Honestly, I’m off to a bad start… because I didn’t do my challenge today. I did read and write some today, but not for 30 minutes uninterrupted! I will say though, I did just change my personal challenge last minute (as in today) after deciding that my idea before would be too overwhelming. Tomorrow I will be sticking to the challenge I have described above AND carving out specific time to complete it!
Today I spent about 3 hours in Colter coffee working on different projects. My time consisted of finishing up financial aid, working on this weeks homework, and chatting with different friends that came through. After most of that time being on my computer, I took the last 40 minutes with no computer, only a pencil, and my sketchbook, drawing. (I did have my phone to look at a reference image of what I wanted to draw, but avoided using it for anything else). And honestly, it wasn’t too hard to draw for this amount of time. Actually, I was zoned in enough to continue, but I had another place to be! I won’t post a picture today of what I drew, because I will continue to work on it and share in a later entry, but I did complete my challenge for the day.
Today I ended up working five more hours past when I was scheduled, adding up to a 9 hour day. This usually wouldn’t be a big deal, but after getting off I had about an hour to get ready and head to Missoula to watch my cousin play music downtown. That hour would have left time for me to complete my challenge, except that I had an appointment to go look at an apartment. It became very real to me how easy it is to lose time and/or get distracted from your focus. In this regards, that focus is doing one thing for 30 minutes in the investment of myself.
What I am proud of myself for today is working towards a characteristic I’ve found very valuable to obtain. That character is RELIABILITY (this including authenticity and faithfulness). Practically, I’m trying to be intentional in doing things that I say I’m going to do. A week or two ago I made a commitment to compete in a latte art competition last night. Though when the time came to go, as tired as I was, I knew I needed to follow through with what I what I said id do. Today, the same situation happened with going to Missoula. There were many opportunities for me to bail on my plans to go see my cousin perform, but at the end of it all, I promised I’d go. And I’m glad I did. Now, its time to expand that practice in my school work.