30 Day Writing Challenge | Introduction and Day 1!

Here we go, my first 30 Day Challenge on this blog.Will I completely fail at posting every single day for 30 days? Probably. Will I have fun giving it a go? Absolutely. So here I am, sitting in my bed watching Across the Universe, and setting myself up for quite the month. Writing 30 thoughtful and personal posts, all while *hopefully* maintaining my regular schedule of random personal posts, Take Me Away posts, Summer Goals posts, and Sleepy Sunday posts. I’m excited, a little nervous, and all around just interested to see how it all plays out. I love a good challenge, especially one that makes me think, and as writing is a passion of mine, this one seemed completely and utterly perfect. I also feel like this challenge will help me connect with myself a bit more, and may help me to stay inspired throughout this next month. So, without further ado, here is the start of my 30 Day Writing Challenge!
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Day 1: List 10 things that make you really happy.

1. Life.
2. Writing.
3. The wind blowing on my face and the leaves crunching beneath my feet on a blustery autumn afternoon.
4. Learning, about anything and everything I can.
5. Adventures.
6. Love.
7. The smell of freshly mowed grass.
8. The seaside.
9. Talking to people with Irish accents, or any accent really
10. Baby animals.

This list goes a bit all over the place, but I suppose that’s a good thing. So many different things in the world make me endlessly happy, some are the simplest of moments, and some are complex and magical things. Life makes me happy for the obvious reason that it means I’m alive. No matter what could be going wrong in my life, at least I’m here living it. So many people don’t get that chance anymore, and I intend to make the most of this beautiful thing that is life. I have always loved writing. It is my outlet. My key to unlocking new worlds with the tip of a pen or the stroke of a key on my keyboard. Writing is the way that I can escape from the world around me and create my own. Autumn is my happy season, the wind, the rain, the beautiful colors, the mild temperatures; there is no season that makes me happier. Learning is something that I’ve talked about on more than one occasion on this blog. I believe that there is never a time in your life when there is nothing left for you to learn or understand. I live to learn. Learning about science, people. cultures, music, film, everything; that’s what makes my life meaningful to me. This blog isn’t called “Adventures of Lexie” for nothing. I believe that everyday is an adventure if you let it be. I hope to have the chance to have adventures all over the world, all my life, collecting friendships and memories along the way. Love is one of the most important things in the world. We are all made to love one another. Not just the mushy gushy romantic kind of love, because lets be honest, not everyone has that. But everyone loves someone or something. I love my family and friends, I love books, I love music, I love the ocean, I love chocolate… the list could go on forever. All too often people just talk about the things they hate, or the things that are wrong with the world, but just for this moment, I’d like you to think about all the things that you love, all the people that you love. I promise that it will brighten your mood, even if it’s just for a second. It’s the small things in life that make me the happiest, like a smile from someone walking down the street, or the smell of freshly mowed grass. There’s not a scent memory in life that holds more memories for me than the smell of freshly mowed grass. Just the smell of it brings back memories of skinned knees, sidewalk battle scars, smiles, the sun shining down on me, forcing my hair into an even lighter shade of blonde than you’d think is possible; it brings back memories of childhood, a simpler time, and that’s a beautiful thing. Nearly all of the moments in life when I’ve felt the most comfortable, and the most “myself” was when I was standing by the seaside. There is one moment that I remember most vividly; I was sitting on the hood of my rental car in Northern Ireland, on the Antrim Coast near Glenarm, watching the waves rolling into the rocky shoreline, thinking about everything going on in my life. I was in a relationship that I hated, had a major in college that wasn’t right for me, and wanted nothing more than to stay in that spot watching the ocean forever. That moment was the one when I decided to end that horrible relationship, change my major to something different, and work as hard as possible in life to be able to come back to that spot someday, build a home, and never leave. This is also where I discovered my love for Irish accents. I’ve always loved accents of any kind, as I think most Americans do, and I’ve heard my fair share after working at a bed and breakfast with a nice flow of international guests, but after the day I sat talking to aΒ variety of peopleΒ in a pub in Ireland, I can safely say that the Irish accent makes me happiest. There’s just something about it that makes me happy when I hear it, I don’t know how to explain it. Lastly, one thing that can always make me smile when I’m having a rough go of things is baby animals. Any sort of adorable little animal photo is amazing. When you’re having a down day just google baby animals, and I am 95% sure that it will make you a little happier.

With that, my 30 Day Challenge has officially begun. I am excited to give you all a bigger glimpse into what goes on in this odd mind of mine, and to give myself a bit of inspiration through the month. I think it will be something that I really enjoy trying to do everyday, and I hope there are a few of you out there that will enjoy reading it.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

47 thoughts on “30 Day Writing Challenge | Introduction and Day 1!

  1. I’m sure you’ll have no problems performing this exercise. I’ve done something similar on my blog years ago. It definitely increased my writing ability. It appears you’re taking an organized approach to the challenge. There are certainly benefits to knowing what you’re going to write days in advance. The mind will work out the ideas before you sit to write them.

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    1. Hopefully so. But I’m making sure to keep the pressure off, so if something comes up in the “real world” and I’m unable to write one of them one day, then I won’t be too disappointed with myself. πŸ™‚ But I’m having a lot of fun with it so far.

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  2. Good luck, if I forced myself to write something everyday I would get bored and never log on again, but I like that there is no pressure and I can write what I want when I want.

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  3. Hi Lexie! Even I started the challenge today. Nice coincidence, eh? If it is of any comfort, we’re in it together. It takes guts to change things in life. Congratulations, you’ve done so. The first step to happiness, as you said, is taken.

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  4. I posted to my old blog every day for five years. So I definitely know this is possible- but I’m sure you’ll do something awesome with every single one of these topics.

    Best of luck. πŸ˜€

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      1. It is something. However, I’m pretty sure most of it is of mediocre quality compared to my blog nowadays. πŸ˜›

        But, yeah, the challenge looks interesting especially as interesting things are what bring people to blogs in the first place. πŸ™‚

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      2. So far I’m really enjoying it! I’m trying not to read the topics before they come each day because I don’t want to overthink what I’m going to write. I kinda just want it to happen if that makes sense. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up the whole month!

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      3. I think for some of the more complicated topics the spontaneous approach might be tough- but overall it should work.

        That’s the same reason I love scheduling my posts. Write about the different things /then/ line them up. Rather than write what I think needs to be written on this particular day. Feels more natural to me. πŸ™‚

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      1. I am bored a lotta times, I can never write then. πŸ™‚ It is really commendable that you put your boredom to use.

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      2. Well, back then, I was actually in the very early stages of everything I’ve done over the last nine years. I joined an art community site, started the blog, wanted to connect with others, and in some ways wanted to build my “brand” as it were.

        Nine years on I’m still pushing on with the same efforts. Though my WordPress blog is a lot more diverse, more structured with post times, and generally more developed. While, even though I want to make something of all of this- I know it takes time, effort, patience, and a great deal of luck.

        In some ways you could say I’m still “bored”, but I try to make something of all the time between rather than just posting new blogs. Which is why I have taken to the recording, streaming, and more video game related things. Also why I’ve taken to learning how to code in C# in Unity to do some game design things, too. But, at the same time, I never gave up on the art things I was doing and I still do web and graphic design from time to time. Even though I don’t necessarily need the redesigns these days as my social media profiles, site, and everything else is where I’d like it to be.

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    1. Thanks so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I loved this post, we all go through those times where we you just can’t get a single word typed out. It can be challenging, but there’s no better feeling in this blogging world, as I’m quickly discovering, than when you finally get the words flowing and put up a post that you’re really proud of. πŸ™‚

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  5. This seems like the perfect starting point for me to continue writing on my blog; do you mind if I attempt this challenge as well? I’m really new to your blog and the first post I read was deserving of an immediate follow and now I can’t stop reading!

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    1. Thank you for having that accent! πŸ™‚ It’s just so lovely. And I loved that I was able to hear such a diverse range of Irish accents in my time there, its so interesting how I can go one or two counties over and the accent can be completely different. I’ll have to admit though, it took me a few minutes to catch on to the northwestern accents that I found in Northern Ireland, it was a bit thicker than the other’s that I had encountered, but still so fun to listen to! I wish I were able to do an Irish accent on my own, but I’,m afraid my attempts at it are fairly horrific. Haha. πŸ™‚

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  6. Love this! Your list and explanations are both fantastic! We’re a bit into June but I think I might do this for the next 30 days anyway–I always need more things to write about. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. I hereby join the list of inspired readers/writers going to try this.. Started reading from your day 8 and I made sure to read down to day 1 and seek permission to try it.. thanks for the inspiration, now have something to keep busy with.. πŸ™‚

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