Day 4: No Time to Write

My 500 Words

It is day 4/31 of the #My500Words challenge. I am loving the challenge, but I am also tired! Today was a big day that challenged me in some ways regarding this goal. I was very sleepy this morning, very active this afternoon, and very preoccupied with lounging around and eating with my man-friend. This left very little time to care about goals like #My500Words. I kept thinking I would have time and would be wide awake later, once my boyfriend went to sleep and I had burnt out on socializing. Well, now it is 9:00 PM…and I am not excited. Luckily, I have learned something important in this experience.

Do “it” when I can, not when I think I might want to in the future. Plan for my worst self, and get it done as early as possible. Later, I can edit my words before posting, but I don’t have to start from scratch.

In any case, my plans to learn something new about photography and write about it have been completely shattered. I am very excited to lay in bed, read Alexander Hamilton for my Reading Challenge  and drift off to sleep. Nothing else is really acceptable in this moment, BUT I have made a goal and am keeping it. Day 4 requires 500 words on this here page. I promised myself, and, as I learned from Mr. Rogers, the promises you make to yourself are the most important promises to keep. So, I shall continue to plug away my 500 terribly written words.

“What makes the difference between wishing and realizing our wishes? Lots of things, of course, but the main one, I think, is whether we link our wishes to our active work. It may take months or years, but it’s far more likely to happen when we care so much that we’ll work as hard as we can to make it happen. And when we’re working toward the realization of our wishes, some of our greatest strengths come from the encouragement of people who care about us.” –Mr. Rogers

Aside from my poor prioritization, there were some great triumphs of the day. I was greeted upon joining the waking world by hot coffee, poured and ready for me. This was followed shortly by a really excellent breakfast mashup of kale, eggs, and mushrooms. Then, I walked out my front door, like the luckiest gal in the world, and walked 2 minutes to nearest trail head, where I started a 5 or so mile hike in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. It was an invigorating morning walk, with a touch of ice and wind to make it interesting. The rest of the day felt like an easy win. I relaxed around the house, ate some Tofu Chili from yesterday, and watched far too many episodes of The Great British Baking Show. After watching too many amazing, glutinous creations come to life, my boyfriend and I made our way to a local Mediterranean restaurant for a few adult beverages and an assortment of vegetables, dips, and breads. Such excellent breads. Have you ever had olive bread before? Like bread with actual olives baked in 😍? I love olives more than I should, but this bread changed my life and also called for this local restaurant to be banned from regular visits. I cannot be trusted there.

Something I can be trusted to do? Write #My500Words when I say I will, at least within the day that I say I will 😳 . I am happy to participate in such an awesome challenge to help me cultivate a daily writing habit, and I think it is safe to say it is starting to work on me!

 

 

My 500 Words: A 31 Day Challenge

My 500 Words

I am embarking on a 31 day challenge, because who doesn’t love multiple challenges going on at one time! The truth is that I cannot just read constantly all day, and I would like to challenge myself to write one post a day, every day. I will still be posting about my reading challenge, separately. So some days, there will be more than one post going up. My goal here is simply to write more, and I heard about this on a podcast and decided to give it a go!

Here are the rules as defined by http://my500words.com/:

  1. Write 500 words per day, every day for 31 days.
  2. You can write more if you want, but 500 words is the minimum.
  3. Don’t edit. Just write.
  4. If you miss a day, pick up where you left off. Don’t make up for lost days.
  5. Encourage, don’t criticize (unless explicitly invited to do so).
  6. Blogging counts, but email does not.
  7. All of this is completely free.

Today won’t count, but I will be posting everyday for 31 days (500 word minimum posts) starting tomorrow! Just me vs. the blank page! The posts will likely be irrelevant and embarrassing, but it will be good to start a daily habit!