I had pretty much talked myself out of participating in the 2015 Slice of Life Story Challenge when two emails showed up in my inbox. One was Fran McVeigh’s first post (March Challenge: #SOL15 Day One) and the other was a Simple Truth’s video entitled Attitude Is Everything.
I participated in the challenge last year (March 2014) and considered it was one of the best opportunities I had had as a blogger, but I also knew the time commitment was a bit daunting at times. Everything happens for a reason. Fran’s post and the 7 Rules for Staying Positive convinced me to take part in the Slice of Life Story Challenge again this year.
Rule #1 – Wait to Worry
Rather than worrying that I won’t be able to blog each day in the month of March, I vow to just let it happen. Blogging is personal and public. I know most posts usually take me quite a while to complete. Rather than being a perfectionist, I will let the stories happen – some short and some more detailed.
Rule #2 – Keep an Attitude of Gratitude
I’m thankful Fran’s commitment to the Slice of Life Challenge pushed my decision to take part again this year. I am also thankful for the connections I will make reading and commenting on other “Slicers” posts and look forward to comments on my own posts!
Rule # 3 – Health is your Wealth
One of the reasons I was initially talking myself out of the Slice of Life Story Challenge is my commitment to increasing my exercise each day. I already workout with a personal trainer two days a week and occasionally on my own. I know I need more. My One Word for 2015 is FOCUS! I am currently converting a room in my basement into a home gym. The physical structure, new walls and flooring (due to past water damage), should be finished this week. The room once was an eyesore of storage. My goal is to keep it a peaceful, relaxing place dedicated for only one purpose – creating a stronger, healthier “ME.”
Rule #4 – Joy Boomerangs
Last March most of my focus was on my own writing. I obsessed on “perfect” posts. This year I plan to focus more on reading other bloggers post and commenting. I have learned from my own writing that the comments I receive from others drive my passion for writing. I intend to spread the joy to others, lifting them up, inspiring them, encouraging them!
Rule #5 – Learn to Say NO
Hmm – I almost said NO to this challenge and here I am starting it. So much for learning to say NO. BUT, I will work on saying no to time wasters in my life. Perhaps a few less Candy Crush games? Start the day writing rather than scrolling through Facebook?
Rule #6 – Understand the Power of Discipline
Last year, during the Slice of Life Challenge, I actually surprised myself that I could publish a blog post each day (minus a few). The power of discipline held true. One of my favorite sayings is:
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Rule #7 – Surround Yourself with Positive People
I love the blogging and Twitter community! I have encountered so many passionate, positive people! Their zest for life and sharing with others is contagious! I am excited for the connections I will make on this journey!
And, so it BEGINS!
During March 2015, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge! This is post #1. More Slice of Life posts from other bloggers can be found on Two Writing Teachers. JOIN US! You can sign up here!