If I were to tell you about my life, you would get tired, I do. But I wouldn't change a thing.
I have a very busy day job which takes up about 9 hours of my day. On top of that I have many four legged children that demand feeding, and a lot of love every day. If that wasn't enough I have a husband, of 29 years I add, that insists on eating breakfast together and eating a home cooked meal every night together. I also have 5 children, they're grown , and on their own, but they still call, stop in, and need TLC quite often, and that I love.
So lets put this into perspective. I get up at 6am so I can feed my babies, 4 legged ones, then I get ready for work, wake my husband and eat with him then I go to work. I am in a dark room from eight to five. I am an ultrasound tech for a group of Cardiologists and we scan with the lights down low. Makes me crave sunshine.
Then I'm home by 6, feed the little ones that need fed twice a day, throw in a little love for them then cook dinner so its ready when my husband gets home at 7. (sounds so 1950's) You won't find me in a dress and pearls when he walks through the door. I'm normally in my sweats and t-shirt by that time. I know, so romantic. Haha
Now after dinner and dishes its about 8:30. Are you tired yet? The best is yet to come.
I had a dream.
I know, what a cliche', but that's how it happened.
I had a dream, and wanted to become a writer. So every night I wrote. I would start about 9 and write until my eyes closed. My characters would wake me in the middle of the night if they wanted a scene change, and from then on my extra time was spent with my stories.
Sounds very do-able, right? The only thing missing was time for laundry, cleaning, yard work, and free time. I squeezed all that in on the weekends in between my writing.
So now your wondering, whats the big problem? Sounds like everything works. Well in April of this year I became my sisters caretaker. She has MS and couldn't live on her own anymore.
I just love her and would do anything for her.
Now here comes the how to juggle life to still follow your dream.
With my sister my schedule took a drastic change. I know get up earlier because I help her get dressed in the morning. I come home at lunch to make sure she doesn't need anything, then at night I help her after dinner get cleaned up and ready for bed. So my writing time was drastically cut.
I knew I wanted to improve my craft, and put out more than one book, so I had to get creative. I had to juggle my schedule so I could keep my family happy and still be able to work towards my dream.
I now get up at 5, check e-mails and blogs for 30 minutes. I then do my regular morning duties. I try and squeeze writing in at work, and at lunch when my sister is eating. After work I feed, cook, greet husband, family eats, cleans kitchen, gets sister set for the night, then it's about 9:30 or 10. I spend a few minutes checking my e-mails, (which I stay very behind in) then I write, until my eyes drift closed, which is usually about midnight.
So there you have it. The trick to juggling life, and a dream, is a strict schedule. And a big bottle of wine. : )
So now you know how I get to live my dream.
How do you manage to fit what you love in your life?
Oh, did I mention that I'm doing Nano this month also. I know, what a glutton for punishment.
Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time