This past weekend I took a little mini vacation from my job. As much as any mom can take a vacation, anyway. Every year I try to go away for a long weekend and find myself again. I get to be me instead of Q and J's mom, or the Mrs., or my husband's wife. As a stay-at-home-mom, I find that rarely in a day do people call my by my first name? So these weekends I get to be just ME.
However, it isn't like you can actually take a vacation from being a mom. You are always thinking about what the kids are doing. Did they get to school on time? Did they go to school in plaid and paisley? What did Q's hair look like? What about their homework? And J has a birthday party to go to...But for the most part I try to put that to the back of my mind and enjoy the small amount of time I have to be myself.
So, as I headed to the desert with three of my best girlfriends, I was in the mindset that I was off the clock and ready to just be. Unfortunately, I still have this pesky other job of being an author now, and THAT never shuts down!!
During the six hour drive to the spa, we talked about EVERYTHING that you can think of from jobs to kids, from husbands to sex...and everytime a new subject came up, a new story idea popped into my head! I couldn't stop it.
I tried to push those things to the back of my mind to hang out with all the family stuff, but they didn't get along, and eventually were running around in my head. So, my nice realxing weekend turned into a notebook full of story ideas. I'm thinking my next book will be about 4 women in a car for six hours because I have never laughed so hard in my life!
The funny thing is that I have always had this problem of finding a story in most situations or conversations, only now I have an outlet for it, so that even though I'm on vacation I'm still working! But I love every minute of it and realize how lucky I am that I have a way to still be myself in this world using my crazy life that never turns off as inspiration!