Work Hard, But Savor Downtime

Just a little over a month ago, I felt I was at the edge of a breakthrough in my author career. I had just finished writing The Crush, was making good progress on its sequel, The Fall, was nearing 250 blog followers and received a fantastic start to my new author Instagram profile.

During this time, while I was hanging out with my boyfriend and/or our families, I often found myself distracted, looking up more methods to increase readership rather than live in the moment with the people I love most.

July 25th was my wake-up call. My boyfriend’s momma unexpectedly passed away. She was only in her mid-fifties. In the three years I knew her, she treated me like I was her own kid, and I will forever consider her to be my second momma. I think the world of her… and now I find myself wishing I had spent more time with her in the moment.


Her passing has inspired me to adopt a new mindset for self-publishing and marketing. I now realize that no matter how much time and effort I put into my books, even if I become the next best-selling author, it won’t be worth it if I’ve allowed it to consume all my time and neglect to cherish those precious moments with loved ones.

Her passing has also opened my eyes to enjoying the little things in life more. She was a very simple woman with simple tastes. She loved to wear t-shirts and jeans. She loved to ride her bike with her best friend. She loved her husband, sons, grandkids, and future daughter-in-laws. She was an amazing southern cook, and loved the art with a passion. She could have had a packed restaurant if she had wanted, but she never chased notoriety. She was content with the life she lived, and thanked God for it.

I want to be more like her. I don’t want my joy to reside in what the future may bring, but rather what I have right now.

Does this mean taking a break from writing, self-publishing, and marketing books? At first, I contemplated taking a blogging hiatus in August, meaning no posts for Authoring Arrowheads in September since I plan posts a month in advance… but I knew my boyfriend’s momma wouldn’t want me to do that. Though she remained humble, she worked her butt off every day to provide for her family, and to honor her would be to learn her method of balancing both the hustle and the downtime.

We just have to live each season of life knowing that God has good intentions. He’s the One who holds our future.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

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As an author and blogger, my goal is to teach writers that there is a way to write realistic, thought-provoking, redemptive Christian fiction that honors God while not sugarcoating the realities of the world. 

6 thoughts on “Work Hard, But Savor Downtime

  1. This is a beautiful tribute to your almost-MIL. Condolences as you adjust to life without her. There is so much truth in your statement that all your work won’t mean as much if you “neglect to cherish those precious moments with loved ones.” Best wishes as you focus on balancing relationships and writing. I’m learning much from your blog 🙂

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  2. Glad you finally caught on! I was writing the first then second books of my trilogy and selling them locally. Then had to home school them and bring them up and do whatever in the meantime plus be a wife every now and then 😉 So that finally after they grew up and went to college and I was office manager for my POA…when I retired is when I got busy on the trilogy again! You have a boyfriend? Soon you may have a husband and then kids.Hope you do become a best selling author, but remember, family–and God and Christ–comes first.

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      1. I loved your article. I am still new to self-publishing and marketing and want to be successful. However, I always worry that I will neglect my family and my friends in the process. I don’t want to do that. This article was a wake up call. Thank you.

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