Monday, May 20, 2013

4th Annual LDS Writer Blogfest

LDS Writer Blogfest

I'm excited to be a part of the 4th Annual LDS Writer Blogfest. It's interesting to stop and think about how my faith and beliefs impact me as a writer. Lately, my family has been on a huge quest to slow down and enjoy being together and serving others more, basically trying to focus more on the things that matter most. Sometimes the hardest thing for me is balance. I love what Marjorie Hinckley says about this, "Life is full of challenges. Many of them involve balance and temperance. Complete abstention may be much easier than moderation. It’s easier for me to completely abstain from smoking than to try to balance my day – a little for this, a little for that, a little for him, a little for her." 

It's almost easier for me to become completely immersed in writing or completely immersed in family rather than achieving a good balance and putting the most important things (serving others, my family, and my faith) first. I have found the key to this is relying on The Holy Ghost for inspiration and direction. If I sit down to write and feel prompted to work on a different project, I do it. If I sit down to write and feel I should snuggle my 2yo and watch Chuggington instead, I try to do it (the snuggling part is fun but wasting time watching television has never been fun for me!). 

Our lives are a constant balancing act, but having the inspiration from above can really help us to stay on track, accomplish the things that matter most, and be happy throughout the process. 

Please read some of the thoughts of other LDS Writers, they are some inspiring people!


  1. Love this post. Finding a balance for everything that is important in our lives is not an easy thing to do.

    Can't wait to see what the other writers have to say!

    1. Thanks, Vicki! I really appreciate you spending some of your time visiting my blog!

  2. Balance has always been a struggle for me too. I think we should at least give ourselves credit for recognizing that and trying to reach a better balance between writing and family. This year was a huge blessing for me. My youngest started school and now I can treat writing like a job and do it while everyone is away from home. It makes it easier (most of the time) to put it away when they are home.

    Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Charity! I feel better as I'm updating my blog and editing one chapter while my 2yo terrorizes the basement!
      That's wonderful that you have that time.

  3. Tell me about it! Finding family time is hard enough without the overwhelming compulsion to write. But that's why we have an entire lifetime to figure it out. :) I usually feel less guilty if I'm sacrificing sleep to write. (Rather than sacrificing family time.) But then sometimes it makes for a cranky daddy, so my projects creep along at the pace of the clock on fast Sunday.
    P.S. I love that you title yourself a "clean" romantic suspense author. Way to apologetically stick to your standards!

    1. Thanks Ryan!
      I can't imagine the pressure with work, family, and writing. The older I get the more sleep I need! I keep reminding myself that someday these cute little men will leave me and try to enjoy it!

  4. So true. It's a daily thing for me to find out what is most important for that day. Thanks!

    1. Definitely. It's a good day when I listen and do the most important things!

  5. This is for me! Every day is a balancing act. Thank you for your insight on listening to the Holy Ghost. I'm glad I found you!

    1. Thank you! It definitely helps when I do listen, sometimes life gets so busy I forget!
      Thanks for stopping by,


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