Silly little dictionary! Don’t you know girthing can’t possibly be a word if the New York Times says it ain’t? There have been many instances in which the rejection of a word by the Spelling Bee has…
Staying motivated in work, relationships, or personal lives can be hard. I’ve had days when doing nothing felt more inviting than being productive, when withdrawing from others was easier than reaching out.
Fortunately, I have a simple strategy which I use to motivate myself. It keeps things fresh in my life, stifles boredom and gives me something to look forward to.
I set seven-day challenges which are simple but drive the plot towards me achieving my goals.
The following are some of the goals I achieved by following this strategy:
Writing the draft for a 50,000 word novel felt quite daunting at first. However, when I challenged myself to write just 1700 words per day for seven days, it felt achievable. It was. I repeated that challenge three more times and ended up writing 50,000 words in 30 days. It felt good.
I don’t write 50,000 words every month. The few times I have done it have been quite healing for me. I put on paper all my unedited thoughts with no fear of judgement.
My thoughts, feelings and experiences later become repurposed as content on different platforms. I write blog posts, short stories and quotes.
It was about 10 days before my birthday. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when a post caught my eye.
A friend had set themselves a challenge which was to start seven days before their birthday. They wanted to do something meaningful that would impact lives positively for a long time to come.
Seven days is not long enough to make that kind of impact, but that’s what makes it a challenge. They were going to try and do the seemingly impossible.
Their challenge was to raise a specific amount money and raise awareness around depression and suicide. A noble cause. They…
An personal essay on the value of changing our self talk.