Passion and Life Do Mix
We each have a worthybit whether we see it or not. It may be a passion for adventure. A hobby we started as a child. A sport we never gave up on. A mindset which would endure life’s struggles. No matter the height of the mountain, we keep moving forward because it is the only option. A Bit in the Life of will take you through the lives of people who contribute to the world in their own way. They may be authors, nurses, doctors, business men or women, artists, or chefs. They are all somebody’s grandmother, grandfather, wife, husband, mother, father, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or cousin. They may be stay-at-home moms or dads, teachers, yoga instructors, students, humanitarians, etc. Each one has a story from their own perspective. Each one is inspiring. Each one began with a dream or an idea and kept going. Life is not always easy, but we persevere despite illness, stresses, complications and other external influences which may otherwise get in the way of our wishes, hopes, dreams and goals.
Today, we are stepping into the world of Casey L. Bond. She is a young adult and new adult fiction writer as well as a mother and wife. She never misses a beat and is constantly on the go. Maybe she will inspire you to make your next leap of faith.
We all have a starting point. We all have to begin.
“If you look on my social media bio, you’ll see that I’m a wife, mother, author and fan of Marshall University. Most people follow me on social media for one of those reasons, and it isn’t the fact that I bleed green. It’s about the books I write.
Admittedly a nerdy weirdo, I write young adult and new adult fiction, everything from vampires to sassy Vegas vixens and all things in between. I haven’t always written. Sure, in high school and college, I was forced to, but as an adult, no one gave me an assignment to fulfill. I blame my passion for writing on a former love of words, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer and my mom (partially because Moms get blamed for everything).
I was the annoying kid in class, who grinned when a term paper was assigned, who’d rather write twenty-five pages of double-spaced sentences complete with citations instead of taking a multiple-choice test. After my days at Marshall and all assignments ended, also known as graduation, I put my big girl panties on and entered the workforce. I loved what I did! I worked in insurance claims and actually loved my job and my new husband and life was great.
In time, hubs and I decided it might be time to expand the fam. When I got pregnant with my first child, we made the mutual decision that I would stay home with her and quit my job. It’s what I wanted and we were blessed to be able to afford it. So, I wrote my resignation and my primary role became mother. I went from being very busy at the office to very busy at home. I know what you’re thinking….stay-at-home Moms have all the time in the world. Let me tell you what. Nope. There’s a constant something that needs attention: the baby, the pets, the laundry, dinner, the errands, the phone calls from folks who say, hey you don’t work so can you…. It never ends.
When I became pregnant with my second child, I could not sleep. Insomnia city. Near Halloween, a marathon of Twilight, based on the books by Stephenie Meyer came on. I devoured the movies and then watched Breaking Dawn Part 1 with a friend at the theater. But Part 2 wouldn’t release in so long. I grabbed the book. I had to know what happened next. So I read until I had my answer. Talking to my mom, I told her about the story and how fun it was to read and she looked at me and asked a very simple question. She said, “Casey, you could write a book. Why don’t you?”
Why didn’t I? I couldn’t. I wasn’t a writer. I wasn’t good enough to be an author. I shrugged and told her the same thing. She wouldn’t listen and told me to do it anyway. So, when I couldn’t sleep, I wrote. I wrote sentences, paragraphs, chapters and in just a few months, had written a novel.
Winter Shadows was published. It never hit the New York Times bestseller list or made headlines. But it did propel me forward, because I’d found my passion. I found a love of crafting stories. Now that I’ve found what I love to do, I do it. Every day, I try to write something. Between running my kids to school and other activities, errands, keeping everyone clothed and fed, tending to my animals and making decisions on a new house we’re building, it can get tough to carve out time. But I do it. Because I love it and I won’t let anything stop me from doing something I love so much.
My children, hubby and family will always come first. There’s no question. But it’s okay to have a passion. It’s okay to love something else. And it’s okay for that love to have blossomed from hobby to career.”
Mixing Passion and Life
Here’s a breakdown of a typical day for me, in case you wonder why I’m not cranking books out faster (LOL!):
6:00am: Alarm blares annoyingly, making me get out of bed to shut it off. Shower.
6:15am: Get oldest daughter out of bed and make breakfast.
6:30am: Finish drying hair and get youngest out of bed.
6:50am: Everyone must be dressed, teeth brushed, hair combed, backpack ready and coats on and ready to run for the car. (Because we always run late somehow)
7:00am: Bus stop.
7:15-8:15am: We have an hour to burn before having to leave for Pre-K. So, it’s put laundry on, do any dishes that haven’t been done yet, vacuum if there’s time. Pack up my computer and brush hair again. Feed dog and chickens.
8:30-9:00 am: Drive
9-12:00pm: Drop my youngest at Pre-K. Run to gas station. Run to post office. Mail parcels and check PO Box. Go to Library to type for as long as I can. Rush to the grocery store to grab essentials and then to Pre-K to pick youngest up again.
12-12:30pm: Drive home.
1-3:45pm: Unload groceries. Make lunch. Eat lunch. Feed chickens again. Get their eggs. Play with my youngest daughter—a lot. Check social media on my phone. Answer any questions that the contractor has regarding the house. Take the trash out. Clean the floor because my dog tracked in mud. Go outside with my youngest. Come back inside because she’s cold. Clean the floor again because we tracked in mud.
4:00-5:30pm: Oldest arrives from bus. Fix her a snack because she’s always famished. Homework. Play outside. Feed chickens. Check their water.
6:00pm: Make dinner. Kids and I will eat dinner. Then they can watch a TV episode or two to chillax.
7:00pm: Baths and getting ready for bed. Hubs comes home and eats dinner.
9:00pm: Usually still trying to get them to shush and go to sleep.
9:30pm: Quiet. I read or write depending on my mood.
10:00pm: My bedtime. #fallsonbed
It really is fun and amazing. I’m happier now than I’ve been in a long time and more importantly, I’m content. I feel like it took until my 30s to find my stride, my worth, but it was so worth it. Thank you for hanging with me. I hope you enjoy the pictures and take something away from my story.
Sometimes, our passion for our hobbies is just enough to propel us into something completely beyond what we were expecting. Life is funny that way. Our dreams turn into reality because we persevere. We keep opening doors and trying new things. We live our lives. We take chances. We believe in ourselves. Then, in return, living itself becomes our passion. Don’t let life get in the way of finding yours. If you would like to read more: please read an excerpt from Frenzy in a Bit of Imagination. Stay beautiful!
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond lives in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two, beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction. You can find more information about Bond’s books via her website, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Available or Soon-To-Be Released Books:
Pariah, Book 1 in The New Covenant Series
Paradox, Book 2, The New Covenant Series
Reap, Book 1 in The Harvest Saga
Resist, Book 2 in The Harvest Saga
Reclaim, Book 3 in The Harvest Saga
Sin (Serial Series)
Light in the Darkness (YA Anthology)
Fractured Glass (Novel Anthology)
Dark Bishop (Serial Series)
Cover Design for Frenzy: Marisa Shor of Cover Me, Darling
Cover Model: Ali Burgamy
© 2016 Casey L. Bond