The 30 days challenge

Today is the 30th day by the way.

Of two challenges that I merged into one: 30 minutes of both reading and writing per day.

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Let me first tell you I am not a fan of these called challenges.

And yes, I did write often yet not daily and probably I read daily but never kept the track of it.

So how did I willingly enroll  myself in this?

Well, out of curiosity regarding time, perseverance, creativity and.. myself.

 I enrolled to know myself better, and to see what am I really  made of.

Finally I  decided to put down 15 things I learned from reading throughout the challenge:

  1. Discipline is required in order to prioritize reading ahead of other distractions
  2. Books introductions aren’t always boring
  3. It doesn’t matter the genre of the book, I can always learn new things
  4. Reading genres that I’m not familiar with stretches me in a way I adore
  5. I can read following more than narration itself, but observing  how plots were composed and characters put together
  6. Long descriptive books do no longer have me as restless as they used to
  7. Dialogues I read  give  voice to  the characters from  my own writings
  8. Books are indeed mirrors in which we reflect ourselves and portals to amazing worlds
  9. Literally  loving the words from books I specifically prefer.
  10. When reading rich compositions I feel my heart opening up and being flooded with creativity
  11. Discovering writers with utterly beautiful imagination puts my heart on fire
  12. Struggling  to read books that are extraordinary in describing human degrading eras or happenings (like Holocaust ).
  13. Being an empath makes me feel at a deeper level, and guides me towards depths I refuse getting to for my own self protection.
  14. A library full of books is for me like a candy store for a child. The mere scent of books wins me every time.
  15. Reading 2 books in the same time is amazing, as long as they are completely different, otherwise they’ll really confuse one’s brain. Always daydreaming when choosing a new book from a pile of endless options.

Reading is like air when one wants to write, it’s like fueling up the engine. What I’ve learned from writing each day for 30 days?

  1. Blank pages are not as scary as I heard
  2. I always have 30 minutes to spare, but I need to choose spending them for  writing
  3. I wrote for 18 days using both prompts and also my own ideas for the blog
  4. Doubted using prompts, but since I was experimenting I gave them a shot and it was a wise decision
  5. Surprisingly, prompts got me writing as soon as touched the keyboard.
  6. It’s incredible how much information it’s stored inside my brain since I wrote all these days and ideas keep on coming
  7. After day 18 I suddenly had an idea for a writing different from all I ever wrote before
  8. I am currently  working on that writing ever since
  9. Won’t stop my daily writing now the challenge is over. I just warmed up
  10. Having set myself a discipline and a routine for writing was the best I could have done in this field so far
  11. Once I have my mind set on something I value, I have all the trust in myself not stopping until reaching my goal
  12. Writing is creating: the power I have with the written word is priceless
  13. There are no rules, but only options. I can use adverbs in  a row and feel free to call it  my signature
  14. Short sentences perhaps, but again, my limits are mine to decide upon
  15. Writing is a way of living

Bare in mind I only wrote in evenings, and up to one hour or more for the majority of time.

30 minutes were not enough, and I wouldn’t have know this without the challenge.

And I read afterwards, just making sure I passed the 30 minutes… always with the thirst for more, until sleep finally won me over.

At the beginning I was counting the days… but haven’t done that for some time.

Today an alarm brought the news: the challenge is over: today, the 30th day.

So, what challenge are you up to right now?

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