Celebrate good times, come on! Doo doo do doo do do do do! Woohoo! This morning I woke up
with a sense of great accomplishment. I did it! I wrote for 31 days straight about myself and the small moments I found in each of my days. It is March 31st and today I completed the Slice of Life Story Challenge: 31 days of writing.
I’ve never seen myself as a writer, especially a narrative writer. Throughout my writing life I felt most confident as a nonfiction writer. I had learned the “formula” and could do it pretty easily and without too much effort. However, it has always been the opposite for narrative writing. It was too open and too personal. My mind focused on perfection and rated myself against all of the writers I loved. Last year I began this challenge and quit half way through as I quickly found reasons that writing everyday was not possible. This was my own personal hurdle. As the Slice of Life Challenge approached this year I knew I had to do it. I had to push myself as a learner and as a writer. Therefore, I
surrounded myself with some fellow bloggers who I knew would help keep me going when times got rough. And it worked!! Throughout this challenge I continued reminding myself it is about the process, not perfection.
As I celebrate this accomplishment I must reflect on how I have grown. I looked over my narrative portfolio of the past month and was in awe of all of the small moments that I had collected. Moments that I may have overlooked if I wasn’t looking for them, breaking them down into minuscule pieces, and writing them down. I have grown as a human because I now notice small parts of my day that are so meaningful whether they make me giggle, cry, think, stop, reflect, feel gratitude, or the plethora of other emotions I feel. This challenge has allowed me to open up my personal life to others and have others open their lives to me. It has been refreshing to read the comments and to read other people’s blogs to get a deeper sense of who they are. This has been a challenge, but one that I am extremely grateful for. Moving forward I would like to continue writing and utilizing my blog to share inspiring things in my life and in education. I hope you continue to join me as it will not be perfect, but it will help me to continue the process of growing as a learner and as a writer.