“A blog? What do you mean a blog? What will you write about? Will you share the private details of our lives?” This was my husband’s reaction the other night when I casually mentioned the idea of starting a blog. It is something that I have been mulling over for several weeks. But, if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m not 100% on-board with the idea either. The very thought of writing something for public consumption terrifies me. But it is also exhilarating!
Let me rewind the tape a bit… This past June, I left my company of five years. I worked at an executive search firm. I loved the work and the people. But there was something missing and I couldn’t continue denying it. At the risk of sounding cliché, the “balance” was off. And I don’t just mean the work/life balance, although that was certainly a big factor. I have seven-year old twins and I was increasingly feeling like I was missing out on my children’s lives. But more than that, I felt like work was only fulfilling one part of me. I worked with a group of intelligent, driven and engaging people. I have always loved a challenge, and there was no shortage of intellectual challenge at my job. But there were interests that I wanted to delve into – cooking, photography, tennis, golf (maybe…). I wanted to spend more time at the gym. And I wanted to figure out how to give back to the community in a meaningful way.
All of these things propelled me to quit. But there was one over-arching reason: I wanted to write a book. There, I’ve said it! For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write a fiction book. But there was never enough time. So I quit my job to begin this exciting, terrifying, crazy new chapter (pun intended!).
My goal is to dedicate this next year to writing a fiction novel. I’m still working out the details – genre, plot, setting, characters… There’s a lot to work through! In the meantime, I want to make sure that I am writing on a regular basis. And so we come back to the idea behind this blog – holding myself accountable to writing as often as I can. After all, there is no boss looking for deliverables, and no co-workers to measure myself against. It’s all on me to get this done!
So what can you expect from this blog? Much to my husband’s dismay, you’ll probably hear about the daily goings-on in our household. You’ll hear about my new hobbies. And you’ll certainly hear about my trials and tribulations as I enter the writing world!
I hope you join me on this adventure!