Hello, lovely people! I hope you all enjoyed a blessed and sunny Easter weekend! I had the honor of being tagged in a Blog Hop by Dana, a friend of mine, a fellow mother of a one-year-old, and Christian inspiration and fiction author. I’ve never done anything like this before, so bear with me as I learn the ropes!
Quick bio for Dana:
Dana Villa-Smith is a Weilder of Words. The genre she writes is mostly Fantasy, but she also writes a great deal of Christian inspiration, YA bible study materials and devotionals as well. She and her husband currently live in Texas with their beautiful little boy. In the busy times of motherhood, she enjoys getting to take a breath from time to time to sit and spill her imagination onto paper. You can find her Blog and Facebook pages here. She also has a Fanfiction page.
Now it’s my turn… Dana asked me 4 Questions.
1. What am I working on now?
Blog-wise, I’m working on putting together a Complete List of Ages 1-16 Training Goals to share with you all. I always love a good list!
I’m continuing to organize every room in my under-1k sq. foot house once a month and post picture tours of them. So far, I have done the Bathroom, Master Closet, and Kids’ Room. Coming up are the Kitchen, Living Room, and Master Bedroom!
I’m also considering doing a post on Picky Eater Prevention, How to Get Children to Participate in Church (read: sit-through without making a scene), and do some more Financial Budgeting and Under $5 Dinner posts.
I’m also considering putting an e-book together that will be along the lines of a more-detailed Organized Work-at-Home Mom Challenge. Would you be interested in an e-book like that within a $5 price range? Let me know in the comments!
Also, going on in my writing world is a fiction story I’ve been working on for going on two years now. It’s a medieval/fantasy/political thriller and an adaptation of the Queen Athaliah and Baby Joash story in the book of 2 Kings. That was my original writing project until this organizing blog distracted me last July. It’s also how Dana and I bumped into each other. So far, it’s coming along well! I’ve completed the rough draft and am now in the revision/editing stage. So fun!
2. How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?
Well, blog-wise… I believe there are plenty of organizing blogs and mom encouragement blogs out there. Mine just specializes in organizing with littles, which is a stage of life with a specific set of challenges. The whole reason the blog has the title it does is because I google searched it myself multiple times trying to find someone else that had some ideas/resources for me. There are so many overwhelmed mothers living in chaos out there, mainly because little people are hard to predict, manage, and organize around, but it can be done! It just takes an extra dose of creativity and perseverance!
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because once-upon-a-time there was a young, newlywed mother (ehem, me) that didn’t have a clue what she was doing. She would wake up multiple times a night to a crying baby that she didn’t know what to do with. Her love for organization seemed doomed to die a dark and sleep-deprived death as the dishes stacked higher on the counter and the baby didn’t want me to put him down to wash them. Life was overwhelming, exhausting, and so, so disorganized.
But I’m a problem solver by nature, so I read things, a lot of things, and problem solved, and hung in there, and survived, and asked for advice, and with the more I learned, life got better. I got a better hang of this mom thing, and this home running thing, and this wife thing… And slowly, as I added new tips and tricks to my arsenal, life got better and more organized and more peaceful. Then we added a second child to the mix, and (surprise!) I felt like I actually knew what I was doing this time. Perhaps not perfectly, but a whole lot more than I knew the last time around.
But, just as I was the young mother and wife that had so many questions… There were other new wives and mothers that started coming to me. They would come to me with the same questions (How do you keep up with laundry? How do you sleep train? How do you keep that grocery budget under control?) and I decided to write it all down in one place.
I’m only the ‘girl with all the answers’ now because I used to be the ‘girl with all the questions’. Granted, my ‘expertise’ is still limited. Ask me about raising a 5 year old and I have no experience, but ask me how to run a home with toddlers and I feel much more qualified. At least, more than I used to be.
4. How does my writing process work?
Well, I usually wake up before the kids do and try to slip blogging into my morning routine. Usually coffee is involved. Sometimes eggs and bacon.
And now I’ll be tagging Tricia, a fellow Mom and blogger at Little House in the Hills. If you haven’t visited her site before, you should!