This post to my blog is going to be brief as it is a time for appreciating family and valuing time spent with them. But as I reflect on this past year I am also appreciative of the time I have been allowed to spend writing. This year I made the decision to take my writing more seriously and persue it as a career. With that has come some big adjustments for both myself and my family.
Finding balance has been the hardest part of this whole writing gig but I think I’m dialling it in. I now spend my day-time hours plopped down at my computer taking on the writing target set for the day. Once the kids and hubby get home I revert back to mom mode. Setting a writing schedule has helped me protect my writing time without letting it take over every waking minute.
The biggest change for our family throughout this process is the fact that everyone has to put in more effort and share the household workload. I wasn’t Superwoman before this process started and I’m sure not now so I need some help. It was an adjustment for them that they are only now starting to get the hang of. We all manage our intellectual work during the day and work together to manage the house at night.
The learning curve I’ve been on lately has been a hectic one that left me feeling more than a little burnt out. I couldn’t see the forest for the trees, or the trees for the forest, or the trees, or the forest. Doubts start creeping in and I know it’s time for a break. Time to step away and put some distance between myself and my work in progress. So that’s what I’m doing at the moment.
Christmas break is a wonderful time to spend with friends and family and re-connect with the important people in your life. These people have given me the gift of time to be able to chase my writing dream and I will forever be greatful to them for that. So while I’m still thinking about my writing, I am enjoying the hockey games, cross-country skiing, and the cuddling movie nights.