Every Single Day (The end of the 30-Day Challenge)

The 30-Day Blog Challenge is officially over! I thought I would feel relieved to be done and excited that I finished it, but I feel exactly the same as I did last week and the week before that. And that’s exactly the point. For better or worse, blogging has become part of the rhythm of my life. Going forward I have the choice to reign it in and polish it a bit or I can just keep it flowing and raw. I have a feeling it will be something in between.

I had planned to use today’s post to list out what I learned, what the pros and cons were, and how to go from here, but my friend and challenge architect, Tim King, did that brilliantly on the creativeLIVE blog yesterday (with a little input from Ashley and I). You can find that post HERE. You can also find Ashley’s take on it HERE.

Rather than rehash what has already been done, I’d like to share that there is really just ONE thing I keep coming back to as I reflect on the past 30 days. It is really very simple: Once you make up your mind to do something the next step is to just show up. And not just on the first day, but every single day.

It’s not an earth-shattering idea, but follow it and you can have some earth-shattering results.

You and your friend both decide to run a marathon and she does her workouts every single day and you don’t. Guess who is going to feel better on the day of the race?

You and a colleague both decide you’re going to write a novel and your colleague sits down to write every single day and you don’t. Guess who actually finishes it?

You and your brother both decide you’re going to learn to play guitar. You go out together and buy guitars and your brother plays every single day. You only occasionally practice on the weekends. Can you guess where I’m going with this?

There are so many people with talent in this world but only a fraction of them show up every single day and do the work it takes to turn their potential into something extraordinary. Is showing up hard? Sometimes, but not really. Does showing up take dedication and willpower? Absolutely. Do you even really need any talent to show up? Not at all! All you need to do is make a decision to do something and then you do it. No excuses, you make it happen. You prioritize it.

Over the course of this 30-Day Challenge I put out some posts that I’m really proud of and others I’d still like to delete and rewrite. I can be okay with that because ultimately I did what I set out to do. I showed up every single day. I finished. And it was almost as if each day I removed a little piece of the barrier that had been holding me back. The block that was keeping me from sharing my photos and my words is now gone. The path is clear of debris and wide open. It’s a gift I’ve given myself by just showing up every single day.

Thank you so much for being here with me on this journey!! If you’ve enjoyed this at all please let me know. I look forward to spending a lot more time here with you in the future!!

With love,


(see you on the open road!)

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John Payne - January 6, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Powerful stuff, Erin. Thanks for the reminder to show up every single day. It’s easy to get lost in the everyday sometimes. Keep up the great work.

Jasmine* - January 6, 2012 - 5:04 pm

SO proud of you!! :) Rock it out, E!

Tim King - January 6, 2012 - 6:39 pm

HELL YES. Awesome post. And MOTIVATING. You kick ass, and I can “feel” your change in thought pattern. You inspired me right now!

Kellianna - January 6, 2012 - 7:20 pm

Word. Tis why I love you!

of course I showed up to my desk today in my pajamas … is that okay or is there dress code. ;)

Regina Marie - January 6, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Amazing. An so to the point of it… “show up” … Love it. You always amaze me darling. I need to get my behind in gear now!

angela - January 24, 2012 - 2:30 pm

loved this post. so simple but i apply this in such a big part of my life! thank you!

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