I wish I could say that being an author was my only job (that is eventually the goal, of course!) I wish I could pour all of myself into my creative endeavors and never have to stick to a strict writing schedule. I wish I didn't have ADHD! Alas, all of these things play a part in my day-to-day, so I've had to find ways to work around what I cannot immediately change. Here's what that looks like...
I work a corporate job from home, so my day is full of client meetings, internal communications, and client management tasks. Is it boring? Some days. I work in the transportation sector, so I get the pleasure of talking to a lot of different people. It's kind of interesting to meet some of these people--their stories can be quite fascinating.
Throughout the day, my husband and I care for his mother who is elderly. So on breaks and in between meetings, I help where I can with her needs. Taking care of family is always a challenge, but we do whatever we can for those we love, and care giving for a parent is a huge sacrifice. We make it work as best we can.
Apart from that, my husband and I run a business which is also in the transportation sector. So we're fielding phone calls and dealing with tasks throughout the day and early evening. Some days are busier than others, but such is the nature of the beast when you're in business for yourself.
I also maintain other side-gigs as needed. Some involve sales, others involve business support, and sometimes I just look for ways to make extra money. I'm always looking for passive income opportunities, especially after reading about how millionaires have no fewer than five streams of income. While my aspirations for millionaire status are far-fetched, one can't achieve said goal without doing as millionaires do (except for disenfranchising others which isn't my style.)
Lastly, but certainly not least, I spend some time each day writing and taking care of my bookish tasks and responsibilities. I'm not always as productive as I'd like to be, but writing doesn't feel like a chore to me, it's what I love to do. It's in my blood and bones and even if I decided tomorrow never to publish another book, I'd never stop writing. With that in mind, I try to use the mantra: Just Write. It doesn't matter if I'm going to abandon whatever project it is, it doesn't matter if it ends up a deleted scene. it only matters that I've sat down to do the work.
So where does that leave time for other things? Eh, I make time. Some days I'm burning the candle at both ends. Some days I sleep a lot. But mostly I try to fit in what I can, when I can. Having ADHD means I can be quite scattered and disorganized, and being a sufferer of a chronic illness means there are days I have absolutely no energy, so I can only do what I can do. Do I ever feel like it's enough? Not really, but that drive keeps me moving. I want to prove to myself that I can smash my goals and achieve the lifestyle I deserve. It's slow progress, but progress none the less.
What does a day in your life look like? Do you have any tips for dealing with ADHD as a 30-something year old woman? Drop a line or hit me up on the socials!
'Till next time
I'm a writer, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a daughter. My journey as a published author is in full swing and I'm inviting all my friends along for the ride!