How many times have you found yourself saying “We’ll do that tomorrow,” “I don’t have time now, maybe tomorrow,” “I can’t, perhaps another day?”

Too many for me. I’ve found myself using those terms on a regular basis with my children and it’s disheartening. What is more important than them? We find ourselves so preoccupied and busy with meaningless tasks and overscheduled calendars that we often forget what really matters. They will only be little for such a short period of time. In fact, before I know they’ll likely want nothing to do with me. Their friends and activities and the latest trends will take priority. So what am I doing wasting my time on other things now? They should always be first.

So the next time my boys ask me to play dinosaurs just a little bit longer or read another book at night I won’t say no, sigh deeply or tell them “we can do that tomorrow.” No, I’ll take the time to do what they want. The laundry can wait, my computer can shut down and I can catch up on the rest of my tasks later. Those will be the things I’ll say “tomorrow” to, not more time with my boys. That is something I will never be able to get back.

What does all this mean for my work? Writing is a wonderful form of expression, something I need to embrace. It is also my job. Yes, I will continue to write. I hope to release much more work next year. However, it also means I may have to take longer on projects than I might hope. Books may not be released as quickly as planned. My career has many years to grow. I’m in no rush.

Around this time of year people often make resolutions and set goals for the future. My only true goal for the new year is to be a more attentive mother, a better wife and a more relaxed person. What are your resolutions?

Happy holidays everyone. My next few weeks are reserved for two special little boys. Talk to you all next year!


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