• The Complexities of Life

    Reflection: Days 11-30 of #30in30

    Day 30 has finally arrived.

    When I began this challenge, I wasn’t sure if I had the kahonas to complete it. Instead of focusing on the big picture, I celebrated each post.

    Slowly, writing daily became normal. Days 11-20 flew by. On day 21, I could see the finish line. I felt hella proud of myself.

    Nine days became seven. Seven days became five. Five days became three. Three became today.

    Day 30 is here and I have completed the challenge. I wait to take a brief break. The race is over and I need to finally catch my breath.

    raises glass

    The end (for now).

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    Three More Days…What’s Next?

    The #30in30 writing challenge is winding down. Parts of me are happy, worried, and incredibly proud. Happy that I won’t have to write every single day. Worried that I will backslide on this blog and get lazy and rusty with my writing. Proud that as of right now, I have stuck this out for 28 days (and counting). No part of this challenge was easy.

    Slowly, I’ve become a better writer than I was 30 days ago. Thoughts are much clearer now that I’m literally writing them out. Consider that one of my many “duh” moments during this challenge. Since I was writing daily, I wrote shorter posts. Perhaps once the challenge is over, I’ll write longer, essay-like posts. Or non-rhyming poetry (it does exist). So many possibilities.

    To my fellow #30in30 participants, what’s next?

  • The Complexities of Life

    Trusting Instinct

    Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of writing…then backspace, backspace, backspace.

    Second guessing myself has been an underlying theme of the #30In30 challenge. Ninety percent of me wants to share so much (good and bad) through this blog. The other 20% is screaming hells no ma’am” and I withdraw. Yes, I should shut up that 20% that’s holding me back, but I let it win every single time.

    Not anymore.

    This challenge is forcing me to bite the bullet, suck it up, shut up the naysayers. I have to trust my instinct. If I write it, stick with it. See it to the end. If I want to make it personal, so be it. It’s my blog, my life, right? Maybe I’ll feel better getting all of this “stuff” out of my head. Make room for some good stuff.

    It’s going to be an interesting week *bites pen*.

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    The #30in30 Challenge

    Tonight I participated in a weekly Twitter chat with one of my favorite authors Aliya S. King. She challenged her followers to a #30in30 writing challenge in which participants are challenged to write for 30 days straight. I was beyond excited about this post for several reasons.

    1. Writer’s block had taken residence.
    2. Laziness refused to work past the writer’s block.
    3. I’d rather veg out on the sofa and sleep.

    All three of these reasons are curses to a writer, amateur or professional. The #30in30 challenge is going to force me to work past the mental roadblocks that prevent all of this awesomeness from being shared with the world. I’m hellbent on making the absolute most of these 30 days. I feel sorry for the pens and papers that will be sacrificed for the greater good.

    Let’s take a moment of silence for all the ballpoints and single rule paper out there.

    Chat with you later.

     

    Updated February 14, 2017

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