Friday, March 15, 2013

My Happiness Project: Words

My resolutions for last month--to make better use of my time--were a flop.  What can I say?  February was filled with sleepless nights so most days just making it to dinner without completely melting down felt like success.  Did surfing Facebook multiple times a day make me feel better about my life?  Well, not really.  But it happened.  Moving on to March.

So here we are in the middle of the month.  I started implementing these resolutions when the calendar page turned two weeks ago, but failed to write about them.  Ironic, since this month's focus is words--reading them, writing them, and using them precisely.  Here's the plan:

(1) Reading every day.  I normally do this anyhow since I love to read, but now I am making sure to carve out time each day instead of waiting until I have "free time."  I am currently reading The Fault in Our Stars (fiction), You Are Your Child's First Teacher (non-fiction), and Time (I am weeks behind on my subscription but the lure of reading "The Bitter Pill" keeps me plowing through the older issues).  If anyone has any suggestions, please pass them on!  I am always in search of new books, especially good fiction.

(2) Writing every day.  This resolution has been much harder for me to keep.  I realize it is stating the obvious, but if I want to improve my writing, then I need to write.  Daily.

When writing here I often feel inhibited knowing that other people will be reading and judging what I post.  This week, in an attempt to face that fear head-on, I shared my blog on Facebook.  While I know most people will click over once and then forget about it, putting it out there was still scary.  A good friend said that sharing her blog made her feel both vulnerable and empowered.  Agreed.

There are often little opportunities throughout the day to write that I avoid because it "takes too much time."  For example, when I finish reading a book and update on Goodreads, I rarely take the time to write a review.  Not because I have nothing to say about the book, but because it feel arduous to compose a thoughtful analysis of what I read.  This month I am resolving to take the extra few moments to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard) when those situations present themselves.

(3) Thinking about what I say and how I say it.  I am quick to resort to slang (like, you know...).  Reading Endangered Minds last month renewed my desire to use language precisely.  HP's little mind is soaking up everything we say and as one of his primary language models, and I want to be conscious about the kind of language environment I am creating for him.

March, you are already halfway over, which leaves two more weeks to immerse myself in words--an enjoyable proposition indeed!

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