I will have to say that my first thankful post is also going to be about writing because, well, I’m just thankful for it. I am thankful for these writing challenges because they are making me think and they are making me write, and those are two things that I really haven’t been doing a lot of lately. I am thankful for NaNoWriMo because, even though I think I may be throwing a good story away, at least I am FINALLY writing down that story. It’s a dirty way of doing it, but I honestly don’t think I’d ever get around to it if it weren’t for the challenge of it. Some writers I know aren’t participating because they are busy, which I find funny only because the year I finally suck it up & join is the busiest year of my life! I’m a stay at home mom to three children (two toddlers and a newborn), so it’s not like I have a lot of free time on my hands to write. But I am good at crunch time and I’m super excited over challenges and dares, so this is just right for me. I am so thankful for this push because the story I’m writing is important to me.
I’m also thankful for the blogging challenge because I do need to reflect on the good things in my life (and it doesn’t hurt to have another writing exercise on the side). Not a lot of people know this, but being a mom is stressful! And when you get into mom-mode, parts of your brain tend to shut down while you read and re-read the same board books and eat the same play food sandwhich for the umpteenth time. After my children are sent off to bed, I generally flip on the boob-tube or veg out on Facebook. I turn into mush until I turn in for the night and resign myself to a four hour coma. I never reflect. I never just think. Pondering, philosophizing, wondering, writing used to be some of my favorite things. They made me feel smart, like I could come up with some answer to some worldly problem or question. But thinking is work and at the end of a very long day I just don’t want to work anymore. Motherhood has made me lazy in that sense. So, yeah, I’m thankful for these challenges because my brain desperately needs the workout.