Challenge Day 11: Write On

There’s a whole lot of writing going on Tessism these days so it makes sense that the latest challenge has to do with writing.  20 days of writing, to be exact.

Today’s challenge: Dive, full force into NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month and write the first draft of a 50K word novel by midnight on November 30. Bonus–have fun along the way.

This challenge has me alternating between having my heart in my throat and being elated. I’m nervous that I won’t make it. I’m nervous that I will make it and the lengths it’ll take to make that happen. Regardless, I’m going to do it.

This challenge will break up the mystique of getting started. I’m learning from this month of challenges that it’s not always what you do, it’s that you do. Being in action is the victory. It is through that clear, deliberate movement that miracles happen. I’m ready.

Today’s victory: Learning that I am more unstoppable than I imagined. Nothing–no argument, no naysayer, no disappointment, no hurt feeling–will stop me.

Gratitude: I am grateful for the will to continue picking myself up every time.

On the horizon: My mind-state

30 Days

It’s the first day of November, a month perfectly positioned for a 30-day challenge. November is the last 30-day month of the year and, being the second-to-last month of the year, seems just right for that last ditch effort to get it right before all hope is lost.

December is chock full of the holiday revelry and remorse that November sparks only in its last Thursday on Thanksgiving. Notice that you don’t regret overeating until after Turkey-day. You may worry about it but the true guilt comes after the marathon of overstuffing that most likely carries on well into December’s holiday glut.

All that being stated, for me, November is the ultimate month for a 30-day challenge. It’s the month when I can finally straighten up and fly right. Problem is what should I challenge? There’s more than enough disarray in my life to fill numerous years of back-to-back 30-day challenges. So, really? What do I challenge myself to this month? What will make a true difference?

I want to do everything! NaNoWriMo, daily love letters, daily gratitude, home hoarder excavation and more! Everything. Everyday. Overwhelming. Doomed. No? Should I do all that everything and end up with nothing or a little bit and end up dissatisfied?

Since there’s less than 2 hours left in the first day of November, I’ve got to chose and choose quickly. I challenge myself to 30 days of…challenges. Yes, a 30-day challenge to challenge and astound myself every single day of November. 30 days of victory and experiencing life in ways unthought of by me…ever.

That looks like writing here everyday. I will share my gratitude, complete the unfinished, float out into the ether. I will do whatever it takes to create an unrecognizable life, me, in 30 days that are in November. Feel free to join me. I will do whatever it takes to spark miracles all over this month of challenges. November is when I challenge myself to ALL of it NOW, not later. This is where having it all will come to take lessons. Excellence in one month–let’s see what I can do.

Today’s victory: simply writing this blog.

Gratitude: I am thankful for the ability and opportunity to try again and again.

What’s your challenge?


I dedicate this to the ones that almost broke me.  Thank you.

I dedicate this to the ones that squeezed my heart, delighting in its squishy demise, only for it to resurrect with Play-Doh resilience.

To you who I never got to love.

To beloveds that always scrape up my battered everything and never react to my tears.

To warriors who kick down doors when I retreat and think I can only be small.

To my folly that always leads to great fortune.

I dedicate this to scar tissue preferred over death.

Thank you.