This post is a bit of an update and a bit of a reminder about something that I talk about all the time: priorities.
If you scroll back through my blog, you'll notice that the last post was March of this year. Ideally, I like to post once a week, at the bare minimum, so over two months without a post is definitely not what I'm shooting for.
So Tori, where have you been?
My Twitter friends may know that at the end of last year, I bought a house (a wonderful little cabin back in the country) and became a husky mom (keeping him entertained is a full-time job). I also started backpacking and rock climbing last year, which have taken up some of my time, but provide much-needed mental rest. I also did something else last year, but I didn't find out about it until a couple months ago—more about that in a second.
The Big News
Something else happened earlier this year: I got the call. The one I had been working toward since I was a high school sophomore. I am now represented by Sandy Lu of L. Perkins Agency and could not be more thrilled. Right after signing, she gave me some amazing feedback on my novel, so I am now dedicating significant hours to rewrites.
Last October, I was rock climbing near Chattanooga and injured my hip. Being my stubborn self, I treated it on my own (assuming it was a muscular injury) and continued backpacking for six months before finally going to the doctor. Turns out, I tore my labrum, which means I need hip surgery. There will be a six-month recovery time after surgery, so I'm spending a lot of time right now preparing for that process.
As you can tell, I've got quite a bit going on at the moment, which forces me to buckle down and decide what's important. As much as I love this blog and see the value in posting regularly, other things have to come first. I've got a pretty clear set of priorities: family and friends (including the pup), my health, editing work, and writing. Social media, blogging, making YouTube videos, painting, cooking, and all the other things I enjoy doing take a back seat when life gets hectic. (Though I will admit that these activities sometimes fall under the "health" priority. Mental health counts, too!)
What I'm trying to say—as I've said before and will surely say again—is that we define our priorities not by what we say they are, but by how we choose to spend our time. We have time for anything, just not everything.