As per usual, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about the things in life that make me tick. I’m on this constant and ever complicated journey of finding balance. I follow these people on Instagram that are bikini models and cross fitters and these all around awesome fit people. I also follow published authors, vivacious readers, clothes designers, and DIY-ers. I have a wide array of things that interest me obviously, and in this search for balance I’m learning that a few things must be cut.

The one consistent thing that I’ve noticed from all of these people that I follow: they passionately and without fail pursue one thing of focus. Whether it is fitness or writing or photography, that’s what they are doing. Over the past two years I have really turned my fitness life around, losing over thirty pounds and running my first half marathon, things that I am really proud of. I’ve written four (pretty crappy) novels, and I’m constantly doing something in the house.

This summer, in seeking a life of balance, I’m more importantly seeking a writing life. Of all the things that I love doing, writing is the one dream that I can’t live without pursuing. It’s the thing that if I took it out of my life, I wouldn’t be the same person that I am. Yes, I’m still exercising and being fitness minded, but I’ve realized that I don’t want to be a bikini model. I want to be a writer.

So, I haven’t been posting much on here because I’m writing another novel, and I’m more focused than I’ve ever been. I’m worried less about word count and more about the story that I’m sharing. I’m sharing a story that has been festering in my soul for as long as I can remember and I am focused.

Now that I have a writing partner, someone who is reading my words, even in their unedited, unfinished form, I realize the importance of focusing on the words. The words strung together to create the story that has to be told. That’s what I’m up to this summer. So, if you don’t feel like you are hearing enough from me, know that it is for a good cause! Happy writing!

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