How many of us look at our children and wish we had that kind of energy? I asked this question probably on an hourly basis for the first year of my daughter’s life. The truth is, I discovered that her energy is contagious. I mean this in the best way possible. Of course, as a mom almost all of my working breaks are spent with her.
It’s so much fun to see the world through her eyes. From her point of view the world is full of endless possibilities. Everything is shiny and new and a new toy can make anything better. I love seeing her excitement for life and all it brings. It is easy to lose sight of this. I know I’m guilty of not noticing the small miracles at work around us each day because I’m pushing to reach a writing quota.
Spending time with my now two-year-old makes me notice the little things in life. I laugh more and I’m much more active. This combination of happiness and getting your blood flowing is the key to finding energy even when you are physically and emotionally drained. At least that has been my experience.
One of my worries when I had my daughter was how I would be the mom I wanted to be while following my professional dreams. I truly believe that people find a way to make something happen if they really want it.
If you’re a working mom or dad struggling to get it all done, sometimes getting some good quality time in with your child is better than that third cup of coffee.
Where do you find your energy source? Do you also find it in your children or do you look elsewhere such as in nature?
Don’t forget to check out my popular “Writing Moms (and Dads)” WANA International workshop happening in March. See details below:
Writing Moms (and Dads!) Online Workshop
Date: March 4th, 2013 – April 4, 2013
Description: Plot, character arc, transitions, climax, revise, rewrite, make that deadline, blog, check social media sites, continued education, volunteer for local writing group, read critique partners manuscript, research agents/publishers, read books within your genre, read a craft book and network. These are ALL things that go through writers’ minds on any given day. But what if you had to add: Make bottles, keep up with diaper/Gerber/ formula supplies, feed baby, play dates, bathe baby, wipe up thrown sweet potatoes, shower to get sweet potatoes out of your hair, more playtime, hope for a naptime (for baby, you must write,) read to baby, and hope baby actually goes to bed at the designated time.
For many writers, this is reality. In fact, many full-time writers are made because of a child being born. Some amazing mothers write late at night, around their day job. However you do it, being a writing parent is a challenge but very doable and rewarding. Learn easy self study tactics, time management tips and suggestions from a ten-year freelance journalist, published author and speaker who also has a two-year-old daughter and a high maintenance dog. You can have it all without losing your mind.
Writing Moms (and Dads!) Personal Consultation
Dates: March 4, 2013 – April 4, 2013
Length: Two 45 min. phone consultations. The first consultation will be within the first week of the four-week Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop. The second will be scheduled prior to completing the workshop.
Description: Take what you learn from the Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop and get one-on-one guidance on developing the best plan for making you a smarter writer. The first consultation will be a detailed interview followed by a discussion of time constraints. The second will be about developing the best plan for you based off your first consultation discussions. You will also get personalized methods for implementing, testing and carrying out your plan.
Ok…you’ve read this far so here’s a treat. If you sign up for at least one day of WANACon then you will get my March Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop for a discounted rate. Please email me at NatalieCMarkey@gmail.com if you qualify.