I took up the pen again to fill in that blank space in my day.
Over the next few years, my writing was mostly in scattered notebooks across my house. I took breaks throughout my day or night, scrawling my imagination through the pages and then setting it to the side for later review. My days were becoming busier as my children’s schedules became more demanding. They ate up as much of my time as they could, but I was determined to keep a small piece of my day dedicated to some kind of writing.
As my children grew, I gained two step-daughters into the mix. Then, surprise, a baby was on his way and my life became a whirlwind of a ride.
I really had to organize my days and nights if I wanted to continue toward becoming an author. I sectioned my time, blacking out most of my day for work, then scheduling schoolwork, kid’s activities, chauffeuring, errands, dinner, etc. It was a jumbled mess at first, but over time we all became accustomed to my schedule and that was when my first story began to unfurl.
Staying focused, being a self-starter, and keeping me and my family organized was key to not falling behind.
Most of all, I knew my calling in life was to be an author. Today, the day I am writing this, marks the fifteenth anniversary of the day my older kid’s dad passed away. It was on that day that I realized I wanted more for me and my children. Life is too short not to do what you love most in the world. Witnessing my babies grief and sorrow, and knowing the only thing I could do was love them through it, brought a fresh determination to live my life fully. I wanted them to grow up knowing they could accomplish anything, as long as they put in the work and continued through even on the darkest days. That was the example I chose to be for them.
Lastly, I give myself days to rest. I honor my mind and body. When it is time to take a break, I do it. Then, I get right back up and I keep juggling the demands on my time and energy, and honestly, I would not have it any other way.
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Date of Publication: 8/11/20
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