This month has been a great challenge for me, and I'm so thrilled to say that so far, it has really helped me keep writing despite all the different things going on in my personal life. Blogging daily has made a HUGE difference in the growth of my blog (thanks for all the shares and comments - I can't even say how meaningful that support is to me!) too, and I've had a great time playing with daily themes - but you guys, it has been HARD.
Thinking of post ideas is exhausting in the best way, and my writing flow is more stimulated lately than it has been in a long time. The changes in my family have been exhausting too - life has been challenging in various ways for me as a mother lately, and for my daughters as they face their feelings in regard to their dad not being around as much. But honestly, there are ways in which this has been good too. My daughters and I are closer than ever as a unit - they're both more affectionate now and far more appreciative than they used to be, and while I sadly acknowledge that this is because they now know fear of abandonment in a way that they didn't before, I won't deny that it's nice to be appreciated for what I do and what I sacrifice for the love of my daughters, simply by choosing them everyday.
As this month has gone on, I have realized how very much I love this site and this blog, how much I crave the release of writing here, and how freeing it is to know that there are people out there in the world who want to hear what I have to say. I can't even express how gratifying it has been to see a growth in feedback and followers, and I've even made new connections with my books, too!
I really am juggling a lot though, and the truth is, I'm tired. I get up before 6am most days - sometimes as early as 5 - and the day begins with stiff legs, a foggy mind, a scratchy voice, bleary eyes, and a few minutes alone with my rosary. I wake the girls at six and get them ready for school, Chance and I deliver them to their classes, and then we come back home to start the workday, which is generally interspersed with various interruptions and episodes of anxiety. By 7pm I'm tired and in desperate need of some quiet time but generally satisfied with the day's accomplishments - by 8 I'm getting foggy again but still wrapping things up. And by 11pm I'm asleep - most nights.
I'm not saying that mothering is what's hard for me or that mothering is in any way harder for me than it might be for others, because it mostly isn't. Single mothering, other hand, is hard, because it's an incredibly emotional challenge to be the only person on what should have been a two-person team. Blogging isn't that hard either, truthfully - I relish the challenge, I'm looking forward to working with more and more companies in the future, and I love the break blogging gives me from fiction writing. Other than on the days when I type so much my tendonitis flares up, this isn't a physically difficult job. But emotionally ... it's stressful and busy, and I'm juggling about fifteen different small income streams, trying to grow and combine them into something that'll keep my kids fed and clothed.
Between all the normal life stuff and the added weight of my own struggles with depression and anxiety, I get really worn down and sometimes, I desperately need an extra kick to help me make it through to the end of the day. And you know how writers are always talking about their two greatest liquid loves, right? Wine and coffee, the juices of Heaven, the beverages that stimulate our senses or soothe our emotions as needed?
Seriously. Wine and coffee. Wake up with one, go to bed with the other. That's the life, man.
Except that I'm not talking about either of those things, because there's a whole day's worth of time in between the drinking of those two beverages, right? The time in between the "acceptable" hours, the time after which coffee has become something you should be staying away from and before which wine is okay to pour. I'm not saying I always follow the rules though, so don't get me wrong - I have been known to wake up with wine once or twice in my life if a morning is going particularly horrible, and I've been known to go to bed with coffee now and again too, when the day is done but the day's tasks are not.
In those in-between hours, there's something even better than coffee for me - and even more acceptable than day-drinking the wine I sometimes find myself wishing for.
It's healthier than coffee (or wine) because it's got vitamins mixed in with the caffeine. It's easier because you literally cut it open, pour it into a bottle (or glass) of water (or whatever else you feel like pouring it into), shake (or stir), and drink. It's best cold but is palatable at almost any temperature, and it can be made to satisfy any taste by choosing different mixing options. I usually just mix mine with water, but it's also great mixed with Sprite and several other drinks - you can experiment to find your own preference!
It's this - a tiny little packet of magic. It's better than a Red Bull, better than a Monster. It works longer than caffeine alone, but doesn't come with the jolt of too much coffee too fast. It doesn't leave me crashing, doesn't taste gross, isn't syrupy sweet, and doesn't go irritatingly flat (because it isn't carbonated). It's not as costly as any other energy drink I've tried, and it doesn't pack the same unfortunate-for-me side-effect-punch as a Five Hour Energy.
The listed ingredients are Purified Water, Malic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sucralose, Taurine, Caffeine, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCL, Vitamin B12, and Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness), but I think they've left a few off for secrecy.
- Magic - because that's what this stuff is for me, trying to raise two kids and be a good mom while struggling to build a brand, even on the days when I'm exhausted and overwhelmed.
- Convenience - because I can keep a packet in my purse for days like yesterday when I'm emotionally drained and I need a boost to carry me through the rest of the day.
- Courage - because sometimes the hard days get to me and I forget all about being a Warrior.
- Strength - because my kids need someone who's willing to give everything, and there are days when I feel like I have nothing left to give, but Strike Force helps me reach the bottom of my energy reserve.
- Power - because sometimes all it takes is feeling re-energized to remind me that I can handle everything life dishes out, just like I always have.
The nutrition page on the website jokes that the elixir in this tiny packet is made of Dragon Tears and Unicorn Farts - but for me, on days like today? When I'm running on fumes and I'm still giving everything I have to keep things moving forward? When I've been up most of the night playing nursemaid to one child and still have to survive the day meeting the needs of the other? When I've got work to do and meals to prepare and laundry to wash and a brand to build ... then I call on my inner warrior. I stand up and remind myself that I am a badass of the highest caliber. And I call in a Strike Force to keep me going.
At just $10 for a 10-packet box, even a single mom struggling to build a business can keep it in stock, and now, so can you. But don't just take my word for it. Go see what all the hype is about - head over to StrikeForceEnergy.com and pick up a box for yourself, and if you enter AFLBRANDI8634 as your discount code, you'll even get 20% off!
But for now, I'm off to mix up a glass so I can work the rest of this day like a boss.
Questions for the Comments Section:
- Have you tried this energy drink yet? If so, did you like it as much as I do?
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