31 Day Writing Adventure, Life Happens

Not long ago I embarked on a blog writing journey which entailed writing for 31 days straight with Luke1428 leading the way, encouraging with emails and small notes.  It has been a great experience for me as I get to know more about my writing style and who I am as a blogger(Still figuring that out of course).  I would love to say I wrote for 31 days straight, no misses, but that would be a lie.  I didn’t get sick along the way like Luke1428, I would say life happened a few times though.

Life Happens

I remember the first day I missed writing, I had a long day working on a project that I was trying to get done before the big meeting with the bosses, bosses, boss.  I finished up work, came home, had dinner, and just completely shut down mentally and physically, no writing for me, in fact I fell asleep quite early that night, signs I’m secretly 55 and this whole early retirement idea would be me retiring on time.  However I may have fallen off the horse, but the next day I wrote double to make up for my miss, so I was still feeling pretty good about my 31 day writing adventure.

Then I hit a writing road block, I had committed to a Memorial Golf Outing with a few guys I grew up with, let’s just say writing was not on the list of activities for the day.  Meeting up with old friends for a great cause, seeing people I have not seen in years, having the occasional drink to celebrate golfing for the second time all year, but yeah Life Happens.  Since I am no longer 21, the next day was a reminder of getting a little older each day and once again writing was out of the picture.  Seeing my friends and helping out an old friend honor her brother far exceeded my goal of writing each day.

I would like to say that was the end of it, but another weekend crept in and another commitment to help out a good cause at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago happened.  It’s an opportunity for a family friendly Halloween for everyone, I have done everything from put tattoos on little kids, make ghost suckers, and help kids with their water color painting.   I like to volunteer for this event it’s a great opportunity to see kids smiling and having fun in their costumes, it puts a smile on my face!  I didn’t write that day or the next and I think at this point I made a choice I wanted the weekends to enjoy myself and do things I really like.  The next day was less enjoyment, since we are landlords and from time to time we need to do a little DIY work around the house.  We are having new renters move in on the first of the month and needed to paint after some recent upgrades to the unit…..and paint we did.  Nice little Sunday of listening to Johnny Cash and the Green Bay Packers while I painted the entire day away with the lovely Mrs. Even Steven.

Life happens, but so do the choices you make and what’s important to you.  I decided that friends, family, volunteering, and being a landlord was more important than writing thus not reaching my goal.  I learned that writing every day is not for me, I do this because I love to share stories about my money adventures and help others with my experiences, maybe you laugh a little or maybe you don’t.  Either way I am holding myself accountable for my finances and making great strides each and every day that is why when Josh from Radical Personal Finance stopped by and said this:

“I think everyone should have a financial blog of some sort to give them a structured goal-setting system around their finances. They can write down where they are, where they want to go, and track their progress regularly. And they can use their own situation and write about their research as a way to structure their thoughts. They can also build an amazing community of friends and like-minded people to keep them encouraged along the way.”

He literally summed up the exact reason on why I write on Even Steven Money, why I encourage others to jump on and start blogging and why I have enjoyed the 31 day writing experience.  It will have an amazing impact on your life.  When I wrote about Making $0 on my blog I was losing money by writing on my blog, but I think the opposite is true, I have saved more money, cut more expenses, paid down more debt, and have become apart of a great community.  When I signed up for Blue Host to start my blog on WordPress, I made the right choice in selecting them as my web hosting provider. They have been reliable and easy to work with, so if you are even thinking about starting to blog and get your goals and finances in order I would set up a blog and use Blue Host, check to see if your domain name is available here, it’s one of the best financial decisions I have ever made.

 


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8 Responses to “31 Day Writing Adventure, Life Happens

  • Thanks for sharing your honest experience with the 31 day writing challenge. I did it too and found that it wasn’t as easy as I had assumed it would be! Have a good week-end Steven 🙂
    Kassandra recently posted…Harnessing The Power Of CommunityMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Thanks MTJM. Yeah I thought it would get a little tough around the times I mentioned, but overall it was a fun experience.

  • Writing every day is definitely not easy, especially when you have other commitments! But at least you gave it a try, and learned something from the experience. Thanks for sharing that with us. I love the conclusion you came to about blogging saving you money. It works wonders for accountability!
    Erin @ Journey to Saving recently posted…Student Loan Update #6 (and a confession)My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      I couldn’t say it any better, it does work wonders for accountability.

  • What a fantastic, honest account of your 31 day writing challenge Even Steven. I’m so impressed that you had the self-awareness to make those decisions about your priorities and values along the way. I think goals are a great way to get you headed in a direction you want to go, but achieving the goal itself doesn’t have to be the main objective – progress in the right direction is. Those other activities you chose to do certainly sound like they were worth not being able to tick the box for 31 days straight for! Great work Even Steven, and congrats on your writing efforts!
    Jason @ Islands of Investing recently posted…Confessions – my biggest investment mistakeMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Thanks Jason! You bring up a great point that sometimes achieving the goal itself doesn’t have to be the main objective. I think with blogging this happens a great deal, maybe someone came out to make money or get their thoughts down and all of sudden they are living debt free or improved their spending habits either way it becomes a win.

  • It’s hard to write every day! I usually need a day off during the week. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
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