Over the past few weeks I've decided to enter the twenty-first century and become socially interactive via the Internet. I love to write, but find myself apprehensive when it comes to writing about myself, or worse, promoting myself.
For starters, my life is unglamorous and ordinary. I'm a stay-at-home mother to a 10 month old with another on the way in four months. My every day life involves feedings, cleaning, diaper duty, and preparing meals. I've learned that, for me, being a wife and a mother means I'm on call 24hrs a day 7 days a week. Since the birth of my daughter last March, I find myself excited to even get a hot shower uninterrupted for a whole ten minutes. It's become something of a luxury... although I never in a million years considered this thought before now. Becoming a parent changes a person for the better, I truly believe, but there are the occasional "speed-bumps" along the way. Which leads me to this thought, when am I supposed to find time to focus on writing new material? How do other mothers do it? Maybe there is some secret I'm not figuring out. I try to write whenever I have a free moment, or jot down some ideas whenever they come to mind, but I find myself growing frustrated at my shortage of time to write... Or my sheer lack of energy and unwillingness to do so from pregnancy exhaustion. (No one ever said growing a life inside you is easy!) There's also the obvious point that I cannot get any writing done with my daughter present. She thinks the laptop is one of her many toys, although I've instructed her many times in vain that it is not. I've even purchased her a mini Fisher Price laptop to fiddle around with, but of course mine is more intriguing;)
I've come to the conclusion to never take whatever limited free time I have for granted, and if I can't bring myself to write than at least read or do something that can help me to improve my writing. Bottom line is this, having children teaches you the essence of time management.