Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30th......

Phew.  That's what I have to say.

Tomorrow is December 1st, ending my month of posting on Pink Shoes everyday.  I'm really good at finishing............weak. I start really strong, I rally through the middle, and then I deflate and just want to finish really quick and easy and sloppy.

Take, for example, baking cookies..........I'll roll out my dough meticulously, I'll cut out each shape with a cookie cutter and lay them on a cookie sheet with precision, they'll bake to perfection, I'll concoct some beautiful colors out of food coloring, and I'll get to it......and then.......about a dozen cookies in I just want the project to be done.  The mess of the kitchen starts making me itchy, I look around and feel like the project will never end and I just decide to quick slather pink icing on everything, because that's what's closest to me, even on Christmas trees. perfectly started cookies end ridiculously.

Or how about a huge cleaning project.  I'll empty everything out of a closet, sort through it all, organize the contents into perfectly categorized piles, decide what I want to donate, re-allocate some space to make everything work better and then.......the state of my living room with everything strewn all over it about makes me lose it and I quick just shove everything back into the closet so I don't have to look at the mess.

My husband calls me a motivated lazy person.  It's a good description of me.  I'm all guns a'blazin at the start and all flat tire limping along at the end.  When I decided that I was going to take part in this 30-day blog challenge from Blogher I thought long and hard (which entails about fifteen minutes of thinking on my part) before I added Pink Shoes to the blog roll on their site.  I didn't want to quit this.  I really didn't.  But to be honest, I didn't have a lot of faith in myself because.......well........see above.

But I started anyway.
And then I got the idea to write my lists of things I do, and don't do, and want to do and it was really fun to hear people's responses.
It kept me going.
And then someone who I didn't know gave me the Liebster award.
It kept me going.
And then I went to the library one day and got all up in arms about something regarding adoption.
It kept me going.
And I gained a few followers who I'd never met but they wanted to throw me their support and say, "I like reading this blog."
It kept me going.
And it went on like that, all of November.

And here I am.  It's the end.  And I didn't finish weak.
And what this exercise has proven to me is that I love writing more than I already knew I loved it.  I looked forward to being able to post every day. It was relaxing to me and peaceful and time for me.

I loved posting everyday because it helped me focus all day long on what was positive in my life, what I could learn from what was happening, and how I could turn it into something tangible to write about.

I loved posting everyday because it showed me how much easier it is to post with regularity as opposed to letting a whole week go by before I showed Pink Shoes any love.

And maybe I learned that I like writing more than decorating cookies and cleaning out closets.

So thanks to all of you..............

For reading.
For commenting.
For relating.
For deciding to follow me if you did.
For calling me crazy (in an endearing way).
For telling me the peach is cute.
For tolerating my ramblings.
For referring to something I wrote in conversation.

It's so appreciated--more than you know!

I'm taking a break tomorrow and I'll "see" you on Friday!


  1. I have really loved your post everyday, I would read before I went to bed and looked forward to seeing what you would share this time. Andy got pretty tired of me saying "Maggie wrote this on the blog today". Thanks for pushing through and for being vulnerable.

  2. Congrats! So glad you realized your love of writing :)

  3. Congratulations...glad you made it all the way through! I love it too when people mention what you wrote in conversation...too cool.


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