Happy SITS Day to Me

If you’re visiting Bike, Banjo & Baby for the first time, welcome!  I’m Suzanne, and I’m so happy you’ve stopped by.  You can read more about why I started this blog here.  I’m a (relatively) new parent and I’m striving to maintain some balance in my life.  I blog about fitting in the time for my interests, my hobbies (blogging included) and my passions.

(If you’re a regular reader, and you’re wondering what’s up, I’m a featured blogger today.  SITS is a community of bloggers, 40,000 strong.  SITS features a different blogger every weekday, and today is my day.)

I’m a banjo player who struggles to find the time to actually play the five-string banjo.  My husband rides all manner of bicycles and manages to do a good job of hopping onto one of his seven (that is correct, seven) bikes from time to time.

As a political junkie, I try to keep up with the news and I’ve even managed to attend some political lectures since having a baby.  I was once a voracious reader but I now often struggle to finish a book.  And I’m an avid hiker and camper who managed to take a ten-month-old to Algonquin Provincial Park and survive.  I signed up for an adventure race and learned to (kind of) enjoy stroller running.

I’d love to hear from you and to find out what keeps you busy, whether you’re a parent or not.  How do you find the time to fit everything in?  What excites you?  What keeps you motivated?  What would you spend all of your time doing if you had that luxury?

Thanks again for visiting.

61 thoughts on “Happy SITS Day to Me

  1. Congrats on being featured! I love the idea of your blog, it is definitely so important to find time for yourself & your passions. If I could, I would probably spend all day scrapbooking & doing other crafty things 🙂 But, by day I’m a law student which takes up a ton of time! But I definitely still find ways to fit it in!

  2. SUZANNE?!?! I KNOW HER! I KNOW HER! (This was my reaction this morning at my desk – think Buddy the Elf hearing that Santa is coming!) Congratulations on your SITS day! Good work! Your ability to fit it all in and love that cute little baby while still keeping interests that exclude her is truly inspiring. My buddy system might be what gets me to the gym each morning but you’re one of the reasons I agreed in the first place. How am I going to carve out me time when we have a little if I don’t do it when we’re little-free? Better to get into those routines and be a hobby junkie before so you don’t lose yourself after. That said, I hear my own blog calling out for a little attention!
    Enjoy your day of well-deserved celebrity status! XOXO

    • Aw, thank you! That’s such a nice thing to say, especially since you were the one who inspired me to start blogging in the first place. You and Boy will be awesome parents someday, and I have no doubt that you’ll still be the interesting, fun people you always were.

  3. Happy SITS Day!

    I am a mother of 3 and it’s hard to find a moment to breathe sometimes, let alone find time for anything else, but somehow everything that needs to get done (note I said NEEDS, not everything gets done always, just the truly important stuff), and at the end of the day (most days) I have time for me, too. 🙂

    Becoming a parent shows you what’s important in life, what you are really all about and what your true passions are. I’m glad you are able to find a way to balance things. It’s not easy sometimes, but it’s not impossible. People need to know that parents don’t give up anything to have children; just they learn new things, how to balance things and gain new loves along the way. True passions stay with you as a parent; everything else doesn’t matter. 🙂

    Have a great day!

  4. I read a bunch of your posts, and especially love your defensive-ness over the true banjo! My grandfather plays and it’s always been fascinating to watch him. Enjoy your SITS day!

    • I really got my shorts in a knot about that. Taylor Swift often plays a banjitar and it also annoys me when people think it’s an authentic banjo. Noooo! Haha.
      I’d love to see your grandfather play. I’m still a relative newbie at it!

  5. I’m excited to have found your blog on SITS! I was a nomad before having kids and have struggled for 5 years with how to keep that adventurous side of life while raising kids. So far we’re doing okay. But, I had twin boys this past summer and they’re throwing a new wrench into the way we do things. We’re looking forward to the challenge. I look forward to reading some of your posts!

  6. Happy SITS day! It took me a long time to get back to taking care of my needs— err, passions. I’m not sure I’ve figured it out yet between my daughter and husband and getting pulled in both directions at the same time. I do find time to write occasionally, so that’s a start. Have fun and good luck!

  7. This is another gorgeous family photo! I read your About page and can identify with not being able to read a book while raising a baby. For some reason, all 4 of my babies (who were each born naturally and breastfed) came with colic. There was never a moments rest until the colic period was over. Now I have 4 amazing kids who almost give me no troubles, but we’re not the perfect family and I don’t try to pretend to be the perfect mother.

    Blogging allows me to express myself, celebrate my family, communicate with other moms or like-minded people, teach, write, take awesome photos, create and read other people’s posts, so blogging fits many of my passions and hobbies.

    Wishing you lots of success as a wife, mom, banjo player, blogger and more!

    Tina – American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa

    • Oh my goodness, how did you survive four babies with colic? My niece was colicky and it was just awful.

      I’m looking forward to reading your blog. How did you come to live in South Africa?

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!

      • They weren’t born at the same time and each time I thought that the next one couldn’t possibly suffer with colic, but they all did. At times, I thought I was going to lose my mind. At least, they all outgrew the gripes, but some of them took longer than the others.

        All my kids were born in South Africa. Their dad is South African, so that it explains it. 🙂

  8. What a sweet/beautiful family you have 🙂 so very happy to stop in here today. I absolutely love the title of your blog and have always wanted to play the banjo myself… never too late to learn, right?

    I admire you for juggling and wearing so many different hats. I have a hard time, too, balancing it all and that’s without baby! At the moment, I work full-time, do freelance, run my blog, try to keep a relatively active social life, try to remain active as much as possible (yoga), It’s hard to get it all done, but I try not punish myself if something slips. We are only human in the end!

    Wishing you all the best for a happy holiday season!

    • Wow, you’re doing a lot. I don’t work full time and I have trouble keeping up sometimes. I love yoga as well, and I find myself skipping classes sometimes because there is always something else that has to be done. Good for you for keeping up.
      And it’s never too late to learn an instrument! Not only that, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your brain, according to Norman Doidge.
      Thanks for visiting!

  9. Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s been a great day for you. Sorry I’m a little late.

    I have five kids, 14-22. I don’t fit it all in. I choose what matters most and let the other things slide.

  10. Lovely blog and I share love for reading with you. I am a mom to three sons and I appreciate the how-to-survive-taking-them-anywhere posts. I always need ideas to keep it fresh and keep them guessing. I am visiting from SITS and enjoy your day!!

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