May 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up

May was very busy, and I very nearly burned out physically and emotionally until everything thankfully came to a stop at the end of the month. I wasn’t at my nonprofit at all, but I was crazy busy and stressed trying to finish up the softball season, and super relived when it was over. I also got a lot of new freelance writing clients, aka more stress.

But so much fun stuff happened too! I watched some friends win their high school softball state championship; had a picnic and shopping day with Madeleine; hung out with a former youth pastor and his wife; and spent multiple Saturdays and Sundays and weeknights at the ballpark with friends, watching games and playing around and then going out for ice cream or Ihop afterwards. I met NYT bestselling author Victoria Aveyard, went to lunch with friends, spent a fun evening at Brooke N’s house for dinner and a movie, and also went out for dinner and a movie with Brooke another night. I had a fun day road tripping for Hannah’s graduation from COLLEGE. I spoke to two 7th-grade English classes about writing. My family went to a cabin in the North Carolina mountains for four days, which involved lots of reading on the porch, eating ice cream sandwiches, and visiting cool places such as the Road to Nowhere. Sadly, we also spent the end of the month in Tennessee for my grandmother’s funeral.

 

 

 

 

This month I’m…

Reading: The Fates Divide, Veronica Roth. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, Karina Yan Glaser. Children of the Storm, Natasha Vins (reread). God’s Smuggler, John and Elizabeth Sherrill (reread). The Blood Race, K. A. Emmons (reread). Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi. Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo (reread). Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson (reread). Let Me Be A Woman, Elisabeth Elliott. Pacifica, Kristen Simmons. 12 total.

Listening to: Les Mis soundtrack. There Is More album, Hillsong Worship (especially You Are Life). Old Friends, Ben Rector. Budapest, George Ezra.

Watching: Tom Holland compilations. Guess videos from Cut. Hidden Figures. The Maze Runner. Baby Driver. Infinity War.

Loving: Query letters and discouragement, the cwtch. Quantified Activity Tracking to Prevent Chronic Pain Flares, Life in Slow Motion. 5 Tips For More Authentic, Natural “Un-Posing,” Lindsey Roman. I blogged twice at THC–Mikayla Christiansen: Hardworking Creative and How to Support Other Creatives (when you’re broke).

Writing: I did a lot of work for a travel app through a UK media company (having a really fantastic and fun experience with them)–I wrote guides to 18 US cities, wrote four “Unique Dream Experience” articles (bucketlist-type vacations), and wrote four “Human Dream Stories” (interviewing people about cool things they’ve done). I also wrote eight 2,000-word reviews for RunnerClick and transitioned to something that’s more like being on staff instead of just freelancing. I accepted a LOT of new positions–IAPWE, Georgia Family Magazine (associate editor and proofreader), JenReviews (long-term fitness writer), Valnet (parenting website), and had to turn down several jobs because of money and time. I applied to 33 freelance jobs, pitched article ideas to four magazines, and submitted fiction to 9 publications. I had a devotional published here, another here, and wrote this blog post; I also wrote articles for Craft Your Content and the IMB. I did a quick edit of World on a String, sent it for critiquing, and dove back into edits on Angelica. I spoke to two 7th-grade English classes about being a professional writer.

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Grateful for: Riding home at night with my friend after her softball games, eating Chick-fil-a and feeling the warm breeze through the open sunroof while my dad texts updates on our brothers’ game (for the benefit of my friend’s dad, my brother’s coach). Ice cream with family friends just like old times. Going for pizza downtown with our baby after getting passports. Playing tic-tac-toe on the kids’ menu at restaurants with friends’ little siblings. Working in the nursery at my new church for the first time and getting my baby fix.

What did you do in May? What are your summer plans?