I love the start of things. There is always much anticipation with common questions–Can I do this? Am I ready? Have I considered the cost? Am I prepared for the unexpected? Will I complete what I’ve begun?
My rose-colored glasses are in place and I’m ready to take on this challenge, The Ultimate Blog Challenge for November.
I know I can do it, I’ve done these before and loved it. Thank you, Paul! I think I’m ready, I have all the tools needed to write, edit and publish. The cost to me personally will be honestly facing my time limits and using them wisely. The unexpected is hard to prepare for, but that’s why the challenge is so good; I’ll be writing alongside of others taking the same challenge; We will become friends as we write together for 30 days straight.
Ah! But it’s that last question that haunts me–Will I complete what I’ve begun?
I am good at beginning something (e.g. the start of a project, reading a book, being organized), but it is the finish line that often eludes me. Or I elude it. In either case I tend not to get there.
This morning our community hosted its first 5K Spooktacular Run. It was fun to be up before dawn welcoming the participants to the challenge. Some were obviously used to the drill. They were stretching, warming up, had their number pinned to their clothes and were ready when the start signal was sounded to GO. Others came dressed in costume (e.g. a pirate, Batman, a wolf, and believe it or not–a magical unicorn), and it was clear they had no intention of timing themselves. They wanted to have fun, and they succeeded from the start. The most notable to me? They all finished!
I came home having enjoyed this so much, not thinking of how appropriate it is to my own 5K Blogging Spooktacular. But the similarities are there. I’m stretching my creativity by showing up to the start line. I’m warming up my fingers on the keyboard allowing them to type as I think. I have no idea what number I am in the line-up, but I do know others will show up too.
My blogs will post at 6a. each day. If you’d like to see my progress and cheer me on from the sidelines, add your email address and follow along. I could use the encouragement.
Which brings me to my part of the 5K run this morning. My husband and I set up chairs along the route to cheer each runner, walker or partier (i.g. those in costume), as they passed by. Being a former cheerleader, my voice carried to each and every one. Their smiles indicated their need for the encouragement to keep going.
“You can do it!”…
“You’re over halfway to the finish line!”…
“You’ve got this!”…
A 5K consists of many steps, each one taking their turn being next. The key to finishing is to not stop. It’s that simple!
So as I conclude this first of 30 posts, I’m donning my rose-colored glasses with confidence. And I hear the crowds shout, “You’re one step closer to the finish line. You can do this!”
This is my first post in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in November.
Such great energy you have, Debi! I have always been interested in running a 5K but I need to start running first. I have walked more… and yes, it is one glorious step at a time. I look forward to seeing us all succeed in this. I was hearing reminiscence of Mel Robbins “The High 5 habit” are you familiar with this book yet?
No, I haven’t heard of that book. Thanks for the recommendation. I must tell you—I didn’t run or walk in this 5K. I cheered from the sidelines. That amount of energy left me a long time ago. 🤣
Debi, I think that a lot of people will connect with this post. You’re right, just keep going. Thanks for the encouragement!
Thank you Victoria. It will be a fun challenge.
LOVE your writing! And I share your tendency to start but not necessarily finish. Let’s hope we both cross the finish line on this challenge.
Yes Jeanine. That’s my hope. Glad we’re doing it together again.
How great to see you back! We can all help each other stay on track and see this challenge through! Let’s all blog on!!
Yes Martha! Thank you.
Debi, you write beautifully. And you describe so well the challenge of starting, as well as the challenge of carrying through. You can do this! ❤
Thank you Kebba. I appreciate the encouragement. Starting is always easy. It’s the long follow through that challenges me. Praying for strength to stay focused and do this! It’s nice to meet you.
Glad to see that you are attempting to join us on our 30 day adventure. Let’s go!
Yes, you are like the lighthouse of all blog challenges. Grateful for your steady presence and encouragement.