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With any new venture in life comes the struggle to re-balance. Going to college, getting married, having a baby, moving, starting a new job, starting your own business — it seems like just when you get life figured out something else comes along to throw you out of balance. And I’ve learned that balance is one of the most important things you can accomplish in life.

Starting VintageKC magazine has taken a TON of my time. If I’m not networking, executing ideas, hitting estate sales, or keeping track of emails, I’m laying in bed obsessing over hairstyles and DIY projects. I knew that following your dreams could be time consuming, but I didn’t expect everything else in my life to suddenly catapult to the backburner.

My ambitions in life, my goals, my personal mission are nothing without the people I have around me who nurture and love and encourage. It’s so easy to get caught up in the exciting, constantly check my phone for emails, and daydream about endless magazine related ideas. And it’s easy to forget how wonderful snuggling with my husband is when I let go of all those things looming over my head. It’s easy to forget how wonderful it is to read a book with my son (or have it read to me because he’s memorized nearly every book we own) and not be anxious to jet off to the next priority.

Quality time with family and friends is really what life is about. The love we experience and share with one another is what will matter in the end.

So my encouragement for today is to find balance. Running creative blogs can be exhausting. But don’t forget the importance of the love that surrounds you. Make time for it.

I love you friends.


About Erin Shipps

Life in your thirties can sometimes feel like you're stuck between what has happened and what's yet to come -- like being amidship. But I'm forging through with thrifty household decorating, DIY projects, health advice, and just life. When I'm not crafting my local Kansas City magazine VintageKC, I'm busy being a rock star's wife and mommy to the most beautiful 3-year-old. Welcome to our world amid the Shipps.

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  2. It’s hard to keep a healthy balance with all the demands on our time, but keep your chin up. It will be worth it!! That little Liam just kills me! So precious!


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