Home Again, Home Again

Hello, friends.

How time does slip away when one is caught up in life! It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a month since I last posted here. Between a scheduled vacation, a semi-scheduled stint on a jury, and the standard ridiculous schedule of a mother of four, updating my blog sort of slipped to the bottom of my priority list.

BUT!

The good news is that I am, at last, home again! And with a bit of luck and a lot of work, I should be able to settle my life into some semblance of order.

Along those lines, I stumbled onto this list of tips for work-at-home moms about a week ago. Balancing my work, personal, volunteer, and familial obligations has always been an enormous struggle for me. Usually, it’s the personal obligations that get pushed to the bottom of the pile, and then I end up tired, frustrated, unbalanced, and even soul-sick.

It’s so easy to skip the things that nurture us.

 

The schedule slips, so you skip your morning walk or jog.

A day of running errands means you hit the coffee shop early and often and swing through the drive-through for lunch.

Evening brings a quiet hour or so before bed, but you work or do chores instead of unwinding with a good book or a hobby.

Check e-mail and social media while waiting for the kids instead of just taking a few long, deep breaths.

 

The list rambles on. And before long, we’re back in that ugly place where we’re no good to anyone–least of all ourselves! (Or our families, our clients, our communities, etc.)

Back to that list.

Some of those things don’t apply much these days. I don’t really need childcare as my children are all in school and old enough to entertain themselves when they aren’t in school. And while I’m still working on enforcing my schedule, I have created one, and the family is aware of it.

But the rest of the items on that list–the ones more centered on planning an organizing, on saying “no” to more commitments, on connecting with other people–those are the ones that I need to work on.

So now that the distractions of vacation and jury duty are behind me, it’s time to get some routines and boundaries in place. I have some new projects on my plate, some new prospects in the pipeline, and some new goals in sight.

Let’s get to work.

 

Comments (4)

  1. tony lavely

    Amy! Like one of the commenters on your “On Adventure” post said, I’ve been looking under (virtual) rocks to find any word of you. I’m glad you linked this blog to your Amazon author’s page, and I’m glad to hear you’re ok. You know where the mind goes when it has no information!
    And I’m sorry to hear that writing fiction is not your abiding purpose; I hope you can fit some hobby writing in with everything else on your plate. Just to enjoy your work, I read every post here!
    Best of luck with the free-lancing, and of course, with life.

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    1. Amy Rose Davis (Post author)

      Hi Tony,

      Funny–I was just thinking of you the other day. Great minds and all that, eh? πŸ™‚

      It was a tough, painful decision to even make my old stuff live on Amazon again, but I decided I may as well own it, imperfect as it is. πŸ™‚ I am working on more stuff, but it has to take a back seat to the rest of my life, at least for now. Trying to make a career of it was the thing that killed me before. I can’t go there again.

      Good to hear from you, and I hope all is well!

      Amy

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      1. tony lavely

        Thanks very much for thinking of me in any way at all! All is as well as can be hoped, all around.

        I’m glad you saw fit to make yourself live again on Amazon, though I can also understand the angst, having made the decision to move on.

        Now that I see you moderate your comments, I can say this next, and give you the opportunity not to publish it, as you see fit, but with no other way to contact you…

        I’m thanking you in two books for allowing me to use your given names for one of my characters, though you probably don’t recall our discussion close after you decided to home-school your youngest, IIRC. My Amy Rose is a fiesty 15 YO, growing up in an unconventional environment. She’s introduced, along with the root of her problems in the first of these, Freedom Does Matter, and is a co-protagonist in the second, Connections. I’d be pleased to gift you a copy of each of these, if you’re interested, in whatever format you’d like. If not, that’s ok, too. I’m not one to force anyone to have a book! Unfortunately, since my Acknowledgements follow the text, you can’t see it in the sample pages.

        The note reads: Thanks to Amy Rose Davis, one of the Twelve Worlds contributors, who graciously lent her name to Amy Rose Ardan. I hope she’s not dismayed with the way her namesake character turned out.

        If you’d like a change, or not to be noted at all, please speak up. Contact me through my email.

        Again, thanks, and all the best you you and your family!

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        1. Amy Rose Davis (Post author)

          Tony, I do recall our conversation, and I’m still flattered that you would consider my name interesting enough to use it. πŸ™‚ My e-mail isn’t really a secret. It’s amy@amyrosedavis.com. I would love to read what you’ve written. You can send Kindle copies to my e-mail (although I can’t guarantee when I’ll read them . . . ).

          Thank you, and all the best to your family as well!

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