Like, "Yeah, we get it, Lena. You're busy. Then why don't you just shut down your blog if you're not going to, you know, write on it?". But, see that's the thing. I will never stop writing. This is just a temporary phase - I'm only busy right now because my business is so new and it is kicking my bee-hind.
I've been trying to think of exactly how to explain how overwhelmed I've been and decided I should just show you in a highly technical representation, me being a professional entrepreneur and all.
But, then! I bought a DayPlanner at Office Depot yesterday!
Oh, wait. I forgot my clients.
(Hey, do you think this would count as my business plan? Wells Fargo still hasn't gotten back to me about my loan.)
So, things should be improving here shortly.
I admit I've been getting a kick out of those of you that have emailed me inquiring about what exactly my business is. My favorite was Amanda who emailed me again after not receiving a response and said simply "If I don't hear otherwise soon, I'm going to just assume avon".
Actually, the reason why I've been vague is because I started a consulting business. And it's sort of funny. Because, well, um, I don't know if I've ever told you guys this but in my former life? I was a bank real estate specialist. Which is to say, that the nightmare we just endured for the last six months was sort of my area of expertise, if you will. I know. It's a crazy world.
Also, please note that I'm now using "*" in any words applicable to my line of work because the last thing I want is for my new clients to find my blog.
Because, you know, the internet gets around.
And then they'll know all about my own selling disaster, which would be bad. And that I own a Michael Bolton t-shirt, which would be worse, no?
Anyhoo. That's what I've been doing - working from home helping people get out of their own fin*ncial disasters. I couldn't be busier or more thrilled (thrillsier?).
Believe it or not, I loved my old job in banking and have missed it. I didn't think I'd be able to get back into it with Savannah's limited school hours, so I'm pretty damn ecstatic to be doing it again in a c*nsulting capacity. Because I love helping people. And also because it pays well.
But, mostly the helping people part. Helping people pay me well, that is! Oh, I slay me.
So, the Casa de Cheeky Lotus has gone from drab to fab in just a few short weeks. With a new city, new friends, new colleagues, a new man, a new job in L.A., and being picked up for the entire season...wait, that's Private Practice.
All this to say, I am in fact the "B" word. Busy doing something I love. For that I feel blessed. Also, deprived of the internet's warm fuzzy company. I'm still working on the whole balance thing, but it's finally starting to come together.
Which...brings me to my next point.
As you've probably heard, ClubMom is shutting its Mom Blogs doors.
I can't say I was entirely surprised when I received the news last week. Just call it a hunch. If you recall, when I was hired by ClubMom/ABC a year and a half ago I was beyond ecstatic. I had only been writing for a short time and to actually be paid real shiny quarters for my werrds, and in an email from Andrew Shue no less, was a huge confidence boost. It was exactly the distraction I needed during the most difficult time in my life - my dad's sudden death - and I will be forever grateful for that.
That said, I will be the first one to admit that I felt my ClubMom blog had run its course. There is only so much time in a day and at one point recently I had five writing jobs, including the work I do for them on their sister site CafeMom.
I think this is a common burden felt by bloggers right now. We don't want to pass up opportunities, we take on everything we're offered, and then our passion - writing - starts to become a job. An obligation.
I'm looking forward to writing being nothing more than a luxury for me again. Although, I will continue to keep an ad or two around to pay for my -ahem- "expenses". Primarily for the purposes of claiming to Chris all exasperated that I "have to write" so that I can run upstairs with a glass of wine and take pictures of Savannah's toys driving around in cars while he makes dinner.
Speaking of ads, you'll notice that I'm no longer part of the Blogher Ad Network. There's really nothing to say about that other than that I have the utmost respect for the community, and hopefully they'll have me back if I change my mind in the future. But, for now I've decided to accept an offer from Warner Bros.' network, the Mom Logic Ad Network.
Warner Bros. approached a few writers awhile back, including Yvonne and me, and asked us to come into the studio to "shoot an episode" of a yet unnamed series. After Yvonne and I peed ourselves, we agreed. Well, we had our roots done. Then we agreed.
Yvonne wrote a little about her experience here and since I assume your eyes are glazed over at this point in this post, I'll save my story for next time.
In the meantime, here's an actual conversation from that day to whet your appetite:
Me: "I'm so nervous. We haven't even started filming and I smell like a sheep."
Producer: "Are you perspiring?"
Me (flapping arms): "Yes, badly."
Makeup Lady: "Here, stuff these paper towels in your armpits."
Obviously they were wowed.
Anyway, if you want to check out their site - and, eventually, streaming video of my taping - you can press your wee mouse here.
Okay, more new things to come, including a site redesign! But, for now, I must go. Savannah is demanding I explain why Mike is in Barbie's car.