It took me several attempts (eight to be exact), but today I found out I placed first in a weekly writing contest. In previous entries I’ve had a 2nd place win and an honorable mention. I was determined to get the top prize for two reasons: I’m a little competitive( the good kind, I’m my own main competition) and I strive for excellence in the things that are important to me and writing is my love. The best part of this achievement isn’t about “bragging rights” or checking off another goal, it’s that I didn’t give up. I could have settled for 2nd place, but I knew I had a 1st place in me. So, “I kept my eyes on the prize” until the prize was in my hand.
In case you’re wondering, my counting isn’t off. I skipped days 14-16 purposely, deciding instead to take a 3 day weekend off from writing for the Easter holiday. That in itself is a “new” because normally I would have held myself to it. But, that’s one of the beauties of freelance writing, being on my own schedule. Nevertheless, I struggled with the decision to take a break because I committed to doing the 30 days and I don’t like to come up short.
Today’s “new” correlates to what I mentioned above. Initially I wasn’t even going to mention having skipped the three days; I was just going to write today’s post. However, I’m learning that it’s okay to share your shortcomings and fails. It provides for more transparency and may help someone else in the process.
I feel like the prodigal son returning home. I have been away from by blog for a while now-three months to be exact. I went away seeking new ventures. While I am finding success in these ventures and am continuing to pursue them, I felt a tugging to return back home. I fought it at first telling myself I didn’t have time now and that I had already been away too long to return. I lost the fight however. This blog is where I began my foray into writing publicly, my beginning in turning a hobby into a career. After some thought I decided to change it to weekly inspiration, posting once a week instead of trying to post multiple times a week as I initially intended to do. Please forgive my extended vacation. I’m back home now.