When I was offered the opportunity to write a Suburban Turmoil newspaper column, my editor at the time insisted that I put my real name on it. In order to do that, I had to come out of the blogging closet -- kicking and screaming, I might add. Using my real name has really limited what I'm able to write about and if I hadn't had to go public, I'd still be writing under the name Lucinda today.
Tell us a bit about your career path. How did you get where you are today?
I'd say I got where I am purely by writing as well as I possibly could and by sticking with it even when I've felt burned out or uncreative.
Did you put your career on hold to have kids?
Yes. I was working first as a television reporter, then around the time my husband and I were ready to start trying for a baby, I left to work as a writer and producer for a music biography series on CMT. I left that job when I was eight months pregnant to have my baby and stay at home with her.
Working as a reporter and TV writer/producer was fun, but I had decided early on to use my time at home to try and become a writer. It seemed like a great way to make a living and be home with my kids, and it is!
What would be your dream job?
I'm doing it.
How do you meet your deadlines with two little ones at home? Any tricks you can share with other work-at-home moms?
My biggest challenge was to get both my kids on the same nap schedule (it took months, but I finally did it) and to find a great babysitter who could come for a few hours two days a week. Now I have naptime and babysitter time to get my work done. My husband generally takes over for two hours during the weekend, too.
My advice on finding a good babysitter: When we were looking for one, we contacted all the colleges in town. Every one of them had a career center where the employees were more than happy to advertise for our "position." I ended up with a number of candidates to choose from, and ultimately picked an early education major whom my children adore. I wish I'd thought of contacting college career centers sooner, and plan to always find babysitters that way from now on.
Tell us a few of the things on your Life To-Do list.
My prayer every single night is that I will live long enough and remain in good enough health to raise my children to adulthood.
Beyond that, I want to teach my children a love for service and helping others in need. I'd love to visit all seven continents. I'd like to rent a house and spend a summer with my family in the Cotswalds. Most of my to-do list involves travel with my family, to be honest! I think we've had so many of our happiest and most profound moments when we've been traveling.