What do you do when your schedule is full to bursting and the juggling act is next to impossible? My guest, para-romance author Sara Humphreys faced just such a situation. But, I'll let her tell you about it.
For the past few years I’ve been juggling my family (I’m married and we have four boys), a full-time job, side gigs from time-to-time with Taney Speaker Training (my company) and a writing career. It’s been exhausting but exhilarating as well. However, the grind of doing it all was taking a toll on me and I realized that something had to give.
So what are the options?
1. Give up the family. Not in this lifetime. Not in any scenario. Family is everything.
Ok…clearly not giving up the family. What else?
2. Give up writing. Not happening. First of all, I’m contracted for two series and I’ve got more books to deliver. Secondly, I love writing. I adore creating new characters and weaving a unique world for the readers to get lost in.
Ok…not giving up the writing. What else?
3. Resign from my full-time job and build Taney Speaker Training into the company I know it can be. Hmmmm. This one had possibilities. Let’s look at the pros and cons.
Pros: Work for myself doing something I love. Work out of my home office, which will give me both the time and flexibility to accommodate my family and write. Cons: No steady paycheck.
Yikes. That’s a big-ass con.
My husband and I sat down for a major heart-to-heart and discussed the options. Our boys are in middle school and high school and they’re going to need me around now more than ever. Time is flying by and I don’t want to miss out on this special time in their lives but I still need to make a living. No matter how many times we went over it…we kept coming back to the same thing.
The interesting thing is that once we decided that #3 was the obvious choice…doors began to open for my company, Taney Speaker Training. Within about two weeks, I had four or five potential gigs come my way and proposals starting to go out. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? The universe seemed to be sending signals that I’m making the right choice.
I’ll be honest and admit that I’m terrified. I’m aware of the risks. I vacillate between being excited about what the future holds and wanting to vomit for not knowing what exactly that might be.
I worry that my books won’t sell or that my company won’t get proposals but on the other hand…I can envision success and feel as though it’s within my reach.
At the end of the day, this is an enormous leap of faith. I’m going to practice what I preach and follow my passion. If I don’t try…then I’ll never know.
Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and leap.
- How about you? Have you ever made a giant leap of faith?
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UNTOUCHED BY SARA HUMPHREYS – IN STORES APRIL 2012
She should be seen, but never touched…
Kerry Smithson's modeling career ensures that she will be admired from afar, which is essential since mere human touch sparks blinding pain and terrifying visions.
Every good model needs a heavenly bodyguard…
Dante Coltari is hired to protect Kerry from those who know who she is—or more importantly what she is—and want her dead because of it. Nothing could have prepared him for the challenge of keeping her safe. But, strangely, his lightest touch brings her exquisite pleasure rather than pain, and Dante and Kerry have an otherwordly connection that might just pull them through. EXCERPT
Red-hot love scenes punctuate a well-plotted suspense story that will keep readers turning pages as fast as they can.
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives with her husband--who is very considerate of her double life--and four amazing boys, in Bronxville, New York. For more information, please visit http://sarahumphreys.com, Website. http://www.facebook.com/Amoveo Like her on Facebook
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