I was really nervous about starting this challenge. 30 days in a row just didn’t seem feasible for me. Committing to something other than work was really scary lol.
Today is day 30 and I can’t believe the challenge has come to an end. I’ve mentioned a couple times that I’m really enjoying it. The only thing, though, is I thought I’d be farther ahead in my blog schedule. I probably should’ve done the math regarding how far ahead I would get before hand. But oh well. It wasn’t really just about that, it was to see if I could be disciplined enough to accomplish something. And I did!
Even though it was just a small challenge that I created for myself I ended up learning so much from it.
- It made me realize how important it is to keep a routine. The saying “we are creatures of habit” is definitely true. We don’t have to keep a routine, but when it comes to productivity it’s definitely best to. Once you really get your stride when you try to make something a habit it’s almost like you crave it.
- There is actually something to be shared every single day. I didn’t think I had anything to share, let alone something every day. I kept telling myself that I do the same thing every day – how interesting could that be? So I told myself that if I was going to blog for 30 days straight I needed to find topics. Getting my brain to approach my daily life differently than I normally do has changed my perspective on a lot of things. Not only that but it has kind of pushed me to write about things that I was kinda scared to write about.
- If it’s important to you then you’ll make time. When I’m not in the mood I always an excuse for why it didn’t happen. “I’m too tired.” “I don’t have time.” “I’m so busy at work.” Blah. Blah. Blah. Blogging was one of those things I always made an excuse for. I’ve always been passionate about keeping a journal, scrapbooking, and later, blogging. But it almost felt like a reward. Like I could only do it once everything else on my list was done. At the same time it sort of left like a burden to do – trying to come up with content, graphics for each post, etc. So it was just one excuse after the other that kept me from making time for it. I’m so glad I decided to make it a priority.
- Reading posts from a year, two years, even 10 years ago has really been fun for me (and sometimes cringeworthy lol!). Reminiscing and reading what I was feeling at a certain time in my life has been really eye opening. Some of the posts I read are so embarrassing that I’m so tempted to take it down but I’m almost proud of it to see how far I’ve come since then. Some posts from the past were really heartfelt and full of emotion. I surprised myself reading it, it was like an out of body experience. It helps me to relive those moments and be reminded of my journey so far – good and bad. It definitely motivates me to capture and write about the moments I’m living now so I can reminisce in a another 10 years.
Lesson learned – don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to do something you’ve always wanted to try. Even if you need to carve out time to make it happen trust me, if it’s important to you then it’ll be so worth it. Yes, it may not turn out the way you thought it would. Heck, maybe you’ll get lucky and it will. But either way it’ll make you better to knock something off that list.