14 October 2011

How She Does It - Secrets from the Geneamommybloggers

beginning tomorrow, October 15, 2011. Don't miss a day! 

Over the summer I took a hiatus from all of it; genealogy, research, writing, blogging, social media, everything. The truth is that I was floundering. It began last spring, when our family schedule got busier than ever. The girls both made it to national competitions in horseback riding, one daughter was playing softball, our son was playing baseball, my husband was traveling and then we added a family member, our precious exchange daughter, Zhazgul, from Kyrgyzstan. Do you remember the secret? 

And then my beautiful friend, Suzette, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.

She had been sick with the flu and pneumonia and had been improving daily, but it seems that God had other plans for her and she left our earthly world. Losing her was tough. Missing Suzette and connecting with Zhazgul was overwhelming, but it was also a gift. Instead of wallowing in my grief, I held my loved ones closer and focused on cooking and caring for those who needed me.

All summer I kept throwing my balls in the air and trying to figure out which things I had been doing that I wanted to keep doing. Of course, I want to do it all; become a professional genealogist, help others with their own family history research, continue my education, blog, attend genealogical events and stay involved in social media communities. But, and this is a big but, not at the expense of my family’s health and happiness, at least until my kids are all eighteen and out the door. How can I do it? How can I find a balance between blogging and researching, between researching and cooking, between cooking and tweeting?

Inspired by the recent movie, I Don’t Know How She Does It, which I have not had time to see, I am hosting a guest post series, How She Does It, Secrets from the Geneamommybloggers*, here at the The Scrappy Genealogist. The successful women, who will be telling it all, are raising kids while also working in the field of genealogy, blogging about genealogy (frequently on multiple blogs) and actively participating in genealogy events and social media communities. They have graciously and generously agreed to share with us how they do it all.

For the next week, each day (or almost every day, these are geneamommybloggers after all), check back here for revelations from a different blogger. I feel so lucky to have been able to get a sneak peak of what they have to say. Their attitudes are universally uplifting and inspiring and they will make you laugh until you cry. Really, these women are that amazing! Whether you are a g.m.b. or not, you will enjoy reading about their daily lives.

Happy Friday!

Scrappy Gen
Let's Remember!

* Geneamommybloggers expression first used by Elizabeth O'Neal at Little Bytes of Life, 26 September 2008
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