In the depths of this early morning, with moonlight streaming in through closed blinds, lights flickering on and off changing the angled shadows around my bedroom, recent turns and twists of experience played across my mind like an old movie theater projection. This blog, though often neglected as of late, was part of the ever-changing scenery. I recalled my last post, written in despair, as a cry of help in honesty, seeking understanding.
Late on Saturday night, I decided to fast. Fasting–to me–is abstaining from food or drink for a period of time (often two meals) as an act of faith to draw neared to God, to sacrifice something meaningful to me in pursuit of enlightenment or strength, and includes an offering to be given to those in need of what I would have spent on meals during that time (a “fast offering”). As I fasted through my Sabbath day (Sunday), I was given renewed courage and faith as I sought strength and healing. I was able to smile and laugh. Stories that others shared as I went through my day took on new meaning, as if those I loved shared them just for me. I felt known, loved, and joyful. My problems did not go away; however, I felt renewed, rejuvenated, revived, restored. I felt better than I was when I began fasting on Saturday evening.
As promised, I am recording for posterity (and my lovely blog readers) the lessons I have learned over the past weeks since I made a spontaneous decision to enter NaNoWriMo 2012. (I was serious blogging about whether or not to do it…having done no outlining or anything…and just did it on a whim thanks to the encouragement of a few lovely voices!…& I thank you sincerely Marissa and Darcy!) Here we go, in no particular order…:
- Prayer works. (Not that I didn’t know this prior to Nov. 1, 2012; it was just reaffirmed to me….)
- Productivity produces energy.
- Support from those you love is vital for success!
- Goals can be accomplished…(and a lot more, too!).
- I CAN WRITE!!!!!
- Being purely creative is energizing.
- My family, friends (& I) love me!
- Even with road blocks (scheduling, sickness, holidays, etc.)~keep moving forward….! (See Meet the Robinsons for more info on this topic.)
- God is aware of me and loves me!
- I HAVE A VOICE (and an important one, at that)!
- I can cultivate creativity…and a writing mood.
- Breaks are important. (I took every Sunday off…and a few other Thursdays sprinkled in the month, as well.)
- When all else fails, have a dance party with the kiddos (…or with friends…or by yourself…)!
- Have munchies around always. (I had a Swiss Cake Roll emergency…luckily for me, I did have some left-over Double Stuf Oreos which satisfied the chocolate/creamy craving.) 🙂
- Buy back your kids’ Halloween candy and use it for NaNoWriMo snacks…and to last until NaNoWriMo is over and you start making Christmas candy.
- Spotify created great mood music when I needed it…and was a great resource for the karaoke scene I wrote.
- You can always edit later.
In the past few days, I have listened to some of the songs on Alicia Keys’ new album–and the chorus and several lines of this song resonate with me. I do feel like a “Brand New Me.”
The only time I recently felt this kind of growth and accomplishment is when I worked and trained for (& completed) a half-marathon with a dear friend of mine…something about measurable success. Hopefully, though, I will write more novels than the number of races I’ve run…! 🙂