How do I do it all? How do I have enough time to get anything done? How did I find the time to write and publish a book? How do I find the time to read? To grow my craft? To create internet content or edit other authors work?
I get these questions almost daily.
It's easy for me to just laugh if off and say 'Oh you know, i just don't sleep anymore' to make the asker feel more comfortable. I've done that a lot. But the thing is, most people who ask don't want to real answer. They don't want to know how incredibly hard it is to do what I do every. single. day. It's a marathon, not a sprint, it takes an incredible amount of sacrifice and self-awareness. Writing, publishing, being the CEO of my own published works and business enterprises while being a wife, mother, and working full-time in Cardiology... it's a Herculean effort and I've cracked under the pressure many times.
So let me take you on a little tour of my day:
5:00AM: Wake up. Get dressed and pull hair back. Typically I have about 15-25 mins in the morning to get ready before my son wakes up so I make sure to set out my clothes and things the night before. I also don't wear any makeup or fix my hair, I just don't have the time. In fact, if my son wakes up too early I may even leave the house without brushing my teeth. (So I carry a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste in my purse with me just in case... i'm not gross people, just strapped for time).
5:30AM-6:30AM: My son wakes up, I get him out of his crib. Change his diaper and get him dressed for the day. Usually I have to start some cartoons because he doesn't wake up easily and its a good way to get him focused on something while I try to wrangle him into his tiny little shoes.... toddler shoes are HARD people. I get him some juice or milk and something to eat for breakfast. (Oatmeal and fruit are a favorite for him). By 6:30 AM I've gotten the both of us ready for the day, made my coffee, and gathered our many MANY bags. We load everything up in the car and head off for our day.
6:30AM-7:00AM: Listen to an audiobook that is CHILD APPROPRIATE... don't ask... mistakes were made. By 7:00AM I normally arrive at my sister's house to drop off my son. She takes him to school since the drop off isn't until 9:00AM and I'm already in clinic for an hour by then. He loves spending time with my nephew who's a couple years older so he has a ton of fun in the mornings before school.
7:00AM-8:00AM: Travel to work. Listen to whatever audiobook I want. LOL! (There is an office that takes me nearly 3 hours to travel to but I don't go there very regularly so that's not a typical day for me and I usually have to make special arrangements) Clinic starts at 8:00AM so usually I pull up to whichever office I'm traveling to that day around 7:45AM because I like to get settled and write my to do list before patients begin arriving in clinic.