Balance of writing and a fulltime career and family
As I’ve said in one of my blog interviews, I see writing as a full-time job on top of my day job as an Account Specialist. To be quite frank, it’s hard to excel at both. It’s a constant juggling act on my part to meet deadlines on both ends. I recently got a lucky break when I started a new job to work only three days a week. This gave me more time to write and deal with the other things that I’ve had a hard time juggling.
Balance, I’ve found, is a relative term. One must try different methods to find out what works best for them. In my case, I try not to think of what I have to write while I’m at work. I write notes during my break or I play scenes inside my head. Wearing several hats can get confusing at times. I have to mentally check myself to make sure I’m not drifting into dreamland while working with numbers.
Home life is quite easy, in part because my hubby rallied the kids and even the dogs to make it easy for me. The kids responded by taking some of my chores, with hubby bearing the brunt of cooking and running errands. The dogs, however, are another story. They think that just because I’m sitting on the sofa for countless hours, they can tear their toys to shreds, rip papers and magazines on the coffee table to give me something else to do.
I’m thankful for everyone stepping up to the plate to help me get more writing time. There’s a saying that you reap what you sow; I believe it now more than ever. I’d given my family all my time and attention, and they’re giving that back to me now.
This is a perfect example of having a cake and taking a big bite. Finding the perfect balance will come with time. For now, the troops and I are making it work, one day at a time.