You may have noticed that I missed a couple of posts last month. I feel a tiny bit guilty about that, but not terribly. July and August have easily been the most chaotic two months of my life, and that includes college finals, starting my first ‘real’ job, and getting married. None of those sucked up as much time and energy as the Summer of 2012.
But today is a new day, and I’m in a new season.
For the past 12 months I’ve been working as an accounting assistant for a sail manufacturer. I’ve loved getting out of the house – the people are fantastic and the work is a great change from the subjectivity of writing. The thing is, I’m tired.
I know there are people out there who work full time jobs and write on the side, but I haven’t figured out how to do that. It worked for about nine months, but I couldn’t keep up the pace. First, I stopped exercising. Then I stopped cooking. Eventually I stopped writing. I just couldn’t do it.
All of that has changed now, and I’m ready for this new season. I’ve left the accounting behind and am at home full time. That doesn’t mean all of my energy goes into writing, though. I’m back at the gym, cooking from scratch, and in a few days I’ll become the primary caregiver for my Aunt Linda. It looks like a lot, but even with all of that to handle I’ll still have more time to write than I used to.
My hubby and I worried about this decision for a little while, but when we really pray about it we have complete peace. It doesn’t matter that we’re losing an income or that we’re giving up some of our freedom. I need to write, and Linda needs a little more one-on-one attention. We think it’s going to work well.
I wasn’t asking for a sign to confirm this, but I think God’s been giving me some – in the form of writing jobs. During my last two weeks as an accountant I received three unsolicited calls for a copywriter and a positive response to my application for a writing gig. And … I’ll have more time for my novels. I think things are going to work out.
This month you can rest easier knowing my brain is more rested and less cloudy. I’m getting back on schedule (we’ll be talking about writing good endings for your novel). I’m focusing. And, most importantly, I’m returning to my sweatpants and hoodies.
Here’s to a great, new season!