Thursday, July 7, 2011
A New Chapter
Over the past three weeks I've been recovering from pneumonia. It has been a horrible ordeal and I'm glad that I'm finally better. I can breathe. I also can take a deep cleansing breath as I move on to the next stage of my life, leaving behind the part-time job that I've held for the past four years. I enjoyed working for Literacy Volunteers, an excellent organization that helps adults improve their literacy skills. But over the past year or more it was becoming increasingly more difficult to manage because of my chronic migraines. At the same time I went through my step-dad's terminal illness and death, and have experienced the hard work and joy of making progress with my literary career, and also continued with occasional freelance website development projects. Over the past six months I have been wearing more hats than I was comfortable with and my author activities have become increasingly more demanding. It was all so chaotic and felt overwhelming at times, and totally went against my grain as someone who is a planner and likes a more peaceful life. So as I considered transitioning away from some of my tasks I've sought to define where my time and energy would be best spent.
Now I'm happy to say that I'm officially writing full-time which to me means that is where my primary focus remains. This is my time of preparation for my books that will release next year and there is so much to do. I'm also continuing to do freelance work as a website developer and graphic designer, as I have had increased opportunity to continue with that work. I also plan to revamp my own online presence through my website and create promotional materials.
My opening hook for this new chapter includes my questions about how best to prioritize my projects and reorganize my life. I also will attempt to find some answers to some of my health issues. So I prayerfully devote this exciting new time to the Lord and seek his leading in the story He is telling of my life.
What is happening in the current chapter of your life? Are you at the beginning, middle, end?