NEXT036 Comittment to Writing

Posted on : 21-08-2011 | By : Lynn | In : Mind Fodder

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Enjoyed visiting with friends tonight and getting caught up on our lives over the past summer as well as finding out what books everyone is reading and even brought two said books home with me.  The first, is the latest Barbara Kingsolver, “The Lacuna” , always love Barbara because I know I can count on the heavy research she does for every book she writes and the second one won a National Book Award and is called “Three Junes” by Julia Glass.  The latter is a first novel by Julia Glass, which brings me to the point of this post.

Commitment.

Here I am typing through my blurry eyes because I made the commitment to blog 365 blogs in 365 days and I had not blogged today.  For an author to publish a book, much less have it win an award or become a New York Times Bestseller, it takes commitment on their part to carve out time each day to write, research, dig in to their craft.  I’m good at making some commitments, such as caring for our animals, making sure they are safe , healthy, well-fed and well-loved.  I’m committed to my husband and to our marriage.  I’m committed to helping David water all of our poor trees and shrubs on our property so that they can survive the Texas Drought of 2011. I’m committed to all sorts of things and people which is pretty much a miracle since I used to be someone who was pretty terrified of being committed to anything or anyone.  But making a commitment to writing/blogging everyday is somehow just a little bit harder because really this commitment is to myself, to write everyday no matter what.  I hope there are people reading my blog and hopefully enjoying it and taking something away, but even if there is not one person eyeballing my writing—I need to make this commitment to myself to see through my dream of someday compiling my thoughts into a book.

Right now, however, I’m making a commitment to completing this post so that I can say that I’ve done it and then go to sleep. Tomorrow, I’ll make more of an effort to write when more than two brain cells are working together at any one time!

What commitment will you make (and keep) for yourself today?

Calvin and Hobbs on writing a Ph.D. Dissertation

DINK #200 Wow! 200th Blog In 200 Days!

Posted on : 06-10-2010 | By : Lynn | In : Uncategorized

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It’s amazing what we can accomplish if we just put one foot in front of the other and take some action. Turns out, most of the time it just takes persistence and steady movement. When I first started blogging 200 days ago, my goal was to blog 100 blogs in 100 days. Then along the way I got the idea that 365 blogs in 365 days would be a worthy goal, so here I am at 200 and it seems like blogging for 365 days just might happen. I just might get to 365, one blog at a time.

Today I practiced yoga for a little over an hour. I was a regular yoga practitioner for over ten years and then I fell out of taking regular classes for a few years and now am getting back into it, especially now that I’ve set a goal of running a half marathon in the spring. I’m always amazed at the “memory” that my body holds for the yoga poses. Most people who have practiced yoga as long as I have are either teachers themselves now or very advanced yogis who think nothing of popping up into a handstand or the scorpion pose at the end of their practice. Whereas even though I always feel better after I practice yoga, I haven’t made the routine a regular part of what I do everyday, at least not yet, and not to the degree that I would like to. But I know that one step at a time, one pose at a time, one breath at a time can get me a heckuva lot closer to having a healthy yoga practice then either wishing I would do it and not or beating myself up.

Tomorrow I’m going to unwrap all nine of the little origami people that I made last week and re-fold them up adding the extra fold that I had forgotten about to make them skinnier, then I’ll move on to using the razor knife to cut out little bitty 1/8 of an inch and 1/4 inch chairs and tables. In the real scheme of things will this little art project have a big impact my life? Probably not, but it’s one more thing that I can give myself the feeling of following through on by doing one fold at a time, one cut at a time, one piece at a time.

Just for right now, what is one small step that you can take towards something that you’ve really wanted to do but haven’t until now?

Drum rolls please…..