Honestly, some days I ask myself that very same question. As a wife and mother of two, living on a hundred-acre farm, it's tough to juggle all of the responsibilities. I'll not lie.
But along the way, I've learned a few things about balancing work and family. When it comes to figuring out how to find the time to blog, write, edit, promote, and connect with readers without forcing family (and even friends) to take a back seat...there are a few important things to remember and follow:
- First off, take a deep breath. You are not alone. It may feel overwhelming at first, but it can be done. The more you do it, the more you'll find what works for you and what doesn't. It is all about scheduling and prioritizing, and then sticking to your guns. Hopefully, you have a family like mine who supports you and will even help you pencil in the time to write and edit.
- Second, never give up. Believe in yourself and keep at it. Some days will be harder than others. Some days will feel like you didn't get a single thing accomplished. But know that you ARE going to have those kind of days. It's unavoidable. Nothing is perfect and nothing will ever be written in stone. Just be flexible, determined, and ready to lean on others when you need help. If you try to do it all yourself, that's when you'll feel the water rise above your head. Like me, I assume you take your writing career seriously and drowning isn't an option.
- Third, take time for yourself. If you constantly work and never rest (like doing things for YOUR pleasure each day) it will run you into the ground. You will then risk falling prey to the "I can't do this anymore" mentality. Each night, after all my work is done, I spend an hour or so reading, watching a great movie with hubby and the kids, or just sitting outside with a cup of coffee listening to the night sounds. Whatever it may be, learn to find time each day to relax. You will find that it helps to better fuel the mind for the next day and keep you spirited.
(Historical & Contemporary Adult Romance)
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Gracie Lee Rose
(Lighthearted, Fancy-free Women's Fiction)
For those who love to read fun, wholesome, and endearing romantic stories that your mother, sister, friends, and daughters can enjoy.
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