Saturday, April 10, 2010

365 Lessons-Lesson 100: Do Something for 100 Days

100 days of blogging is upon us friends. I'm in the triple digits. That's a Ben Frank for a dollar a day of lessons. Let me tell you, I've wavered a bit here on this blog, but I'm going to keep going. I am sort of in a strange middle period in my life. It's not up and it's not down, it just is.

I'm staring at the cursor here blinking on my screen. I have no idea what will come out. I never have. This is my own discipline. It is my practice. I never thought I'd make it this far.

You ask, "Why are you doing this?" and my answer is "Why not?" Have you ever done anything for 100 days? 100 days of yoga? 100 days of poetry? 100 days of not using a car? 100 days of anything?

Of course you have done 100 days of waking up, of brushing your teeth and of going to the loo. It has just occurred to me that 100 blog posts is a lot. It's like a short book already.

What have I learned from blogging for 100 days?

*I've learned how to be disciplined and stick to something I planned to do.

*I've learned that sometimes I have so much to say and sometimes I have nothing to say at all and feel like writing watermelon, watermelon, watermelon, watermelon, watermelon..for an entire blog post.

*I've learned that I don't like the computer so much and that I may do 365 days of no electronics after this year is up.

*I've learned that what I have to say is important. If I can make one person's life better by what I write here, it is the greatest gift in the world.

*I've learned that writing everyday on a blog is not easy work and it takes time. It is a challenge to write everyday, but I am embracing that challenge.

*I've learned that the most rewarding things in life are not easy. We have to water our dreams every day if we want to see anything grow.

*I've learned that there are AMAZING people on the Worldwide Web who I have come to know like family and dear friends. For all of you who have been walking with me on this journey and encouraging me, I am so grateful.

*I've learned that we don't do anything in this world alone, we are all here together, so why not help each other.

*I've learned not to be concerned with what others think about what I do. We all have our own journey and we all choose our own paths in life.

*I've learned that we are all different, but we have so much to learn from each other.

*I've learned that real success is about making a positive impact on the world we share. What I do should be good for myself and good for others.

*I've learned that keeping a balance is key. I try to balance computer time with yoga, meditation, long walks in the wilderness, sharing time with my community of friends and family and work.

*I've learned that Photobucket has cool pictures to use for blogs.

*I've learned about embedded codes and how to change photo sizes through the Edit Html button.

*I've learned that stating your intentions out loud to as many people as possible is important. It keeps you committed to your dreams and it also connects you to so many people who will help you along the way.

*I've learned that people have popped into my life through the Worldwide Web who are helping me realize my dreams and intentions and I have also been the position to help others do the same.

*I've learned that I love to blog.

So that's it. I guess that's why I've kept going. This is my virtual diary. It is a record of this year that I will keep and read later when I am an old woman. I am learning so much in this process. At times, I am tempted to throw in the towel and give up, but my commitment to this is stronger than any attempt to lead me astray. I guess I really do have the discipline to follow through. That's another thing I have learned.

Have you ever kept a resolution or plan for 100 days? 90 days? 60 days? 30 days? What was it and what did you learn from it?


  1. very touching post Kathy.
    Everyday..Feels like my yoga class.
    Everyday..feels love and soft energy.
    I think that moment if we understand, goes to infinit.

  2. Yeah! Well done... My resolution was to downsize from a 4 bedroom to a 1 bedroom. I have and we are loving it. It took me 2 years to clean out the garage, sell, donate etc. What I have now in my apt is it. Have learnt that material things dont make me happy and I can live with a few things...

  3. Hi Katherine. 100. Well I am up to 42 days of not smoking. I will keep counting up to 100 and then aim for 1000. It does feel so good to start something and actually proceed with it. I can't say I will ever actually be finished not smoking - there is no end until I end but besides health wise it has made me feel real good about myself and my stick - a - bility. Thanks for the post and I am glad you are still going.

  4. Yoga Savy-Wow! Congrats on downsizing your place to a one-bedroom. So true, if happiness depended on material things, what would happen if all of our material possessions were taken away! Good for you to not need so much!

    Wendy-FANTASTIC! I'm so happy and proud of you for not smoking for 42 days! That's a very BIG accomplishment. Congrats...and I know you will keep going!

  5. ~~ WoW ~~ 100 Toot Toot Blogs !

    What have I learn't from reading your blogs ? ( Have many more but here are just two )

    I have learn't that you are an incredibly focused and strong lady... a blog a day is a HUGE achievment.

    I have learn't that Blogs don't all have to have huge Eureka moments and pearls of wisdom, some of the best blogs that connect and convey their messages are the human, open & honest personal perspectives blogs. The ones where it feels like two friends just chatting.

    Congratulations My Friend !

  6. Andrew-Have you ever thought about being a life coach? You are one of the most encouraging people I've ever met on the blogosphere. Your words of encouragement and congratulations are so honest and heart felt. It really means a lot to me. Thank you so much!

  7. I've learned tha tI can learn a lot just tooling around on the internet. Thanks for all your wise, touching, humble and inspiring posts, can wait for the next 265!!! :)

  8. Yay for 100 days! It's been fun and enlightening to read your blog. I remember back in 1995, I decided to give up meat for 30 days and because I didn't miss it during that time, I became a vegetarian for 5 full years. After that, I gradually introduced meat back into my diet, but I still don't eat at as often as I once did. When I first started my blog, I wrote for 30 days straight. I find that doing anything for as little as 30 days straight can alter your life, so it's a great way to try new habits.

  9. Quixotic-Yes, it's amazing you can learn from tooling around on the's a whole world right there at your fingertips. Thanks for following along with me!! and for your kind words!

    Elyssa-Hello dear friend. Did I know you before you became a vegetarian? Anyway, AMAZING that you kept going for 5 more years! And I didn't know you blogged for a month, but I'm not surprised!! You are a great writer and a great friend!!

  10. I'd like to meditate for 100 days straight! :) Thank you for motivating me to commit to it--I think it will help me get into the habit and I know I will benefit greatly from it! Your blog is so inspiring, Kathy! Thank you!

  11. Hi Marita, Nice to see your lovely face on my blog. 100 days of meditation is a fine idea. I didn't know you did meditation! Good luck on your journey!