Over the course of the last 30 days, I have been part of a 30 day blogging challenge. We were committed to blog every day for 30 days. Now some of you may blog often and think it’s quite fun, but honestly, I hadn’t experienced the same! In fact, I had two blogs that had been started over a year ago, and maybe 5 blog posts between the two of them. I was absolutely overwhelmed and under inspired! The task of starting a blog felt so huge. I didn’t even know where to start. I felt that a certain basis had to be established before I could freely blog the daily topics that emerged. So, as is typical for my personality, I thought about it a lot, and then would usually opt to take a nap instead!
Then I heard about the 30 day blogging challenge. I’m not even sure how I heard about it, but I believe it was on Facebook. It intrigued me! Maybe, I was just delirious at the end of a long day?! I like doing things with others, so it appealed to me to not be taking on this task alone. And I like to do competitive things…I guess the word “challenge” engaged that sense in me!
As a busy and sometimes weary mother of seven, (who can hardly find time to visit the bathroom alone!) I couldn’t exactly tell you when I was going to find time to blog. And probably in the moment I signed up, I was admittedly, a little caught up in the fun aspect of what was going on. I’ve been known to fall for things that others are hurriedly getting roped into. So as I worked on my first blog, the night it opened, at nearly midnight…it hit! What have I done!?!?! What was I thinking?!?!? Well, I am proud to say that this is day 30! I wrote many more posts just before the midnight deadline, crafted a few in the early morning hours when I discovered I was much fresher and able to concentrate, and maybe even a few in the quiet moments I could find in the bathroom where I could be alone! I learned a lot. I learned that I CAN make time for things that matter. I CAN find things in my every day that can be shaped and used to help others. I CAN get things done and accomplished. I CAN become motivated and excited when things get done. And most importantly, I learned that my desires and interests don’t have to die! I CAN find time to do the things that make me feel alive, refreshed, and able to influence other’s lives. That’s a lot to learn in 30 days! So to Bradley Will, thank you for heading up this challenge and helping me realize I really CAN!!
Now, my challenge, after the challenge…figure out how to continue finding time to write, blog, parent, and experience life! And if they say that it takes 21 days to form a habit…I’m 30 days in to finding time for what feels meaningful in growing and helping others.
Sometimes, we sink so much of ourselves into the daily parenting tasks that we feel we may be losing ourselves! And let me tell you, a tired, spent, emotionally dead parent doesn’t parent well! Take some time today to evaluate where you might be. Sinking your heart into parenting is part of the job. Giving your all is admirable. Those things don’t have to change! But don’t forget the value in finding things that help you stretch, grow, and experience a healthy fulfillment. It fills within you, this well of energy and joy that allows you to give a better you to parenting!
How can you use your next 30 days to better yourself as a parent?
- Finding something you can invest in each day for 30 days, that creates joy in you?
- Finding one thing each day that you can be thankful for?
- Trying a new approach for 30 days?
- Taking 30 days to get a better and deeper understanding of your child’s personality?
- Learning about yourself and your personality in the next 30 days?
Here’s to using your next 30 days for new ways!!