Controlling the Chaos of Life

Today, I am delighted to have one of my favorite fellow writers, who has been a guest here before, join us.  Please welcome back, Melissa Foster!

Award-winning, bestselling author Melissa Foster is a touchstone for the indie publishing community and a tireless advocate for women. She is the founder of the World Literary Café, Fostering Success, and The Women’s Nest. Melissa writes emotionally-driven contemporary fiction and suspense with passionate characters that remain with the reader long after they’ve read the last words. Melissa is a friend, mentor, brownie connoisseur, and book fiend.

In addition, Melissa is a dynamo of literary energy.  She, like many women today, has her hat in multiple arenas, which is why she is sharing her thoughts on controlling the chaos of life.  Her post is part of her summer blog tour.

As always, Melissa, I am delighted to have you visit!
Linda, I am honored to be sharing your blog space today, thank you. 

Lately, I’ve been on a mission to reclaim my life. This probably sounds funny to those who know me, because, I have to admit, I’m very blessed. I adore my life and feel very lucky to have not only a wonderful family, but also a career that I enjoy. As with all things, life can take over. 

A few weeks ago, I was working from 7AM until after midnight on a daily basis. Between working on the World Literary Café, to help other authors promote their work, and preparing a complete site overhaul, running the Women’s Nest, and preparing Fostering Success for its launch, I had little writing time, not to mention family time. It didn’t take long before I had to pull back the reigns in order to simply enjoy my life. I love helping others, but I also love my family, and writing…well, writing is what I crave. 
How do they get any work done?
How do they get any work done? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I woke up one morning and realized that I was missing out on my own life. I missed playing with my children, sitting in the sun, reading, writing, and even smaller things, like taking walks and, yes, I have to admit, I even missed going to the grocery store and cleaning my house (I’ll never admit to saying that!). 

For me, every aspect of life offers its own little joy, and when I let my work life take over, even that, something that I enjoy doing, began to feel tinged. 

What can you do when you feel pulled under? Pull back the reigns. We are in control of our lives. We over-extend, spend hours on social media, and define our own lives. It’s within our control to make changes to our lives. A new schedule along with reprioritizing can make all the difference in the world. Your little ray of sunshine can once again appear overhead. 

Don’t let life drag you down. Find your happy spots and polish them up! Let yourself enjoy the things in life that make you smile. Work is important – sure it is – but it has its place.

How do you keep your life in control? 


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