Every Tuesday, I participate in the Slice of Life challenge at Two Writing Teachers. If you want to participate, you can link up at their Slice of Life Story Post on Tuesdays or you can just head on over there to check out other people's stories. For more information on what a Slice of Life post is about, you can go here.
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I'm guessing if you've been on Twitter or blogs lately you've seen the #nerdlution craze started by Colby Sharp, Franki Sibberson, Katherine Sokolowski and Chris Lehman. Now lots of people are joining in. You can read about how it all started at Franki's blog and share your #nerdlution at Colby's blog. The whole idea is to commit to something you'll do everyday for 50 days. It might be writing, running, doing push-ups...whatever strikes your fancy.
I'm a huge fan of setting goals. There's definitely a knack to setting goals though. They have to be enough of a challenge but not impossibly so. A goal has to be just right. Besides that, I've realized that the more I write, the more I need a motivator and checker-inner when it comes to reaching a goal. Accountability actually seems to be a buzz word in my life lately. It's one thing to say I'm going to do something but it's another thing to be held accountable to what I say I'm going to do. Getting another person or lots of people involved seems to be what really makes me feel accountable and helps me get to things that I really have to make time for in my life.
I've decided on two Nerdlutions for this first round. My Teachers Write goal over the summer was to revise my novel. I worked on it quite a bit and created a whole storyboard that seems to make my plot so much tighter and definitely more interesting but I'm still so far behind where I want to be when it comes to revising. So I'm deciding to work on my revisions everyday for thirty minutes. I'm hoping that by looking at it everyday I'll really make some headway.
My other Nerdlution has a fitness focus. I fell in love with yoga a few years ago after I had Little Bean. Recently, I did the Do You Yoga 30 day yoga challenge and completely fell in love with it all over again. Erin Motz (see the video below) shares some great yoga workouts. I'm setting my second Nerdlution to do yoga everyday with a focus on being able to do my headstand without any help (usually it's the wall that helps me...) and to be able to hold it for 15 seconds. I have no idea if 15 seconds is a lot or not but I certainly can't do that now so I'm going with it.
Yesterday was the first day and I worked on my revisions as well as practiced yoga. I love that yoga is a practice...it's not about achieving something or reaching something but about focusing on the moment and doing my best. And because I'm feeling super supported by all the Nerdies doing their own Nerdlutions I'm actually going to share my headstand from last night. I really believe that we have to be open and honest about where we are so that we can move forward. Plus, I thought I better document where I was when I started to be able to see if I can actually get better at this whole headstand situation. Please, ignore my mega-frizzy hair! And how dark it is! It was late and I had just put my kids to bed so I was trying to be quiet and keep it dark. Ohmigosh, I can't believe I'm posting this...just ignore me as I cover my eyes!
You'll see how I desperately still need the wall at this point. This doesn't even count as a headstand in my opinion. If the wall wasn't there, I so would have landed way hard on my back and would be out of commission for a while. Luckily, the wall was there! Being part of Nerdlution and knowing others are out there trying new things or rededicating themselves to great things is kind of like my wall. I feel like you all are there to catch me and support me towards my goals. It's crazy awesome. I definitely feel empowered! Thank you to everyone who has joined in and tweeted or blogged about their Nerdlutions!
I'm excited to see where I'm at with both of these Nerdlutions come mid-January. Did you set any Nerdlutions? It's only day two, I say you can still jump in if you decide now. Be sure to let me know what you are working on so I can cheer you on! Hooray!