Showing Up For Myself

 My personal dose of self-coaching, when will alone wasn't working.

My personal dose of self-coaching, when will alone wasn't working.

It’s been 10 days since I started Nat Sisson’s Blog Challenge. I can’t believe I actually made it through while still going to work for 7 to 8 hrs each day, preparing and packing for a move once I got home, and also running all my other errands in between. In spite of all that, I made a point to show up no matter what - no excuses were allowed!

For today, Natalie asked us bloggers to answer a few questions based on the last few days. They are below (along with the answers).

What did you enjoy most about taking part in this challenge?

I enjoyed how committed I was from beginning to end. I won’t lie - I was overwhelmed with to do’s, and sitting down to write a blog entry had to fit in one way or another. It wasn't easy, and in spite of the stress, I made it because of my commitment. It was nice to see what I am capable of.

What was your favorite challenge day and why?

Each day had a mix of fun and challenging aspects. I liked day 9's entry a lot – it allowed me to imagine a day of work and play day in beautiful Lisbon, and it put me in a motivating mindset. But my favorite challenge day was #2, the one I got to talk about "my why". That was definitely the most personal entry of all of them, and I was surprised on how touched I was to write it.

What has been your biggest takeaway?

My commitment and lack of excuses this time, were a huge difference from my attitude last year. As I mentioned on day 1's entry, I signed up for the challenge in 2015, but I simply "watched it from the sidelines": I wrote nothing and I had a million excuses for it. This year that was not acceptable to me. Also, writing each day has made me envision a daily success strategy as I embark on my freelance endeavor and working with new clients. Having this initial vision is huge - I have something to aim form as the business takes its own shape.

What is the next step you are going to take to make your vision a reality?

This question gets me so excited! As I mentioned before, I am preparing for a move, and the new city I am going to is bigger and with much more opportunity! There I have a new place, nicer prospects as far as a client base, and also a great project I am working on with a friend that already lives there. I’m overjoyed to be in this transition, and excited for the next challenge.

All in all, this has been such a great experience! I am so proud of myself and for making a point to show up. The truth is, very few people will read these entries (maybe only my friends Becca and Heather... Haha! Love you guys!). But showing up so I build a habit, practice writing and grammar, and become less and less afraid of this, makes me happy. When the will was lacking, I would gently tell myself these words "SHOW UP FOR YOURSELF!" and that was it. I did it.

Now on to applying the lessons learned! Cheers!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 10