The Ides of March

I'm writing several hours later than I prefer to and, I'm not going to lie, it was a struggle to get myself off of the couch and over to the laptop. I had that thought again, "Who cares if I don't write today? I'm the one who started this challenge in the first place. I bet no one will even notice!" While that may be true, I'm choosing not to give up on myself. The whole point of doing the 31-day challenge was to challenge me to write even when I don't feel like it. To force myself into a creative mindset and see where it takes me.

Tonight, I'm reflecting on the past 27 days that have brought near to the end of this particular blogging journey. March is the one month that usually drags on for me. As a teacher, it ends up being the longest month of the school year with no holidays or any special events. This month, though, was a bit different. I feel like it flew by. The ides of March, as mentioned in the title, essentially refers to the middle of the month or the 15th of March. Obviously, it's not the 15th, but with how quickly the days are passing by, it feels like we should only be a couple weeks into the month! I'm sorry if you thought this post was going to be about George Clooney and Ryan Gosling . . . Here they are in Ides of March for your own viewing pleasure.

It helped that I took a two days off to go to Vegas, but I think the biggest reason this month has clipped right along is because of

how excited and passionate I've been about my business. This month, less than three months after launching ShoeBox Scrapbooking, I booked my first paying client! This is the cover of the lovely wedding album I get to make for her. I also made it a point to blog each day and have been using the blog to get the word out about myself and my business on social media.

Each day has been chock full of teaching, then crafting or blogging, and marketing, with some eating, TV breaks, and sports sprinkled in. Time flies when you're having fun and working hard! Taking time to relax is important, but that rest time feels oh so much better when I feel like I've given 110% to my work. Do I always feel like I've given it my very best? No. And that's OK. As long as I find at least one opportunity each day to get closer to my goals, I'm satisfied. The road to success is not a straight one. There are a lot of detours and backtracking along the way, but as long as we keep driving, we'll get there.

That's my one spark of inspiration to share for today. Just keep driving.