I’m trying to get life back to some semblance of normalcy. Our cat is still terminally ill and it was important to me to be able to help my children as well as my husband and myself cope with it, get to that place of acceptance. It’s been expensive simply to find out what’s wrong. Now that we know a little better what we’re dealing with, we’re able to put it in perspective, know the signs, and can move forward.
With that in mind, I’ve been writing more, doing some revisions, getting my work back moving forward as well… So, let’s let my sarcastic side take over for a bit and see where we end up…
I’ve talked about how I want to work smarter, not harder, this year. I love writing. I love what I do. But, I don’t want to work 16-20 hours a day, 7 days a week. I don’t want to sacrifice my family, my sanity, my health, or me. And I’m still trying to figure out how to do that. I can master one concept of it, or another, but not all of it at the same time. That’s the goal this year, though. All of it, at the same time. All of it working seamlessly at the same time.
I know, I know. Go ahead and laugh. I’ll wait…
All I’m looking for is the balance.
I admire so many authors who put everything into their work… Every breathing, waking moment. They put out a lot of great books, are beloved by readers and admired by others like myself. They are wanted by this editor and that publisher. Some have families, some have day jobs, some have all sorts of other obligations, and some just have their writing. Some have spouses who handle the family and house. Some have great health and some don’t.
And I also don’t want to feel guilt for choosing work over kids over work over exercise over work over family over work… Guilt causes stress. I have enough that I don’t need to pile it on in other ways… I don’t want my kids to remember that all I did was work. Sometimes sitting and watching the game is enough. It’s why I unplug a lot more now on the weekends. It’s why the notebooks come out a lot more too.
So, I’ve watched some videos during my treadmill moments about work and happiness and life balance, looking for some thing I can try to implement into my life… Some things I keep, some I toss…
This is one of those videos…
How do you balance work and family and keeping your sanity?