Sunday, January 25, 2015

Challenge Complete

Day 7 - The Final Day of The Your Turn Challenge.

I did it! I posted a blog post every day for 7 days. In a row! That is only 1 less post than I posted in the 6 months leading up to this challenge. Now that is what I call success!

I tribute the relative ease I had completing this challenge with how desperately I was ready to be challenged. I was stuck in a massive pile of "UNDONENESS" - writing more frequently, but sharing less. Being a person who relishes feedback and encouragement this wasn't working.  I was stuck in my head, my own vicious is circle of self-doubt. I want to blog. I want my words to be read, my stories to be told, but did I have the drive or the discipline to make that happen?
Yup. Turns out I do.

I don't want this challenge to end. The accountability and support the other participants have provided is tremendous. Being a part of a group of individuals with a shared goal of stretching boundaries and sharing ideas has reaffirmed that community is an essential part of my success.

I am ending this challenge feeling motivated and inspired. The more I write, the more I want to write. I am not sure why this surprises me. When I taught Language Arts to 3rd and 4th graders, parents would frequently ask how to help their child improve in reading or writing. I would share strategies when applicable, but the advice I always gave was to READ and WRITE every single day. Just like any other skill, the more you practice, the better you'll become.

I think it's about time I start taking my own advice.

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