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Take it away, Nancy...
I am thrilled to have the chance to join Danielle to chat about balance. This is one of my favorite blogs to read to help me remind myself just how important it is.
I’m Nancy Naigle, and I write love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. I live in Virginia with my husband of 17 years on a goat farm in the southern part of the state. By day, I’m a Senior Vice President with Bank of America.
Life balance, or maybe I should say the act of trying to balance life isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes some good things come out of that struggle.
Being out of balance is kind of what inspired me to finish my first novel. Let me explain. You see, I, like you, live my life at a microwavin’ drive-thru speed. I’ve always had to juggle my busy career with family, friends and everything life wanted to toss my way. Of course, what life tossed in the mix was generally in the form of one of those police nail-strips thrown under your tires to make you swerve to a stop.
Whew. Just thinking about it wears me out.
At a particularly rocky stage of my life I had escaped between the pages of a novel by Jayne Ann Krentz. When I finished that book, I closed it and sat there holding it in my hands. I felt relaxed and it was kind of an amazing moment. One I hadn’t felt in a while. I felt hopeful, too. That gal in that story, she’d overcome huge obstacles, and (Jayne hadn’t let me down) there was a fabulous happy ever after.
That feeling I had at that moment. That’s the one that inspired me to work towards publishing my stories. I thought, “If I could rescue one gal, for one little while, from her crazy-paced life and make her believe it would be okay...that’s the best gift ever.”
Many stories later, SWEET TEA AND SECRETS finally made its way to completion and debuted last month. It’s a small town love story with enough suspense to keep your mind off your day job for a while. The residents of Adams Grove are a wonderful group of folks that you just might grow to think of as friends. At least I hope so!
I’ll tell you that only you can decide what the right balance is in your life. But trust me on this, when things get the craziest, if you’ll take just a little ‘me’ time – even just 10 minutes – it’ll pay off big. Lock yourself in the bathroom and soak in a hot tub with a novel, sit and do nothing, nap, whatever works for you. For me, novels work best because reading forces me to forget my own story if even for just a little while.
My momma use to lay in the back of my daddy’s pickup truck and not answer us as we ran around looking for her. I never knew that until I was in my late thirties. I still laugh about it. She was pretty creative, really. She said she couldn’t relax in the tub because we’d talk to her through the door or wiggle our fingers under it to say hello. I guess that would make it a little hard to relax now that I think about it.
I promise you, your kids won’t flunk out of school and your husband won’t starve to death, but you may just be a better:
and all those other roles you play ... than you’ve ever been.
**To celebrate visiting with ya’ll today, and to say thanks for sharing in the excitement about the debut of SWEET TEA AND SECRETS, I’m hosting a little contest right here. Just leave a comment to be included in the drawing. We’ll draw one lucky winner who will receive a signed copy of my book (or e-format if you prefer) along with my very favorite tea to sip while you relax and read it.**
Hugs and high 5's!
Treat yourself to a little escape. It’s okay, really.
Love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.
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