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Kristine: The Quest for Balance and Sanity

Greetings! I’m excited and honored to join Creative Construction.

I’ve always been a Type-A personality, which has been a both a blessing and a curse my entire life. On the plus side, I’m extremely organized. On the negative side, I can be a tad neurotic. Okay, REALLY neurotic depending on the day. Just ask my husband.

When I had my first child in December 2007, I thought I could handle it all. I took a week off from work after I gave birth and then was back on the computer editing layouts the next week. (Being self-employed means no paid maternity leave, of course.) And I believed that after a few months of taking care of my baby, life would pretty much go back to normal.

It didn’t take me long to learn that “normal” was a concept that was going to change on a daily basis.

So I’ve changed big time. I’ve learned that if I can get a shower and dressed before lunch, it’s a good day, and if I can accomplish at least half of the things on my to-do list, even better. I’ve also learned that a day spent playing with my daughter and watching her smile is better than anything in the entire world.

I work part-time at home as a freelance technical magazine editor, moonlight as an aspiring novelist, and work full-time as a mommy and wife. There are days when I feel I can juggle it all. Then there are days when brushing my hair is an accomplishment and I question my sanity.

But underneath it all, I’m a writer. That’s the true core of who I am.

I write because it makes me feel alive. I write as a way to capture moments that I know I won’t remember in another year or two. I write as a way to escape reality and enter a world of my own control. I write as a way to reconnect with myself and make a difference. I write because I can’t imagine not doing so.

I leave you all with a quote that sums up the importance of writing in my life, one I heard from a published author during a writing conference I attended a few years ago and which has stuck with me ever since. The subject of the speech was motivation, and when this author was asked why she wrote fiction, she said simply, “I write to entertain, and while I may not be able to change the world, I may be able to change someone’s afternoon.”

It’s a pleasure to be here.

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  1. Hi Kristine! And Welcome! You have discovered a sisterhood here of women who feel the exact same way as you. I have two boys, ages two and three months, and struggle with getting *anything* accomplished in a day, so kudos to you for getting your hair brushed! 🙂

    September 11, 2008
  2. Cathy #

    welcome kristine! ditto, brittany on sisterhood…

    i hand off my baby to honey in the am so i can get a shower before he leaves for work. this is a new revelation and practice! it makes a world of difference. i feel almost human after nursing her all night, after managing homework and bath battles with my big boys. he can make his sandwich with one hand and cradle baby c in the other arm. i tell him it’s more daddy-girl bonding time which it is.

    September 11, 2008
  3. Wonderful to have you, Kristine!

    (And I’m right there with you on the week-long “maternity leave” of the self-employed 🙂 )

    September 11, 2008
  4. Kristine #

    Thank you for the warm welcome!

    September 11, 2008
  5. welcome, kristine! i can totally relate to so many things you said here! particularly that type-A, tad neurotic (really mostly rather insane) description. i have 5-year-old twin girls, work full-time as a college administrator and design and run an artisan jewelry business on the side. aren’t we all insane do-it-all-ers, here? 😉

    September 11, 2008
  6. Great to see you here, Kristine! I’m so glad you joined!!

    September 11, 2008
  7. Kristine #

    Thank you, Kelly and Christa!

    Kelly: I think all Creative Mamas are a little insane, but that’s what makes us interesting, right? 🙂

    September 11, 2008
  8. Charlotte #

    Hello Kristine, and everyone else! After reading Kristine’s lovely introduction I feel I have been impolite in not introducing myself properly to the group. However, I can’t seem to work out how to make a post on this page rather than just comment on someone else’s post… do I need to Do Something first??

    September 12, 2008
  9. Charlotte: shoot an e-mail to creativereality@live.com and I’ll set you up!

    September 12, 2008

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