Greetings and salutations! I disappeared for a bit… Luckily, a friend challenged me to join him in writing for 30 minutes a day every day this month and I’m kind of doing it.
Today is my third day in a row. Today I also came up with an idea to perpetuate the habit and build upon it to challenge myself. I’ve decided that for the rest of November I’ll continue to do the stream of consciousness writing I’ve been doing. Incidentally, that’s why this is the first you’re hearing from me even though I started writing again on November 3. My consciousness streams rather wildly and without much organization. I digress. In December, I’ll move onto writing to a prompt each day. Now here’s the kicker, in January I’ll bump things up to writing to a prompt, and then editing that work the following day. This may not wind up being the best system. If I write something I really like then I may want to spend more consecutive days punching it up since I will be holding to 30 minutes a day. I really wanted to capture this idea while I’m still excited about it. So many good ideas and blog posts die in the brain, and I actually want to act on this. Proclaiming it to the internet seems as good a way to hold myself accountable as any.
I also started compiling a list of fun things to do in 2020. This is very out of character for me. I’ve tried having New Year’s resolutions, always one at a time, but I find there’s no momentum for me in that. At first, I was going to keep it to just ten items. I assumed I’d struggle to come up with even that many. I’m pleased to announce my 2020 list has twelve items and counting. This feels like the business of optimists, this endeavoring for future fun in list form. But it’s also just easier to plan and budget when there’s already a list of activities you know you want to pursue. We’ll see how it goes.
Here are some highlights from the list so far:
- Go camping – I went for the first time this past summer. I was Camp Chef, had a great time, and then came down with altitude sickness the very next day. Turns out, my sea-level behind had no business traveling up a mountain to camp that soon after landing in Colorado. Whoops. You live and you learn. And then you do it again, but better.
- Attend a comedy show – I got to see Nicole Byer perform just four nights ago and it was a real treat, to borrow a phrase from the woman herself. She is very funny. Even the jokes I’d already heard from being an avid fan of virtually any podcast appearance she makes were fun and fresh. Check her out next time she’s on tour near you!
- If Beyoncé goes on tour, GO – Everyone knows about the power of Beyoncé so I will try to keep my anecdote brief. I was feeling exceedingly down over the weekend and the only thing that allowed me to salvage the day and manifest a little productivity was turning on her The Lion King: The Gift album. I figure if she can make me feel that much better alone in my little domicile, I deserve to try and get the full experience in real life.
So that’s that in a hat! You’ve made it to the end of the ramble! Treat yourself to something indulgent (in a harmless way?) tomorrow in honor of the full moon in Taurus.