Guys! You are NEVER going to believe what I did.
Actually, you’re totally going to believe it. Easily. Okay, it might be the least surprising thing you have heard in weeks. But I’m still delighted to tell you:
I wrote an ebook for you! It’s going to be my gift to anyone who pre-orders my memoir. It’s called The Family-First Creative: 42 Tips for Following Your Dreams While Putting Your Family First, and I am ridiculously excited for you to check it out.
I knew I wanted to offer a free ebook as a gift to folks who pre-ordered Something Other than God, both as a token of my thanks for their support, and to give them something they could have immediately since the memoir won’t be released until the end of April.
I went back through my email archives, and realized that one of the most common questions I get is, “How do you find time to write?”
So I decided to answer that question in a short ebook. I was picturing ten, maybe 15, pages.
But once I began writing, the words started flowing. And it ended up being a 100-page book.
I dug back through every single thing I’ve learned while writing a book and helping Joe study for the CPA exam while homeschooling and having six babies in eight years. I thought through the conversations with wise spiritual directors, the advice whispered to me by mothers with decades of experience, the lessons that came from exhausted, teary moments when I pushed myself too far…and I could not stop writing.
I included the kinds of details that are rarely discussed but are really helpful when you’re trying to get a picture for how to make this kind of advice work in your own life, like:
- A detailed breakdown of our expenses, including how I fit help into the budget
- A detailed breakdown of how we arrange the bedrooms in our three-bedroom house to fit everyone in
- How much money I typically bring in from blogging
- A template “help wanted” note for finding a mother’s helper
- A sample hour-by-hour schedule of a typical day (not one of the insane ones)
I pushed the official pre-order announcement date way back because I didn’t want to cut anything helpful from the book, and I needed the time to get it all down. (Without letting my house fall to pieces in the process. Which is totally something I would do: Yell at the half-naked five-year-old to get her sister more Cheetos for lunch because mommy is stressed about writing her book about making family your first priority.)
So this is it: Every single thing I know about trying to do well at a craft you love, while making sure your family still takes the number-one spot in your life.
Beginning this Monday, March 31, The Family-First Creative ebook will be available as a free gift to anyone who pre-orders Something Other than God.
(And yes, if you have already pre-ordered, of course that counts too!)
If you will indulge my use of all caps for a moment, I just have to say: I AM SO, SO EXCITED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU!
I think it’s going to open up a whole new range of discussions for us to have. And it starts Monday.
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