Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wow! This #nerdlution thing really got its hooks in me. It nudged me just enough to get me out of my comfort zone. I have decided what makes me happy is to commit to walking, possibly running, with the dog almost every day, not drinking diet coke any day and writing everyday.

The first two felt like cheating. I had already started them over Thanksgiving weekend (I must have felt #nerdlution in the air!), but felt I couldn't stop there. I was proud of myself for walking the dog tonight because like others mentioned, crashing for the night sounded like such a good idea. And it was a creepy, rainy, wet night.

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But then as I rounded the corner this is what I saw.

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It brought all the warmth and spirit of the season rushing right over me and knew I was meant to be here, doing this. My step became lighter and I enjoyed pushing myself the rest of the walk.

 I knew there was more to be done tonight though, so I decided to push myself even more, no literally push myself out of bed because I had fallen asleep putting child #2 to bed, after we played Risk. (It feels a little sacrilegious admitting I was not reading her a bedtime story, but we're obsessed with the Risk app!) Anyway, I noticed an encouraging Tweet to see my #nerdlution through and I got out of bed, rummaged through digital files and emails looking for my most recent draft. I found it 4.27.12. Had it been that long since I worked on this piece?!?

Working to orient myself, looking over notes, it felt kind of like fumbling through the cupboard for the coffee machine. But once I got into it, I was brought right back into my thinking at the time. And it was like having coffee with an old friend. I don't know where this process will end up, but I know the journey and perseverance is good for me. I thrive on the community support and connections. I know I'm going to learn a lot from my PLN these next 50 days and beyond. So part of my #nerdlution is to see this writing project through and work on it a bit every day.


  1. I really love this line of yours about writing that has been dormant for a stretch: "And it was like having coffee with an old friend." That's the feeling I get, too, particularly with one project (it's a complicated song/poem/story cycle that I can't get my fingers around). Whenever I open it up, I'm like, "there you are, old friend."
    Thanks for sharing. I'm sure your dog appreciates #nerdlution, too.

    1. Thanks Kevin and thanks for sharing about your writing. It's such an intimate process. Your words of how it you, "can't get your fingers around (it)." Reminds me of how writing is an art and our words are like clay that we are molding and trying to shape into something that will touch people. Hmmm...Thanks!

  2. I feel equally motivated by #nerdlution and your words "It nudged me just enough to get me out of my comfort zone." resonate wtih me. Reading all these blogs, written by a community of people I can realate to, is also inspiring!

    1. I do love that community piece! I Iook forward to hearing about your journey!