First, I’d like to apologize for setting aside my online presence for a while. I’ve been soul-searching about my life, its direction and it’s taken its toll on my blogs (both here and at Circadian Design. There are going to be a number of changes to this site, likely culminating in merging the two together.
As many of you might know, I am an Intern Architect. Architecture is a demanding profession with obligations like taking exams, maintaining continuing education hours and keeping up on the latest design trends, technology and practice advice. I’ve been diligently working on getting my license since I started at architecture school in 1998. Design schools pick students who create in many forms. It’s a profession, like many others, that expects long hours devoted to projects or improving design skills in your spare time. I love it.
Less of you may be aware that I write fiction in my spare time. I push it aside sometimes in favour of life, my husband and other commitments but to date I have completed 4 manuscripts. They all need refining but my writing is getting cleaner and I’m finding my voice. As I improve my craft I’ve been reading experts in the field. While they encourage me, they also believe that I should spend my non-writing time reading fiction and books on the craft, or building my platform by blogging and maintaining my online presence. The problem is, I love it too.
Both of my passions make me feel guilty for picking one over the other. But I need both of them. They exercise my brain in different ways and they feed off each other. I’ve learned that I build worlds, both real and imaginary.
Authors who still maintain their professional lives inspire me. Gail Vaz-Oxlade writes non-fiction, has an incredible online community and has created several television shows, all of which help people manage their money. Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist in 2 cities (Raleigh NC and Montreal QB), a university professor, and a fiction writer for the novels that inspired the television show Bones (which she also helps write).
I am also inspired by my parents. My mom, while working full-time and raising two kids (including still making it out to every single soccer/hockey game or dance recital), went back to school part-time to get her degree and took a year off for teacher’s college in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. My dad supported her, and I never once felt like I came second to their dreams.
So, I’m going to merge both of my passions to this site. I’ve got a tentative schedule planned out for the next month or so. I am taking inspiration from Kristen Lamb and Michael Hyatt, who give a number of reasons why I should only have one online home base.
I’m going to try merging them, if nothing else, then for my sanity alone. I hope you’ll join me in this new direction.
If you’ve ever felt at a crossroad in life, what helped you make your choice? Are you happy with it?