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Rosie Scribble

Life, re-evaluated

in Family, Life, Writing

Old clocks

With the passing of the years comes the realisation that the time stretching in front of you is not infinite and needs to be spent well.

There are a number of things I want to be doing with my limited free time.ย Now that I’m commuting to London each day that free time has become increasingly precious.

I want to spend it with family, and relaxing, reading books in coffee shops with hot chocolate and marshmallows, and doing absolutely nothing.

I also need to spend more time helping the teen with her school work, or at least making sure she’s on top of it all in these crucial GSCE years.

Efforts to help with homework haven’t really worked as I’ve discovered I don’t actually understand half of it. Make that most of it.

It’s some time since I was able to calculate the perpendicular height of a triangle, or had the will to. Adult life has not required me to use that knowledge for several decades. But I can at least make sure the teen is studying the right books, or Googling the right things as seems to be the way these days.

I also want to write. I spend most of my holiday time crafting stories and starting novels that then sit in my head for the rest of the year because I don’t have time to pick up the thread.

Old fashioned typewriter

Except it turns out I do have the time, I’m just not using it in the best way for me, and for us as a family.

I’m spending it packing boxes for my subscription box business, which I do enjoy, and I love the ethos behind it, to deliver positive messages to tweens and teens. But it isn’t something I can continue long term in its current form.

BE YOUR Own kind of beautiful

It won’t disappear, but whatever I decide to do with it will mean I’m left feeling better about how I’m using that precious free time.

Spending my work day in the wonderful world of children’s books has made one thing very very clear. It’s time to write my own.

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14 comments… add one
  • I am so with you on this! I have a book in me that’s been going round and round for a couple of years and I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently…
    Good to hear you’re working towards something too. Best of luck!

    • RosieS

      Ah of course, you’ve been on a similar journey! Let’s just do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julia Skinner

    Love the maths muddle & stretch.
    Do get in touch if there is any way we could work together now you are linked with children’s literacy. 100WC has exploded & is all over the world even Beijing & Hanoi!!

    • RosieS

      Oooh, you’ve given me ideas already! Would be fab to work with you on something. Leave it with me. This is how excited I get about anything related to literature! Maths, not so much!!

  • Write, lady, write xxx

    • RosieS

      I will, lovely, I will. xxx

  • Do it. Do it now. You know Iโ€™m with you Ok that xx

    • RosieS

      On it. I’ll be checking in with your progress too xx

  • Oh my gosh what a shock!! I was always so enamored by your company and all the positivity it is providing for teens … we do have to enjoy our time and friends and family come first though XXX

    • RosieS

      Awww, thank you. It isn’t going away. I just need to find a way to outsource some of it so it doesn’t take up so much time. It certainly isn’t the end ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • It’ll be a shame if you can’t carry on your boxes, they have been doing so well. Isn’t there a teenager you can pay to do the mundane and boring bits? ๐Ÿ™‚ x
    It’s an excellent job and an exciting plan – and I’ll be more than happy to review your book for you when it’s out ๐Ÿ™‚

    • RosieS

      I’ll be carrying on with the boxes, but just looking at what I can do differently to free up some extra time. Recruiting a teen to help is definitely a good idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll crack on with that book. I’ve got reviewers lining up already!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nilceia

    You are awesome, Rosie! Canโ€™t wait to read your book!

    • RosieS

      Awwww, Nilceia! Thanks for commenting. Much love to you x

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