#Reverb16 / / Intentions

#reverb16 Intentions

I’ve never participated in a writing challenge before such as the ever popular NaNoWriMo. I have no desire to write a novel but some people choose to write blogs instead. After following Sarah’s blog for a while, I became intrigued by the writing challenge she organized with her blog/writer friends, Reverb.

“Do you like to write? Or do you want to get back into the writing habit? Or do you want to start a writing habit? Do you like to reflect? And also think forward?

Then come join in #reverb16!

A project where you write on one prompt everyday for the entire month of December.”

I thought I’d jump in for the 2016 version and write on some of the daily prompts. Let me know if you are participating!

Prompt for Day 1:


Motherhood is full of clichés. Clichés that happen to be true.

Such as, “my time isn’t my own anymore.”

Now, more than ever, intentionality is the name of the game. I no longer have the luxury to push aside moments to work on personal projects or catch up with a friend over coffee. The learning curve of motherhood is challenging for my non-daily task oriented brain. I am not a consistent goal setter. Well, that’s not true. I set big picture goals, but I am terrible at breaking down those goals into manageable steps.

Jordan has gently suggested I use a daily checklist numerous times. I know a checklist would be helpful but I still haven’t developed the habit. I will admit something really dumb. One of the main reasons I never stick with paper calendar/checklists is because I hate my handwriting. This is a terrible excuse considering the note section on my phone is available.

I am learning to rethink what free time means as a mom. Prior to having Phoenix, I didn’t look at my free time intentionally. Working and caring for a newborn offers challenges, but I can still keep my house clean, write blog posts and maybe even read a book with the pockets of time I am given each day. There will be days where I won’t get it all done, but that is okay. I might also never become someone who writes all of their daily intentions down, but I recognize the importance of being intentional.

Do you thrive on writing goals down?

5 thoughts on “#Reverb16 / / Intentions”

  1. I loved this post. I have a ten month old and everything is a Decision. I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world, but my God the free time. What to do with the precious minutes that come around or Lordy the whole hour here and there. I still feel like I am rationing the time! Keep working at it!

  2. I write down my goals in order to remember what I really need to accomplish each month. If I don’t I will completely forget about it. I also write to-do lists!

  3. First, I didn’t know about Reverb, but I am definitely going to join in on the fun! I really need to be more intentional (ha!) about daily writing, beyond “writing” on social media. Second, I can totally relate to your reflection on intentionality and free time in motherhood. I haven’t been good at making use of my free time, but I would like to get into more predictable habits here.

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