a day in the life.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Who cares, really?
My life is certainly not more interesting that anyone else's. And, yet, I get lots of questions, mostly from younger readers, asking what it's like to be an author.
Well, I wish I could say that every day is as glamorous as Miranda Priestly's townhouse, but it's not. It is however, a lot of fun in a simple kind of way, which is how I prefer life these days.
I'm a believer, a wife, and a mom before I'm anything else, so I really try to make those roles my top priority. I also work full-time because being an author rarely means you get to quit your day job. In practical terms, I spend a lot of time loving on my husband and daughter and doing my best to engage with God in a way that eliminates all the other noise I experience on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes I can do it, and sometimes I can't. I use up a lot of His grace, but that's okay because there's plenty of it to go around.
We pay Pierce's mom, Wanda, to take care of Lucy during business hours so I can work without being distracted by my toddler. It's really a win-win because Wanda, who is retired, earns a little extra income while enjoying the generally-pleasant company of her granddaughter. And since I work out of the office most days, I can be close to my little girl while still bringing home (some of) the bacon. Plus, Lucy's not in a daycare with people I don't know. Our first and only experience with that was a great one, thankfully, but it's hard. Really, really hard. That's one thing people don't tell you when you get pregnant: leaving your baby in the hands of a complete stranger so you can make money to take care of said baby will be a paradoxical heart breaker.
Anyway, now that we've gotten those details out of the way, here's a snapshot of what a typical weekday looks like for yours truly:
7:00 a.m. - I get up with Lucy who, bless her little heart, sleeps 12 hours a night. I feed her, dress her, and brush her teeth. I also let the animals out and feed them.
7:45 - 8:10 a.m. - Pierce leaves for work and I settle down with a cup of coffee, a big glass of lemon water, some breakfast, and either my Bible or some kind of faith-based reading. Lucy is at a weird age where she's big enough to play on her own, but not so big that I feel comfortable leaving her for more than a few minutes without supervision. So while quiet time like this is my goal every morning, I'll admit that sometimes I'm too tired and I'll just sneak back in bed for an extra fifteen minutes or so. If I'm up, Lucy is playing in her room with me right next door. But if I lie back down, I put Lucy in her crib with a couple of toys.
8:10 - 9:00 a.m. - I take a shower or simply wash my face + brush my teeth and get ready for the day. I pack lunches and try to catch some news while I do my makeup + dress. Lucy is usually playing in the crib with her Lego blocks, reading books, or watching Daniel Tiger during this time. (Sometimes it's a combination of all three.)
9:00 a.m. - Time for work!
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 - Time for more coffee (because, OF COURSE), as well as getting set up for work and Lucy's snack time.
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - These are my working hours. My day job is Social Media + Public Relations Specialist for a non-profit that supports adults with developmental disabilities. I'm always monitoring our social media accounts, searching for updates and interesting content, planning for our fundraiser, answering emails, or posting online. In between, I might work on a script for a client or a chapter of my next book. I also stay updated with my own blog and social media, eat lunch, and sneak some fun time in with Lucy. Some days are much busier than this, and some are slower, but this is a typical work day for me.
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - This is a good time for errand-running, but I generally dislike getting Lucy in and out of the car more than twice because I can't just pop that seat out anymore.
6:00 - 6:40 p.m. - Lucy and I will let the animals out and feed them together (she is great about getting the dog's bowl for me and putting it back once it's filled). Then I'll make some more coffee and hang in the nursery with her while she plays independently. I read aloud to her from whatever book I'm reading and, even though she doesn't sit and listen, I feel confident that she's developing a love of stories as well as important language skills. We also play music and dance together, or color and look at books. Pierce come homes around this time and he straight tackles Lucy. They love to play and be silly together, and I love watching them. Theirs is a very sweet bond.
6:40 - 7:00 p.m. - Dinner for Lucy + getting ready for bed. She goes down at 7:00 every single night, unless we're out running errands or having dinner somewhere, and this is a great routine for us. We turn on Lucy's sound machine and say prayers together, after which she signs (with great enthusiasm) "Amen!" Then we give her kisses and put her down for the evening.
7:00 - 11:00 p.m. - The last few hours of the day are sometimes very relaxing, and sometimes not. Pierce and I will eat dinner and do chores around the house. If there's not a lot going on, I'll read, write, or watch Netflix and Pierce will do something similar. There are times when he brings his work home - especially during football season - but on occasion we'll find a sitter for Lucy and go out together. Because of his job with the Falcons, we've had opportunities to attend a bunch of fun events. Most evenings, though, we're at home spending time together, working on the house, or just hanging out. We usually steal Lucy out of her crib for a few minutes every night for extra cuddles, too. Sleeping babies are just irresistible. Especially sleeping Lucys.
11:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - We try to get ready for bed and wind down during this time, but it can be hard to put away the phones and devices. Midnight is the latest that either of us like to be up, so we're pretty good about getting settled - if not asleep - by that time.
That's about it for the extraordinary life of this author. It's not shiny or sparkly, but it's still pretty damn magical.