#SOLC18 25/31: Inspiration for the Journey

When I first started my blog, I felt very overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure how I would find time to write posts, and more importantly, what would I write about, and would anyone even care to read it?

During 2017, I was hit-and-miss with blogging. I found a few “link-ups” and enjoyed connecting with other bloggers, receiving warm and affirming comments on my posts. This January though, I decided 2018 was my year to take on the March Slice of Life Challenge – to write a post every day in March.

In order to get to a place where I would be willing take on this kind of challenge took more than my own commitment. Alone, I would have fizzled and failed before the start of week 2. I needed support and encouragement, both in the weeks leading up to March 1, and in each of the days that followed.

Yesterday new “slicers” were given a challenge: to nominate someone who has inspired us in our #SOLC18 journey. It took me about a nanosecond to think of who that person is, and I joyfully shared about the incredible impact she has had on me in my writing journey.

A few years ago, I reached out to a new member in a Voxer group I was in. Little did I know that those early chats back and forth would blossom into a wonderful friendship. A friendship of sharing teaching practices, encouraging each other through the struggles of teaching, and simply walking through life together. I wasn’t half the writer, poet, or blogger that she was, but with gentle encouragement and just the right amount of nudging, I slowly dipped my toe into the world of blogging. She never failed to comment on every one of my posts, and whenever I asked, she was a willing & helpful editor for other writing projects. It gives me great pleasure to nominate Margaret Simon as the most outstanding writing mentor and friend I know. I can say with certainty that without her, I would not have had the courage to join the Slice of Life Challenge, nor would I have felt the joy I have experienced through this month of writing. Thank you, Margaret!

Our annual reuniting weekend @ NCTE!

Who has encourage you this month? New or returning Slicer in this community, we all thrive on the inspiration & encouragement of others. Share the first person who comes to mind in the comments below.

8 thoughts on “#SOLC18 25/31: Inspiration for the Journey

  1. margaretsmn says:

    You humble me. Our friendship goes both ways; you inspire me, too. Your writing has blossomed with the confidence and voice of a real writer. 25 days and counting…

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  2. carwilc says:

    Margaret has inspired me many times over the past few years as well! So glad she has made this journey easier for you– can’t believe we are almost there!

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  3. This a fabulous post. The first year that I started slice of life, Michelle Haseltine inspired me and supported me. I didn’t make it all the way that year and she doesn’t know this, but I would love to meet her some day! You’re a wonderful writer and I really enjoy reading your posts!

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  4. Alice Nine says:

    What a wonderful tribute. Margaret always inspires me when I visit her blog. And, I must say that I am happy I found you, Dani . That’s one of the things I love about #SOL … meeting and making new blogger friends.

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