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Well everyone, despite all odds and almost every scrap of evidence pointing to the contrary, I have reached the middle point of this challenge, and I haven’t missed a day!

I know that just doing something consistently for fifteen days isn’t really a challenge for a lot of people, but I struggle a lot with perseverance, so for me, this is an absolute win! Now, had it always been easy? Nope. Were there days when the post almost didn’t happen. Of course. But the fact that it wasn’t a walk in the park is what makes what I’ve done so far the accomplishment that it is!

Entering this challenge wasn’t something I really wanted to do at first. I wasn’t sure if I would have the time to write a post every day. I was very wrong. This challenge helped me realize that I have SO much more time than I think I do. I found lots of little ways I was wasting time throughout my day, and by cutting those practices out of my life I was able to really double down on what was most important to me.

Another thing I learned over these past fifteen days has been how to write efficiently. Before this challenge, I didn’t write slow, per se, I just definitely didn’t write fast. I would take a long time trying to figure out to start, go at a decent speed in the middle, then slow down again at the end. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s no “correct” speed to write, but I needed to write faster simply because I didn’t want to spend large chunks of my day blogging (nothing personal, of course). One of my favorite posts definitely has to be “I Gave Myself 25 Minutes to Write this Blog”. Just by giving myself a short deadline, I was able to produce content so much faster, all while maintaining its quality (for the most part).

I’ve grown a lot so far, and I can’t wait to see how the next half of the month goes. This challenge really does prove that if you don’t want to do something, you should probably do it. I am genuinely an improved version of myself, and have this challenge, and my friends who encouraged me to participate, to thank.

So just like my friends did to me, I’d like to encourage all of you reading this to try something similar to what I did. Now, you don’t have to blog every day for a month, but pick one thing you want to get better at, and do it every day. It won’t always be easy, but you will come out an improved version of yourself. I already have, and I’m only halfway!

And as always, my friends, choose joy.

A curious and adventurous mind, always read to push boundaries and forge the new trail.