It has been a most gloriously busy, nervewracking, stretching-out-of-comfort zone, strengthening, patience-trying, humbling, experience-gleaning month.
As I am prayerfully preparing to re-enter the workforce on two good hips (prayers that God comes through sooner rather than later, please?) I tend to get overwhelmed. With a conglomeration of conflicting emotions. The biggest overwhelming one being--how to balance it all. It's going to be a lot of transition and readjusting, being increasingly aware of my time management, my procrastinator tendencies and focus. Is it getting warm in here or is it just me?
Don't get me wrong I am stoked to see what God has next for me and have been knocking on a ton of doors to try and discern what exactly that is. A lot. Of. Doors.
But um, wow. I've never worked full time yet and balanced my writing. I am up for the challenge, God will equip me to what He has inspired in my heart for me to do--write--but...yeah.
It's been keeping me up at night with a fog of underlying anxiety, wondering as I wander a bit here. But I'm not here to talk about me, but about the tribe of women I am so stinking crazy blessed to know. Many of whom I got to meet in person for the first time this last month between the CFRR and ACFW conferences and this past weekend--the second annual Writing to Inspire Workshop.
|Inspired by my dear Laurie's practice of Selah she posted on Instagram here|
A question I have been asked at almost every job interview has been the searching, double-meant: "What are your long-term goals?"
Because on my resume is some editing experience and, inevitably, the discussion comes to my writing. Prospective employers have asked me (one point blank) "Well what if your novel hits it big?"And I smile wryly, keep calm and confident and somehow manage to speak succinctly: "That rarely happens. The wide majority of authors I am personal friends with also have a day job."
A day job, a consistent blogging rhythm, husbands, children, grandchildren even, multiple publishing houses, multiple manuscripts--or in some book bloggers' case: a truly towering stack of To Be Read books!
My friend Barbara and I were recently shaking our heads in awe over some of these superwomen we both know.
And that's not to mention the entrepreneurs! I have one friend with a custom baking business that's taking off, another amazing gal who's a freaking Mary Poppins nanny, incredible artist and fledgling lifestyle/food blogger, another with a virtual assisting/editing business, and yet another who's a new wife, hardworking nanny and is heading up multiple ministries at her church because her heart is as big as her smile.All these women are friends of mine. Thanks to social media that connects us across so many miles, I am assured and more at rest to know these women. And so very inspired day in and day out.
Because if they can do all the things--only through Jesus, I know all of them would say--so can I, whenever the heck the next employment phase of my life begins.
Because we all serve an amazing, creative and all-sufficient God. One whose timing is never late.
But it is because I have been poured into by so many wonderful women that I am this way. I just listen, take time and care. That is all. And it is a joy for me to both know so many crazy-talented lady bosses, superwomen authors/bloggers--and cheer them on as much as I can.
There isn't much of a point to this post other than one big fangirling thank-you post to all the amazing women in my life. You have encouraged me, prayed for me, spoken truth over me, bared pieces of your heart whether in messages, manuscripts, first drafts, or just a quiet conversation.
And, for you fellow overwhelmed intimidated spazzing out doubting-if-you-can-chase-your-dream one?Chase it. God inspired it and He will serendipitously bring just the right people to become your tribe. I promise. You are in good company.