Crafting my Life

If you’ve been reading here for any length of time you know that I spent the better part of a year writing a series on maternity leave called ‘Mat Leave Monday‘. And then the series ended, because my maternity leave ended. However, I didn’t go back to work thanks to my lay-off in April.

This left me a little adrift. I wasn’t working, but I was also ready to move on from all maternity leave all the time. I will still talk about it from time to time, since it’s important to me, but I wanted to move in a new, larger direction. And now I’ve found it. My new series is called Crafting my Life and I will be running related posts every Thursday. I don’t know why on Thursday, particularly. I wanted a new day since Monday was sort of hard, so let’s just run with it.

What is Crafting my Life about? It’s about crafting my life into something new, more in line with the way I want to live. It’s also about the tools I use to accomplish that. Here are some things I might be talking about:

  • Motherhood and self.
  • Work – life balance.
  • Finding time.
  • Re-inventing my life.
  • Discovering what I want to be when I grow up.
  • Maternity leave (this is part of work – life balance, in my mind).
  • Returning to work, or not.
  • Keeping sane.
  • Finding, or gathering, my tribe.
  • My journey to become a freelancer and writer.
  • You can expect Crafting my Life to be less research-intensive than Mat Leave Mondays, and more personal. Although I would love to hear your stories, too. In my mind I envision a conversation about how we’re making motherhood work, or not work, in our lives. Or really, how anyone is balancing the various pieces of themselves, whether they are a mother or not.

    I hope that you follow along for the ride. And if you have any suggestions for topics, or would like to contribute yourself, let me know. I am always up for someone making my job easier on me. That’s all part of finding balance, after all.

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    1. My whole blog is dedicated to crafting my life…
      Parenting/ Relationship/ Health/ Money/ Creative Development/ finding beauty and peace in my life… so yes I will be following you, for some reason following your journey helps keep me on track with mine too.

    2. Really takes me back to my own journey of discovery….

    3. How about writing a Mat Leave Mom blog?

    4. What a wonderful, and important idea, Amber! And, very timely. These are the questions I ask myself daily…I’m looking forward to your series!!!
      .-= Michelle´s last post ..ONE! =-.

    5. This is going to be a very, very interesting series. Thank you!

    6. I often wish I felt more like I was crafting my life and less like I kept dropping it and accidentally stepping on it while trying to pick it up. You are crafty. I am clumsy. 🙂
      .-= Allison´s last post ..*************Nana’s Excellent Adventure =-.

    7. Looking forward to it!
      .-= Lady M´s last post ..Clothing Size Fail =-.

    8. i’m still a work-in-progress (or WIP as i found out on ravelry).
      this year will be interesting as wee guy will be now in school fulltime and suddenly i will have an extra 3.25 hours at my (cough) disposal which i haven’t experienced for over 6 years now.
      yes, i will be getting to grips with it once i get rid of this damn jet lag
      yes, it will involve actual crafting
      hopefully it will involve some wealth-generation
      no, it will not involve housework
      .-= pomomama aka ebbandflo´s last post ..goodbye scotland =-.

    9. I am looking forward to it too! I think you are an amazing writer and I love your insight!

    10. I’m excited to see that you’re dedicating some focused energy on writing specifically about your transition/transformation every week. You know I’m trying to sort out the same types of things right now, so maybe we can give each other a shoulder (or maybe even some good tips!)

      My first 3 days of the new life have been pretty amazing so far. I feel like a whole new person. I feel more important… imagine that!

      I’m still trying to find the time to even write about the new life. I’ve spent so much of this week shuttling the kids hither and yon, plus studying for midterms, and fulfilling cake orders. My writing has become a non-priority at the end of a tired day. But I’ll eventually get into the swing of things and hopefully find the mental energy to sort this all out on virtual paper.

      Anyway… you go girl.
      .-= TheFeministBreeder´s last post ..The First Day of the Rest of my Life =-.

    11. I agree with everyone – love the idea of this topic. It’s something I think about, and you’ve got the perfect blend of perspective and reflection for this series. Can’t wait!
      .-= Katie´s last post ..Fresh Homemade Breadsticks with Mascarpone for Dipping =-.

    12. I think that whatever you write about will be wonderful.
      .-= Capital Mom´s last post ..Fall Equinox =-.

    13. I think this will be an amazing series for both the readers and you. I’m sure their will be a lot of personal growth on your part too.

      Looking forward to the read.
      .-= Maria @ Conversations with Moms´s last post ..Small Talk Six – Fall Goodies =-.

    14. Damn! So pro-active! So thoughtful! So cool! I need to think on this wonderful idea… maybe I’ll join you on Thursdays (or a random Thursday here and there) to get on track myself!
      .-= Jessica – This is Worthwhile´s last post ..Balancing act =-.

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