicity

  34. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Matthew – How exciting we’ll be seeing your name on an ebook. Make sure you let us know when it’s ready.

    Hi Vered – You’re welcome. It is fun to learn a little more about our blogging buddies, isn’t it?

    Hi George – I remember when you had “the cute little kid” on your Twitter avatar. She’s a beauty. It sounds like you do a lot of writing.

    Hi J.D. – Come on, join Twitter. It’s fun. Taking weekends off is a great idea. BTW: You forgot to mention you also write books .

    Hi Tess – Ooooooh! What fun. How fortunate you are to be able to fly for free. It sounds like the next month, or so will be a busy one for you. Send us a postcard from Tybee Island. 🙂 P.S. Thank you for the comment on my new blog.

    Hi Kim – It sounds like you have a very nice life. You’re doing what you love and have loved ones close by. Can’t beat that.

    Hi Dot – Like you, I’m enjoying this post. It’s like a little meme and we get to find out a little more about our friends. I didn’t know you are a legal secretary. That sounds like it could be a fun job. Do you get to work on any high profile cases?

    Hi Caroline – I hear you about not enough hours in the day and the laundry not getting done. Hehe. I wish you well with your photography career. A blog is a great place to start showcasing your work,

    Hi Maya – Thank you. You’ve got a full plate, don’t you? Start ups are extremely time consuming, but it’s nice to know “ThinkMaya” is a soft place for you to fall. You’ll have to keep us posted on your Memetales. I wish you the best.

  35. My girls all settled with their families within 15 miles of me, so I get to practice grandmom-ing to the fullest. Ten grandkids all active in sports and music and competitive dance and… you get the idea.

    I paint. With brushes and media of all sorts. Watercolors and oils and liquid graphite. I’m still learning Corel’s Painter X (and now 11), and help moderate a forum called PainterTalk.net. I’m also active at several other art forums.

    Frequent coffee dates with my husband are a treat for both of us — we take books to read, and sometimes our laptops (on a day we need to use every hour wisely), and hunt for a Starbucks — with WIFI. 🙂

    When not writing or painting or reading a good story-book, I’m learning — in online classes, in offline classes, at Twitter (just learning the ropes of social networking), and from blogs-of interest I’m finding everywhere. Like this one.

    Sundays are family day — church and dinner at our house for all the kids and their kids and their kids’ friends. Very casual. Very chaotic. I relish Sundays. And I drop at the end of them, anxious for Monday.

    I love my life!

    Thanks for asking the question!

    Barb Hartsook´s last blog post..What is the Return on (My) Blogging Investment?

  36. That was nice of you to leave a link, Barbara. Thanks.

    As you said, I’m working on music when not blogging. Or thinking about working on music. Or wishing I was farther along in music but being patient with myself and honoring my process.

    Also doing the mom thing here, carting to school daily , plus music lessons and Kung Fu twice a week.

    YOU are busy, Barbara!

    And Tom’s 58?! Wow, he’s a young un.

    Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Song Quest Two

  37. What? Time away from the blog? In past months, there was no such thing. I’ve been working harder to find balance. I like playing with Roo with no agenda, watching movies with my husband, cooking, daydreaming, dancing, sewing, and lip synching in front of the mirror.

    It was fun reading all these responses!

    Sara at On Simplicity´s last blog post..Frustrated by Responsibility? Me Too

  38. Barbara, I am catching up on my reading and was thrilled to see this post. I love finding out more about my online friends’ lives. Thanks for the insight into your world and it sounds like you must be very busy!

    When I am not blogging I am being a mom to an energetic 4 year old, doing freelance writing and editing, procrastinating on twitter, walking and boxing, running a house and doing all those thrilling domestic chores, trying to stay connected to a husband who works long hours, going to movies, reading books and blogs, staring at the next empty page of my novel because I’m just too tired, and driving in and out of the city and down the coast to stay in touch with my girlfriends and family.

    I think I need a nap!

    Kelly@SHE-POWER

  39. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barb – You’re welcome. It sounds like you have a wonderful life with all of your family close by. How great it must be for you to be able to make memories on a daily basis. Like you, I never tire of learning either.

    Hi Jannie – You’re welcome. I know one day you’ll be a well known star. When that happens, you’ll have to keep us posted. We’ve got your back.

    Hi Sara – Yes, all of the responses have been great. Finding balance is definitely key. Sometimes we just have to drop the blog and live life. I’d love to see a video of you lip syncing. Are you game? 🙂

    Hi Kelly – You have permission to take a nap. It sounds like your plate is over flowing. Good luck with the novel.

  40. VikumNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    This really is a nice post to know about other bloggers around us and what they are doing when they are away from their blogs.

    I’m doing a degree on Materials Science.So I’m at lectures at the university for whole day. Actually people say it’s a full time course which you need to study hard but I always try to do it as a part time one and find some free time to do my part time job 🙂 ( I’m giving tuition for students) And on Saturday evenings I go to learn dancing(Latin). And this July onwards I’ll be following a diploma in “Psychology and Counselling”. And in my leisure times I read, run here and there with my digital camera and go to watch stage dramas and films with my friends and listen to some music.

    I wonder why god have forgotten to include more than 24 hrs per a day 🙂

    Thanks a lot for giving an opportunity to learn about fellow bloggers and giving a space to share.

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