Well, I did it.
One year ago today, June 15, 2009, I made a commitment to write an original blog every day, Monday thru Friday for one year.
I had no idea what a challenge that would be. No idea at all. Don't tell Ryan, but I was almost more excited about getting to today than his wedding on Saturday. Well, almost.
The blog was written at college orientation in Carrollton, Ga, at the beach where I had to take my laptop to the club house or coffee shop each day, in Tennessee before stuffing the turkey on Thanksgiving, in Chicago where I chronicled the engagements of both our sons, in Athens for Robert's wedding, on Christmas morning before the day got going, in Philadelphia the week my father-in-law died, and this week of Ryan's wedding with a houseful of people.
Low point happened when Lizzy was so unhappy at school. High point was being signed by an agent.
I learned much about writing concise and about myself. Learned how I think better with my hands on the keys, how the writing I think will strike the most chords doesn't and those throwaway blogs are often the ones folks comment most on. So, I learned nothing is throwaway.
Learned to trust that if God has led me into a commitment, he will back me up on it.
For right now I will still post a blog everyday, M-F, but they might not all be original. There are some from the past I'd like to repost.
So, thanks for all your encouragement during this year. So many of you have kept me going - and you probably don't even realize it! Thank you for your comments and your face to face encouragement. Thanks for your emails or when you've stopped me to tell me what a particular blog meant to you.
Like I said earlier - I had no idea how difficult this would be - or how rewarding. So, here's the thought for today. Tell God you want to do big things. Hard things. And then listen & follow - he's got bunches of ideas!