Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Staying Grateful

I'm emotionally volatile right now. One minute I'm overflowing with gratitude for my beautiful boys, my wonderful husband, our warm, safe home. The next minute I'm cussing because the insurance claimed yet another medical bill wasn't their responsibility (even though we've more than met our deductible) and I still can't fit into my jeans. I know this is all part of being a new mom, but I'm trying for more on the positive side and less on the negative, remembering that we should have all those medical bills paid by the time my baby starts high school but I only have so long to enjoy his squishy thighs and toothless grin. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and can keep those grateful feelings with you.
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mommy Brain

All pregnant women can attest to the fact that the brain is a bit mushy during pregnancy. I knew that I would be forgetful and not be productive with my writing throughout pregnancy, but my baby is three months old and I am still a mess. I sat down to work on my manuscript the other night and it was like I'd completely forgotten how to write. I finally gave up when I couldn't think of any way to describe one of the characters except "huge." Robin Elise Weiss, wrote an article for about Placenta Brains and she claimed it could take up to six months after birth to return to normal. At this point I'm just praying my mind comes back. Anyone else suffered from Mommy Brain? Did the lost brain cells come back?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Get Comfortable

"I hope you're all comfortable. If not, it's your own fault." This is how our host welcomed us to a dinner party last night. He and his wife had worked hard to make sure we all felt comfortable and welcomed but if we chose not to take advantage of that it was definitely our fault. I've spent too many years learning that this statement is true in many situations. Especially in my writing life. When I have to speak to a group, sign books in an unfamiliar location, or attend a writer's conference I can choose to be comfortable (or at least fake it) or I can feel uncomfortable and most likely alienate the people I'm speaking or meeting with. Since I graduated high school (in a huge class of 42) I've been in many situations I wasn't comfortable with. Growing up in the tiny town of Clifton, Idaho, I rarely met a new friend. As I went to USU and then started working I had to learn to be comfortable whatever situation I was in. When I finally figured out how to relax and be comfortable or fake it when I needed to life became so much easier, I was blessed with many more friends, and I was able to watch out for others instead of focusing on my own discomfort. Make yourself comfortable, everyone around you will thank you for it.
Monday, November 8, 2010

In need of blogging advice

I am guilty of the #1 way to lose blogging traffic according to a recent article in Writer's Digest. I post too infrequently. With a 3 month old baby I have a hard time turning on my computer let alone clicking onto my blogs. I know, excuses, excuses. I promise soon I'll get on top of things. What blogging advice has been effective for you? I thought these blogs had some good ideas: LifeDev Manish Pandey Lisa Chris Garrett

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