Join Me in a 30-day Video Blog Post Challenge

What led up to the 30-day Video and/or Blog Post Challenge

I was having tightness in my chest and I knew it was from stress.

Another cold Chicago winter was on its way in was raring its head and since I would be headed home for the holidays anyway… a Texas-sized retreat sounded like one of those logical “mental health” ideas that I should implement.

Spending time with my family the past 2 months has been pretty awesome. Seriously. Different from ever before. I think maybe I’m different too. I appreciate life more now. I have more gratitude and understand the value of being great friends with your family. I think that’s called “maturity” and actually… I dig it.

So in my cocoon state of writing and reading and thinking and researching… I “unplugged” a bit from my fast-paced online/offline scene and reassessed my goals. What is it that I really want? What has gotten the way? Is my ship still pointed the right direction?

This quiet time has been a blessing and a big dose of perspective- with a slice of humble pie for dessert.

I do want to find my soul mate. I do want to travel the world. I do want to glorify God with my life even if it doesn’t look the way I want it to look.

Oh it’s deep stuff, I know. And in the process of all this introspection, I found myself silently repeating… “You should be making a video about this.

Ugh- that word “should”. In January, I went to a leadership conference in California and, aside from my feelings about “the process”, I picked up a thing or two. One of the things I liked is using the phrase “I get to…” instead of “I have to…” or “I should…”

I get to make videos about my spiritual, emotional and mental journey- my quest for a better life.

Anyway, as you may have just witnessed, I sometimes get sidetracked. And though it’s a wonderfully creative side of me- it’s also procrastination, at times. The workings of of *Mr. Analysis Paralysis. Like one of those self-sabotage things we do so we don’t have to step out of the comfort zone “just yet”.

*By the way, I read somewhere if you give your fears names, that kinda separates you from the fear, you realize that it’s the fear talking and it’s easier to overcome. I like it. Personification usually makes me laugh.

So just like in the movies, I thought I’d go back to “the basics”.

  1. Have a faith so strong, my happiness is not dictated by what’s happening.
  2. Spend quality time with the people I love.
  3. Eat better, sleep more and exercise daily.
  4. Make video about things you love.

Number 4 pretty much gets you all caught up to now. The video challenge, I mean. It seems that opportunities and miracles are attracted to motion. More to work with, I guess. Makes sense.

So, there you have it. The first day of my 30-day video challenge. Wanna join me? You don’t have to do video. You could write everyday for 30 days- on your blog or (hey!) in your journal. You will for sure learn things about yourself if you do. And I’m sure I’ll come up with a cool prize to award any of you who dare to complete commit to the journey.

Don’t be scared. Just challenge yourself with me. I’m a little scared too. I’ve never posted 30 videos in 30 days…

What if I get lazy and skip a bunch of days?

What if I offend someone or don’t know exactly what I’m talking about?

What if I get a big pimple on my nose?

What if something wonderful and amazing happens? Think about THAT.

As Jesus says in the Bible and the movie “Son of God” “…The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41) So we’ll see. And I’m sure I’ll be asking for God’s help and guidance throughout the process.

You should go see that movie. Jason and I give it two thumbs up. I cried, of course.

So are you ready to join me? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @JenTravelsLife. If you are not down for the challenge but willing to cheer me on, sign up for my free weekly-ish email updates. I’ll be sharing all of the things I’ve learning and the best logical advice I can find.

Thanks for reading and watching.


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