Monday, December 30, 2013

Getting Stoned in 2014

OK, I can be a little dramatic sometimes. Actually the title refers to a site that is starting a challenge - Oh, yes, another one and it is also a writing challenge. The site "Writing Our Way Home" is holding what they call their small stones challenge. The link explains it in detail, but briefly, each day for the month of January, you write a small stone. That is, you write about an object that you see, hear, smell, taste or touch. The writing is quite short, about a sentence or two, however, the idea is to pause for a moment and to become really engaged with your object or "stone." You then have options to post it on their site or to tweet it to the group etc. or just to keep it to yourself.

I also read a blog post of theirs about a word for the year. The idea is to choose a word that will guide you in 2014. I loved the fact that the writer went on to say that they probably forget the word, as the year progresses, but somehow it has been lodged in the mind and is guiding them. I have decided that my word for 2014 will be "people." I tend to retreat from people. I describe myself as not being a people person. My anxiety levels rise when I have to meet people or work with people. However, after the encounter, I find that I really enjoyed the event. In 2014, I am going to try to get out more with people. I know if I don't, I'll become a recluse.
The Power of the Stone

These challenges are small steps or stones on the road to a better, richer existence. I accepted a challenge earlier in the year to walk more, because I knew if I didn't both my body and brain would atrophy. I am walking a whole lot more and feeling a whole lot better about myself for doing this. I also accepted a challenge to write a blog a day. Well, I have massaged this one a little, however, after this post, I just have to write three more to complete 365 posts in 365 days.

Going into 2014, I plan to up my walking, continue with my writing, but try to improve it and add a people component to my life!!

I'll keep you posted!!

What will your word for 2014 be?

Have an awesome day!!

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