Today marks the last day of my 30 Day Writing Challenge, where I set a goal to post every day for the month of June. I only missed one day, for good reasons, so I’m going to call it a success.
Here is the list of every post for the last month:
- June 1 – 30 Days of Writing
- June 2 – Perfect Timing
- June 3 – An Alternative to “Life’s Not Fair”
- June 4 – Jesus, Sex, and Controversy
- June 5 – The Good and Bad of Anxiety
- June 6 – City Living
- June 7 – Worry Less, Write More
- June 8 – Where You Lead (my tribute to Gilmore Girls)
- June 9 – Tell Me A Story
- June 10 – Bear With Me (my tribute to Yosemite)
- June 11 – Surprising Myself, Changing Assumption (discussing my new job at Children of the Nations)
- June 12 – Finding a New Niche
- June 13 – Choosing to Dream (why Disneyland is the best)
- June 14 – Killing and Kindling Motivation
- June 15 – The Truth About Wedding Planning
- June 16 – Half Way There, Already Good
- June 17 – Something of Mindlessness
- June 18 – In the Face of Violence (my response to the Charleston shootings)
- June 19 – Smile On
- June 20 – The Trick to Being Nice to Yourself
- June 21 – Lessons From Dad
- June 22 – A Good Friend Gives You Animal Facts
- June 23 – What’s Missing From Pixar’s “Inside Out”
- June 24 – The Importance of Asking
- June 26 – How Decisions Do and Don’t Define You
- June 27 – Non-Conformist Nature
- June 28 – Practicing Love
- June 29 – Learning to Shut Up
And there you have it! I don’t love all of them, but I love what they accomplished as a whole. Each one is proof that there is always something to write about. These posts trace a trajectory of my life during this last month, as well as multiple significant events in our country during that time.
By challenging myself to post every day, I cultivated the skills of attention and reflection, becoming more aware of each situation and deeply considering what could be said about it. It is easy to walk through life without paying attention or thinking about it, the challenge is being present through the process.
How often do you take the time to reflect on a month of your life, or a week, or even the day? It is a powerful way to remember how God answers our prayers, how our surroundings have changed, and what we take away from those collective moments. It can also inspire us for the future. You can do this in ways other than writing, the point is simply to generate a posture of awareness.
This challenge also confirmed what I wrote in my very first post:
Writers block more often comes from fear, not a lack of words.
There is always something to write about, the question is whether we are willing to show up to the page. Because I had to post something every day, I didn’t have time to overthink or fret about the quality. I did what I could and learned to be happy with the effort alone.
Obviously I still want to make sure each post is good quality, and this is easier to do when I have more time to invest in it. I hope to still write every day, but I will return to posting less often for the sake of quality and my own sanity.
Thank you to everyone who joined me during this 30 Day Challenge and read along. Thank you also to anyone who told me that they were reading and enjoying it. I probably scoffed at you in person, but deep down I really appreciate the encouragement.
We all have stories to tell and our own methods of telling them. We should challenge ourselves to explore these methods more, not because we have something to prove, but because we earnestly desire the resulting growth. I hope you are able to do that in your own way, and please share with me how it goes!
What was your favorite post from this month?
How have you challenged yourself before, and what did you learn?