Well, here we are at the midpoint of the year. How has it been for you so far? I have to say, a lot of my friends are struggling with a deluge of incidents and situations. When it rains, as they say…
As for me, this year so far:
- Put our house on the market and sold it
- Bought a new house
- Started a new nutrition plan… then dumped it
- Had surgery
- Enrolled two of my kids in their new schools (one of them is staying at his current school)
- Daughter graduated from elementary school
- Oldest son celebrated his bar mitzvah
- Was long listed for a RONE award but couldn’t garner the necessary support to make the short list, so I quit writing
- Helping my son plan for his student ambassadorship to Japan in October
- Planning my own trip to Japan for next year with my best friend
I know the RONE thing makes me sound petulant, but it was really just the straw that broke the camel. I’ve been trying for years to get friends, family, and readers to act on my behalf, even just to leave reviews or spread the word about my work. Because if an author can’t get even their closest loved ones to vote for them in something, how can they hope to make it? Over the years it’s become increasingly clear, however, that I can’t get anyone to support me. And since I can’t do it on my own, I’ve shut down that side of my life. Actually, I’m pretty sure my family is happier now that I’m more focused on them anyway.
So then what do I have to look forward to? Well, again, mostly family stuff:
- Prepping my son for band camp
- Family vacation
- School starting
- Pool renovations
- Having the house painted
- Finalizing my son’s plans for that Japan trip
That takes me through October, at least. We may or may not do anything fun for Thanksgiving or winter break. I guess I still have a birthday to look forward to? And some theatre tickets… Also another year of being on the PTA board.
I suppose my career crashing and burning still puts me better off than a lot of people. But I don’t have to be happy about it. And I know filling my time with house and family will only go so far. I mean, I don’t want to be one of those mothers who lose their identities in their kids and then fall apart when all those kids grow up and leave home. (Assuming they leave home, which I certainly hope they do.) But yeah. The year has definitely been one of big shifts, some in great directions, but some… not so much. Guess we’ll see what the back half brings.