This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 10.
Day 10! I’m so excited I’ve arrived at the end of this challenge. Making time to write and publish every day is rough. Other stuff got pushed to the side, and my brain felt just about as scattered and messy as my desk.
But it was good. I’m really proud of myself for sticking with it and putting all my hopes and dreams out there, knowing I’m so far from them now and scared I’ll never make it there but still publishing my declarations anyway.
And now that you all know so much about me, you can help me out, cheer me on, and check in to make sure I’m staying on track. 😉
So was there anything enjoyable about it?
Hmm. I’m not sure I enjoyed the physical act of sitting down to write when I was tired or didn’t feel like it or wasn’t sure what to say.
But I know the discipline was good for me. Pushing myself to write every day even without a goosebump-inducing breeze of inspiration is what the pros do.
So it made me feel legit. Tired but legit.
And honestly it was really nice to have someone else pushing me and prompting me with the day’s content, to feel like I had some sense of leadership and accountability to help me get it done every day. As much as I wish I could function as an island, I just can’t get far on my own. So I enjoyed Natalie’s helping hand.
As tough as the challenge was, I had so much fun writing about my perfect day. To have permission to daydream and imagine and hope was like taking a mini vacation right at my laptop. And now that picture of my perfect day can serve as fuel to keep me warm when the snow sets in on this mountain I’m climbing toward my life of freedom.
But of course dreaming isn’t enough to keep me going. I think my biggest takeaway from the challenge was forcing myself to come up with daily actions I can take toward my dreams.
So many people just enjoy the dream but don’t actually believe it’s possible or don’t want to do the work it takes to make it possible.
So many people say things like, “Ha, in your dreams,” or “wouldn’t that be nice,” as if such dreams are mere fantasies.
But they’re only fantasies when people don’t pair them with action. If everyone who dreamed was also taking action toward those dreams, then no one would have reason to roll their eyes at the dreamers.
I don’t want to be one of those people who just dream. I want to be one of those people who make goals and sweat every day to make their dreams come true. Because our dreams aren’t going to give birth to themselves.
So now that this blogging challenge is over, what are my next steps?
As much as I’d love to forget everything I wrote about commitments and daily actions, I haven’t forgotten them. So the goal is to stick with what I said I’d do on Days 5 and 7 and continue honing my skills, building my photography business, and blogging here.
And then one day doing it all from a house on the Italian sea.