Write 31 Days (or 39 Weeks? or 3 years!)

NOTE: This is my landing page for the #Write31Days challenge that took place each year in October (2018 was the last year). Read below for a peek (and some chuckles) into my less-than-stellar but never-giving-up writing journey over the 3 years I tried to participate. Sometimes you just gotta laugh so you won’t cry. Keepin’ it real!

Day 1 – October 1, 2015

*whisper font* focus

So…I’m apparently approaching what some would call “middle” age. (Shhhh.) I’m turning 39 this month, just one year away from the big 4!!!!-0. (Four decades of life surely deserves four exclamation points, yes?) 

Join me as I #Write31Days to bring focus to my next year of life, embracing each day as a fresh start and new opportunity to Go Show Love. Come back each day this month for a great read and a bonus soundtrack!

Day 1 – “It’s DAY ONE of the rest of my life”

Update [SEVEN WEEKS later]

Yeah, my “focus” is clear all right…clearly this endeavor wasn’t accomplished within one month’s time. I know, I know, you’re not surprised; neither am I. But I REFUSE to be defeated.

I could shrink away in embarrassment that once again I have declared my big bold hopes yet not fulfilled my goals…OR I can continue to set new goals and NEVER GIVE UP. That’s what I choose.

NEW GOAL. 39 posts by October 12, 2016 (the day I proudly turn 40.)

Update [ONE YEAR later – October 1, 2016]

Yeah…about that goal…

I‘ll be honest. I’ve never been very goal-oriented or goal-driven. My blessing and my struggle is that I live life one day at a time. I’m very good at being in the moment. I’m not very good at thinking ahead. You know – what to have for dinner, what to wear for work, what to buy for Christmas.

I’ve written many things in the past year – but most of them aren’t finished, aren’t published. They’re snippets and paragraphs and pages saved in my iPhone notes or computer files or scrawled in a notebook. I need to work on sharing them!

(Post-Note: For 2016 I signed up to write about turning 40 and my desire for greater health…then I never did any posts…because I was going through a time of very poor health…)

Update [TWO YEARS later – October 5, 2017]

Well, maybe it really is true – third time’s a charm???

I’m proud that I’m dusting myself off (and my keyboard too) to join #Write31Days for a third attempt, and THIS time, I’m ecstatic that I’ve actually been writing and posting every day! I can’t believe I’m going to be turning 41 in a week. But I’m feeling good about my direction, and that’s a wonderful place to be. For those that are still reading (or new readers!) thank you so much for sticking with me and being incredible encouragers. It means so much.

You can find the introduction to my 2017 series (and there really are multiple posts to validate calling it a series!) here: Messy Me Makeover (appropriate, yes?)


Update [THREE YEARS later – October 12, 2018]

Last year I was so excited and proud of myself to be posting daily for the #Write31Days challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed the creative process that went into my #MessyMeMakeover. I made it through 7 posts when #MeToo suddenly consumed the news and social media. It was all I could think about. So I took a break from my chosen topic and wrote 2 posts on Messy Me Too. It was hard to write those, but it’s what I needed to do. I never finished the remaining 24 days for my original 2017 topic, but I plan to publish more at some point because I still have several saved drafts, plus more to write.

This year, I was planning to do the challenge again and had decided to continue with the #MeToo theme, spurred in part by the topic of sexual assault that was once again saturating the national news and social media at the end of September 2018. I was consumed by the Kavanaugh hearings and Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony. It was a huge emotional toll. When I saw the email that this was going to be the last year for Write 31 days and that they had changed the way they were advertising it for the final year, I lost my enthusiasm for going that route.

My conviction to write on the topic, though, has only grown. After preparing myself mentally and emotionally and talking to my family for their support, I decided to start writing publicly about my personal experience of sexual assault. Here is the first post, titled I Did A Hard Thing This Week. Thank you for reading.