Hello lovely people. I have just returned from a bout of crazy busyness. And I’ll admit right now, when times are tough, my blog is one of the first things to go because I’ve forgotten why I got into this in the first place. I’ve gotten too busy with editorial calendars and trying to make every post fit into a certain category, that I’ve forgotten to just talk to you.So today, I’m going back to the basics. I’ll tell you my story and what’s going on in my life, in the hopes that maybe you’ll share a little of your life with me too.
Two weeks ago, I went to Hawaii with my grandmother. She’s been wanting to go her whole life, but my grandfather fought in WWII. He’d seen Pearl Harbor in the weeks after the attack and didn’t want to return. I can’t say I blame him. In his honor, we visited the memorial at the base. It was an incredibly touching place. I’m so glad we went.
On a happier note, we explored Oahu, laid on some beautiful beaches, and ate truly incredible seafood. And I went paddle boarding. It was so awesome! I did way better than I expected and had a blast. The best part? I saw a sea turtle! It was 100% a God moment. I love turtles, have ever since I was a kid. And in all the whole ocean, one swam right by me. As I was praying a thank you, it came up for air just feet from my board. I was just in awe.
I came back to guests. My husband’s friend were in from Germany. We toured them all over our town, did a bit of shopping (somebody’s birthday is coming up 😉 stay tuned for the final update on 24 Goals for My 24th Year), and again ate really well.
You may have noticed that each of these updates includes mentions of food. Well. I’ve gained so weight in the last year plus. At first, it was in my normal flux range, but it’s not anymore. And I’m pretty self-conscious about it. It’s difficult for me because I’ve never worried about it that much, but now I feel like I need to. Does anyone else struggle with this?
Used to be, if my weight went up a couple pounds, it would come back down naturally. Not so in the past year. I like to eat what I want, but I don’t want to keep steadily gaining weight, so I need to find a middle ground. Any tips? I’m also adding more exercise to my schedule, and I’m trying to fit it in regularly, which is always hard with my constantly changing schedule.
Back to happier things.
Last weekend I went to the annual American Christian Fiction Writer’s conference. For those of you who don’t know, in addition to being a blogger and an editor, I am a novelist. This was my second year, and it was so wonderful to see old friends and make new ones. I’m only four days gone and I miss those wonderful women already. I love writing and don’t want to do anything else, but it can be a lonely profession at times. Fellowship with other amazing authors is food for my soul and it’s something I don’t want to miss.
Professionally, the conference was also a hit! I learned some incredible things, especially from Donald Maass and Susan May Warren. (If you’re an aspiring writer or an advanced one, you should check them out. They’re incredible resources!) And of the four agents I met with, all four asked for further material. I was thrilled!
I’m currently finishing up edits for an awesome project I will announce soon and then it’s off to work on implementing what I learned to send out to the agents. I could use lots of prayer on that end. I’m really looking for an agent with who will be both a business partner and mentor. I am ready to work hard and rock the publishing world, I just need the right guide.
So that’s my life in a nutshell right now. And I’ll tell you what, it’s the most fun I’ve had writing a post in the last couple months. I just needed to remember to be a person, and not just a blogger.
What’s going on in your life? Did you or your kids start school this month? Do you have any big projects or conferences coming up at work? Are you struggling with something, like I am with my weight? What do you do to lift yourself up when you get a bit down? What are you most excited about right now?