Deep in my soul, I am a writer. I feel called to write as my passion and purpose, despite my career detour in the field of Occupational Therapy.
And so when I read on Word Press about the post a day or post a week challenge, I had to sign up. I have had the goal (silently) since I began my blog, to post a blog a week and decided this was a better way to commit to doing this.
Yet, as much as I love to write, I have missed a week.
That is the short answer.
My other passion is my family, my three wonderful yet spirited children and my husband, my best friend and soul mate. Lately, I have also been working much outside the home as an Occupational Therapist. I am lucky to be able to work prn (as needed) at a nearby nursing home with great staff, a place I enjoy working. Out of financial necessity, I have been working almost whenever they call and ask me to work which means less time at home and less time to write.
I love writing and yet when there is pressure “to write, and now” it can be hard to really tune into my thoughts and write something meaningful.
I have been taking time to myself, weekly, or as often as i can, for several years now and sometimes it takes me several hours to unwind before I can dig deep and write from my heart. The challenges of being a homeschooling parent and caregiver to three children, one a toddler and another with mental health issues added to the fact that when I do “go to work”, I am also serving as a caregiver, can be mentally and emotionally draining. And so when I do take time for myself and to write, I am exhausted and want to chill out with spider solitaire or find myself reading my endless email or facebook posts, lost in a sea of computer generated messages.
Writing calls to me. When I do take the time to write a post, or even an entry in my private journal, it energizes and empowers me and provides the refueling I need to keep on going. I return to my family with more patience and love and can enjoy being with them.
Writing reconnects me with myself which in turn helps me reconnects to those I love. And having others read m posts (as someone who has been journaling for over 30 years), has added a whole new level of empowerment.
Thank you to all who read my posts. It is added motivation to keep on track and post weekly!