Finishing and publishing a book is a major undertaking and can take months of your life and 75% of your thoughts.
For me, once it was over and the launch was done and the hype died down, I was stuck wondering…what’s next?
It felt like there was a hole where all that time had gone toward the now-completed book.
If you’re anything like me, you like to be busy.
I noticed it when I was young, a need to have a “project,” something to focus on.
When I moved to New York City, my project was me — finding a job, an apartment, navigating my way around this new place.
Then I met my now-husband and spent my time building a relationship, meeting his friends, and didn’t want a new project on my couple of nights alone.
Getting engaged gave me a huge project: wedding planning! I’d seen so many horror stories online, I figured it was going to be terrible, horrible, and perfect for me: the ultimate problem-solver, puzzle-maker, and Type A HBIC.
Honestly, we did a lot of research and had fantastic vendors and no family drama — wedding planning was actually fun and pretty easy for me.
But as soon as the wedding was over, I had another hole in my life. A place where the wedding planning had filled my time and focus and now there was nothing.
I needed a new project, but was not ready for the probably-expected baby.
Instead, I became a paid writer, built a business, quit my job, and then wrote a book.
Well, my business has evened out and I am super happy, but the book is done, published, and out there.
Now what do I do with my time??