What tickles my fancy is challenging myself to do something different. Stretch my imagination. Push myself out of my comfort zone. This gives me something worth writing about. So, I’m breaking the rules. Going against marketing advice. Choosing myself. I’m going to blog here for 20 consecutive business days in the entire month of February. To celebrate the month of “Purification.” [According to Wikipedia the Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification.]
So, if Wikipedia says it’s true, it must be. Here goes nothing…
Day 20: Stop giving a shit about things that don’t matter and start doing more good shit that does
On day one, I willed one thing. On day two, I found out what people think “PURE” looks like. On day three, I got my friends to play my 12-year-old-ish games finding 4-letter words starting with “P” and ending with “E.” On day four, I helped you find your PURE genius. On day five, I turned a humidifier into art. On day six, we played “I spy.” On Day 7, I shared my favorite book that helped me gain personal freedom and tap into my pure and authentic voice. On day 8, I covered my canvas with pure art. On day 9, I spoke the pure and raw truth on one of my favorite radio shows. On day 10, I shared PURE gold with you (a list of my top 5 favorite podcasters).
On day 11, I revealed 5 things you probably didn’t know about me that might surprise you. On day 12, I found it a pure pleasure to watch and listen to Idol contestant MK Nobilette. On day 13, I threw myself out of my comfort zone and recorded a LIVE video demo helping my community set up an online store in under 10 minutes using Selz. On day 14, I shared my story about some of the most raw and revealing things I’ve overcome in my life on Connected Creatives Podcast with Ozeal DeBastos. On day 15, I differentiated between a fake and real smile. On day 16, I watched one of my favorite movies, a truly clever ’90s flick. On day 17, I seamlessly perfected my photo image with a new app. On day 18, I watched the last season of Breaking Bad and was disappointed Aaron Paul did not win an Emmy. On day 19, I shared a mantra that helps bring me back to center on days I might want to go off on a mean person.
As we close out #20DaysOfPurification, I realize it wasn’t a dumb idea after all. The fact that I committed to writing here on this blog (which I’ve neglected for five months before starting this 20-day writing challenge) means a lot to me. Especially since I almost didn’t go through with this project after being told it wasn’t a good idea. I want to share my end-of-experiment feedback with you before we dive into today’s final challenge.
Why #20DaysOfPurification wasn’t a dumb idea after all:
INTEGRITY: I wrote for 20 consecutive business days (without fail), which means I delivered on my promise.
CREATIVITY: I stretched myself creatively because I had to come up with a different way to express the theme of “purification” and many times it ended up not being such a literal interpretation.
COMMUNITY: I discovered new things about my existing friendships that got brought out from this experiment. I also met a bunch of new friends who found me through this project. Many of these people stuck around to see how it evolved and connected with each other in the process.
ENGAGEMENT: In 20 days, I increased my page views 1000% <– Yes, one thousand percent!
PLAY: I didn’t write to sell or try to convince anyone of anything. I simply had fun.
Today, on the final and last day of #20daysofpurification, I asked my Facebook community this question inspired by my defiant attitude the past 20 days:
It was a thought-provoking question apparently because I got 21 comments:
Of the 21 comments, these were some of the recurring themes (reframed):
“When I stopped giving a shit about what other people thought, my life got better because I could be the real me.”
“When I stopped giving a shit about extrinsic rewards, my life got better because I realized all the gifts I already have.”
“When I stopped giving a shit about the available options in front of me, my life got better because I gave myself permission to create my own option.”