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Well, we're at the end of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, and I've successfully written 31 different posts relating to Tarot, history, fear, motivation, diversity, creativity, and my continued ridiculous love for Leonie Dawson.

This is a huge thing for me, because while I love my blog to pieces, and I love everyone I've met through it, sometimes I slip up. I don't write a post every day, so I write extra posts and backdate a day or two. I don't always promote every post perfectly. Some of my ideas have been great, some not so great. I could write for a month or ten years, love it no less, and still have it be a learning process. So accomplishing this, having everything to show for this month, is a big deal for me.

Why would I tell you this when I'm a life coach? When I use my gifts as a Tarot reader, along with creative exercises and a guiding hand, to help others to learn, plan, expand, and grow? 

Because it's okay.

I have ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder. That means things like schedules, repeated tasks, and details are sometimes difficult for me. I've had to learn, over a long period of time, that Getting Stuff Done and Being Organized doesn't come as easily to me as it does to other people. 

That means I've done more to learn how to make it happen for me, what works and doesn't work, what fits into my personal rhythm and needs. And that means I've learned how to make mistakes: with acceptance. Understanding what happened, and how that's where I'm at. Resolving to take what I've learned, and try again tomorrow.

I've had times in the past where I'd decide that overnight, I was going to be a master of everything. I'd plan to work my tail off until my house was sparkling, my eating habits were flawless, I'd accomplished four or five different projects and still have time to read a book about spirituality or self-development at the end of the day.

That just doesn't work. Even when I finished most of what I planned to do, I was exhausted. The things I loved felt like chores, items on the checklist of life rather than something that could genuinely benefit me and be enjoyable. And the stuff that wasn't so great? I'd punish myself over it - until I learned that not only was this biologically supposed to be difficult, but learning it was a process.

So I set a few things to do each day. I broke it down and made it simple for myself. I slowly chipped away, and I kept moving forward. No punishment, no judgement. If I had an unproductive day, I'd look at what happened, and I told myself I'd do better tomorrow. 

And when I got the website made, the class finished, the story written, I'd be able to look at it and say: "I did that."

Congratulations to everyone else who completed the Ultimate Blog Challenge, and to anyone worrying about what they haven't accomplished: nothing is impossible. The only way you could ever lose your way is to stop moving completely.

I always say that my ADD suffers from ADD. It's the only way I can get things done!

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Congratulations on completing the Ultimate Blog Challenge! It definitely takes a long time to learn that it's easier to break things down into smaller tasks because even if you finish you are exhausted and hate it.

A few weeks ago I put together a 108-page book in one day. I didn't even have to write up all of the material, and I was exhausted. I don't recommend it. Having a post for later is a great idea.

Are you going to try to keep writing a post every day or have you set your new goals?

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8/1/2012

Congratulations on completing the blog challenge. I think that it is fabulous that you did it your way. After all none of us are perfect! I like it that way, makes the world an interesting place to be :)

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8/1/2012

Kim,

Thank you so much for giving me a new view on organization. Although I've never been diagnosed as ADD, I can certainly see a lot of me in your post.

I definitely congratulate you on completing the blog challenge. I've tried it three times, and haven't made it yet. I am improving each time, and am pleased with that progress; and I will do it again. Since last year I have a blog with no postings in it, I'm focusing on the fact that I'm finally getting out there; not on making a new entry every day. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who is doing that.. :)

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8/2/2012

Congratulations on completing the UBC. I didn't do 31 posts, but I loved the experience! I can definitely relate - I also don't like repeated tasks or schedules but I'm learning to organize myself better each day :)

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