I can remember becoming a mom for the first time. Yes, I thought my daughter was the most beautiful creation I had ever laid eyes on. But to be honest, there were a lot of moments I wanted to pull my hair out, too. This wasn't just because of all the responsibilities that come with motherhood, but also because I slowly began to lose myself. For years, I felt as if I had to stop living for me. I felt as if I had to focus solely on being a devoted wife and mother. Katie Turner knows all too well how some moms struggle to balance motherhood and following their passions. Listen to the interview below to find out her advice for moms who want to pursue writing, too.
Some of my takeaways include:
I became obsessed with different online writing communities. -Katie Turner
Although I've enjoyed writing since my childhood, I never knew there is such a large writing community on a global scale. Meeting new writers online has certainly helped me in my writing journey. Since connecting with many of my writer pals online, I've been able to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I can also see growth internally and in my writing. I hope every writer finds at least one community where they can build relationships with other writers.
Everyone is not going to like what you're going to write, and that's okay because they're not your people. -Katie Turner
A huge mistake I made initially was thinking my writing was for everyone. I used to be rather hurt by not having more of my close family and friends read my work. However, I learned it's unfair of me to place that expectation upon them. Every writer must work to find his or her audience. We must go through our share of trials and errors, but it is so worth it when you finally connect with your people.
Have a little forgiveness for yourself because you're going to make mistakes. -Katie Turner
I loved this statement from Katie because I am a recovering perfectionist. I used to beat myself up all the time for making mistakes; however, mistakes help us learn and grow. Although I knew mistakes were necessary, I somehow failed to truly accept this as necessary for my journey. I'm glad I'm at a point in my life where I look for the positives and lessons in my mistakes.
What about you? What were your takeaways from this interview? Share them with us in the comments below!
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