Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Since this is my first post as a new member of IWSG, I thought I should share with you something that has been plaguing my mind lately.
How to find balance with this recent shift in my focus. It used to be that I was a mom 24/7. I'm still a mom, but I also have to fit in time for writing, reading, blogging, critiquing, etc. Oh, and did I mention revising, querying, and keeping up with social media? Are there enough hours in the day to fit all this in? I feel as though I'm on overdrive.
My head barely hits the pillow each night before I'm shooting out of bed to make breakfast, fix lunches, and usher kids out the door to school the next morning. By the time I get all the kids to their various destinations, I have a couple hours with an active two-year-old at home before I start the pick-up/carpool process. My car could auto-pilot its way to my children's schools because we travel there so much. In fact, many times I drive the entire way to pick them up from school in a trance-like state and am surprised to find myself pulling up into the carpool line. How did I get here?
But sorry, I digress.
There simply aren't enough hours in the day. I haven't written anything since before Christmas and I feel as though my creativity well is drying up. I need to write. No, seriously. I NEED to write.
So I ask myself. Is there anything I can remove from my day? The amount of time I exercise? Nope, already nonexistent. Food? Do we have to eat everyday? If we didn't, I could shave off several hours in preparing, feeding, and cleaning up meals. And think of the dishes... no dirty dishes! Not practical? But it would be so nice...
I think blogging has put me over the edge. I see the need to connect with other writers and it has been AMAZING these past couple months as I've "met" so many other inspiring writers and authors. BUT, I feel as though any extra time I have is spent blogging instead of writing.
Anyways, I'm in need of finding the right balance.
Do you have any suggestions on how I can do this? All you mothers/writers/bloggers out there, how do you balance it all?
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