Oh my goodness! I am B.E.Y.O.N.D. excited to be back at Inspy Romance!
With a heavy heart, I stepped away from the blog a year ago because, honestly, I was in over my head on SO many things in life.
Don’t get me wrong. I love me some romance and LOVE blogging about it, especially when we’re talking romance novels. Goodness, I WRITE them for a living, right?
But I was taking inventory of my priorities and realizing that my family was getting scraps and things like blogs were getting most of my brainpower.
Yeah, that’s not okay. It was time to “demote” a few things in my life so I could “promote” the things that mattered most to me. God. My family. And yeah, writing too, because when you get so busy blogging and don’t have enough time to WRITE BOOKS, that is a problem when your career is writing books!
So I took a break from most of my blogging, personal and here, to get into better rhythms in life.
While I definitely don’t profess to have it all together, when Valerie asked me if I was interested in coming back to InspyRomance, I was SO EXCITED to realize I was ready to tiptoe back in! I could blog about romance again, one of my FAVORITE topics, and it would fit in nicely with my current schedule.
I think we all need to do that at times, take stock of what is consuming our time. I LOVE reading books, and I LOVE blogging. But I’ll be really honest. If reading my books inhibits your real life romance, if you are so wrapped up in the fictional world I’ve created that you tend to ignore the real world happening around you, then I’d rather you not read my books. I write to encourage women and moms, and the occasional male who is secure enough to read a book drenched in pink. I write for God to use my stories for his glory. I write to provide entertainment that enriches instead of pollutes. But I don’t write to replace the real living God has for you to do. I don’t write to replace the deep relationship God has for you for your spouse, for those of you who are married!
SO what do you think? Do you have your romance-reading hobby at the appropriate priority level? What tips do you have for others who are trying to balance real life with the joy of escaping into fiction for a few hours?
A few of MY tips:
- When I say “Just let me finish this chapter” I really try to just finish that chapter. My kids know that I’ll put down the book and give them 100% of my attention when that chapter is done.
- When my hubby gives me that look, even if I’m snuggled in bed and in the middle of a good chapter, I chuck the book. Nuff said.
- I forewarn when I’m starting a book. “Mommy is going to go read for a few hours” works nicely. Granted, my kids are “mostly” old enough to entertain themselves, so this works. Before, it was negotiating “no kid” reading time with my husband while he took over kid time. I repaid the favor when he wanted to spend some kid-free time doing one of his many hobbies.
- When a kid says, “You’re reading a book AGAIN?!?” I know it’s time to take a reading break.
Those are really specific to ME and my life-story, I’d love to hear what tips you have!