I did it! I wrote/posted every day in March. Let’s be honest, it really wasn’t that hard because I didn’t try to do any kind of a theme, like 31 Days of Paleo Breakfast or 31 Days of Conversations with Your Partner. I used it as a way to challenge myself to think about writing, and to get in the habit of writing daily.
And with that, my two main takeaways are:
- Writing needs to be a habit for me if I’m serious about developing my skills.
- Blogging is not the same as journaling.
Moving forward, I think I’ll keep the habit of writing each morning, but I won’t be posting on a daily basis. Rather, I’ll take the writing time to develop more thoughtful posts, and to come up with a schedule and some themes for those posts. I’ve always been a stream of consciousness kind of writer – just going full-tilt and letting everything flow out of my brain. I haven’t been great at editing myself, so I’ll be working on that.
As for the Accountability part, I did like that, but March was a bad month to start it. I wasn’t being thrifty at all (to say the least!) because it was the month I got my annual bonus and knew I’d be: paying off my car, and spending money on some new clothes, and doing a lot of dining out, and celebrating my husband’s birthday. I also totally sucked at my food intake. I did pretty well with the workout portion, but I think all the running has completely thrown my body out of whack. I spent most of February sick, and have been laid out for the past four days with a horrible cold, punctuated with the stomach flu. I’m still so exhausted I don’t want to go shopping. You know things are bad…
So, yeah, March was a bit of an anomaly. I think life will be getting back to normal over the next couple of weeks. I’m still aiming for my half marathon on April 18, assuming I stop being sick and am able to get back to running. We’re aiming to put our house on the market in mid-May, so that will keep us at home, getting everything ready. Most importantly, spring is here, with lots of sun. I’m anxious to be outside in it 🙂