If there's one thing I do when I offer my opinion on something, I ALWAYS tell someone before hand that it's just that - my opinion. I never expect them to adhere to it, to take my advice or even listen to me. I'm just not that kind of person. I hope my friends know that I'm never meaning to be pushy or arrogant. I'm sure most of them do know that, but I'm on record here, just so they know now if they didn't before. Make sense?
There are about to be changes taking part in my life. BIG changes. As in, I'm joining a gym. I'm spending more time away from home after the kids go down for bed at 7 pm. I'm going to network with other writers. I'm going to write. It's a lot to accomplish in some 3 hours every evening before I keel over from exhaustion, but it's just time. I've complained until I'm blue in the face about what's wrong. Now it's time to make it right. I think in the long run, I'll be happier.
I can either sit on my butt and be like my mother - overweight, miserable and depressed my whole life - or I can do something about it. Yes, I'm going to complain about how tired I am, more than likely. I might even feel that there's no relaxation time, but you know what? I don't care anymore. I've got to get some semblance of a life back. Make some friends that will actually go out and do something with me, maybe even meet some other writers that dream the same things I dream about. It would be nice to do that, I think.
However, I'm pretty sure there will be "opinions" about that. Am I shirking my duties as a wife and mother? No, because being a wife and mother will always be first in my world, even before me. Am I prepared for the life being a novelist entails? Probably not, but I'll never know unless I do it. Do I really want to lose those 20 pounds I've been harping about for 8 years now? Oh yessssssss.
Hi. Nice to meet you. I'm Stephanie. This year is MY year. Keep your opinions to yourself, please.