Okay. So I should have admitted when I started this challenge that it wouldn’t be easy. When I decided on taking time to dedicate to my passion (writing) every single day for the next year, I didn’t mention that it’s harder to stick to on weekends, when traveling, or when you’re overwhelmed with just general life stuff.
Some days I have a jam-packed schedule, other days I obsess over cleaning the house, and then there are other days I might just want to binge Netflix/cuddle my dog and not even think about writing. But these days, full of distraction or lack of motivation entirely, are the days I should want to write on most. While it may be tough to prioritize, I’ve found that times when you’re furthest away from your passion, due to doing day to day life, are exactly when you need to find time to do them. Even if my to-do list has an endless number of tasks on it, I’ve found that taking a step back to put myself in a “writing timeout” allows me to relax for a brief time and brings clarity to the clutter in my brain.
I’m just a week in to this 365 day challenge and 2 days of that week were a struggle to sit down and take time to write. I can guarantee that there will be many, MANY more days that are difficult and maybe some days where writing just isn’t in the cards, but committing to this challenge has encouraged me to stick with it. That may mean writing two sentences for my book or simply finding an encouraging quote or editing what I’ve already written. And that’s okay – it’s enough.
Speaking with others about the topic of passion is also encouraging. It’s important to remember that you’re not the only one who gets frustrated when you can’t find time for your happy place on a manic Monday. It’s also exhilarating to talk about your passion with others and celebrate their passions because when we all actually take time to do what we love it makes us a little bit more whole for the special people in our lives. So what did I learn from my first week?
Week 1 Lesson – Pursuing your passion isn’t always simple and that’s okay.
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