Yesterday, while researching e-book formats, I discovered a 30-day writing project based on the republication of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s book Self-Reliance by The Domino Project. It intrigued me. Though it began last Tuesday, May 31, I decided to signup. I can do it for 30 days by tacking on prompts 1-6 at the end.
Plus I need all the help I can get to become more prolific and consistent with my writing. My goal has been once or twice per week; I haven’t managed that. Maybe daily writing for a month will be good for me. And get me over the fear of posting stuff I don’t think is ready yet, never mind ‘done.’
Or just be inspired by the prompts.
Today’s prompt “Dare to Be Bold” by Matt Cheuvront greeted me in my inbox this morning. He ended with these questions:
What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
Learn to play the guitar.
How odd that it was the first thing that popped in my head. But maybe not. Just yesterday, I walked down our back hallway, where the guitar I bought a few years ago sits, unused. I noticed it and thought: Yeah, I know, you’ve been patient, so patient. I do still want to learn to play you. Someday….
Tender fingers. I’d tried to teach myself when I was in high school and the strings hurt! I suspect with practice I’ll develop calluses or get used to it, just like I can climb a pole without bruising the top of my foot.
Making the time. Last summer I almost took a class at Freight & Salvage. The beginner class started at 8:30. I didn’t want to be out late. And I worried about making the time to practice.
Hmm, let me go check. Be right back….
So, Freight & Salvage has a class starting in a few weeks at 5:30 PM. I won’t be out late. And since I want to watch less TV anyway, what AM I waiting for? I still worry about making the time to practice, but I’m going to sign up. What about you? What will do?
What’s one dream you’ve had for a long time. Something that comes up over and over. That attracts you no matter how much you ignore it, it just won’t go away.
What’s been holding you back? What one step can you take in pursuit of that dream?
More desires & wishes.
Lack of ideas has never been my problem. The more I do, travel, dream the longer my someday travel list gets.
Not long before my father-in-law died many years ago, he and my mother-in-law discussed where they wanted to travel next. They’d visited us in California, had been to Ireland and had been on a cruise. They’d been on their dream trips.
Not me. I accept that I’ll never satiate my travel dreams. The more I travel, the more places I discover I want to visit and revisit. I loved Bali so much, I want to go back, and also see more of Indonesia. my Bali trip and admiration of the culture, art and temples also awakened a desire to visit Angor Wat.
I first discovered Tahiti when choosing a honeymoon destination 22 years ago. At the time, the flight seemed too long and costs too prohibititive. I’ve been twice since and plan to revisit Moorea & Huahine, discovering an atoll like Fakarava or Rangiroa and also taking the Aranui to the Marquesas.
Here’s my bucket list from this morning, which includes travel among other dreams and desires:
- Start Sensual Flight magazine
- S Factor on the beach club
- Visit Kauai and kayak Napali coast
- Kayaking trip w/ Hidden Places/Maria Coffey
- Have a party at our newish house
- Start a writing group
- Finish & publish my book
- Visit Turkey (Jeff & Barbara) & Greece
- Start foundation/non-profit to research & honor feminine
- Get tattoo
- Lose another 35-40 pounds
I created a table to summarize the dreams, obstacles and next action step.
|Start magazine||$, knowledge, contacts||Email T, research A|
|S Factor on the beach club||Rain,/cold, hour drive, mates||Go next sunny, warm morning|
|Visit Kauai & kayak Napali||time, $, rusty skills||Save, research, kayak @ home|
|Kayak trip w/ Hidden Places||Timing, $||Rejoin email list, earn more, save|
|Have a party||Clutter, decide/pick a date||Pick a date?|
|Start a writing group||Partner, no reply, lack of interest||Indiv emails, start with partner?|
|Finish & publish my book||Consistent writing, feedback?||Write/revise daily min an hour|
|Visit Turkey & Greece||$, B interest?||Read book, research Fall fares|
|Start foundation/non-profit research & honor feminine||$, focus, plan||Further develop research plan, trip to UC library, interview I.H.S.|
|Get tattoo||fear of pain||elements/sensuality symbols|
|Lose another 35-40 pounds||Exceptions to ETL?||More greens & exercise|
Out of curiosity, I searched for the last bucket list I wrote in my journal. I wrote it nine months ago:
- Learn slack key guitar
- Host a party to introduce friends to S
- Create Freeing Goddess Magazine
- Write my How pole dancing changed my life memoir
- Take a year off to travel with Brian for our 25th anniversary
- Have a real second honeymoon in an exotic location with a comfy bed and lots of great sex
- Aranui Marquesas
- Get my tatoo inspired by elements of earth, air, water, fire & sensuality
- Write a song & hear it on the radio like in That Thing You Do
- Take Lauren to Hawaii, have her visit us here, take her to Europe
- Take Delaney on a vacation too
- Visit the Galapagos
- Visit Thailand
- Visit Greece
- Visit Turkey
- Visit Cuba
- Live in Hawaii
- Try something new every month with my girls
- Be in a book club
I’m going to revise my table to incorporate these. And go sign up for that guitar class. Oh and twitter too, so I can follow the #Trust30 tweets.