On happiness, parenting, and ambition

I’m six months into being a mother of three. My son is now four years old, and my twin baby girls are six months old. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy. Not because much of the work is double the amount (diapers, soiled clothes, spoon feeding, etc.) but because I find it difficult toContinue reading “On happiness, parenting, and ambition”

Busy dreaming or busy living?

I have had the pleasure and honor to be longlisted for Novel Fair 2018 organized by the Irish Writers Centre. This means that my entry—the first 10 000 words of my fantasy trilogy Illumination—was among the top 10 % of nearly 250 submissions. And I’ll get my work critiqued. I won’t deny it, this feels good.Continue reading “Busy dreaming or busy living?”

Finding balance in life is not a balancing act

There has been a lot of hype around the concept of finding balance in life: work-life balance, balancing social life vs me-time, balance in parenting…you name it. Recently, I listened to an interview with children’s books author and illustrator Lori Richmond (whose work is lovely, by the way) and she said something that really jarred me. SheContinue reading “Finding balance in life is not a balancing act”

Keep learning, live long, live well

When I read Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, one specific detail took my deepest attention. Clarke describes (no spoilers here), in his riveting way, how astronaut David Bowman’s day on the spaceship Discovery was scheduled, and specifically states that two hours of the “day” were allotted to studying. At this point, I rememberContinue reading “Keep learning, live long, live well”

Is it a weakness to chase a dream and the discipline of free choice

“The Offering […] requires discipline, not the discipline of slavery, but the discipline of free choice.” – Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra. Let me put into context what Paulo Coelho means in the above quote. As I understand it, he talks about the discipline to freely take the choice to love our job evenContinue reading “Is it a weakness to chase a dream and the discipline of free choice”