At this very moment, I am sitting in a dental office with our sixteen year old twins. It is just after 9 am and I have been up since about 5:15 am getting our three-year old grandson ready for his day at school. From here, I am heading to work where I have a full schedule for which I am grateful to have an intern to cover much of my instruction, and a meeting right after dismissal. After that, I’m making a stop at the mall to pick up race packets for my friend and myself so that we can participate in a 5K on Saturday, picking up the grandbaby and then straight home to pack up for our son’s football game that is an hour away.
As I am typing this post, I am going back and forth into the treatment area to speak with the dentist about what’s happen with my kids’ dental health. Of course, these trips are doubled since I have twins back there! And then there are the text messages between their Dad and me as I do my best to keep him up to date on what’s happening here.
A few nights ago, I sat talking with the twins about my upcoming book signing event. Our son asked, “when did you have time to write a book?” I had to laugh and the only thing I could say is, “while you guys are sleeping, I’m up working.” For the most part this is true. I do work a lot at night after everyone has gone to bed but I also use moments like this one, where I am forced to be sitting and waiting. Any moment of still and quiet I can get, I try to take advantage of it.
Using my time wisely is a top priority. Working two jobs, raising our last two kids plus now our grandson and maintaining a positive, respectful relationship with my life partner takes up much of my time. My goal is to never short change myself, my work or my family relationships so managing time is important.
With that being said, accomplishing my goal of becoming an author has been so rewarding because it took a while to get here. I am proud of myself for not giving up when times got hard and it looked like this goal wouldn’t happen. Yesterday, my publisher/agent called to let me know that my books had been delivered. I had planned to go home after work to take a short nap so that I’d have a bit more energy prior to picking up my grandson from preschool but when she called I headed straight to her office after work.
Opening that box and seeing my books, I could not contain my excitement. Wow! I was actually holding in my hands what I’d been carrying around in my heart and mind for over twenty years. With the many detours, challenges and unexpected events that have happened in my life it has truly taken me by surprise that I can finally cross this item off my goal list. The crazy thing is that while I’d always hoped this would happen, this is not the goal I had been putting most of my energy into over the past two year. I had been working on starting my own business and somehow, in that, the opportunity to publish my book came to light. Funny how God works.
Over the next few days, weeks and months I will be promoting my book and planning my book launch event. I am planning to enjoy this ride! As I sit here think again about my son’s question, I am reminded of how one eats an elephant…one bite (moment) at a time.
Dreaming big dreams…