Monday, August 4, 2014 | By: Angela Brown

The Business of Being a Work in Progress

This picture just about sums up the various facets of my life. My writing projects are works-in-progress. My paying gig is ever a work-in-progress with its ups and downs. Single parenthood is a daily work-in-progress as I learn how to be the best parent I can be for Chipmunk. Sometimes I don't feel I'm doing her justice but I'm trying.

Even my desire to defeat my fears is a work-in-progress. I'll elaborate a bit more on Wednesday.

So what do you have that is a work-in-progress? A manuscript? A weight loss program? A working goal?

22 comments:

Clarissa Draper said...

I'm writing the third in my series right now. It's a WIP. Have a great week, Angela. I will try to be back on Wednesday.

Maria Zannini said...

All of life is a work in progress, don't you think? Some days--like this past weekend--everything slaps me in the head. Other times I make progress.

The worst sin is to do nothing or to wait for things to happen. Rewards are always sweeter when you've worked your tail off for them. :o)

J.L. Campbell said...

Angela, the wonderful thing is that you keep putting one foot in front of the other. My WIPs these days have to do with several manuscripts and a not-so-new business.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Defeating insecurity is a WIP for me. Adapting to my new role as Not-a-Teacher is also a WIP. Accepting how bad my WIP MG story is while continuing to plug forward, is a WIP.

I drastically curbed my diet and increased my exercise for 2 weeks while my husband was in Japan on business and lost 2 pounds. Then in the 2 days that's he's been back, just by enjoying a celebratory meal or two and skipping a day of exercise to rest sore muscles ... it's back. 2 weeks to lose it. 2 days to put it back. #%#$%$ WIP.

Angela Brown said...

Wishing you the best as you work on the next in your series. I look forward to having you back :-)

Angela Brown said...

It definitely feels that way, Maria, that all of life is a work in progress. I don't seem to be able to turn in any particular direction to see anything with a "complete' sign lol!!!

I also agree that earning my keep is so much sweeter than waiting around expecting something to just fall in my lap.

Angela Brown said...

Very true, J.L. I'll keep striving for forward progress.

Angela Brown said...

Until IWSG, I often wondered if I was alone in my writing insecurities. I don't like having them but there is comfort in knowing I'm not alone, that others understand.

You have a new chapter starting in your life. Adapting to it will take time. I'm sure it will be a blast of its own kind.

And boy I tell you, me and weight are bitter with each other lol!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your role as a parent will always be a work in progress. I bet you're doing an awesome job though.
Doing final edits on my manuscript and then it's off to my critique partners!

Angela Brown said...

You're right, Alex. This parenting thing is always a WiP. Too bad kiddos don't come with their own unique instruction booklet to make the process smoother.

Catherine Stine said...

Life is always in flux. The challenge is to get really comfortable with the flow and adapt to it. I have a WIP I'm writing, and I'm watching my boys change jobs and adapt to their new lives, and soon, I'll be adapting to my new students and their needs. Yipes!!!!!!!!

Angela Brown said...

Seems the only thing that is constant and consistent is change. Oi!

M Pax said...

Chipmunk is lucky to have you. Parenthood is hard. Day gigs are hard. I'm a work in progress too. I need lots of improving.

Angela Brown said...

You know what's funny, M Pax, when I was a kid I thought being an adult would brng all the answers. But after becoming an adult, I learned I knew nothing lol! So yeah, work in progress everyday all day :-)

Gwen Gardner said...

We're all a work in progress. Sometimes it goes well and sometimes not. But I know what a good mom you are and that Chipmunk loves you to bits!

Angela Brown said...

Awww...I'm trying Gwen. I know I love her to bits even though she drives me crazy sometimes lol!

Christine Rains said...

Everything is a work in progress in my life too. I think it a good thing in life to be striving and learning to be better. I work the hardest at being a good mom, but some days are better than others!

Angela Brown said...

Re: work the hardest at being a good mom, but some days are better than others

Boy do I hear you there, Christine :-)

E.J. Wesley said...

I'm just about the same. Everything in my life is a work in progress it seems. I just put my head down and keep doing the daily things to try to make it happen. But I agree with Christine above, it's that constant feeling of not having met all of my goals that keeps me wring hard.

Heather said...

How about pretty much everything?! LOL! I have a manuscript WIP, an outline for another, and so much more. Such is life right?

Lady Jai said...

Life is a work in progress. Don't look to the horizon for your goals for you will be overwhelmed. At the end of each day, look back and see all that you have done. #BePositive

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
Caring for My Veteran
Be Positive in Life and Writing

Mike Keyton said...

When it stops being a work in progress, Angela, you know that you're dead. Good luck with all your endeavours.

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