With everyone talking about new years resolutions, whether it is making them or hating them or knowing better than to actually make one it has gotten me thinking about habits. Habits and how much I hate this time of year because the gym is overcrowded and horrible.
30 day challenges seem more reasonable and possibly more likely to be habit forming if the benefits of them are that great. I’ve had a bunch of inspiration. The two that stick with me are Ginny & her ‘Holidailies‘ at Praying to Darwin, I was SOOOOO happy to see her writing again this year and I really hope she keeps up in some form. And Matt Cutts’ TED Talk about trying something new for 30 days. But, I’m lazy and like things handed to me sometimes, and I also crave a structure most of the time. I went searching for some sort of 30 day challenge that I could really keep.
I’ve decided on a writing challenge. I used to LOVE to write, but have fallen out of practice. It could have been age or it could have been technology taking a roll in shortening my attention span, or it could have been the requirements of school that just make it so much of a chore it was no longer fun. The littlest sister has now been inspired to write and to draw and it has been making me sad that the last few things I can remember enjoying writing were rage-filled and only inspired by the angst of a hormonal teenager. (Seriously fuck being a teenager, whoever said high school is the best years of your life was an idiot or a troll.)
As I said, I’m lazy and I like structure so I am stealing the idea from http://danacreative.blogspot.com/2011/01/30-day-writing-challenge.html
Rules: 1) at least 250 words per post 2) by 10 PM every night
- Day 01: Something you’re looking forward to this year.
- Day 02: A memory about Cousin S.
- Day 03: Something with which you struggle.
- Day 04: Something that is part of your routine that you enjoy.
- Day 05: Something in life that gives you balance.
- Day 06: Something that excites you and fills you with joy.
- Day 07: Something you regret not having done last year.
- Day 08: What is your vocation (why are you here on earth)?
- Day 09: Something about which people seem to compliment you.
- Day 10: Something at which you’ve been a champion or the best.
- Day 11: A memory about Mom
- Day 12: Something you hope to change about yourself and why.
- Day 13: Discuss some of the things on your bucket list.
- Day 14: Someone who has made your life worth living.
- Day 15: A band/musical artist whose music impacted your life.
- Day 16: A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
- Day 17: Someone with whom you shared a friendship/relationship that simply drifted out of your life.
- Day 18: Someone you met randomly that’s made an impact on your life.
- Day 19: Something that shook your belief system to its core (a big disappointment in your life).
- Day 20: Discuss your favorite movie and why it’s so special to you.
- Day 21: Write about your best friend (not significant other) and what makes them special.
- Day 22: Describe a dark/turbulent moment in your life.
- Day 23: Describe a truly spiritual moment in your life.
- Day 24: Discuss a spontaneous moment in your life that that turned out to be fantastic.
- Day 25: Discuss something you planned that ended up not being what you expected.
- Day 26: How do you handle/deal with both success and failure?
- Day 27: A memory about Cousin B
- Day 28: What is your biggest dream in life (what one great thing do you want to accomplish)?
- Day 29: What WAS your biggest dream in life (you wanted to do as a kid but no longer can)?
- Day 30: Someone in your family that means so much to you.
- Day 31: Epilogue: Write a letter to yourself.
Let the games begin.