Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lots of Random Thoughts

Hello everyone!

I hope you're all doing well. I just got out of another prenatal check up and so far things are looking good! I'm a little jittery after chugging the glucose drink for my gestational diabetes check (fingers crossed the results are negative) but my weight and tummy measurements are spot on.

I'm pretty exhausted today after going on a four day trip to Kansas City for a writing conference. I was pretty proud of myself for deciding to do something that helps further my dream of someday becoming a published author and also that I had the guts to do it by myself.... while 7 months pregnant.

Believe you me I'm feeling it today. I don't remember the last time my body was this sore or I was so tired. I definitely had to bust out the heating pad during the second day of the seminar because my back was killing and it was tough sleeping on a hotel bed instead of on my memory foam mattress topper. My feet probably grew two sizes from walking so much and my silly calves keep cramping up but I wouldn't have missed this trip for anything!

I think that it's so important to push yourself in ways that make you nervous or uncomfortable but are necessary for continued growth. I learned more in four days about writing fiction and the publishing world than I could have in months of practice and research on my own.

The class had 40 students who write in all genres and was taught by two amazing authors.  Several other NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors, literary agents and publishers also lectured and sat on panels. There's no better way to learn what agents and publishers are looking for than to hear them say, "I want X, Y and Z and I want you to give it to me in this format and style. Also, mention that we met at this conference in your query letter. It will let me know that you took this amazing course and are a serious writer."

Since this is a beauty blog I'll quickly mention that doing something that scares you a bit applies to your beauty routine as well. It's so easy to get in a rut and I am extra guilty of that. I usually put the same makeup look on each day with some variation in color and my hair has basically looked the same for the last 15 years. It's long and layered and sometimes I toss in swoopy bangs.

A couple of years ago I decided to chop it off to my shoulders and while it was fun and sophisticated I just didn't feel like myself. Just because you don't stick with a change doesn't mean it wasn't worth making. Even if you don't like the new look it can help you appreciate what you already had and that's never a bad thing.

It was shorter than this for a while but here's the only
photo I could find of me with shorter hair.
That's my little sister with me. 

Well that's enough time on my little soapbox for today so I hope that everyone else is having as wonderful a week as I am! Is it cold or beautiful where you are? At least all our May Day snow is melting off today. I think it's time for Spring to finally come around. All my poor flowers have been crushed under these last two storms!

Photo: Me

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