I had always wanted to blog regularly. I had tried subscribing to websites which sent Prompts for writing a blog, also stay motivated with registering with writing groups. But most of the time I started a post on a day or two then due to lack of ideas I would just give up.
Writing alone definitely needs a lot of determination and discipline. It is one thing to realize my own weakness but it is totally different to find solutions for it. Registering for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge by Blogchatter was a half-hearted step towards finding a way to regularize my blogging and to stay motivated to write.
I had participated in few chat sessions by Blogchatter and I was very enthused by the active participation of the members during the chat. I put an alert for Bloghatter tweets and I decided that I would like to be an active member even if just through the blogging.
I started the UBC with a fair regularity until the Pujas and the vacations came. I started feeling guilty for each day that I missed out on posting a blog.
I have not been able to write 31 blog posts but I am glad that I had signed up for the challenge because I have never been able to publish as many posts in one month! I am looking at this tiny milestone as a start of many things. I even won a beautiful journal by @rangroute. Yay!!!
Few other takeaways from the challenge were,
I wrote poetry after a long time.
I learned to focus on writing, finding pictures and posting a blog in a given time as opposed to getting distracted by too much social media.
Was accountable to the Blogchatter community, though it is totally a personal choice.
Got suggestions such as creative collaborations with fellow bloggers, which I was not aware.
I am participating in #DailyChatter #UBC by @blogchatter
I got up early as my stomach was churning with nervousness. I wasn’t sure if the crowd inside my house was gathered to celebrate meeting family after such a long time or was it to witness my special day.
I was still uncertain if the day was going to become a special day or will it turn out to be uproar. I waited as the ladies from the groom’s house were expected to come and dress me up. Bound by tradition, I waited patiently and nervously. They finally came and helped me dress up in a sari, make-up, and some composure.
The photographers were called in to click the pictures of a dressed-up bride. A moment of quiet and a heartfelt prayer by my parents; everyone was ready to take me to the Church. I sighed and let some air go inside my lungs. Swept inside the car I sat with my wedding galore and the beautiful veil. I had the company of my would-be new family, but I searched outside the window for reassurance from my family. Comforting smiles and hurried “see you at the church” were all that my brother and mother could squeeze in.
At the church, my groom was suited, beige and all. He peeped inside and searched my eyes and smiled. I returned an unsure smile. Walking down the aisle, I recollected the time when I had first thought of marriage, ring and the vow.
The priest blessed our joined hands, as I said my wedding vows, “Till Death Do Us Apart”, I whispered to myself, it is going to be a long journey. Life till date had taught me patience; I was a little apprehensive about the number of things I will learn in my marriage.
Ushered with blessings and love, Him and I stepped daintily into a new journey of life.One and a half years later I reflect on the emotional roller-coaster;
Journal writing is almost like a meditation for a happy self and a necessary reboot for mental health. A journal is a place where you can write down your dreams and goals as well as release your negative feelings, hurt or disappointments. This helps you have a realistic picture of your life and helps you realize your dreams and aspirations
Writing a Journal Leads to Self-Discovery
You can discover yourself by writing a journal. When you are writing a journal, you formulate words that describe your emotion pertaining to anything- whether a situation, person or a thing. Self-discovery is vital in keep things in perspective regarding your life to become a strong individual.
Journal is a Written Account of Your Mind
Situations, opinions, people who we are surrounded with, and current trends shape our mind. A journal is a written account of our frame of mind at that particular time or moment of our lives. When I read anything that I had written a while ago, it gives me an insight into my mind when the piece was written, such as the language, the vocabulary, the matter etc. Here’s a peak into my restless momentsbefore I got married.
Journal is Your Life’s Yardstick
Journals are filled with memoirs, moments of truth, happiness, sadness and growing up. When we re-visit the pages of the journal and read especially the tough times, it helps us to recollect all those moments and reflects on how much we have matured and learned from that experience. Also, nothing can make us as motivated than when we read about our achievements and successes.
I am participating in #UBC #DailyChatter challenge by @blogchatter