Honestly, the first answer that comes to mind is that I write for my sanity. I've always had a job and been enrolled in college. Almost always at the same time. You can't put the cart before the horse and you can't pay for college without money. Now, I get to be home with my two adorable, busy sons. I am so glad that I get this time with them and that I can be home with them for every giggle, tear, snuggle, and memory. That also means I am home for every bad day, tantrum, poop bomb, and mess. The good far outweighs the bad. I promise. Sometimes by the end of the day, I need some sanity. I need quiet time. I need to not have someone smearing who knows what on my shirt sleeve.
I've always loved writing. I've recently found old stories that I wrote years ago. About a year ago, I told my husband I need a hobby. A real hobby. I chose to pursue writing. At first, my theory was that it is easier to pull out a laptop or a piece of paper than drag out art supplies or practice the piano while my babies sleep. One day I hope to work on those other hobbies, but writing is my main goal now.
One of my dreams has always been to write children's picture books. I researched online, read books, and started putting my thoughts to paper. A funny thing happened. I love it. I have the writing bug and I can't stop. I lucked out by finding a local critique group. I was absolutely terrified to go to that first critique, but I am so glad I did. The members were so welcoming and kind. The first story I shared that night was terrible. It was, really. I know it was. One day I will go back and revise it. Since then I've joined official organizations, made amazing connections within the writing community, and even entered a writing contest (more on that later).
Here is to my sanity. What helps you keep your sanity?