The Challenge is Challenging

by Love M. Powers
www.DareTruthLove.com

Day 3 of the Your Turn Challenge, and I am finding this surprisingly challenging. I like to write, so content should be easy for me. But today, I’m blanking on what to write about. So I think I will use the blogging challenge to do a daily journal, because I am writing a book about my life. This will be a good habit to get into for writing my book. The journal will be a part of it. Yeah. Good idea.

I have four full days left to enjoy the beautiful island of Kauai before I take a very long flight back to Austin, Texas through Seattle on Monday afternoon. So I am making the most of my last few days and really enjoying myself.

I introduced myself to the neighbors across the street, Patty and Rich. They have two orange trees, an avocado tree, a lemon tree and a ruby grapefruit tree. They let me pick some oranges, grapefruit and avocado to take home with me.

I love fresh squeezed juice in the morning with my breakfast of fried potatoes with fresh garlic and onions and two fried eggs. I pick free thyme and chives, chop the chives and sprinkle the aromatic herbs on top of my eggs and potatoes. It’s a delicious combination and the highlight of my day. I love my breakfast.

I did an amazing workout hiking the hills of the property I’m staying on. Went to see Robert at his art gallery. He and Natalie had driven to the end of the road to see the 30-40 waves that peaked today. Many others did, too, Robert said because the traffic was really bad. About an hour to drive 2 miles.

The weather has been really, really nice since I arrived on Kauai on December 4th. It did rain pretty hard for a few days, but even that was nice. It’s still very warm even when it rains. It was in the 80’s with lows in the 70’s when I first got here. Then after about a month, the lows went down to the 60’s and I was actually cold. The high’s in the 70’s. It was nice to have cooler days, but I liked the low of 70’s at night. 70’s are perfect for me. Santa Barbara weather. I love that weather.

I went to college in Santa Barbara, at UCSB. It was awesome. The campus is surrounded on three sides by the ocean. Great place to go to school. I lived in the dorms the first year with two other girls, Stacy and Angie. Wow! So long ago. When I was on the game show, Classic Concentration and won a car. That was so fun! Many years later, I found my episodes on YouTube. See if you can solve the puzzles…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDBXjaNUiw4&list=UUZJHleZmJjN-EuYDkd3ZDfg

Happy blogging. See you tomorrow.

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I failed. Or did I?

by Love M. Powers
www.DareTruthLove.com

Day two of the blogging challenge and it’s just past midnight and into the third day. I totally forgot…until now. So did I fail? I guess I’ve got to set some kind of an alarm or reminder for myself to make sure that I write my blog post. Because here I just started and I feel like I’ve failed already.

Failure. What does that mean? It doesn’t feel good to me. I can feel it in my body. I’ve been conditioned to believe that failure is bad. But Ariana Huffington says failure is the stepping stone to success.

What did I learn with this failure today? That I need to set up some kind of reminder until blogging becomes a habit. I like to use FollowUpThen.com to email myself reminders. Then when I check my email throughout the day, I’ll be reminded. I’ll let the email sit there until I write my blog post. And only then, after I’ve completed my blog post, will I delete the reminder email.

It’s 12:12am (Hawaii time). Short but sweet, I’m submitting my post so I don’t feel like such a failure anymore. I vow to do better…starting tomorrow. I will not fail. I will use this failure to be sure I don’t fail again. And I’ll stop feeling bad about failing. Because making mistakes is how I learn. To do better next time. 🙂