Give Up A Little, Gain A Lot

by sarahenni on March 5, 2014

Today is the first day of Lent, a Christian remembrance of sacrifice, where they give something up for a 40-day period. It happens to come along just as I was hoping to recommit myself to my New Year’s resolution 1: words, words, words! So I’ve decided that for Lent I’m giving up excuses.

Take that, lethargy!

It’s been a weird time over the last few weeks, and I’ve had a crazy hard time committing myself to put in just a little bit of time every day. Of course the worst thing about that is how it makes you look back regretfully, instead of forward, with hope. And that’s pretty dumb, since I can’t change my past lazy self. In fact it’s quite possible I just needed that time – a fallow period.

Either way, the brief glimpses of sun we’ve had lately – fleeting promises of a spring that is basically never going to happen, making daylight savings this weekend nothing but a cruel joke – have got me feeling more optimistic. Sun! Rebirth! Growth! Words!

And it just so happens this recommitment decision comes with a perk: a trip to the Paper Source! Total coincidence. Swears. Anyway, I bought a 2014 calendar for 50% off (as I’d intended to do before January but got too lazy … oh well! Discount!) and some heart stickers, and I’m going to try the method Jessica Spotswood has been raving about for a long time.
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On each day I get a sticker for every 1,000 words I write. (And, per my resolution, words for this here blog post count. Woohoo!)
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How about you? How are you doing on your resolutions? Have you tried the sticker method? Do you know anywhere I can get amazing stickers??

  1. Oh god how ridiculous to link to two posts ago. Oy. Post more, Sarah!

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Krispy March 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

I need to get back into the words too! I haven’t really written (other than some Twitter poems), and I really want to. But sloth, alas! (That’s totally my sin…more so than gluttony.)

I actually need to really commit to the sticker method. I tried it last year for NaNoWriMo because I saw Victoria Schwab’s vlog about it (it sounds similar to what Jessica does), and it was kind of great. I bought star stickers and then special-er stickers for really good days. It was fun and useful! Need to get back into it.

Good luck!


sarahenni March 5, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Aw Twitter poems!! Those totally count, but MAN it takes a lot of consecutive 140-character blasts to make it to 1,000 words, lol.

There’s something so delightfully REAL and also fun & sparkly about the stickers!


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