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Sometimes you have to choose
3/31/2008 8:51:40 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]


What if you have to give something up to keep your dream alive?


Hello, Gentle Readers!

I hope you all are having a good week so far, although I know it's only Monday, lol! Just four more days until the weekend, right?

It's been a rough couple of weeks for me. Work has been overwhelming lately and my kids are both going through some major things. My oldest child got her drivers license, and my youngest is now out of state on a huge class trip. Both of them are doing fantastic, mom, not always so well.

Add to that stresses of work and my drive to write, keeping a house, and did I remember to call my mom? As you can see we don't just live our lives these days, we are consumed by our lives.

Oh, and did I mention that my husband just started a new job? Ugh.

I came up against a situation at work where things have changed and I had to make a decision. The frustration and negativity surrounding me had climbed to an all time high and I came to that place where I had to make a decision. Step down or watch it take over my life.

We all get there, I suppose. Life has a way of doing that. So, I took a couple of days, considered all my options--because of my financial obligations and the needs of my household, there weren't that many options, btw. I decided to step down from my stressful job, away from basement level leadership, so to speak, and go back to being just a regular Joe, uh Jill.

Long story short--the job wanted more time from me and splitting my life between kids, husband, pets, family, and writing already, I just didn't see that was possible. I would have had to give something up.

You want to guess which thing would have been cut? If you guessed the writing, you've hit the nail squarely on the head.

Let's be honest about this. Other than fulfilling my dream of being an author, the writing gig just doesn't pay all that much. In fact, what I spend on writing organizations, conferences, research, computer stuff, and even postage isn't always covered by my writing income.

But, writing pays me in other ways. It recharges my soul. I can leave every day drudgery behind and lose myself in my stories. I can create worlds where there is true love and happy endings. Where justice isn't just an ideal, and my characters never die, (unless they're the bad guys, lol).

I have made so many friends since I started writing twelve years ago and learned so much, not only about the world around me, but the person inside me, it's just invaluable.

You can't put a dollar value on self worth, on creativity, and on that sense of accomplishment when you finally hold that book in your hand. The check may be not so big but the returns are incalculable.

Sometimes you have to choose. I did and although my ego took a hit when I had to admit I couldn't do the job, I've managed to refocus my efforts on what's really important. I will raise my family, I will pay my bills. I will continue to write until I draw my last breath. That's just the way it is.

On a final note, my latest book from Cobblestone Press, Ride A Cowboy, will be out May 23, 2008. It's a fast, sexy story and I hope you all have as much fun reading it as I did writing it!

The cover for the second book in the series: Back In The Saddle, Ride A Cowboy 2 is posted on my Authors Den page, in my Myspace pic's, and soon to be on my website at www.pamlabud.com. Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the week and Happy Reading! Pam.

P.S Is there anything you've had to give up or change in order to keep your dream alive? If so, leave me a comment. If not, what would you do?

Take care, Pam.


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More Blogs by Pamela C Labud
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• Excerpt: Always and Forever - Friday, November 07, 2008
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• Change is good! - Monday, September 01, 2008
• New job, new book release, and new review!!! - Sunday, July 20, 2008
• Happy days are here again... - Monday, June 23, 2008
• Interview tonight! - Monday, May 26, 2008
• Happy Tuesday! - Tuesday, May 13, 2008
• E-Cataromance New site design for Sensual! - Tuesday, May 06, 2008
• Crunch time - Sunday, April 20, 2008
• Another manic monday! - Monday, April 07, 2008
•  Sometimes you have to choose - Monday, March 31, 2008  
• Even more good news! - Monday, March 10, 2008
• My New Cover! - Monday, March 03, 2008
• Finally, some news to report! - Monday, February 11, 2008
• Birthdays, spring cleaning, and writing 'The End.' - Wednesday, January 09, 2008
• Blessings present and accounted for... - Sunday, December 16, 2007
• Ready...Set...Write!!! - Monday, November 19, 2007
• Blockbuster movies didn't have this! - Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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• Trippin' down memory lane. - Sunday, September 09, 2007
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• Summer Daze 2007 - Wednesday, June 27, 2007
• Caution: busy week ahead! - Monday, June 18, 2007
• Blogging the night away...last stop! - Tuesday, June 12, 2007
• Can we blog here? (part two) - Monday, June 04, 2007
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• Something to talk (blog) about... - Monday, May 28, 2007
• Long time, no post! - Monday, May 21, 2007
• Back to the Basics Writing Workshop - Monday, October 16, 2006
• I Hope You Dance! - Tuesday, October 03, 2006
• This and that... - Wednesday, September 27, 2006
• Tips from the Pro's! - Monday, August 07, 2006
• Back from Atlanta! - Monday, July 31, 2006
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• April showers, May flowers - Monday, May 01, 2006
• I was in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time... - Monday, April 17, 2006
• The faster I go... - Tuesday, April 11, 2006
• Spring Break at last! - Tuesday, April 04, 2006
• Somebody pinch me! - Monday, March 27, 2006
• Mama, where do ideas come from? - Monday, March 20, 2006
• Riding the Wave - Tuesday, March 07, 2006
• Why did I want to do this again? - Tuesday, February 28, 2006
• Book updates and other things! - Tuesday, February 21, 2006
• Swimming against the current - Tuesday, February 07, 2006
• The power of words - Monday, January 30, 2006
• Manic Monday, redux - Monday, January 16, 2006
• No time like the present - Tuesday, January 10, 2006
• A clean slate - Monday, January 02, 2006
• Back to work I go. - Wednesday, December 28, 2005
• Holiday Wishes - Saturday, December 24, 2005
• Domestic procrastination... - Wednesday, December 14, 2005
• Yeah, but is it really worth it? - Sunday, November 27, 2005
• Crazy but true... - Monday, November 21, 2005
• Just another manic monday. - Monday, November 07, 2005
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• Confessions of an Emotion Junkie - Wednesday, October 19, 2005
• My guilty little secret - Thursday, October 13, 2005
• Another milestone - Wednesday, October 05, 2005
• Where does the time go? - Monday, October 03, 2005
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• Life in the (not-so) fast lane. - Tuesday, August 16, 2005
• Where did the summer go? - Wednesday, August 10, 2005
• Back to the real world... - Wednesday, August 03, 2005
• Housework avoidance - Monday, July 18, 2005
• The awakening muse... - Monday, July 11, 2005
• Paperback Writer... - Monday, June 13, 2005
• After the Party - Sunday, April 17, 2005
• Spring has sprung! - Monday, March 28, 2005
• Ups and Downs - Tuesday, March 08, 2005
• Pins and Needles - Monday, February 28, 2005
• Is it possible it's been a year? - Wednesday, December 22, 2004
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