My attempt at the #100DayProject has me trying make both a routine and a topic list for my writing. For the routine, I’m borrowing from my previous fitness routine and adapting it. Instead of going to the gym during my 1 hour lunch break, I’m finding a cozy spot in the library and settling in.
This trade is one of the topics I’ve written on my “to write” list. I feel a bit of guilt for abandoning exercise (something I should do) for my writing (something I want to do). Hopefully collecting my thoughts into words will help with that endeavor, and I keep remembering the words of Alisa Keaton of the Revelation Wellness ministry: Don’t SHOULD on yourself.
In her podcasts, she often talks about how moving the bodies we’ve been gifted by God is a “get to.” Perhaps my mini-break while establishing other routines will allow for enough breathing room for me to recognize that truth again.
Right now, I’m prioritizing my writing, and I feel that bit of excitement about it. While objectively it makes no sense that I have discipline in order to do that which I love, I know the feeling isn’t uncommon.
My goal is to recognize the adventure in the ordinary, the excitement in the everyday. Finding topics to write about force me to look at the world around me and search for such things. I’m not sure how well I’m doing at that so far, but I’m trying to give myself a bit of grace.
I heard on a podcast the other day (Emily P. Freeman’s Next Right Thing perhaps? Or maybe her like-minded friend Kendra aka The Lazy Genius) why do we expect ourselves to be good at new things? Sometimes part of the new is being bad at it, and not condemning ourselves or giving up.