I took an unexpected break from the blog. I actually have dozens of partially written blog posts, but I put them down to about fiftieth priority on my list of things that matter.
Around my daughter's six month birthday, I started to realize that I had many of the symptoms related to post-partum depression. So I decided to cut back on almost everything that was non-essential. I cut back on work-related obligations, volunteer obligations, and I out-sourced some of the household maintenance to my husband.
I cleared this, so that I could have the time and energy to focus on my health and my sanity. We also dedicated a good chunk of monthly income to this goal. I absolutely believe that this was a good decision. Here's what we've spent, how it connects to my mental health, and the effect I've seen.