Getting back into the swing of things for me translates to forcing some new habits, while resurrecting others from the near dead. It’s easily been since pre-Covid that I was good about doing the things…all the things that really are required as an author.


In part because I moved 3 times in 16 months after taking a new job. Partly too because I took that new job and forced myself to grow on a different front. I’ll be honest, most days I love my regular job. I do. There are the days when I don’t…but mostly, I’m in it for the long run. That said, Covid forced my industry to grow and adapt in unprecedented ways, as it did for many others. Mine however wasn’t a work from home option, it was a how do we keep the doors open and the work happening without risking our associates? The challenge was tall, to say the least.

The other piece of that equation was being given more opportunities to grow after that first leap of faith and having to really be honest with myself about what I was looking for. Goddess knows I’m not getting younger. I came to the conclusion that the work I set out to do when I took that promotion in 2020 isn’t done. I happen to believe in the don’t ask for more until you’ve said ‘Thank you’ for what you have received, and what I received that day back in 2020 was a team of people depending on me. It would not be ‘thanks’ of any kind to walk away from them with the work incomplete. I have had the hard talk with myself about what I truly want to count as accomplishments and made a list of things I am determined to achieve before I leave that world. I was surprised to see that the list isn’t as long as I thought it would be, which made me look at what was coming after…

I didn’t exactly walk away from the book world during that time, but it definitely took a backseat to the demands of my other world. Fast-forward to now and trying to reset the table for my writing and getting my feet back under me. I’ve been forcing myself to spend time doing author things on the regular to get back to it. In some ways, it’s been refreshing. In others, it’s been a hard stare into the abyss that is me, and looking at mistakes that I made years ago, as well as figuring out how to right the path to go forward. In short, author-wise, I’m a hot mess. A VERY hot mess.

To those of you still here and cheering, I thank you. To those of you who are new here, welcome! As no two authors have the same journey, we have many similarities in trials, trips, and troubles. I’ve made a spectacular mess of things, but I am determined to right the ship and set sail. I can’t wait to see you out on the horizon of somewhere where we’ll be better together.

Love & Light!