Mamas, this motherhood gig isn’t for the faint of heart. You know it. I know it.
So, maybe you clicked on this article thinking: “I’m a busy parent. How am I supposed to even think about writing for my blog, side hustle, or as a freelancer?” Perhaps you’re thinking: “I’m trying so hard to pursue this passion of mine, but mothering comes first and always trumps accomplishing my goals.”
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome!
In the past 2 and a half years I’ve struggled with pursuing writing in the season of motherhood. I don’t think I’m an outlier, either. In plenty of my Facebook groups I’m a part of, there’s mothers who are in their 30’s and 40’s who’ve had this dream patiently waiting in their heart to become writers.
A lot of them have started blogs, grown their Facebook pages to thousands, pursued freelance writing, pursued becoming a speaker, or began writing a book! Even though I’m so excited for those mamas, I can’t help but wonder what if they pursued writing in the early season of motherhood?
I do believe everything happens in it’s own time, but making the decision to pursue writing if that’s a strong passion of yours should not be put on hold. Because of this fact, I’m here to let you in on some tips I use to pursue writing in the tough, fleeting, love-filled season of motherhood.
1. Make Time to Pursue Writing
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it over and over again: in order to reach your goals you must make time and use time wisely. There will be plenty of excuses to put off pursuing writing, and some (many) days you’re not going to get any writing work accomplished.
Don’t let the fear of beginning, the fear of quitting or the fear of not reaching goals stop you from writing in the season of motherhood. Here are a few examples of making time/using time wisely as a writer:
- Utilize nap times to accomplish writing goals.
- Utilize quiet times to accomplish tasks that take less concentration, because you know your toddler will be asking you to play any minute now.
- Wake up before your kids or stay up late after bedtime.
- Ask a family member to watch your kids for a couple hours so you can get work done. Perhaps even schedule this time once a week so you can write more consistently.
- Hire a babysitter to get some work done.
I’ve used almost all of these examples to pursue writing as I balance being a mother, wife, and part-time employee outside of the home. If I can do it, then I fully believe you can do it, too!
2. Write in a Journal Daily to Pursue Writing
Writing in a journal has got to be the most therapeutic option for pursing writing as a mother. You can literally write about anything your heart desires while still fulfilling the creative outlet. You can write for as little or as much time as you wish.
I personally enjoy journaling to my daughter’s future self at least once a week. I tell her about our days together and what we love about her in the moment. I’m looking forward to my daughter reading my journaling when she gets older and being able to read about all the love surrounding her.
If you’re struggling with thinking of what to journal about, then here’s some ideas:
- small and big goals you’re working on
- how you’ve been feeling lately
- something that’s made you happy lately
- use writing prompts to inspire a journaling session
3. Keep Learning to Pursue Writing
There are so many resources online about writing, blogging, starting a side hustle, freelance writing, etc. (my blog included). If you’re having a hard time pursuing writing today simply from lack of knowledge about certain topics, then start doing your research.
Learning about new topics can also help you pursue writing specifically during the busy times of motherhood. For example, if you don’t have time to commit all your attention to a writing activity then you can scroll through a blog post or catch up on informational emails.
Just be weary of staying in learning mode for too long without pursuing your writing goals.
4. Start a Blog to Pursue Writing
Although I started a blog with the intention of monetization and working from home, I’ve spoken with many mothers who started a blog simply to pursue writing goals. These mothers enjoy the creative outlet writing for their blog fulfills.
I know it seems like everyone is starting a blog these days, but blogging has been around for over a decade and has served as a great platform to share their story and others’ stories.
The great thing about it: blogging can be free. You can literally go to WordPress, sign up, create a blog, and start writing. Blogging can be a great accountability process for pursuing your writing as well. You can keep track of how many times you post blog content, and you can see how your writing evolves over time.
I hope these 4 tips truly help you pursue writing in the season of motherhood. For almost a year I had a hard time balancing being a new mother and pursuing my writing. After using all of these 4 tips, I began writing again and it’s made a huge difference in my life as a writer and mother.
How do you balance motherhood and pursuing writing? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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Jessica Kromer – Purposeful Writer