December Challenge Day 8 is upon us. Don’t forget to 1. follow along as my friend Madi at And So I Did and I journey through this challenge and 2. click on the button to participate with us!
The prompt asks how I found out about Tumblr, but as I have explained to several of my learners, Tumblr just doesn’t make sense to me. Maybe one day. I did reserve my name thought.
Instead of Tumblr, I’m going to talk about how I got into blogging. At some point in my freshman year, second semester, I think, I took Intro to Creative Writing. I think that this class was where I learned that being a writer wasn’t all about writing books, it’s more about the act of writing. Writers write poetry, short stories, memoirs, music, and sometimes novels.
I was spending a lot of time writing and my friend Jerry Stewart helped me set up my blog. I’m not going to lie though, since I started the blog, I have been very inconsistent. This December challenge is probably the most posts in a row that I’ve ever done.
In June of this year, I really started focusing on what makes me really, truly happy. I have one of those obsessive personalities with things that I love, but the problem is that I often forget about the other things that I love. When I first began my getting healthy journey, it seemed that everything I did revolved around that. When I was most focused on writing, writing was all I ever did. Same with reading and redecorating and anything else that I get obsessive with.
In June, I really focused on finding balance. I started by just writing in my journal everyday, began reading everyday, and continued running. In September, I started writing a novel, but I didn’t solely focus on that. I kept running and reading, at least until NaNoWriMo time, and even during NaNo I read three books, continued my visits to the gym at least four times a week, and more than met my word count goal.
Now, I’m adding blogging back into the mix. What I’ve learned is that when I started blogging, and even why, doesn’t really matter much. Blogging gives me an outlet and an audience, even if most of them are friends and family.
Blogging, for me, is about achieving balance in my life, about writing and sharing and loving every moment in this world that I have built.
What do you do to achieve balance? What are the things that you have to do to keep yourself happy?