This month, I didn’t write at all. I made the conscious decision in the weeks leading up to the birth of baby #2 and the first few weeks of baby’s life, I wanted to be fully engaged with my family. Spending as much time as possible with my little man before he has to share my attention. Doing everything I could to prepare for life as a mom of two. Cleaning the house, setting up baby’s sleeping arrangements, freezing some dinners so I don’t have to cook for a while.
The lesson I learned this month, is that sometimes it’s the right decision to put one priority aside for another. A month may not be the right length of time for you, but if life is busy, or there is another passion you really want to pursue, there may be some benefit in putting a pause on your writing. Just make sure you have a strict plan of when you will come back to writing.
August 2019 Writing Report
Summary of My Month
Instead of writing, I spent this month preparing for a new baby. I dedicated extra time to remaining active and healthy. I spent extra time with my son and tried to take him on fun outings knowing once baby came it would be a while before I could take him somewhere fun. We went to the splash pad and the zoo. We went to lots of parks.
I also spent this month snuggling and kissing my sweet newborn. I’m soaking up every sleep-deprived minute I have with him. I love staring into his eyes and holding his tiny, perfect body. My writing probably would have been nonsensical those first few weeks of his life, so I have no regrets about not writing this month.
I guess not writing this month is a low-light. I don’t regret it, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it. I love to write, and it’s always hard to stop doing something you love. Even if the cause is totally worth it. It’s been an amazing month with my new baby and I’m so grateful for the time I’ve spent with him. But I am excited to start writing again.
I had a baby! This has been one of the most exhausting, yet beautiful months of my life. I have tried to record some of the experiences and feelings I’ve had this month. I know they have great story potential. Life experiences and such real, powerful emotions make the best story material. So, even if I’m not writing I’m still thinking like a writer!
Thoughts and Goals
It’s been interesting to make the decision not to write for a month and see how I felt about it. I’m glad I had this experience and time with family. But, like I said, I’m excited to get back to writing. In a way, it’s been a good way to see just how much writing really means to me. I wouldn’t change anything about this month, but I’m glad to feel motivated and excited to write again.
My goal for the month is to find a schedule and rhythm that enables me to balance writing with being a mom of two. It may take a while to figure out just how much writing I can do with two littles. But I’m excited to find out.
What are your goals for the month?