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Was it 30 days already? I am done with my challenge! But it is only the beginning…

I am finished with my 30-day challenge. For those of you who haven’t been following me, I was on a 30 day writing challenge where I committed to write every day for 30 days. The main reason for the challenge was to help me start writing again as I was on a long leave from this blog and my business due to lots of personal changes in my life.

And then it felt awkward to start again as I felt that I lost my voice and that no one would care anymore about what I had to say. So I needed something to help me take the first step.

I also wanted to gain clarity.  This blog is here to help me gain clarity after all. Was I in the right place? What inspires me now? Should I change the direction of this blog? Or start a new one?

Ironically I thought that helping people with clarity was not my thing anymore.

I thought that I couldn’t write anything worth reading anymore.

So I wanted to give up perfectionism and just write. To see what comes out of it. To see if I can find my voice again. To see if some new direction will surface.

Thus the challenge was born.

Here are some takeaways from the challenge.

– I was not perfect. I did miss couple days of posting on this blog. But I let it go. Some days I was not proud of what I wrote. Some days I felt that what I wrote was not of service or inspiring. But, again, I let it go. I gave up perfectionism and that I am proud of.

I am not one thing. Nor do I have to do one thing on this blog. Clarity and Daring don’t apply to just one life area. Clarity is a bridge to a more conscious and intentional way of living. You really can’t gain clarity in one area of your life and not gain it in another. They all overlap, you know.

–  like to teach, I want to serve. I am definitely not a diarist.

– I didn’t feel fully “me” when I was sharing too much of my personal life here. Especially when it involved sharing just for the sake of sharing. See above, I need to serve. So I wouldn’t do it every day. From time to time is ok.

– I don’t want to change the direction of this blog. I don’t want to start another one at this point. I love doing what I do. I had so many ideas in the past month and people started contacting me sharing their stories, which all showed me – I am in the right place.

– Most importantly I love to write. I love sharing my ideas. I love when I feel that I’ve inspired someone. I feel alive when I do that. I don’t want to stop doing it.

– I realized that if I say to myself that I have 3 days to write a good, useful and/or inspiring post, I’ll take 3 days to do it. If I say to myself that I have 40 minutes, I’ll do it in 40 minutes. There won’t be much difference between those two posts. You can do much more than you think you can. And in less time.

– It’s all about taking small action every day. Baby steps. They add up. It’s all about baby steps, baby!

Now the question is – will I continue posting as often?

I won’t post every day. I did not give up perfectionism completely. And I do want quality. I do want to inspire and be of service. I do want to feel that I making a difference. Even if it is a very small difference. I do want to feel that I helped you in some way to live better, more consciously, more creatively. I do want to feel that I helped you dare more. Take action more. Dream more. Dream bolder. Bigger.

And that means I’ll take my time to write those posts. I will still post several times a week though.

So my next challenge for the next 30 days is to post 4 times a week.

I am also going to start doing case studies and interviews again.

But the real challenge?

You know when they say 30-day challenge, it kind of implies you’ll be doing something every day for 30 days. So I am going to do something daring. For me anyway. In one of my posts I mentioned that it would be cool to start connecting with people I admire. It totally would! And I know that for someone it might look like not a big deal. But I am an introvert and I still have some issues with the fact that my English is not perfect, so trust me, it is a big deal for me.

How am I going to do it?

Email, baby. I’ll just write an email. One a day.

Few words. Hi! This is how your work inspired/moved/helped me. Thank you.

That’s the plan. I’ll share more details later.

And last but not least…

I want to thank you. Yes, You! For reading. For letting me write for you. For being here. You are amazing!

I feel like lots of good things are coming our way. Big changes are in the air. Lots of daring is about to unfold. You can do it. I know you can. I know I can do it too.

The time is now.

We are going to bloom.

 

We’ve been in a springy-crafty mood here.

Happy weekend!

 

 

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Alexander March 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

How am I going to do it?
Email, baby. I’ll just write an email. One a day.
Few words. Hi! This is how your work inspired/moved/helped me. Thank you.

Great idea Lana !
What about daring a little step further outside your comfort zone and adding a little call to action for the person you’re contacting ?
For example
– “May I ask you advise about XYZ ?”
– “What about an email interview on my blog?”
– “What about a chat on Skype regard XYZ?”
– etc

This will also have the advantage for your emails to stand out from the other emails the person, your admire and are contacting, receive.

ciao
Alexander

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