I’m gearing up for a new challenge in 2013, and I invite you to take part.
Starting January 1, please join me in a 99-day commitment to doing something creative or healthy or adventurous or … whatever you choose! What you do is entirely up to you. I’ll set up a blog where we can encourage each other and discuss what and how we do. (As soon as the blog is available, I’ll post a link on this site.)
My inspiration for this project—and my confidence that it will be worthwhile for you—comes from two experiences:
- In November 2011, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and discovered that by showing up at the keyboard every day, I could write more than 50,000 words of memoir in one month.
- Throughout 2012, I have been writing a poem a day. Though I have never considered myself a poet, I discovered that I can, in fact, write poetry. Not every poem is a masterpiece (by a long shot); but I’m very pleased with some of them and proud to say that I have not missed a single day of writing this year. That feels so good!
This 99-day journey is not just for writers. My objective is to engage many people pursuing many different habits, like these:
What would you like to try for 99 days straight?
While you pursue your own goal, you’ll be helping me achieve a few of mine:
- Introduce my friends, family, and strangers to the challenge and satisfaction of adopting a daily discipline.
- Continue developing my own creativity in a new way, surrounded by a network of people all stretching for a similar goal.
- Write a book about this experience. Through the blog and individual contact with anyone who’s willing, I want to learn how daily practice works for each of us. What do we learn? When do we struggle? How do we make time? What sacrifices, if any, do we make? Do we last the full 99 days, or do we bail? Why? Can a 99-day experiment turn into a lifetime pursuit?
Are you in? Let me know in the comments, including what you might undertake as your 99-day habit.