Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lots to Be Thankful for...

I'm feeling extra thankful this Thanksgiving for all the blessings in my life. Here's what I'm giving thanks for:

An extra supportive husband who is a true partner and a true friend.

Two wonderful little girls who I love to pieces.

Parents who live close by and will pitch in when needed, but also give me my space.

In-laws who live for visits with my kids and will entertain them while I get some extra ZZZ's in the morning.

Daycare providers who I completely trust with my kids.

A job that lets me spend much more time at home with my kids than I did previously.

Nick Jr. for entertaining my kids when I need a few minutes to get work done.

Friends who understand why I don't always keep in touch as much as I should, but enjoy the time we have together when I do have time.

Good health.

A roof over my head.

A wonderful life. :)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Hope you have lots to be thankful for as well.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Finding the Inspiration

It's been difficult lately to find the inspiration for a lot of things in my life lately.

Blog? Uh yeah, haven't updated in a while.

Work? Been stuck in a cycle of endless writing and little time to devote to the projects I'd really like to do. I've adopted that freelancer's mantra of "If they're offering money, take it." Because that paycheck could always stop, and working is not optional for me.

But I'm thinking (hoping) I've turned a corner.

I went to the launch party last night for Boston Parent Bloggers, and met many great parent bloggers, many of whom have very successful blogs. It got me thinking a lot about the direction I want to take this blog and what I really want it to be. So I'm hoping that will give me a swift kick in the butt to keep with this and turn it into a great resource for other moms and dads.

In terms of work, I had a discussion the other day with this woman I do work for about my future with the company, which she would like to be much greater than it currently is. While I considered that quite a compliment, I also got to thinking, "Is this what I really want to do with my life? Is this what I see myself doing for the next 5 years? 10 years?" And when I was perfectly honest with myself, that answer was "no."

So where does that leave me? At the moment, it leaves me with a blog with a one-month gap in it, and still doing work for this company that's great money at the moment, but not where I see myself long-term.

But I'm starting to get some inspiration. Just a flicker at the moment, but I'm hoping in the days, weeks and months ahead, it will turn into much better things for me.