George S. Patton once said: “Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” Of course, my challenges aren’t conquering Nazi-occupied France or liberating Germany, but we all have to start somewhere.
My somewhere is the 31 Day Online Writing Challenge which, ironically enough, is just what it sounds like. Pick a topic, stick with the topic, and then write about it each and every day in October. I have a hard time sticking with anything for that long and I have a really hard time trying to come up with something to write about once a month let alone once a day. But that’s why it’s called a challenge and I’m going to give it the old college try.
In keeping with the overall theme of my blog, I wanted to write about something fun. I considered sharing a diary of sorts that chronicles my “Living Well & Spending 0 Challenge” that also starts today. But I’m a realist. I do NOT expect it to be fun. No Target? No Barnes and Noble? Would the siren call of a Starbucks Toasted Graham Latte be too strong for me to resist and then I would be obligated to share my failures with the World Wide Web? There’s an 85% chance of that being true so I’ll just keep that challenge to myself for now. I mean, accountability is great and all, until it comes between me and a sale in the Home Décor aisle.
I considered diving into a “compare and contrast” series on 90’s boy bands: Who wore the denim vests best? Team Justin or Team Nick? Where are they now? I also thought about sharing my favorite puns, or my deep appreciation for office supplies. Perhaps a combination of the two? “I really do love whiteboards. They are remarkable.”
I thought about taking the easy way out and just posting a picture of my dogs or cats each day. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, is it not? But my pets, like their owner, are not completely photogenic and the hassle of getting a picture without three extra chins or closed eyes seemed like more work in the long run.
I finally settled on “Celebration.”
October is one of my very favorite months. The weather is getting cooler. The leaves are beginning to change. I don’t need to shave or get pedicures nearly as often and the clothes are infinitely better. (Hello scarves and boots and fuzzy socks.) And while Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner (57 days and 84 days, respectively), there is plenty to celebrate now.
There is literally a designated day, week, or month for everything. Literally everything. International Respect for Chickens Day? May 4th. Spunky Old Broads Month? That’s February. What were you doing the third week of July? Probably not celebrating National Ventriloquism Week, were you? I don’t know who makes these things up and I’m fairly sure a good chunk of them aren’t official, but I say any chance to celebrate and maybe have a piece of cake is good enough reason for me.
So this October we’ll be exploring all the many, many holidays and observances that you can celebrate and enjoy with your friends or family or cats or dogs or complete strangers if you’re feeling brave. And I’ll try my very best to conquer this – my challenge, my own personal Germany – and write each and every day. See you tomorrow!