Foundation 365 D 30
My 500 Words Challenge
This was originally written 1/20/2018, needless to say I am still a work in progress….I did not do that challenge. I was not ready to commit to writing 500 words a Day and posting them but I’m growing more comfortable and finding myself more committed. Hence Day 30. So when I read this now, it truly makes me happy. I have found that I enjoy writing. It makes me feel better. So on with the example of determination…
Have you ever found something that really works in your life and committed to doing it and then the next thing you know, you have developed other habits, lose track of time, have other obligations pop up? That is what happen to me this past August. I had started journaling everyday, 500 words per day and it was wonderful. Then one day I realized I had stopped. I realized that several days had gone by without writing and I could not believe this. Like I had been in a fog or something, granted it was not the best summer… but this writing habit was perhaps one of the best habits I had ever established and I stopped doing it???? Unbelievable, I know but it happens all the time.
So a couple of weeks ago I saw this Challenge and I signed up but of course did not do anything. I have done this many times in the past, see something that looks interesting, sign up but then I do not add it into my schedule, do not make a plan to succeed and I lose focus, which is really hard for me to find in the first place…. but again I digress. Sometimes I think this behavior is linked to my thinking “oh I’m passionate about that, I know I will do it.” It is not always that easy. Commitment is hard, especially for me… To commit means the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. or an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action. The first part of that definition sounds wonderful but the second part is pretty intense. Restricts Freedom, maybe this is how I feel when I see the word commitment, it seems ugly and not nice and like someone just took all the air out of the room. Come to think about it, I really have no commitments at all except teaching. No relationship commitments, no job commitments… There might be something behind that but for now I am going to roll with this one commitment. I am going to write for 30 whole days!!!! It is going to be a wonderful experience!!!
Maybe I should just think of it like the first part of the definition. It is not like I am going to have to write 500 words per day at 5 am while standing on my head. Which that is possible but not likely to happen. So today is the day that I will start my challenge. I’m behind but I want to start from the beginning and finish in 30 days. Jeff Goins, absolutely phenomenal writer and encourager!!! He created this challenge. Day one was to commit, make an announcement, let people know and ask for accountability. Done and Check. He however did not ask for us to over explain our fears of commitment but that is a bonus for anyone who decides to read my five hundred word challenge. Tomorrow is another day and on that day, I shall write.
Today, I write, I research, I find something that I can work on everyday. I have made it 30 days and yes, they have been hard… but endurance!