Nerdlution was quite a learning experience for me. I learned things about myself and my approach to new projects. Unfortunately, some of my bad habits resurfaced.
Nerdlution: The Sequel was something I dreaded. I thought about skipping it and then I thought about why. I know why. I didn't complete my nerdlution goals all fifty days during the first round. One goal, I barely touched. I feel like I failed. My typical reaction to failure is avoidance. Whew! That's quite a confession, but oh so true. And I want that to change...so I'm back...to try again. Risking it another time!
With some time to reflect, I realize that the goals may not have been accomplished all fifty days, but I did learn some things about myself and my habits. That alone is success. Nerdlution: The Sequel affords me the opportunity to try again. That's quite a gift. Here I am...with two goals to accomplish and some plans on how to keep track and succeed.
Nerdlution: The Sequel Goal #1: Random Acts of Kindness
For my birthday I set out to commit 22 RAKs and I'm loving it. The feeling that Nerdlution: The Sequel can improve the lives of other people...that makes me so happy! I've already been tracking my RAKs in my notebook and now I'll start logging them into my blog. I can't wait to continue!
Nerdlution: The Sequel Goal #2: Uniterrupted Hour of Tech-Free Me Time
This goal was inspired by Patrick Andrus over at ReadWonder. For round one of nerdlution, one of his goals was "one uninterrupted hour of reading". I love that, but as I read his blog, I was struck at how many times he mentioned being less distracted by technology. The combination of that and an article I just read about a challenge for teenagers to be technology free for three days...I realized this is where I can focus. I will read. I will risk. I will write. I will work on completing my un-boring list. I will craft. I will exercise. I will pray. I will spend quality time with friends. This is one I'm EXCITED about and I'm looking forward to seeing where it will take me.
Nerdlution: The Sequel Goal #3: Weekly blog link-up of nerdlution goals
OK, I know I said two goals...but this one isn't really for me, it's for the nerdlution community. I want a place to blog weekly about nerdlution, like Slice of Life at Two Writing Teachers or Saturday Celebrations at Ruth Ayres. I'd love to offer my blog for that place to post. I'm thinking Thursdays of each week, we can have a round-up of posts about nerdlution progress...just like those others. I like twitter, but I found myself lost at times and knowing there's a "deadline" each week would help me and help me support others in this endeavor!
So...I'm putting it out there...holding my breath...secretly praying people think this is a good idea...and hoping my fellow #nerdlution peeps will post.
I want to thank Colby Sharp, Chris Lehman, Franki Sibberson, and Katherine Sokolowski for the twitter chat they had way back on Thanksgiving. Your conversation was heard near and far...and we are off again tomorrow!