DAY 31: A whole new challenge!

Now that the 2011 WORDCOUNT Blogathon challenge (a blog a day, every day in May) is coming to a close, you’d think that maybe I’d contemplate what I gave up in order to do all that blogging (just some sleep), or put that new-found daily habit to good use in my biz as a working writer (I have!), or work on crafting even more original stories to post on the website that feeds my inner storyteller (I will!).

Well, that’s all well and good, but I have “Bright, Shiny Thing Syndrome,” so when my very first editor in the world, Lauren, mentioned on one of her Facebook posts that she had embarked on a challenge of her own, I went chasing her sparkle of enthusiasm with wild abandon.

Seems Lauren has committed to something that will either make her life an awesome example to all, or send her straight into therapy.

Lauren is well into a 30-day makeover of her daily choices, starting with a single positive act on Day One, two positive acts on Day Two, three positive acts on Day Three … all the way to Day Thirty.

Can you even imagine adding five positive acts to your daily regimen, much less 30?

I thought maybe I could count getting out of bed, brushing my teeth, bathing, and eating my vegetables among my positive acts but, as I understand it, the idea is to do something new and positive.

And before my brain cells could raise their little hands in warning, my mouth cells had already said, “I can do that!” and, worse, added, “I will do that!”

The good news is that I’ll have plenty of new material for The BillieGram. Maybe even some grist for my story mill!

The bad news is that I may end up looking like an idiot. Fortunately, I’ve done that before, so I won’t need any special directions.

And this poses a great opportunity for all my friends and acquaintances: I need positive things to do, so if you have advice or—even better—favorite projects, send ‘em in!

I particularly like things that involve air conditioning and drinking Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper, and playing with baby dogs and/or cats, or even grown-up dogs and/or cats, but I have a feeling that I need to stretch a bit outside my comfort zone.

Starting an exercise regimen is probably a good idea. Swinging a hammer to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Starting that garden that I keep avoiding.

Beyond that, I’m not sure what I can put on the agenda. No matter: the adventure starts June 1.

If you want to be sure to share in the excitement, please consider following The BillieGram. I’ve activated Networked Blogs, Google Friend Connect, and the RSS feed.

I’m hoping for great things from this Positivity Challenge. I hope it works!

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8 Responses to DAY 31: A whole new challenge!

  1. Anjuli says:

    oh wow- this is challenging….I mean, like you said, 5 NEW positive things will be hard enough but THIRTY new positive things…wow!! I’m going to be reading every day to see what you come up with…..I was trying to think of just 2 and I found myself straining :)

  2. Well, I’m lucky–I have a lot of room for improvement, so I figure my first 10 are going to be pretty easy. And I’ve been meaning to do some volunteer work besides what I do for the Chamber. I guess some of it is just pacing–by the end of the month, that’s more than one positive change an hour! I may have to check and be sure about the accumulation part–that seems a little … excessive. I mean, who would have time to work?

  3. Now that would be a real challenge. And all the things have to be new to you? Wow! I’ll try to keep up as you make your way through this one. Good luck. And congratulations on finishing the Blogathon.

  4. Good luck to you – and congratulations on the blogathon completion (from a fellow blogathoner)!

  5. Nisha says:

    That’s a real challenge and I would have thought in similar way as your brushing teeth…. :D
    Ha Ha…
    But seriously, I can’t think of even 5 in a month for me. Would love to see as your positive acts progress to become a lesson for us.

    All the best !

  6. Good G-d! That’s a very full cup! My hat is off to you. I love your writing style and humor, and I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to read your posts before tonight. I will go back through them and read a bunch, and I’m most intrigued by your story teller site as well.

    I was contemplating joining you in the 30 day challenge, but I don’t know. Frankly I was hoping to be a real slacker tomorrow after school and do nothing. Hmm – I’ll think about it.

  7. Too full, Tammy. And I have the topic of today’s blog to prove it (once I get it written). Thanks for stopping by. I’m doing the same thing–in the wake of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the folks in the Blogathon, I’m going to spend this weekend catching up!

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