Where the Heck Am I?
I have a refrigerator magnet my husband bought me because the crazed 1950′s woman on it looked like me. I don’t believe I look like I’m out of a 50′s advertisement, but she does resemble me with the slightly unhinged expression all mothers sometimes wear.
On the magnet it says, “I took the road less traveled. Now, where in the heck am I?”
I thought of the magnet recently because I’ve been trying to step back a bit and see the big picture. Since the book was launched on May 28th, my 18th wedding anniversary, it’s been non-stop busy for me.
E-marketing is O-verwhelming
Every day I try to do some marketing: contact reviewers, keep up with my author facebook page, explore new sites like Goodreads, pass the word in my community, and try to post as regularly as I can here. I’ve now forgotten what I’ve done, not done, thought about getting done etc…
Addicted to Office Supplies and Proud of It
The other morning I sat up in bed with a cup of tea, a new legal pad (blue because I’m a sucker for office supplies), a calender, and a couple dozen scraps of paper and sticky notes. I asked myself three questions: “Where have I been? Where am I? Where am I going?” In terms of the book, it helped me generate a master to-do list and see I’ve come a long way in just over six weeks.
It also reminded me that on a day to day basis, I tend to ask the last question, “where am I going?” or even more commonly “where do I want to be?” far more often than I appreciate where I’ve been and, more importantly, where I am.
Where Am I?
Right now in my home office, it’s 10:30 at night. I can hear my girls watching a movie and my husband getting ready for bed. Over a cup of Sleepytime tea, I’m enjoying the click of my keyboard, the cool air moving through the house, and the scent of a mock orange.
It’s a tree and a life I planted (where have I been?) I now enjoy the blossoms of it all (where am I?) And I look forward to gathering blooms and family and books in another bouquet in the morning (where am I going?)
I wonder if you, like me, have those same moments of focusing on the last question and not giving yourself enough time or credit or room to appreciate the first two. I wish right now for nothing but right now.