Sunday, November 02, 2014

End of the 31 Days -- Lessons Learned

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Well, today is the 31st of October  November 2nd and the end of the 31 Days Blog Challenge. I learned quite a lot this month about myself -- namely, if I can't make it to the computer to write a blog post, the world will not end and I don't have to explain the whys and wherefores at length if at all. My intentions were there, but when you can't, you can't.

Some days it wasn't as easy as others to write honestly, but I did. I pride myself in being very honest, to the point of it being a problem at times, no matter what. I was pleased with myself for the introspection I put myself through in order to be able to write those harder posts.

I'm also happy to have perused a ton of photographs to accompany the posts, and while I was going through them, I found a lot of great ideas for future posts.

An egg couch made of metal on Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

I'm aware I only hit the "Automobiles" part of the "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles" post I promised (and then not the post I intended), but never fear, I'm going to write them. The funny thing is, writing a piece that's an essay from a memoir is actually a lot harder than writing as I do now, from a total stream of consciousness with a lot of help from spell check.

What did I learn?

::  Life is made of moments.  Enjoy those moments and ignore the noise.

:: I love my son more than anything in the world, but most of you already knew that.

:: When faced with "listing awesome", it was the small things, not huge things I loved.

:: It didn't matter to me if people read or not -- this was a freeing exercise for me
(but I am very very very appreciative of all comments, always)

:: Re-opening the Bead Soup Cafe was a very good thing. It's a totally different animal.

:: I really do love to write, but haven't figured out if I'm good enough for publication.

:: The last statement really doesn't matter. I'm writing. That's enough.

I Believe -- I'm a writer.

Thank you so much for hanging with me through my 31 Days Blog Challenge experiment (minus a few days). In the coming days, I do promise to announce a fun and easy blog hop, one we did last year that causes me no stress or extra work to speak of; I'll write about the airplane flying; I'll show off some terrific chain I received from House of Gems; I'll do a few things. In between, there will be days I don't write but dare say no one reads this blog every day so I'm going to do the number one thing this blog challenge taught me:

Thank you so much. I am honored when you read, honored when you comment, honored when you email. Thank you for sharing in my life.

Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing. 


  1. I've really enjoyed your posts for the 31 days. I learned something too (well, more than one thing, but this one stands out). Normally, I would have read every post. Maybe not the day you wrote it, but I would have caught up on weekends. I had an unexpected family emergency, and it wasn't a big deal that I "got behind" on things I normally do. It's nice they are still there for me now that I have a little time and can concentrate on something else once in a while.

  2. That was a big thing, I couldn't possibly force myself to do something like that even for a week, let alone 31 days. We all learned a lesson or two and sometimes saw things in a different way. Thank you!

  3. Great work Lori...I enjoyed your post and honesty and seeing Zack....know you are loved!

  4. Being kind to yourself is so important.

  5. Writing is such a therapeutic practice in and of itself and it's wonderful that you were able to push yourself and while doing so, learn more about yourself with this challenge <3

  6. Thanx for sharing your journey with us. I really do enjoy reading your posts.


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