Friday, May 7, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday 5/7/2010



1. I'm sad I haven't been too active on my blog. I don't want to blame it on time. As a general rule I think "no time" is a sorry excuse in life. We have time for what we make time for. God gave us 24 hours in a day for a reason, so if we aren't getting done what we need to get done, it is most likely a problem with our priorities.

That being said, my stress level has been high these days. I've been doing a lot of freelance writing gigs (for which I am very excited and grateful) that added with my job load and the kids has become a lot of "work" for a stay at home mom. The truth is, I am far from a SAHM and we're praying and discerning how we feel about that and what we want to do about it. If I'm going to be working so much, then maybe I need to be out there working and making a good salary. Something to pray about!


2. Last week I attended my first writing conference! It was amazing. I learned some very valuable lessons and feel I grew as a writer. I also noticed I was alone most of the weekend. Most writers had come with a buddy. So, I didn't find a critique partner or another at home non-fiction writer. But, that's ok, the weekend was still a huge success.


3. I decided to put my blog address on my business card. This led me to reflect on the purpose of my blog. I started the blog to document my time with my family and share ideas/advice/encouragement with other mamas. Since I began the blog over a year ago, I have grown in my freelancing and now wonder if I should pick a focus for the blog. It has become a mix and match of life as a faith filled mama writer. I'm still thinking about what to do. Advice is welcome.


4. I went to the doctor! If you know me, you know it's a big deal. I hate going to the doctor. I haven't been feeling well and finally decided I really needed to figure out why. I had some blood tests and did find a few reasons why I may not be feeling well. So, I'm now working on getting all my levels where they need to be. I'm starting to feel better already! Yeah!


5. Joseph and I are enjoying our evenings once again! Even though Anna still wakes about 3 times a night at 17 months, we have a great bed-time routine and come 7:30 every night, the gals are asleep and we have a few hours to ourselves to work, relax or actually have a conversation! Since our gals were so close together, we never had this time in between children, so it is welcomed after 2 and a half years. It 's a wonderful and much needed break.


6. I'm sooooooo ready to buy a home. After next week, Joseph will have one class and his thesis to complete before graduating with his masters! This means he could start working full time again! Please pray we can find something soon and know where we are going to stay. I want things to fall into place so badly because I am OVER renting. I'm ready for a house. It still may be a few years, but I'm starting to really really want it. I like to decorate and paint.

7. The summer is booking up! Wow! I can't believe how many things are already on the calendar for the summer. I'm really excited to be social and get the gals (and their parents) out of the house and into the world.

5 comments:

Michelle said...

1. I think you are right...we show what is important to us with what we get done in the time we're given.

2/3. Those are things I think about attending/doing. But I don't write for a living...so probably a bit premature.

I enjoyed looking at your blog. I am always trying to find more Catholic moms out here...beautiful girls!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Holly, we are kindred spirits for sure. As you know, I started a writing blog to separate my family/faith and writing. So far, I am really enjoying it. I still post the same amount, but my writing posts end up in a separate place. That way, if potential clients want to take a look at my ongoing writing as a blogger and get a feel for what I'm capable of, they can head over to my Peace Garden Writer blog. When my new business cards are ready, that will be the blog that will be included. So, I think you're on the right track there, but do consider something similar. It's been a good move for me so far. I would try to post on the writing one weekly (once a week) and then, if you don't want to be so constricted, the family/faith blog can be looser. As for lack of time, it's not so much lack of time, as you noted, but more the question of, what is the best use of my energy today? We only have so much, and we have to put it where it will count the most. So, hang in there, and if the blog has to suffer over paying jobs, that is life. My life is going to change in a huge way in the coming year. I don't know what that will mean for my blog. I'm waiting to see...we are all works in progress and we don't have to have it all figured out this moment. :) XXOO, Roxane

prashant said...

It's been a good move for me so far. I would try to post on the writing one weekly (once a week) and then,
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