working mom

Are you more of a “work to live” or a “live to work” type of person?

(It’s a question featured in this Women’s Health story.)

I definitely used to be a “live to work” type of person. For most of my adult life, I’ve always spent well beyond 40 hours a week working, whether it was juggling a couple of different jobs or putting in way too many hours at my former newspaper home. It’s not just that I needed the money — I have always loved feeling useful and productive. I enjoy stepping back and admiring the thing I put my time and energy into and seeing it shaped by my skill.

Journalism isn’t art, but the sentiment is still there. Whenever I tackle a story, I always feel like I’m putting together a puzzle. During the process, I can’t wait to see what the final picture looks like.

Since I became a mother though, I now “work to live.” I still enjoy my work life. I still step back and admire the things I put my time and energy into. I still love doing my metaphorical puzzles. But if I could, I’d take more days off just to be with my kid. I’d pack her up in the car with her coloring books and we’d drive to the beach. We’d eat ice cream, chase the seagulls, and laugh. Oh, we’d laugh so much together.

Tybee Island, GA | 2018

Tybee Island, GA | 2018

How I manage all my freelance assignments and, well, life

The first step to being a successful writer is investing in a solid coffeemaker. Me? I have a Ninja Coffee Bar. I discovered it on a late-night infomercial during the early weeks of momhood, when I was delirious from being forced to join #teamnosleep. 

In recent months, I’ve come to realize how important this coffeemaker is to my writing career. Thanks to this machine, I can write anywhere from four to six stories a week — stories I’m proud of.