Tonight marks my twenty third blog entry. I have seven more writing entries until I reach my 30 Days of Blogging goal. The process has been a great learning experience. Not only have I grown as a writer over the past seven months, but I have grown as a person. I am a much happier and fulfilled woman for taking on new challenges, adventures, and life experiences.A few years ago I set out a few goals for myself:
1. Be a more confident writer
2. Become a runner
3. Earn my graduate degree in Special Education
4. See the world
Fast forward a few years, I take great pride in my progress and accomplishments, as I work towards reaching my goals of personal growth. It was not all sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns. In each area I was met with obstacles and faced moments of self-doubt. Over the past summer semester I have been struggling with my waning motivation with my graduate school studies. I have come pretty close to withdrawing from my program and foregoing my Masters in Special Education. Doubt, fear, and uncertainty creep in. What results is a bad bout of writer’s anxiety and writer’s block. It is not a pretty sight. In essence, I feel paralyzed. When moments like this arise, I remember these very important three words
LEAN INTO IT.
It was a term I was introduced to when I began running. It can be applied to anything in life. Push on through. Really move yourself forward. When I turn the corner of the Lani Kai Loop, there are these small hills leading me back to the beach. At the very end is my little heartbreak hill. I have a love/hate relationship with that last hill. I have to muster every bit of energy I have to make it up the hill. Runners are taught to lean into the hills. It will keep the momentum going. Eventually you will pull through the hill. Once I make it over the hill, the best part of my run awaits me. The exhilaration of climbing up to the top of hill, the fast glide down the hill, the adrenalin rush, and the satisfaction knowing I ran the entire Lani Kai Loop.I have learned to apply Lean Into It in my running, my graduate studies, and living life in general. It brings me great peace of mind knowing that all I need to do is follow this three word mantra. Never give up. Move forward and put your whole self into. You will be pleasantly surprised by what you can accomplish.