When life gets in the way…

Have you ever felt like the universe is doing it’s damnedest to prevent you from enjoying the things you most want to spend time on? Ever tried to get on with your to-do list and have a million things dumped in your lap that needed sorting yesterday? Ever felt so sure your body is going to collapse under the strain of illness and life stress, that getting out of bed feels utterly pointless?

I should probably tell you that, right now, my hand is stretching itself towards the sky, giving a little wave and shouting ever so annoyingly “Me! Me! MEEEE!”. Yes, life has well and truly kicked my **** and writing has had to take a backseat for the better part of two years! Yes, you read that correctly. Where is that horror stricken emoji face when I need one?

The last blog post I wrote was published in March 2019 and, looking back, I’m not entirely surprised there hasn’t been a peep out of me since. I’ve had plenty of good, happy days filled with fun and the things memories are made of. I’ve also had a few too many busy ones full of challenges and deadlines. And then there’s been a whole truckload of the kind where you just want to go to bed and wake up tomorrow, or next week, or perhaps even next year. Looks like I accomplished the last – at least where any form of writing is concerned!

You may be thinking to yourself, what has happened to make this woman stop doing what she loves for nearly two years just when everything was going so well? Well, my friends… Life, that’s what happened. I don’t need to go into the gory details, save to say I had a major health scare that put everything else on hold. Throw the “Curse of 2020” into the mix and it has taken everything I possess just to exist, take every day as it comes and be there for my family as much as I’m capable of. Thankfully, we have weathered everything life has thrown at us and I’m finally back on my feet and feel like I have the energy and urge to get back into writing once more.

But where to begin? I need to read through the chapters I finished writing back in 2019 and take stock, I think. I have a good friend who’s eagerly waiting for the continuation of a story she fell in love with. I have chapters she hasn’t even seen yet and I plan to send everything over to her as soon as possible and see what she thinks. Her feedback has been great and I can’t tell you the effect it has had on my confidence! Once that’s done, I should know at least where I am and can plan what to do next.

In the mean time it’s winter here in Norway! We’ve had sunshine and blue skies today, but the temperature is well below zero and the dusting of snow we received last week is still here. The kids are desperate for more so they can get out their sledges and skis but, I have to admit… I much prefer to watch the snow fall through a window while I claim the spot closest to the fireplace, find my cosiest woolly jumpers and warm woolly socks and indulge in an endless stream of hot cups of tea, whilst I knit and listen to audiobooks. ❤️

And so, for now, my focus will be to enjoy life and its many small joys and get back on track with writing. The dream of writing my own book is still as strong as it has ever been. Let’s see about making it a reality!

I wish you all a pleasant day wherever you are!

And happy writing!

S

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