Sunday, October 21, 2012

Back To Work {Pieces of Me}

Last week I received an email that I hadn't gotten in a long, long time. Three years to be exact. A magazine, one I used to write for a lot, contacted me to write an article.

I have to say, my heart skipped a beat. 

In my former life--aka before kids--I was an editor and a freelance writer. When my Big Boy came along, I quit my job at the publishing company and became a full time freelance writer/editor.  Same job. But I could just do it from the living room. I also started writing for a magazine on a monthly basis. 

I loved every single minute of it. When my second boy came along, I balanced my interview/work schedule around naps. Thank goodness they both slept three hours every day. At the same time. It was a small miracle and I was an expert at manipulating sleep schedules.  Every night, I wrote. I worked around 30 hours a week. 

Then Princess came. 

And I immediately knew there was no way I could work. I was exhausted all the time. She never napped without me. There just wasn't enough of me to go around. So I said no to a few jobs. Then eventually people stopped calling me. 

Until last week. 

And I said yes. Because things are getting better here. Things are under control. 

I have interviews scheduled while Princess is in school. And I plan to write during her OT and speech sessions. 

Please don't get me wrong, I love being a mom. I love devoting myself to my kids. But this is a piece of me that has been dormant for so long. Even though my book, One Thousand And One Tears, just came out, it took three years to publish it! There just wasn't time. 

Finally, there's time. For a little piece of me. 


  1. Good for you! Enjoy your writing. Your children will be blessed to see their mama doing something she enjoys. Xoxo

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  3. What a lovely blog! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would stop on by my blog and return the favor!


  4. Congratulations! Not just on the writing assignment, but having things under control. That's huge. :)

  5. How exciting! I've been trying to catch up on your blog.....sounds like things are coming together. :)

    I've been so busy.....adoption stuff, AOW, my part time name a few.....and my newest venture, which will hopefully help us to pay for some of our adoption costs. I'm not complaining...just so behind.

    Anyway, I am very, very happy for you. Please keep us in the loop as far as your writing goes.


  6. Yay! So happy for you. I've recently made blogging a priority again. I can't believe how much I missed the editing, self-editing, and re-editing. The linear, logical thought process required of me to write a meaningful blog post that makes sense to others has been a good translation to other parts of my life. It's like order was restored to my whole brain, not just my writer's heart! Good for you!!!!!

  7. Its good when you can step back into your work shoes, and it also feels good being needed by other people than your kids and husband. You have sacrificed a lot and will continue to do so, but a little reality switch is needed every now and then. To me it is great news!!
    I am following you now and would love for you to follow back.

  8. Just stumbled upon your blog randomly - so glad I did, love your heart for the Lord. Now following you via GFC!


  9. I'm so happy for you. I'm still trying to keep all the plates spinning at my place, but I'm so much happier when I have time to write -- even if it is just blogging. Actually getting paid for it -- that would be heaven! Keep us posted.