10 lessons from 100 posts.

Here are some things I’ve learned while writing the last 99 posts.

  1. Write things down. We have so many thoughts running through our head how will we ever know which ones are significant? Of course writing a thought down does not make it significant, but if you catch yourself writing the same thought over and over it’s time to take a deeper look. It’s nearly impossible to get that clarity if you keep everything jumbled up in your head.
  2. Create a supportive community. One of the reasons why I was afraid to blog was that I’ve read so many mean-spirited comments on the internet. Blogs seemed like the place where people let out their worst thoughts, and I didn’t want to invite that into my life. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how nice and supportive strangers have been. This goes for the real world too. I’ve actively drawn more positive people into my life, while avoiding negative people.
  3. Make your goals public.It holds you accountable, and it makes you realize that other people are rooting for your success and happiness.

    Termites build these impressive structures one grain of sand at a time.

  4. Things add up. Whenever you start something it’s easy to discount it. After my first few posts I thought what’s the point. I’m just wasting time. But after steady accumulation the whole it greater than the parts. Sure there are some posts that are silly and unnecessary, and sure there were some heartfelt posts that felt really good to share, but in the end I’m able to look through it all and say, wow this is something I’m proud of.
  5. Take some time to study yourself. We spend years studying math, Science, history, etc, but when do we sit down and really examine ourselves? And why not? We have to spend the rest of our lives with ourselves so shouldn’t we be the greatest expert on our own ideas, memories, and dreams?
  6. Just say yes. If you’re not sure you will like something try it out. Take every thing one day at a time. One of the hardest things about finding a new job after I quit was not know what I liked to do. But how will you know what you want to do if you don’t try out a bunch of different things? It’s just as easy to say no after you try something out. But to say no first will prevent you from knowing for sure if something is your cup of tea.
  7. It doesn’t matter if it’s been said before. It’s so easy not to write something because you think it’s a given, or a cliche. But chances are it’s new for someone. And even if everyone in the world has read it before sometimes we need to read it again. Sometimes I just need to hear something at the exact right moment for it to sink in.
  8. Talk to someone different. It’s our tendency to surround ourselves with like minded people. I often realize what a bubble I live in (especially when I see the kind of politicians people are actually voting for…Santorum? Really?). One of my favorite parts of teaching English as a second language is meeting people who come from different worlds. It makes life seem so much more complex and beautiful when you know that it can be done so differently.
  9. Wake up an hour earlier. I used to think that getting an extra few minutes of sleep was more important and beneficial than eating breakfast, or having a chance to take a deep breath before heading out to work. Ever since I started doing the morning pages I’ve been waking up at 6:30 and I love it. Of course I’m tired, but I’m going to be tired no matter what time I wake up. Now my mornings feel peaceful. There’s something special about the early morning sunlight.
  10. Notice synchronicity. I don’t really care if it happens by chance, or if it’s God’s way of saying, “hey I’m listening,”there’s something so fun and exciting about noticing coincidences. In my morning pages I wrote, “I hope my boss gives me another class,” and that day he gave me another class. Last week I thought, “I really don’t want to do the laundry,” and a minute later Mike walked by with the laundry bag and said he was going to do it. Noticing these funny coincidences makes you feel like an all powerful superhero. It makes you think that you can get anything you put your mind to. It encourages you to dream bigger, because if you can will one person to do your laundry maybe you can will someone else to publish your book.


    1. Thanks for visiting and bringing my attention to your uplifting blog! I love the book’d out section. And of course the double dutch dog 🙂


  1. Congrats on 100 posts! This is a great idea for a post. I don’t even know how many I’ve published (165–just looked it up). Maybe I’ll mark the 200th? I would like to get up earlier and do some writing in the morning. But I worry I would never leave the house to go to work. I’ll also have to try to see if I can mindmeld my husband into doing my laundry!


  2. Beautiful list. I agree with all points. But the best is to actually sit down and make the effort of nailing down points like this. I just caught myself looking back at 200 posts and wondering myself what this is all about. There is never a clear answer, but my questions are very different now compared to what I may have asked after the first blog post.
    “Talk to someone different” = Yes. One of the deepest arguments for traveling and for blogging too.
    “Write things down.” = Yes. Thoughts and feelings are fleeting. Things look different when you have converted them into language and words.
    I found a blog a wonderful place not so much to tell your story but to listen to yourself to read and somehow investigate and understand your own story, to eventually wonder if it is a story or if such a term is ultimately too confining.
    Great blog, Tracy. The best of luck to you.


    1. Hi Klaus! Thanks for visiting! Yes, sometimes the hardest part is showing up. When I go for a run the hardest part is putting on my shoes. It’s the same for almost everything that takes effort. But it’s totally worth it in the end.


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