If you’re like me, the word juggle conjures images of clowns and circuses. To be totally honest, sometimes I feel like I’m living in a circus. Between our rambunctious four-year-old and neurotic Great Dane, this house is a wild zone. I’m surrounded by noise, acrobatics—and flour explosions.
When I shared that picture on Facebook, I had no idea so many other moms had survived that exact same experience. Some of the cleanup suggestions were priceless. I received the same “oh, honey, we’ve been there!” replies when I admitted that I had just watched my husband take a leaf blower to our minivan after a rather gnarly Cheerios catastrophe. (Why didn’t I take a pic of that?!)
I’m also juggling two pen names. Lolita writes scorching hot paranormal and scifi romance while Roxie Rivera pens super steamy romantic suspense with enough tattooed bad boys to keep it interesting.
I’m not really sure when I decided it would be a good idea to branch off with another pen name. I was probably sleep-deprived and in that weird hallucinatory mind space where things like second pen names and painting stripes on the entryway wall seem like a great idea. (Pinterest lies, by the way. It’s not that easy after all!
There’s no real secret to making it work. Like all the other work at home moms, I’ve learned to prioritize, delegate, accept help whenever it’s offered and write anywhere. Kiddo was born with multiple severe heart defects so we’ve spent a lot of time in waiting rooms and hospitals over the last four years.
Twice a week, I squeeze in 1000-2000 words while she’s enjoying one-on-one with her speech and occupational therapists. Those waiting room chairs aren’t the most comfortable but you make it work, you know? I have stories that I want to tell and share!
Since I’m sure there are a lot of mamas out there who could use a little pampering, I’m offering up a $25 gift card to Bath and Body Works! Leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner on September 5!
***Lolita's winner is WinterFaerie. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address!***