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Unexpected Benefits

Day 17

I started this blog 17 days ago. I was not sure what to expect and honestly I was not sure I would be able to follow it through. I wondered what I would write about every day for 365 days.

For years I read that it takes 21 days to form a habit. More recent research indicates that number may be closer to 66 days. So, I am far from this being normal for me, but I will say that with every day that passes, it becomes more natural.

What to Write

The thing I worried most about was what I would write. What I am finding is amazing. Every day I see something or read something or do something that turns into inspiration for a blog post.

Perhaps this is simply electronic journaling to some, but there is something more here. Something a little magical.

Now I worry less about what to write and am much more conscious of how I spend my day, making sure I allocate time to write. As a writer, this is a wonderful thing.

I am sure many of us could be more cognizant of the time and energy we put into non-productive things in our lives.

Unexpected Benefits

typewriter.JPGI find that my days have less and less time for social media interactions. I have certain times of the day that I check up on Facebook or Instagram, but outside of that I have curbed that habit quite a bit. I am finding it is a healthy change for me.

I was not the only person who started this 365 day journey. There is a group of amazing women walking this path together.

I encourage you to check out the links in my sidebar to read what is being shared here. This community of like-minded women has inspired me in so many ways.

When I started blogging regularly, I found I also started reading more. I try to faithfully read what my fellow bloggers are writing. And I also seek out other bloggers who are writing on topics of interest to me.

Empathy and Reflection

I have a thing for the written word. When someone pours their heart and soul on the page it is impactful and meaningful to me. Writing triggers something inside me that opens the pathways to memory and feelings so perhaps it is the same for other writers.

sister.JPGThis morning I read a post that gutted me. One of my fellow bloggers wrote about her struggles and it touched me deeply. That is what authentic writing can do — she classified it as ‘raw’ and I must agree. She was so brave and I was honored to witness what she wrote. (Thank you Tanya.)

This entry she wrote not only made me feel great empathy and respect for her, but it also triggered memories of my sister, Rosie. When she was so ill with the cancer that would eventually take her life, we had many heartbreaking conversations about her feelings and her fears. I wrote about one of our conversations back in 2010 that broke my heart. I have never forgotten it. This morning I went back and read it again.

Giving Thanks

To my dear friend Maitri, I am so thankful for your encouragement to join you in this 365 day blog challenge. I was familiar with blogging, but I never anticipated the other channels in my soul that this work would blow wide open.

To the ladies that join me in this journey – thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your words move me and I am forever changed by this experience. Thank you for sharing your simple days and your hardest days. I love being in a circle of women that lift each other up. It is refreshing and enriching in so many ways.

You have added something moving and powerful to my life and I thank you.

“Sometimes that’s all you need my love – another woman’s faith in you.” 
Joy McCullough


7 thoughts on “Unexpected Benefits”

  1. Oh Maggie honey, this was so beautiful, I was so deeply touched. And just like what happens writing in community on Sunday nights doing this blogging challenge alongside the other women who are doing it is very powerful indeed. I am honored to be on the journey with all of you. I spent the morning reading the other women’s blogs, and I will be writing with you all tonight. Something very special, very powerful is happening here, something magical indeed. I am simply in awe.

    Thank you so much for sharing Maggie. I love you…


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    1. Such a cogent reflection of what it means to share thoughts in community, whether they’re the searing voice of Tanya’s writings and your linked piece, or more gentle reflections about wildlife or fall color observed.

      Thank you for an excellent piece about the power of writing.

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      1. Oh, Lisa, I agree. Every word written and every moment shared is so enriching. Every person in this small circle has given me so much on so many different levels. I am always anxious to read whatever is written, no matter the topic. I am so glad you are part of this inspiring circle of women. 💕


    2. Maitri, of all the things I imagined would be gained by blogging, this was not one of them. Surprise blessings are the best. I was so moved today and have been on many other days as well. I felt I needed to share what this work means to me.

      Bless you for your inspiring spirit, Maitri.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren but I feel it is I that should be giving thanks. This closeness over so many thousands of miles is something very special. You are all part of my life now and it is hard to believe it has not always been so. Bless you for all that you share. I am blessed to know you. 💕

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  2. Hey Dear Maggie you are treasure in the tears of my daily writing… I have struggled for many years and am today busily showing to others that life may be at times like a bullet train but sooner or later even that train needs to given a hand to stay on track…

    Everyday that we make ourselves sit at our keyboard is a day that we all have the circle of life in our hands…. ”what we write… Is sure to warm and touch someone’s hurting moment… Turning a sad filled moment into a shining smile..”

    Thank you for your messages of encouragement and thank you for supporting the growth of our group xx


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