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Changes At Home: Jobs, Life, And Dreams Coming True

Changes At Home: Jobs, Life, And Dreams Coming True

Happy Friday, my dear beautiful souls! I’m not someone who likes change. A little spontaneity sometimes? Sure. But changes happening all the time? Not really. It stresses me out. I like to know what’s coming so I can mentally prepare. But as our job situations have changed at home recently, I’ve been adjusting to a very different home and family life. It’s not particularly easy, but it’s definitely worth every little struggle.

I’m less than a month into a new job, one that finally allowed my husband to leave the job he’d been stuck in for too long. Because of the fabulous office we built in our backyard last year, I get to spend my days working from home (and, tbh, popping in for toddler love and snacks all the time) and making my career dreams come true. I’m working two part-time jobs now, both as editorial assistants and honestly, as far as new jobs go, I could not be happier. Both of the teams I work with are supportive, enthusiastic, and just incredible.

Of course, the jobs are fabulous, but so is the new dynamic we have in our home and family life. My amazing husband gets to stay home now, which means he’s the primary parent during the day and gets to follow his dreams too! As a family, I think we’re all much happier and definitely more relaxed. It was a pretty drastic change at first, being around each other so much more often than we were used to, but the Tiny Princess loves having us both around more. That and having so much more flexibility in our schedule are both huge perks. As far as changes go at home, it doesn’t get better than this!

The dynamic within myself has been a little harder to adjust to, but I’m getting there a little bit more every day. Right now, of course, I’m still heavily in the phase of taking in an incredible amount of information daily as I learn the new job, so I’m mentally exhausted at the end of the day. That will get better with time for sure. Other changes bother me on and off at times, like the mom guilt especially.

It is so hard to accept that I’m actually a better parent now that I’m working, but it is the truth. I’m able to relax and enjoy things more now instead of being on edge so often. That guilt just stems from a cultural belief that as a mom, I am best suited for being the primary parent. In reality, each parent is differently equipped to deal with their child, and I really struggled with being emotionally available all the time. Now that things are split more evenly, I’m able to meet her needs much better.

All of that to say, dreams really do come true! We had been talking about this life for so long that sometimes it’s hard to believe that we’re actually doing this! The changes that have occurred over the last month are incredible and I couldn’t be happier with our situation now. I only hope everyone can find their dream too.

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Equinox

Hello beautiful souls,

As much as I want to keep the blog current all the time, things are going to be sporadic for quite some time yet. I’m doing so many things that I love, but this season is so ridiculously hard. Adaline just turned two last week and apparently this development stage comes with a lot of tantrums. She’s doing her best though, and so am I, and that’s what matters… I think. Continue reading →

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Revamp 2.0

Hello stardust beings,

I’m drowning in the insanity that is making a website. I had some issues go down with my hosting services and lost some of my backups, so I’m redoing a lot of things from scratch. Which is… fine… since I needed to add/change some things around the website anyways, but still quite frustrating. Right now I’m archiving a lot of past posts, which is why there is very little content to look at, but things will be back up and normal soon.

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July Thoughts

Hello lovelies,

I haven’t written much lately, mainly because I’ve been drowning a bit in writing-intensive classes and I’m still finding my balance between work and fun writing time. But I wanted to hop online this week so that at least I don’t let the month go by without posting something. This might be a bit disconnected, but that’s kind of the way my brain is working right now, so that’s what you get. Continue reading →

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Currently

Hi everyone! 

I’ve missed writing for the blog over the last month. I was doing so much work behind the scenes and the house-buying process went absolutely haywire. In trying to deal with all that, I also fell behind on schoolwork, which is why I’m not 100% back to normal yet. Also, what’s normal? Continue reading →

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A Year of Pandemic

Hello lovely humans,

Before we dive in today, I wanted to announce that I’m going to be starting to write a monthly email newsletter! Everything is still coming together, but I’ll be sharing the sign-up links very soon. The emails will include personal notes from me, recommendations, resources, and exclusive works of fiction by yours truly. I’m excited about this new project and hope you’ll join in! Thanks!

Looking Back

One year ago, I was trying to adjust to a new variant of life, a new normal, you could say. The Best Husband had just gone back to work after six weeks of furlough because of the pandemic. Texas was trying out its first reopening plan and we were still hopeful that by the time summer truly hit, we would be back to pre-pandemic life.

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nanowrimo: april 2021 edition

Hello fellow dreamers,

At the beginning of the month, I mentioned that I was going to use Camp Nanowrimo as a way to improve my blogger presence in 2021. I listed out 30 tasks that I thought were reasonably simple with the goal of having a much more cohesive look and a better plan for the future of the website and my platform as a writer overall. I’m very attached to my little corner of the internet and was very excited to make it even better and even more useful.

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Reading in 2021

Hello beautiful dreamers,

My content is usually all over the place, however I am making an attempt to add more reading/book related content to my blog posts. Especially considering that I am in the process of making a career out of writing and books, it seems appropriate.

Reading was something I did obsessively as a child/teenager, but slowly fell out of the habit during college. And now, of course, running around after a toddler takes up a lot of my day, so reading doesn’t always fit into my day. However, the daydreams never stop, so I always come back to my books. 

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Projects and Life

Hello beautiful creatures,

Did you notice the design changes? Did you? I’m quite proud of the direction all my little updates are going. Obviously there’s a lot of changes that still have to take place and I debated with myself about not posting until I had everything fixed just right, but honestly, when in life do we ever have things fixed up just the way we want them? Continue reading →

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Finding New Footing

Hello beautiful readers!

I hope 2021 is treating all of you lovely people well, despite all the chaos of the real world. I hope you’re able to take time for your own needs and self care and that you have people in your life who are supporting and loving you through everything that’s been happening. If you have the mental and emotional capacity, hopefully you’re able to check in with and be a support person for someone else. Continue reading →

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