Saturday, January 14, 2017

Busy mom, busy writer.

  Sometimes life can get a little overwhelming.  I stay home with my children every day.  I don't work out of the home, but being a mom takes most of my time.  From laundry, to field trips, and everything in between, I find myself struggling to get any time for myself.  There are many times when I wonder how I have ever found the time to write anything.
  I started writing my first book when my oldest son was only eighteen months old and my time to write was when he was taking a nap.  I never imagined I would finish writing a book and many told me that I wouldn't ever finish.  Now, however, I'm currently writing my fourth full length novel.
  Over the years we have added an additional child, a dog, bought and sold a business, I worked for a short time out of the home, I've become a soccer mom, tennis mom, basketball mom, futsal mom, boy scouts and many other extra curricular activities.  I'm busy with my church, my boys started school and my oldest most recently started junior high!  With my current manuscript, I've had to get creative in how I get things accomplished.  I have had to start setting realistic goals, rather than try and accomplish the impossible that only made sense in my head and be disappointed that I wasn't able to reach it.
  In November I joined the National Novel Writing Month, but I knew that with the Holiday's and everything else on my plate that I wouldn't be able to finish an entire novel, so I set a realistic goal of twenty thousand words by Thanksgiving.  With a lot of hard work, I was able to finish that goal, ending with twenty-one thousand words.  With that goal complete, I decided it was time to get my book complete by the end of May, I've started taking my computer with me to practices and arriving early to other events so I can have a few minutes to write.  I try and get all of my workouts and household chores complete by lunch, so I can have the entire afternoon before my kids get home from school to write.  Sometimes it's easier than others, but I am still proud of how much I have been able to accomplish.  Being a busy stay at home mom, a writer, a wife, friend, and participating in church activities and functions doesn't mean I can't also have a little fun.  With God all things are possible, and He has definitely blessed me in my life.
Breakfast with friends
Basketball Practice

Tennis Lessons
Family Night