Telling everyday stories

No matter how challenging it might be to commit to a project like NaBloPoMo, there's no doubt about it: It's a very helpful discipline for bloggers/writers.

Being able to show up and write EVERY DAY is a practice that a lot of us find extremely challenging. After all, it's way too easy to come up with reasons not to get things done. Life gives us enough reasons not to find the time.

That's why a daily practice is useful. It helps to keep our writing and creative muscles stretched.

And, it has the added benefit of keeping us mindful of our everyday stories.

As we think about what to blog next, we become more alert and conscious of our surroundings. We look for inspiration and ideas in day-to-day living.

Sometimes, we end up taking notes of what we might consider blogging about - either through words or pictures. We become better at scribing and recording memories. We improve our ability to make sense of our thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Looking at these photos, for example, helps me to remember how I spent parts of my day today - hanging out with my mom and sister. And, even without me sharing it all right here, I can even recall some of the conversations we had, just based on these photographs. How cool is that?

What other practice can do precisely that: recording and sharing memories that become part of our personal histories?

Whether or not we decide to post these memories and histories down in public or not, the general gist is: It's all good! 🙂

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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