Having Fun and Getting Stuff Done

I just wanted to post about a few things that have kept me busy over the past month and a half or so.

If I’m honest with myself and anyone reading this, I struggle with motivation. I want to do things, but I often just can’t seem to convince myself to do them instead of sticking with my usual and mostly unproductive routine. But! Somehow I was able to pump myself up to achieve some goals and complete some little projects recently. It made me feel really good, so I don’t know what it is that keeps me from completing more tasks and working toward accomplishing more goals in my day-to-day life. That aside, I would like to harness the motivation I used for these projects to get more done, including but not limited to participating in more events and projects such as those I’ve recently thrown myself into.

First up was CampNaNoWriMo. I’ve tried on several occasions to participate in and win NaNoWriMo, which takes places every November. However, I’m terrible at planning in advance and usually start writing with a very small idea of a plot or the dream of a fantastic new character, so I typically don’t get very far before discouragement gets the best of me. Well, I figured it was time for me to stop just saying “I need to start writing again,” and actually get some writing done. So when Lilian asked if I was going to participate in Camp, I said “Sure!” and joined her cabin. I goaled myself for 25,000 words of rewrites, edits, and additions to a story I’ve been playing with for a while now. It’s not my oldest piece, but one I’m more excited by than most of the others right now. Again, I didn’t plan much in advance, and what I wrote is a mix of scenes from different parts of what will eventually be the whole, but I’m excited about what I did. I succeeded. I wrote just over 25,000 words during July, and they weren’t comprised only of edits and rewrites. I actually added new stuff to the story. There’s still a lot I need to think about, rework, and add, but this is the most I’ve written in years. It makes me sad to say that, but it’s the truth. And I don’t want it to be the truth anymore. I want to write, so I need to make writing a habit and priority. So, while I’m unsure of whether or not I’ll participate in NaNoWriMo this November, I do know that I’m ready –no matter how hard it might be– to act more like the writer I want to be. Now, if only I was better at titling my work!

During the same month, I took on Radical Self Love July. This was a simple, but thoughtful Instagram challenge that turned out to be really fun. I love taking pictures and have been trying to love myself more, so it was a perfect thing to take part in. I’m hoping there will be another month of radical self love in the near future, because I would love to do something like this again.

Finally, I was invited to join Lilian’s team for this year’s GISHWHES, which I’ve heard about, explored a bit, but never participated in. Not going to lie, but I was really anxious after signing up because I decided to look at last year’s list of tasks and was sure I’d hardly be able to get anything done for my team. Most of them seemed fairly impossible, but I guess nothing is ever impossible. A good portion of our team met up to go over the list of 185 items as soon as it was available on the afternoon of August 2nd. The brainstorming session was fun in and of itself, and I walked away feeling like maybe we’d get more done than I originally anticipated. It was an exhausting week, and I spent more time being social during that time than I typically do in a whole month (so sad), but it was such fun! I raced in a newspaper boat regatta in a public fountain, was buried up to my neck in sand (not something I’d care to ever repeat), dressed in evening wear constructed only from items found in my bathroom, played a kazoo soundtrack for tweed “porn”, posed for a rock band album cover (and got paint everywhere making a backdrop), destroyed a book (horror!) for the sake of creating a “novel life form”, got the perfect shot of a vampire sucking blood from a doughnut (including horrified onlooker reading Dracula), and compiled 15 mug shots into a Brady Bunch-style photo grid.  Check out our Facebook group to view the photos and videos of our shenanigans!

But the team accomplished even more than that! From walking on water, building a kale throne, arm wrestling movie theater employees, and having a cat order from a food truck to constructing an angel from feminine hygiene products, posing for a multi-generational gender-swapped family portrait, making a candy swimsuit, and going toilet paper shopping as a zombie, our team did some great stuff!

Also, our team members were just awesome in general! It was a ton of fun working and playing with them!

So, that’s what I’ve been up to recently. The next little project I’m hoping to participate in is the 30 Days of Lists challenge, which starts September 1st.

Any projects you’ve participated in recently or hope to participate in someday? Also, what do you do to motivate yourself to get stuff done, especially on a day-to-day basis?