CrossWriting: Forging Elite Cerebrations

Erin and Joe Walker 2017
Erin & Joe Walker

It was great to see my friend Joe Walker at Guns Out CrossFit today. It has been a while because his schedule has changed so he works out at a different time now. In case you missed it, Joe is the guy who inspired me with the 365 daily render challenge he did and I just modified it to meet my skill setWe had a a moment to exchange thoughts and appreciations about 365 challenges even though his medium differs from mine.

Having only minutes, probably less than five, to chat it was great to quickly cover how we experience the same difficulties and joys with the time, joy, frustration, and discipline that daily postings take up in our respective creative processes. 

Like today. For me it is simply about choosing one thing in my brain and then begin write about it. 

When I first started, I thought I was going to die. I could not focus. I spent hours some days in front of the screen thinking What am I going to write about. It was like I was a boneless chicken, sliding off the couch. Other times it was begining and scrapping numerous starts to blurbs that ended up being flubs. 

Then there was a day I wrote a thought but forgot to press publish. Another day, several days in fact, I forgot to tag pieces and/or categorize articles. The lamest was misnumbering pieces and forgetting to number them at all. 

Today I told Joe that I was on article 34 even though I am tracking things on a spreadsheet and in fact, today is Day 44. Hard to believe it let alone remember it.   

There are days when a short post is the best I can throw together. There may be days when it is a hurried last minute post or, on rare ocassion as in yesterday, a post may done fairly early. It is just about the discipline of posting something every day. 

What has been great about this experience so far is how quickly I am able to put things together in such a short time, but more so the joy in accomplishing the daily challenge. 

It is like CrossFit for writing. It is #CrossWriting: Forging Elite Cerebrations.

44/356

If you only knew how many things…

One of my favorite lines from the television production of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES comes from Anne Shirley

I know I chatter on far too much but if you only knew how many things I want to say and don’t.

That is how I feel as I sit to write on day 43/365. I have a bazillion thoughts just running through my mind so I am simply going to write. Do not worry. I will not think them all out on paper.

That reminds me. You know Jonathan Crombie died. Totally broke my heart, such a young fellow. Colleen Dewhurst,  passed away several years ago and so did another favorite in the mini-series, Richard Farnsworth, who’s death was crushing to hear of when it happened. 

I totally love that particular cast, having watched that particular series beaucoup times. It was the most absolutely charming production. Just delightful.

Okay, so back to some other thoughts.

I received a wonderful suprise in the form of a book. It is titled A PARTICLE OF FAITH by Jason A. Densley and was told he has a second book coming out. I forgot the title of the next book but it does not matter because first things first. This book must be read first therefore it is on this week’s to do list.

This weekend was, what is called in my Cburch, Stake Conference. The theme, YOUR NEXT STEP. was the same one from the last Stake Conference, held in October. A great theme, the speakers had the opportunity to teach doctrine from many perspectives on how to improve oneself with the continued focus on how to draw nearer to Heavenly Father, feel the healing power of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to recognize, then obey the promptings of the Holy Ghost. 

The testimonies that were shared by those who accepted assignments to speak were awe inspiring. And though I am practically perfect in every way (thank you Mary Poppins – no comments from the peanut gallery), the sweetest feelings of encouragement to become a more disciplined follower of Christ filled my heart. 

It was a fabulous Sabbath day. 

If you want to learn more about the role of the Holy Ghost and how to seek learning by study and faith, just click those links! 

And my last thought is from an inspiring sermon titled JOY AND SURVIVAL by President Russell M. Nelson, an internationally renowned surgeon and medical researcher. 

“When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives.”

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