500 Words, Day 2

  1. What is my goal for this challenge? What do I want to accomplish?

My Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) as it pertains to this challenge is to be able to confidently call myself a blogger. The thing that has been standing in my way of that is consistency. So the actual goal, the measurable goal, the SMART goal, if you will, is to get in the habit of writing every day, so that I can be posting, if not every day, at least regularly. 500 words a day should be my minimum, and not just for 31 days.

  1. “How am I going to do this?” I’m supposed to ask myself. So, self, how are we going to do this? What will we write each day?

Here’s where the planning and outlining comes in. I stated yesterday that I’m pretty sure I can get a LOT of material just out of my reactions to Present Over Perfect  by Shauna Niequist. So that is a good starting place. I’ll write about that regularly. But what else? I have many and varied interests. After all this is a blog, right? It won’t be all book reviews, though I do love books and telling people what I think about stuff. So what else? How about a list:

  • I love thinking and talking and reading and writing about God, and especially about different people’s ideas about God. I think we will intersperse discussions about Bible verses and themes with Christian literature as well as that of other faiths. After all, when one believes there is only one God who created everything and everyone, one must reconcile other’s perspectives. After all, if that God created them too, perhaps they are simply telling a different part of His spectacularly grand and wonderful story. I already have a few posts that fit nicely under this topic.
  • Home and family. I am, after all, a homemaker, homebirther, homeschooler working from home, taking care of, repairing and restoring our current home, and planning for the purchase of our next home. Home is a pretty big part of my life. Of course, that will eventually spread out into home building, homesteading and home remedies. I do have other goals, you know.

So that’s a good list so far for focusing on the challenge, and should keep me busy for a while. And here’s what that looked like today:

I got up, saw my husband before he left for work, ate breakfast, did my Bible study, took care of my daily chores, and then told the little one that I was going to go write for a while. In order to do this every day, that’s going to have to be the pattern. I’ll start by feeding my body and spirit, taking care of the pets, getting my daily jobs taken care of around the house, getting everyone else fed and off to wherever they need to go, working on a project to advance the decluttering goals, making sure no one feels neglected, and then I can cocoon myself into my room with the laptop for as long as I need to in order to write at least 500 words.

Sounds like a plan. Let’s do this!

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