Bloganuary 2023 Catch Up: Days 1 & 2


I recently found out that Bloganuary is a thing. Not only does it sound kind of fun, but it’s also likely to help me get back into the habit of (somewhat) daily writing.

Since I’m starting just about two weeks behind, I’m going to try to wrap up each missed week in its own post with (hopefully) brief responses to each prompt. My responses so far don’t seem brief enough and I’m afraid that seven days’ worth in a single post will be too long. I’m going to do them two per post instead.

So, here we go!

Day One: What is something you want to achieve this year?

Ohh, good question to kick this off! Hmm…

This year I would like to stick with a project for at least the entire year. I will consider this feat achieved IF, by the end of 2023, I am still adding content to and attempting to promote this new blog, AND I haven’t locked it behind some “down for maintenance” page for unreasonably long periods of time (which is largely spurred by overwhelming anxiety and fear of judgement).

Within those goalposts, I’d like commit to adding a minimum of two posts per month. That would be at least one every other week and allow me to start forming new and more consistent habits with my blog posting. I realize that’s a really low goal, but I need it to be something somewhat easily achievable so that I can work on building my confidence.

I just need to stay the course and put my best effort into sticking with it this year, while also keeping that hateful voice (of anxiety) in my head somewhat at bay. After all, if I can’t believe in me, who will? Plus, it’s the only way to see where it might lead.

Day Two: How are you brave?

I, like everyone else, am brave because I wake up every day and try again. Maybe not everyone thinks of it that way, but it’s true.

Merriam-Webster defines brave in its adjective form as: “having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty having or showing courage” and in its transitive verb form as: “to face or endure with courage”.

Every new day presents us with various challenges of differing degrees. The challenges I face from day to day are sure to differ from those another person faces, but we’ve all got them in some form or another. Waking up and facing each new day, taking on each new challenge with a renewed sense of vigor and determination is brave. Having the courage to not let life beat us down to the point of giving up is brave. Hell, even knowing when enough is enough and taking the time to recharge ourselves is brave. It takes phenomenal courage to set boundaries and move within the world with intention.

I am brave because I haven’t given up. You are brave too, because neither have you. 💜

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