I need some help from moms and dads out there.
I am a single mom who is blessed with a lovely 2 month old girl and a full-time job, and I’m trying to squeeze in time to finish the book I started writing over a year ago. I don’t want to steal more time away from my daughter. I miss her like crazy when I’m working, so when I’m home with her I want to be fully present and enjoy her. My nights are already cluttered with dinner, clean-up, and bathing, breast-feeding, and playing with Maya. I can’t add in an hour or two of writing time.
I try to write when she falls asleep, but by then I typically feel mentally and creatively drained. I end up with pages of drivel. My mornings are a blur between shower, breakfast, feeding and changing Maya, and then rushing off to daycare and work. I’m still trying to find a time slot for exercise, too. Argh!
I don’t know from which magical realm I can pluck more time.
So, how do you do it? How do you manage and what tricks can you share? How do you get your brain to switch from mommy/daddy mode to creative writer mode?
Am I simply expecting too much of myself at this time?