J is for …


Hey guys, and welcome back for the current installment of the April A to Z Challenge. Sorry about the late post for “I” yesterday, had some family things that needed to be taken care of and ended up forgetting to come on and post it since I forgot to schedule my letter I.

But let us get back to the word at hand: juggling. I’ve talked about this before, so I am going to try and keep this brief. Or at least as brief as my rambling mind can be when I am trying to get words down.

Most writers, at least the ones I talk to and the ones that I work with, can say we do a lot of juggling in our chosen line of work. I know I definitely do. Not many of the writers that I know are able to just write where they have no outside interruptions.

I have several parts of my life I juggle: being a mom, being a wife, being a writer, working a full time job, and that nearly invisible hat right now of wanting to go back to school. Then each of those main hats that I wear and juggle around, have little pieces inside that I have to juggle as well: field trips, shopping, cleaning, laundry, homework, mandatory extra time at work, blogging, social media, novel writing. And I’m not a published author, I’ve seen how many more balls are thrown in the mix when you try to get published. There is a lot more to do like deadlines and signings and such. And I kind of look forward to the day when those extra balls get thrown into the mix of things that I juggle.

So when you are juggling all your hats and balls, what happens? Do you get overwhelmed? Do you have a special way of de-stressing when it comes out and overwhelms you? Let me know!

And for some other J words for you I have:

  • Judgment: So, I think this is my biggest stress-causer in my writing life. I am that kind of person that really looks for getting positive feedback, and hope that I can always please the people I am around. Not the healthiest way to live – especially since you can’t please everyone and I am working on that. But I am slowly growing a thicker skin, especially with this critiquing I have been trying to do more of. How are you dealing with those that judge you and your work?

Take care and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Cara Mia Amore

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5 thoughts on “J is for …

  1. Hello! When people judge my work or career choice, I ignore it. Judgment comes from lack of understanding. They don’t understand, which is their problem, so there’s no reason to take it personally. I love my choice as a writer and I’m happy with it no matter what others think!

    Good luck with everything! Hope you’re having a great weekend and happy A to Z!!

  2. It’s very hard to juggle writing with a full time job and a home and school. We finally made the choice to have a bit less income so I can write, but not all families have that kind option. We’re fortunate.

    But hang in there. You’ll always find time to do what’s important ;o)

  3. There certainly is a lot of juggling for writers, and deciding which balls to pick up can be the hardest part. I’m trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at myqualityday.blogspot.com

  4. Judgement is not something I struggle with (in fact, I crave it!). But juggling is a completely different story! Yes, I get overwhelmed. Usually, my method of coping involves pushing through it, even when I just want to run far from it. I know if I just take a break when it’s all overwhelming me, the next day it will be overhwelming me even more. So a day of pushing myself really hard actually makes the overwhelmedness go away the easiest.

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