Day Three of the Writing Project: Already in Jeopardy

When I told my husband a few days ago about my plan for the blog—that I wanted to try to write one post a day for 365 days—he looked at me as if I were out of my mind, only after he asked, “How much is this going to cost us?” (We’re at the end of a holiday vacation spending binge and he is ever our firm budgeteer. Surely he was thinking that this blog, and not the several dinners out or spending spree at Ikea, or even the trip to the Please Touch Museum in Philly which essentially charged adult-like admission for our 1-and-a-half and 3-and-a-half-year-olds, would be the financial straw that broke our camel’s back).

“It’s free!” I said, pleased with myself that my sole creative endeavor of the new year would not be the thing to bring us to financial ruin.

He then told me in a most supportive way that he thought a post a day was too much. That I was setting my aim too high. “How about once a week?” he countered. This man knows me well and has seen me struggle with goal setting and intention making. He’s seen me start a project and then drop it, never to look back again. I told him that I wouldn’t make the blog public to friends and family until Day #10. This way, I rationalized, I’ll have a chance to make a real go of it and see how challenging it is, to make time to write every day, especially after I return to work. If it’s too difficult, or if I fail, no one will have to know about it.

I have to admit. I’m cutting things awfully close on just day three. One would think on Day Three of a new project there would still be plenty of momentum and inspiration, right? I mean, I had planned on writing earlier in the day. Instead, while the girls napped, I made a conscious choice to catch up on some “New Girl” episodes we had sitting in the DVR queue, even after my gallant hubby asked me about posting, ever looking out for my best interests. I’ll just write after dinner, I said to him and to myself.

Well, here I am, an hour before what will technically be Day Four of the blog, restless as ever.

Lesson learned: Do not put off until after “dinner” that which can be done while the littles are sleeping soundly.

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