Thursday, October 31, 2013

The End of 31 Days, But Not the End of Awesome.

The challenge was to write on one topic, each and every day, for the entire month.


If you're familiar with Pink Dryer Lint, you know that I've never been skilled at sticking to one topic.  This month I've written about my relationship with running, my thoughts on Chinese food, and my love affair with organized closets.  I've told you how I've rediscovered appreciation for watching my children sleep and how I'm casting my burdens, whether heavy or light, to the Lord.  I've shared about being busy, slowing down, and making things right with my kids during those days when everything goes wrong. 

In a nutshell, this month of blogging has yielded 31 posts about everyday life -- the messy, mundane, and glorious everydayness -- just as I promised.  I'm so grateful that you've joined me.

Today marks the end of the 31 Day Challenge, but it's not the end of awesome. 

To close the month, I'd like to ask something of you, if you're willing.  I'm issuing an invitation to un-lurk.  If you're a regular reader -- hey, even if you're a new reader -- would you leave a comment to introduce yourself?  Granted, this isn't as cool as getting together and chatting over a nice slice of chocolate cake, but I'd sure love to hear from you!

If you've missed a day along the way, feel free to review this archived list of each post from the 2013 Everyday Awesomeness Challenge.  (Three cheers for archival accuracy!)

Day 01: Introduction to 31 Days of Everyday Awesomeness
Day 02: Busy, and not proud of it.
Day 03: They Talk. And Talk. And Talk.
Day 04: Battles They Have to Fight
Day 05: Ships in the Night
Day 06: Getting Ready for Grandparents
Day 07: Even computer wires benefit from some modesty.
Day 08: Think About and Emulate
Day 09: Nature's Most Exquisite Act
Day 10: Time You Enjoy Wasting Is Not Wasted Time
Day 11: My House Normally Doesn't Look Like This
Day 12: Homecoming: On Being a Tourist in Your Own Town
Day 13: The Simple Pleasures of a Fall Afternoon
Day 14: Accountability Works for Me
Day 15: I Had Forgotten
Day 16: Fried Rice is an Invasive Species
Day 17: Premature
Day 18: Whether Your Burden Be Heavy or Light
Day 19: A Winning Combination
Day 20: What I Most Want My Children to Learn
Day 21: The Winner: Hello Kitty Bingo
Day 22: What Could I Accomplish If I Didn't Fritter?
Day 23: Preparing for the Dryness
Day 24: The Injustice of Justice
Day 25: First Lost Tooth
Day 26: Showers of Blessings
Day 27: My Relationship with Running: An Adolescent Romance
Day 28: Casting Cares
Day 29: Cropping Life
Day 30: We Finally Got It Right at 8:05 p.m.
Day 31: You are here.  (And I'm so glad that you are.)

Thank you for reading, my friends!  It's a pleasure to share these pieces of life with you, wherever you may be.

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10 comments:

  1. I've loved reading most of your posts during the month and I admire you for sticking to the challenge. (I saw a similar thing for November, but I just cannot commit!) Your posts are always so insightful and inspiring. Thanks for being you!


    I don't think you really need me to introduce myself, but I'll take you up on that slice of chocolate cake anytime, anywhere! :-)

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  2. Hi there! Stumbled across your blog via Pinterest at the beginning of October, and have enjoyed reading it every day. Your last one- "We Finally Got it Right...", really struck a cord with me. I have done what you've done, just pushed that frustration aside, apologized to my kids, and they've been so receptive and forgiving. 3 years into motherhood, and so much more to learn. I have a blog, too: http://linesfromlithia.blogspot.com/ :)

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  3. Congratulations on completing your challenge Robin! Good for you that you got it done (and I enjoyed them all). You must feel great!


    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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  4. MollyHouseMouseNovember 01, 2013

    I am "de-lurking" I have been reading your blog for about 2 months now. I do admire the way you write and the stories you tell are so similar to our house. In our house, right now, is a rambunctious 2 1/2 year old puppy, a 19 year old giant, 13 year old, boy/girl twins in the full throes of puberty, a 49 year old husband/father who, due to a back injury, has lingering nerve damage in his legs and therefore can't move well, and to top it off a 49 year old wife/mother trying like hell to hold it all together.
    So keep writing, I'll keep reading.

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  5. Hi Robin,
    Have I been a lurker? I'm not sure if I've commented in the past. I read a lot of mommy blogs for inspiration and commiseration with my own children (9 year old son and 5 year old daughter) as well as giving me a chance to think differently through work. I'm not an 'everyday reader' so I most definitely missed some of the 31 days, but I will catch up.
    Nice to "meet you",
    Jodi
    glenrockschwartz.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks so much for introducing yourself, Jodi. (Virtual handshake. Or high five, whichever you'd prefer.) I love your letters to your kids on your site!

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  7. Molly, what a pleasure to "meet" you! Thank you for introducing yourself and your rowdy clan. (You've got a full house!) I'm sorry to hear about your husband's back injury. I will pray for the healing of his nerves and that he will regain his mobility! Hang in there, and all the best to you!
    Thank you for reading!

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  8. Kristen, thank you so much for introducing yourself and sharing your blog with me! It's a pleasure to get acquainted! I'm just like you: still learning, still re-learning, time and time again!
    Looking forward to checking out Lines from Lithia!

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  9. Lisa, if we sat down for chocolate cake, I like you so much that I'd give you the bigger slice. :)

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