When it's all happening at once...

Life is insane right now.

I'm writing this one for the mamas juggling a thousand and one responsibilities. Every season of life is important, and some are slower than others. This one, for me, is a wild ride.

Let me share a little:

I'm homeschooling my two middle schoolers (Algebra, computer science, biology...you get me?). In addition, I'm homeschooling my nearly 16 year old nephew.

We also run an online resale business. Add to that: we just purchased a 100 year old building in which the mid-level will be a brick and mortar thrift boutique and the huge lower level is being renovated into an apartment for our family. We buy concrete stain this week.

Somehow, along the way, I released a book at the beginning of this month. And the next is due to release within six months.

Am I the only one surviving on coffee??

I highly doubt it.

The hustle is real for so many mamas these days, and finding time to write becomes the last thing squeezed in at the end of the day. (I'm sitting on my bed cross-legged in my jammies, writing at my lap desk while my kids watch Dude Perfect to unwind for a bit...lots of energy coming off the screen.)

The writer/author life gets romanticized, but the truth is, for many of us it becomes an erratic, messy attempt at accomplishing something before sleep wins.

So how do we do it? How do we keep the dream alive when it would be so much easier to throw in the towel?

To get right to it: baby steps.

This can be incredibly frustrating if you're someone who's already accomplished big things in writing. You might be multiple novels in, then suddenly life only allows for an hour or so once the kids go to sleep. How can you possibly keep readers happy when you don't even have time to get acquainted with your characters? What could you possibly say to blog readers when you've barely given writing a thought all day?

It can feel a lot like several steps backward, but the truth is, even baby steps are forward motion. They might be clumsy or slow, but eventually, with determination, you'll get where you're trying to go.

The truth is, as Christ followers, we should understand perseverance more than most. Because much like this writing life, a walk with Jesus is so often romanticized. And while it is a wonderful, powerful experience to be reconciled to our Creator, it's getting more and more difficult to walk out our faith in an ever darkening culture.

Perseverance comes from a deep understanding of what truly matters. When your heart is fixed on a goal, and you understand what reaching that goal will mean, it's much easier to press on...even in the erratic, wild phases of life.

I'm with you, my friend. It's crazy here too. But I pray that in the midst of it all, you'll have joy, deep down and overflowing. That you'll find time to smile with your family. Laugh with your kids. Kiss your husband.

And in the quiet, stolen moments in which you get to write, I pray the words flow.

If you're going through something overwhelming or just need support, don't be afraid to reach out. We'd love to pray for you.



LAURA FRANCES grew up a shy thing, always daydreaming. She is now the author of the Slave series (a clean dystopian story) and Songs in the Night (a clean fantasy). Residing in midwest America as a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, and writer, Frances strives to convince others through the art of storytelling that they can do the things they think they can't.

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