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Sunday, April 19, 2009

daily bliss: routines

When I started daily bliss back in January, I envisioned it being a daily practice, a moment of writing, and a fun discipline. The daily bit worked well until life started to unravel with trips and illnesses and overall burnout. I've been thinking lately about the benefits of routine and spontaneity. I seem to want to carve my days into rituals--the 6 sun salutations upon rising, followed by the ubiquitous oatmeal breakfast, followed by 15 minutes of journaling, then the checking of email and facebook and blogs...and that's just the first hour of my day. Is it surprisingly, then, that I have been shifting between routines and spontaneity? I'm trying, as always, to find that ideal balance that creates calm and bliss.

And so, if daily bliss isn't literally daily in practice, it's part of the theory.


  1. I, too, love the theory of daily blogging...but have a horrible track record of keeping up with that pace. When I started my blog more than two and a half years ago, I didn't know how dedicated I'd be. I tossed around goals like three or four posts a week, or 10 posts a month, or...whenever I felt like it. (that one always seems to work, much to the chagrin of some of my readers.)

    And often times, I'd find that a week would rush by and I barely had time to even say the word "blog," much less write something of interest on its page.

    Signing up for a daily challenge like NaBloPoMo seems to help put me in the right mindset...sometimes. I've been successful, annnd...not so successful...on those challenges.

    I guess what all this babble comes down to is that I found myself nodding in agreement as I read your entry.

    The idea of daily blogging is a fantastic one, yes?

  2. gregg, i haven't yet nablopomo-ed, but i tried nanowrimo. for two years. and now have two more partial novels taking up space on my lap top, and partially formed characters roaming about in my head...ugh.

    yes, like, many things, dailyness is a wonderful theory.

    i remind myself that really i'm blogging for myself and i can make the rules, and change them as needs be. sometimes it's hard to remember that:)

    writing takes both discipline and a certain letting go...