I admit it. I have chronic volunteer-itis. Which is fine most weeks – the load is usually spread relatively evenly.

But then along comes a week like I’ve got this week where all of my commitments seem to reach fever-pitch and all the balls I’m juggling are in danger of hurtling to the ground. Yeah that. I’m sure many of you can understand, as I know I’m not alone in this volunteer-itis.

So this week I have 3 Scouting events I’m involved in planning, prepping and / or running, one rehearsal, more props to source, RWA webmistress commitments, as well as all of the usual paid work and after school activities. Oh and a thing called writing. I think I remember that…

But then I stop, take a minute to breathe and be so very thankful for my life. Yes, my house may look like it’s been turned over by very messy burglars, but I have a home, a loving family, amazing friends, and, in comparison with much of the world’s population, a very privileged lifestyle.

Writery stuff:

We had a small but productive meeting with the Hunter Romance Writers on Saturday.

I’ve been busy playing around with a few cover ideas for Letting Go which I’ll self-publish in May or June. Now I have feedback from my CPs, I’ve also started editing said novella.

I’m not a visual person – I’m the type that skips over chunks of description in books, so I know I have an issue of not including enough description in my writing. (I need more “green” as Margie Lawson would say). To help me with my description, I’ve been adding pins to a new Pinterest board – if anyone is interested.

Oh and I finally got around to booking in for the RWA conference in August! Can’t wait!

What I’m reading: I’m still reading the Nora Roberts and Girl 43. I finished the Lisa Heidke book, It started with a kiss, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I whizzed through an autobiography of Shane Jacobson called The Long Road to Overnight Success. Very funny and a great read. Currently I’m reading Maggie Alderson How to break your own heart. It’s got some things that are really annoying me about it, but I’m intrigued enough to read on to find out how its going to end.

What I’m looking forward to: I’m really looking forward to an overnight hike with our Scout troop this weekend. It’s only a small hike, but I can’t wait to get out in nature, breathe in the fresh air – and possibly even toast a marshmallow over the fire!

Hope you all have a magical week. Don’t forget to stop and breathe, and be grateful for what you have!