Reminding Busy Women to Let Our Lights Shine!

Dawn Tolbert | Writer
#366Days Uncategorized Writing

I needed this #366Days Day 17

drawing of watercolor flowers

It’s the second day of my Christmas break, and I was up and at the computer by 5:45 a.m. I’ve finished my Pink Typewriter Post for tomorrow and am now ready to tackle my #366Days writing for today. You know what? That’s all because of you.

See, I woke up so early because Larry has to go to work today. I’ve never been one to sleep terribly late — at least not as an adult I should add since I know my mom is reading this! Getting up early isn’t the problem; it’s the getting started. Typically I would have allowed myself to head straight to the TV, snuggled under a blanket and told myself I’d watch just one thing. And then just one more. And, oh look! There’s a movie I’ve never seen. On those days when there would be nothing good on TV, I might lose myself in a book or a puzzle or most anything else to while away some hours. There’s nothing wrong with TV watching, puzzle working or — goodness knows! — book reading, but I’d spend so much time doing that that there’d be none left for writing.

That’s where you came in.


I really want to have a lazy morning. But I thought about my sister who checks my blog in the morning because that’s when she has time. I thought about the friends who have mentioned that you enjoy reading my posts. I thought about my promise to myself that I made through the #366Days Challenge. It was enough to get me into the chair. It was enough to get my started.

So, I just wanted to say a quick thanks to you for holding me accountable. Now I’m going to go grab some breakfast and see what’s on TV. It is Christmas Break, after all. 🙂

6 Comment

  1. Thank you, Dawn, for your blog, your friendship and your inspiration of writing. I LOVE reading your writing, it’s witty, purposeful and engaging! You have also inspired me to write!! When I was a teacher, my favorite thing to teach was writing, my first graders wrote animal books each year during the last month of school. I learned how to help them improve their writing through elements of style: similes, metaphors, personification, description through the use of the 5 senses, etc. As a teacher or parent, you know that the by products of teaching is learning!! I always wondered how I could use the good feeling I had when I taught writing to kids……maybe I want to write some myself!! Of course, nothing on the big scale, but maybe some blog posts now and then, etc. Have a great day!!!

    1. Yay!!!! That makes me super happy. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with me. It means sooooo very much! I love that I’ve inspired you, and I know you inspired your students too. The hardest part of writing for me is getting started — just making myself sit in the chair and start. If you feel the urge to write, go ahead and do it. I’ll be here to cheer you on, and as I mentioned, we’re always looking for guest posts for The Pink Typewriter Project so you have a ready-made opportunity. Love you, my friend. I hope you have a great day, too, and that you’re feeling better.

  2. So, I didn’t make it up by 5:45 a.m. (kudos to you!), but I have been waking up at the same time I normally do for work at around 7 a.m. I’ve been trying to avoid TV until after I’ve done my blog related activities for the day and I’ve been productive so far. Then I’ll be enjoying Christmas stuff – shopping, lunch with friends, and dinner with friends tonight. Enjoy the rest of your day!

    1. That’s great Dana! I did have to fade in to a TV-induced coma for a few minutes before I could get too much done, so maybe sleeping in would have been a better choice! I’m working on our PTWP stuff now; hope to have something fun to share soon. I hope you have a great day, too. 🙂

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