It’s October. One of my personally favorite months. And, being new to this blogging deal, I’m being introduced to the 31 Days of Writing Challenge. Digging deeper into a single topic for 31 straight days.
When I first read about this challenge, I got excited. Like really excited. And I thought, WOAH, 31 days of writing every day about one topic. WHAT! Immediately, I started brainstorming. Topic? No idea. Plan? No idea. Schedule? Psh. Who am I kidding? But such an opportunity! To connect to other people. To learn more about myself and this dream of mine. Ready, set…find out everything there is to know about this challenge…and how to be the best at it.
That tendency of mine gets me into trouble FAR too often.
Today, I settled down and realized two things of major importance. One: I’m new to this blogging thing. Two: I’m not that disciplined.
Let’s revisit my state of excitement upon hearing about this challenge. Being the perfectionist that I KNOW how to be, I immediately crashed and burned. And to be honest, I’ve kind of stayed in a crash and burn state ever since. Why? Well, mostly because I decided that I NEEDED to go all the way with this blogging thing, bells, whistles, and all. Then I did what any rational person with too much time on their hands does: I googled it.
I regret that.
To be honest, I’ve spent way too much time over the last couple of weeks trying to figure out how to make this blogging deal PERFECT. Instead of just enjoying the writing and the moments that I get to spend my time doing something that I love very much.
My husband (ever the more insightful one of the two of us) reigned me in with gentle words. And despite my unfortunate defensive temper, I heard him loud and clear.
SLOW DOWN. FIND THE JOY IN THE WAITING.
And then boom, the number 2 issue blew up in my face.
I have barely begun to do this, and all of a sudden, I want to be a rockstar blogger extraordinaire. Sigh.
Thus, my 31 Days of Waiting have begun.
In the midst of my overachieving, unhealthy perfectionistic, panicked desire to be GREAT at this already, I forgot one of the most important parts of pursuing a dream: WORK.
And I’d like to invite you all on my journey of doing just that…exploring God’s gift of waiting.
Waiting, waiting, and waiting a bit more,
P.S. As I make my new posts, I will be listing them here. So, if you are just joining me in this journey or if you’d like to see my waiting in action over the next 30 days, just take a peak back here.
Day 2: Waiting Weakness
Day 3: Hope in Waiting
Day 4: Fear in Waiting
Day 5: Rest and Wait
Day 6: Stop Waiting!
Day 7: Loneliness in Waiting
Day 8: Togetherness in Waiting
Day 9: Silence in Waiting
Day 10: We can’t always wait.
Day 11: My Reads-Waiting
Day 12: Rest and Wait 2
Day 13: Chaos in Waiting
Day 14: Calm in Waiting
Day 15: Checking In–31 Days Challenge
Day 16: Waiting Instead of Going Off…
Day 17: The Silence Fills with Voices
Day 18: Pressure and Endurance
Day 19: Victory
Day 20: Waiting, Wanting
Day 21: God’s Yet
Day 22:The Art of Being Genuine
Day 23: It Never Gets Old
Day 24: Thinking about Doing
Day 25: My Reads