I’m currently writing 100 essays in 100 days.
It started when my sister recommended the documentary, “14 Peaks.” It’s about Nimsdai Purja, a Nepali mountaineer who sets out to climb the 14 tallest peaks in the world in the shortest time possible.
I loved it. I was enthralled by Nimsdai’s joy, sense of community, and drive.
I wanted 14 peaks of my own. I wanted to challenge myself within a short period of time and accomplish something that took immense amounts of effort.
Since I’m not a mountaineer, nor aspire to be one, I began drawing little mountains on a piece of paper. I started filling in each mountain with different goals, such as “pay off student loans” or “become s-corporation.”
The more I wrote, the more ideas came to mind. Suddenly, I had dozens and dozens of mountains.
It was overwhelming.
And that is when it occurred to me - Nimsdai had a singular goal. He was doing the same thing, 14 times over.
My goals were all over the place.
That moment of clarity helped me to see why I was feeling stuck in some areas of my business. I was spreading myself too thin with goals and visions.
I decided I needed to take a step back and discern where I wanted to concentrate my energy. Given that my art therapy private practice meets all of my financial needs, I want anything I do outside of my business (hobbies, business ventures, business consultation, writing books, etc.) to be something I absolutely want to do.
But I have been having trouble figuring that out.
And so, I decided to write 100 essays in 100 days.
There are no requirements, other than that I must type the essay (I write differently when I type versus when I handwrite) and it has to be polished enough to be posted online (I also write differently when I know someone is going to read it and expect a logical flow of words, which I write about in my essay What Writing For Others Provides You). I have no rules around how often I have to post an essay, but I've been gradually sharing them on my blog.
The intention of my essay challenge is threefold:
I want to see what sorts of themes I gravitate toward when I write daily. Do I write more on coaching topics? Therapy? Other life thoughts? I thought this could help me discern what new business venture truly excites me.
I want to develop my writing muscles. Ten years ago, it felt natural to write an essay. When I decided to write my first blog post for my private practice, it took me almost three weeks. I couldn’t believe how difficult it felt.
I want to accomplish something that I have never done. For me, it’s challenging to write every day and to make it 100 days.
I am now on Day 71.
In these 71 days, I have realized another unexpected benefit. Through my writing, I am stepping into and claiming my power. I am naming and exploring my unique viewpoints as a therapist and business owner. I am creating vocabulary and methodologies that underpin my knowledge, experience, and skills. I am, as Kelly Diels calls it, building my own body of work.
I used to be so scared to be different from other therapists. I now know that fear was due to a fault-proof mentality that is common to most therapists (something I was able to uncover due to my writing). I am shedding layers and layers, and boldly stating my opinions and viewpoints.
I’m excited to see where the next 29 days take me.