Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Calling all wonder women
I've been asking myself this a lot lately, how do we as mothers, wives, writers or whatever we do for a living manage to do it all everyday? It seems every time I turn around I have something else added to my plate lately. I have two upcoming deadlines in the next two months, just finished edits on a novel, I have a four year old, a seven month old, a puppy, and a husband who sometimes acts like my fourth child (the puppy being my third), LOL. Now don't get me wrong I know how lucky I am to have two beautiful little girls and to be lucky enough to do what I love but still...some days I feel like I could pull my hair out. Dishes to wash, meals to cook, lunches to pack, laundry, diapers, ballet classes for my daughter, play dates, puppy training, the list goes on and on and I haven't even factored writing, promo, editing or anything like that in. The amazing part is no matter how much gets piled on our plates we always get it done. I really think that all women should hold the title of wonder woman. Some of us work outside the home and run our home. We take care of our family often times forgetting to take care of ourselves in the process. The other day on a friends blog she asked what we've done to treat ourselves. Bought a new purse? Took the weekend off? Got your hair done? The sad part is I couldn't think of a single thing. NOTHING. Yes, I buy books but we're talking something special, something out of the ordinary. I can remember the sweet little things I've done for my husband, the toys I bought for my kiddos but for me? Nada. That made me a little sad. Not saying I need to go splurge on myself all the time but I think we wonder women work so hard for everyone else that we sometimes just totally forget about ourselves.
So I have three purposes for my post today. First I want to know how you do it? Leave me a comment and tell us how you get it all done. Are you a schedule person or a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants I-have-no-idea-how-I-get-it-done kind of person.
Second, let's give props to our fellow wonder women. If you have a friend who just amazes you, who just seems to do it all and you have no idea how, give them props here today.
Third, do something good for yourself! No matter how big or small, do something for YOU. Next Wednesday I'm going to do a follow up and I want to hear what all you wonder women did for yourself. I'll draw one winner next week from everyone who did something special for themselves and you'll get a free download of my novella, The Emperor--Trenton's Terms.
My props for today goes to ALL the wonder women out there but especially to my friend Tonya. She has three girls of her own, took in a special needs foster boy, recently let her teenage daughter who lived in a bad home move in with them. She runs around bringing kids to track, swim, gymnastics, or whatever activity they happen to be in at the time. Travels two hours each way once a week to bring her foster boy to special doctors appointments, the list goes on. She does all this and still has time for her friends. She's my beta reader and runs around to all my blogs, yahoo groups or whatever I have going on to support me. Tonya, you go girl!