Sunday, February 24, 2013

Go For It!

The year 2012 was when my life changed. For close on fourteen years I have been and still am a stay at home mum. During those years I have had three children, volunteered on umpteen school class and year committees, at tuckshop and coached soccer teams for all my children and continue to do so plus a great deal more. Contrary to some thought, stay at home mums do not necessarily fill there days with  lunches, hair appointments and watching Dr Phil. Volunteering for these different jobs, though not rocket science  consumed hours of my day where I could have been having my hair done!  However, organising children around a job, (whether you work from home or not) for all working mums is not pretty. I take my hat off to you and I do think this is where stay at home mums who do not work in a paid jobs have a distinct advantage.

Getting back to last year, I had felt for a good eighteen months that I had lost a chunk of employable skills over the years. So I decided that I would go back to University and study teaching. I began my course at the beginning of 2012, a full time Diploma of Education teaching English and History to high school students. A few months prior to this I did finish my first main draft of SEEKING EDEN too and began to send that off to publishers. In my mind getting the book published was a long shot, a dream that probably wouldn't come true.

Low and behold it did and I found myself within one year finishing and receiving a contract for SEEKING EDEN, finishing the first draft of a second book SUDAN SAND and studying full time. It was all new and exciting stuff. The best part about the journey as I travel it is that I'm not sure what 2013 will bring and what great new people I will meet, especially after the release of my romance novel and hopefully working for a school later on in the year. I must say through my social networking, which I have taken to like a duck to water,  I have connected with some wonderful ladies, mainly authors who have been nothing but an inspiration to me. Thank you. You all know who you are. Of course, I mustn't forget all my family and friends who I share with too. You rock!

Time spent with my children has changed and that couldn't have been more  highlighted than in January when they were all on summer break from school and I was doing three subjects at uni and edits for SEEKING EDEN! It was hard, but we managed and got through it all okay. I do feel an element of guilt sometimes when I tell them I'm working but I think the guilt gene is programmed into a females DNA and the kids don't mind half as much as we think they do. But sometimes you've just got to bite the bullet and get out and do things for yourself. It could be starting a small business, or enrolling in a course or even joining a gym. It can be scary and at times you feel you may be in way too deep, but you'll never know unless you give it a shot. Go on.


4 comments:

  1. Wow!! Awesome post :) You are right, it is hard to juggle kids and any kind of career, but so worth it! I think the example you set for the kids is good too.

    Cait

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  2. Thanks Cait! Though I have grumbled about how much work I've had on, it has been an awesome year (2012) and 2013 is looking just as good as if not better. I think that goes for you too! Gx

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  3. You are so right Georgie, I don't think the kids worry about the 'lost time' nearly as much as the mums do. I like to think I'm setting an example about hard work and its rewards. I know that writing and paid work and motherhood have all given me amazing challenges and even more amazing rewards.

    Everyone has the right to be proud of what they're doing with their lives, no matter what that might be. Congrats on your book contract!

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