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I am super excited to be joining in on this month of fun again this year with the The Nester. 31 Days is pretty awesome and pretty crazy all at the same time. I (along with a few hundred other bloggers) will be writing every day, for 31 days, on one topic. Last year was my first year trying to do this – and, I say ‘trying’ because I actually didn’t write every day for 31 days. I did give it my best shot, though, and really did enjoy the process. You can check out last year’s posts here.
This year, I’ve done a bit more advance planning and I’ve chosen a great topic <insert drum roll here> – Doing Better! I had originally planned to call my topic ‘Self-help’ but I decided that sounded a bit boring.
Why I chose ‘Doing Better’…
I have never met a professional or personal development book, seminar or conference that I wasn’t totally excited about. Almost every year, I develop a pretty good list of resolutions (that like everyone else, I typically don’t keep past February). My dream job, the one that I would do for free, would involve motivating others to do something great in their own lives. In short, I love the idea of constantly striving for excellence…working towards being better tomorrow than you were today..the pursuit of living your best life.
What to expect from me this month…
A lot of my posts this month will include book reviews of the many self-help, motivational, inspirational books I’ve acquired over the years…many of which I hadn’t gotten around to reading prior to landing on this topic a month or so ago. Some will include my personal experiences with trying to improve upon certain areas of my life. And others will include random bit of wisdom I’ve happened upon that really resonated with me and will hopefully be helpful to you too!
What you won’t see (or read) from me…
Let’s be clear – I am no expert. As much as I would love to say that I am a world-renowned life coach or a young (ish) Oprah in the making, the fact is that I am not. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot to offer and have certainly gained a decent amount of knowledge about some topics over the years. Having said that, my goal for this 31 Days of Writing process is simply to share some thoughts and experiences centered around doing better.
Make sure to check back each day this month to see what is new (or sign up for the newsletter!). Also, as I mentioned earlier, hundreds of other bloggers are also writing every day this month so be sure to check out what others are writing about.
“When you know better, you do better.”
– Maya Angelou
I have been dreading this day. The day that I would actually log in to my WordPress account and be hit in the face with the reality of the length of time since my last post (again!). Ugh. I will, however, not dwell on that…because if I do, it will make it that much harder to jump back on the horse. There is no glory in giving up (can you hear the internal pep talk going on in my head?).
Over the past few months, even though I wasn’t writing much, I’ve been mulling over the topic I will write about during the 31 Days of Writing challenge hosted by The Nester. I did it last year and really enjoyed it – check out those posts here. One thing I learned the hard way last year was that pre-planning was key to actually being able to post something every day, for 31 days straight. This year, I’m getting a little bit of a head start.
My topic this year is going to be —– drum roll, please – 31 Days of Self Help! I am a bit of a self-help junkie and I have a couple of shelves full of all of the ‘become a better you’ books I’ve invested in over the years. Most I’ve read, but there are actually a few that I haven’t gotten to just yet. Each day of the challenge I will provide a review of one book, including what I liked, what I didn’t and everything in between.
In the meantime, in addition to doing some real prep for the challenge (which begins on October 1st – yikes!), I am going to re-commit myself to writing and posting on a more regular basis.
Don’t give up on me just yet!
P.S. Even though I haven’t posted on my own blog for the past few months, I’ve managed to put together a couple of guest posts over at Next Level Mama – check out my post from today here.