21 Day Writing Challenge – Day 2 & 3

Day 2’s challenge ended up being a little too personal to share. I don’t often censor what I put up here, but it’s important to keep certain things to yourself sometimes.

Even though I won’t be sharing my response, I’d like to share the prompt with each of you. It’s a provoking one!

Day 2 Prompt: Never Done This Before
If you could do something that you never have done before, what would it be? Why would you want to do it?

Day 3 Prompt: Good Feelings
Write a list of at least 50 things that make you feel good.

1. Coffee
2. Pampering myself
3. Washing my hair
4. Walking the dogs in fresh air
5. Making it to morning yoga
6. Buying new things
7. Simba
8. Nala
9. Aaron
10. Getting along with my family
11. Cooking meals for others to enjoy
12. Correct grammar
13. Writing
14. Reading novels
15. Reading the wise words of those I feel inspired by
16. Celebrating good news with a friend
17. Mashed potatoes
18. Hugging my niece and nephews
19. Climbing into a freshly made bed
20. Receiving mail that isn’t junk
21. The easy company of a great friend
22. A bottle of red wine
23. Italian food
24. Great music
25. Outdoor concerts
26. Elephants in the wild
27. Things that have elephants on them
28. Visually appealing work space
29. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
30. Hot soup
31. Fresh baked cookies
32. Seeing my grandparents so madly in love in their 70s
33. The ocean
34. Traveling to new places
35. Dogs without leashes, running
36. A giant cup of lemonade with ice and a straw
37. When the sun comes in the window and hits my face
38. The silvery perfection of dusk
39. Spending an entire day in pajamas
40. Christmas
41. The beach
42. Cashmere sweaters
43. Comfortable high heels
44. Sundresses
45. Babies
46. Little blue boxes
47. Selling handmade items on Etsy
48. Being reliable
49. Warm socks
50. Leggings

The most astonishing aspect of this exercise was how easy it was. I sat there at the beginning and thought, “Oh no, 50 things!” But when I started writing, the ideas just came streaming out. The entire practice took me less than 10 minutes.

Day to day, I focus on all the wrong things. I focus on what’s wrong instead of appreciating and savoring what’s right, or what feels good. It feels good to get to yoga before work, and to arrive in the office fresh and upbeat. However, when my alarm goes off at 5:30 AM, I have other priorities and I’m not focused on what’s GOING to feel good later. I think about why it won’t work for me right then.

What if I pivoted and thought about what was going to feel good in each day when I woke up, instead of worrying and stressing over the things I cannot control. With that in mind, these would have been my first thoughts today.

Warm coffee awaits me at work! Gotta get these puppies outside and fed to keep them happy and healthy. Today is going to be great, and I’m going to be able to help everyone so much! It’s OK that I’m running a little late, because I know no one will mind. I’ll still get everything done, and then go get my nails done with Cam tonight! That will feel nice, to take care of myself a little in the midst of this crazy week.

Wow – that would have felt a lot different, and none of those things are a lie. They are ALL things that really do make me feel good, so why not put the emphasis of my day there?

We hear it all the time, “perspective is everything,” and it’s easy to see how that’s true. Don’t like what you see or feel, step to the side a little and find out what it looks like from somewhere else.

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