I got the call at 6am this morning. “P.E. Van Nuys. Voice instructions are none.”
I’m just getting over a cold, so to be honest, getting my butt out of bed to be on my feet all day with horny stinky middle schoolers did not seem like an attractive option. But getting a small paycheck next month didn’t sound that amazing either, so off I went. (Lucky for me I remembered not to shout, “Get your hands off the balls!” You know, cause that’s always a great way to keep them quiet.)
I have two thoughts about my day. On one hand, it can be disheartening to be doing this job still. I had sort of hoped I’d be working full time as a writer by now. Perhaps in an office or on a set. Or even freelancing from home.
On the other hand, have I finished that website that shows off all my articles that I’ve written? No. Am I almost 50 and going to be competing against a lot of people much younger than me? Yes. And have I applied yet for anything? No.
Hmmmm. There might be a reason I’m still doing this job!
On the other side of the coin, I have hardly been sitting on my bootie. I am almost done with that pilot script. I put a huge stake in the “Am I going to get a Masters and Teach Full Time” dragon. (That would be a negative.) I’m almost done with step 12 in my don’t drink booze program which I’m not allowed to say per one of their traditions. And my marriage is running smoothly which, one only has to read my book to know, was not always the case. (You also could read in between the lines at my GoodHousekeeping.com blog. I was a mess.)
I say all this because there’s a fine line between making excuses and doing one’s best. For me, I needed to make money for my family. I needed to heal. I needed direction from a good sponsor and time with God to break down the constructs of the person I thought I was supposed to be to become the person I was meant to be. Or, better stated, to become the person GOD would have me be.
I’d love to have a sexy title right now, but I’ve learned that my ego is not my amigo. No, the soul always trumps my lust for fain and fortune. I refuse to give up precious holiday and weekend time to plug away for “success” when James and my two favorite “little” people on the planet are growing up right before my very eyes. Stink is 6’6 people. He has whiskers! Pip is my height when she wears her heels.
I’m pretty sure that when they graduate and
leave my house for good continue to live with me I’m not going to say, “Oh, Gee, I wish I had not gone to the thriftstores with them over Martin Luther King weekend and eaten overpriced veggie burgers at the hippy dippy market in the barrio.
No, my life continues to be full of hopes and dreams, disappointments and regrets, but if 49% of me wishes I could have done things differently 51% of me knows that my family will always be the best piece of art I could have created.
Thanks for continuing to be part of the journey.
And, for accountability, I will continue to blog daily here until I start up again at Medium. I will finish my one paragraph – one paragraph people – on my pilot on Thursday. And this weekend I will fire up my old resume website and start building it again so I can apply for full time writing work in April. Next week, with the pilot out of the way, I will get back to my musical. I gotta stay on it but not lose site of the beauty right before my eyes. Anyone else relate?
How About You? What Are Your Plans?
Special shout out to Carol from Brisbane, Australia, who googled me the other day to see how I was. I love it! I have people in my life I didn’t even know I had. That is just about the coolest thing in the world.
Next to my TV show selling.
Until next time,
My book is available on Amazon. (Note: It’s a special ed journey… your kid doesn’t need to have Tourettes to relate!) Follow me on Twitter@AndreaFrazerWrites or on Facebook. )
(Note: It’s a special ed journey… your kid doesn’t need to have Tourettes to relate!) Follow me on Twitter@AndreaFrazerWrites or on Facebook.
6 thoughts on “I Aspire to Inspire Before I Expire (But Enjoy My Family First)”
I love you! You are amazing and although you have a bad habit of not always seeing all of your sparkle. You shine and shimmer even from miles away!
I feel the same way about you❤️ I 😆😆
IS this Medium payment thing new(ish)? I got on Medium a few years ago just to build my audience. I didn’t catch on to any option to monetize my writing. At the time, to me it just seemed like another blogging platform I would need to invest a bunch of time in to build a following, so I bailed. I wish wordpress would pay me for page hits.
Hi Jeff – It’s been around about 2 years. I know someone who blogs weeklyish and makes 40/month. Others who blog a TON (who also have other things like huge followings on websites and email lists) make between 3 and 10k/month. That number of course took a year and a lot of writing behind them. I’m thinking for me, since I write fast, it’s worth it. I’ll maintain my blog here and write there, too! Check it out! You write a lot – might be worth it!
Hmm. Something to think about. I’ve got a pretty extensive backlog of posts I could use to keep my profile active for a couple of years.
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