J is for Juggling Jobs – #AtoZchallenge

JToday on the A to Z challenge we are up to the letter J. I started my blog to write about two things – writing/publishing and being a parent. So with the letter J, I thought I would write about Juggling Jobs.

jugglingI wear many different hats and must juggle all types of responsibilities.

I am a self-published author. I am currently working on my fourth book as well as marketing my trilogy.

I am a blogger – posting at least two blogs a week (one on parenting and one on publishing or writing) plus a quote of the week and a Featured Author every Friday.

I am a parent and spouse. My husband and I have a six-year-old daughter in kindergarten and an eight-year-old son in 2nd grade. I volunteer each week in my daughter’s class during their computer lab. I also chauffeur the kids to gymnastics and karate each week. We also have four of the furry type children – three cats and our cocker spaniel puppy who is now 7 ½ months old. I do the majority of the household chores, all the shopping and am responsible for the house finances.

I am a member of my kids’ school PTA. This year I am co-chair of the faculty appreciation committee and am in charge of putting together a cookbook as part of the faculty gift for this year. Next year, I am taking on a bigger role and will be the PTA treasurer.

I am also in charge of my homeowner’s association newsletter, which comes out quarterly as well on the activities’ committee (which thankfully only has two pool parties and a Fall Festival each year).

And last, but not least, I also do all the book keeping for my husband’s law firm. Thankfully, he is just a solo practitioner so it isn’t too much work.

OK – I am tired just writing all that. Yes, I juggle many jobs, but I love being busy.

Taking the A to Z challenge

challengeI have never taken part of the A to Z challenge but saw many bloggers doing it last year. I was intrigued enough to put it on my calendar so that this year I could sign up for it.

For those of you who haven’t heard about it, the A to Z challenge began in 2010 when blogger Arlee Bird decided to write a post every day in April (except Sundays). Since there were 26 open days, he decided to match them to the alphabet like author Sue Grafton does her alphabet mystery series (A is for Alibi, B is Burglar and so on). On the first day, Arlee wrote about something starting with A, the next day B and so on through the letter Z. He challenged other bloggers to do the same, and the event is growing each year with bloggers all around the world participating.

Now the organizers suggest you come up with a theme to help you get through the challenge. I couldn’t think of a theme that I liked that would fit what I already post about on my blog. I typically post 4 out of the 7 days of the week with topics ranging from writing, publishing, parenting, quotes and featured authors.

So except for my Friday featured author spot, I plan to follow the challenge in my weekly writings. As for Friday, I will just add a second post on that day to meet the challenge. I can’t really expect my featured authors to adhere to the challenge rules. On the days that I don’t typically post, well, we will just see what I come up with for those days.

Those of you who want to know more about the challenge or to sign up, click here. And you can look for my A to Z challenge posts beginning April 1st.