Happy New Year! It's time to kick off my 2013 Year Long Adventure!
I plan to take on two Quests this month. I'm going to Exercise Every Day and Write Something Every Day. I don't know if it's crazy to take on two ideas from my Heart & Spirit Monthly Quest List right off, but these are both ideas that I want to get working on in my life, so why wait until February?
Exercise Every Day
Here's some Rosie Honesty for you - I do not enjoy exercising. I have tried many different approaches over the years: going to the gym, walking, running, Jazzercise, Pilates, Step Arobics, Zumba, Wii Fit, videos at home, classes at a gym, working with a partner, and doing it on my own. No matter what I have tried over the years, I have never found something I just love to do. I wish I did.
We are being honest, right? I envy those who love to exercise. I have friends who wake up anxious to get out and run every day. I have friends who are "addicted" to signing up for 5ks, 10ks, and marathons. I have friends who have dedicated their life's work to teaching and training others. Oh how I envy those friends. How I wish I woke up with that excitement and interest in exercising.
For me, it's a chore. It's something I need to do that I don't really want to do. Sometimes we have to do things we need to do even if we don't want to do them. So with that thought in mind...it's time to get back on track with exercising. Part One of my January Quest is to Exercise Every Day.
I've made a plan that consists of walking, running, or doing an exercise video at home each day throughout that month. I plan to change it up as the month goes on. I'm sure I'll keep you posted.
Today, I walked for 31 minutes on the treadmill. I get SO bored with that, so I listened to a Beth Moore podcast titled "A Fresh Advent: The Divine Interruption." Beth is an exciting speaker and she talks fast which is a great combination when exercising. Not only did I get in a good workout, but I always get so much out of Beth's teachings as well.
Write Something Every Day
I have never considered myself a writer. I am a talker. I'm known as a talker. I come from a long line of strong women who are also known as talkers. A few days into December, Hubby was previewing my latest blog post before I published it. On most days, if I make my time deadline with him, Hubby is my editor. He reads through my post and tries to catch my little writing mistakes before the post goes out to the public.
So, anyway...Hubby finished reading my latest offering and said, "This is good. You are a writer." I replied, "I am not a writer. I am a talker". I just didn't see myself that way. Through this process, I have learned that maybe, just maybe I can be a writer too.
I do enjoy it, but it's difficult for me to put my life out here for all to read. I go through a lot of self doubt...."Does anyone really want to read this? Will they judge me? Will they say things about me behind my back? Will they laugh at me?" Maybe. Maybe "they" will. But, encouraged by the words of one of the most important people in my life (and whose opinion matters a great deal to me), I am gaining courage to be a writer.
Several of YOU have encouraged me too. Thank you for the notes and comments. It turns out, I hear something positive from someone each time I start doubting what I am doing.
Last night I sat down and sketched out a writing plan. I have a few ideas about what I want to write. I will share some of it while we go along, I'm sure. One idea I have is to work on a month's worth of devotionals that I would post here on My Rosie Outlook later in the year. At this point, I plan to write what I know. I'm a storyteller. I plan to share some stories with you. Part Two of January's Quest is to Write Every Day.
Are you thinking about joining me for the month of January? If so, please let me know by posting here, on My Rosie Outlook Facebook page, or send me an email.
Thank you for the encouragement you have been to me. I would love to be an encouragement to you as well! Here's to a pure heart and renewed spirit!
It's going to be an exciting 2013 Year Long Adventure!