For 100 days, my Instagram and Twitter followers have quietly and calmly endured my daily posts of inspiration. They politely liked my mom-themed, career-focused and vaguely empowering posts. Thank you. And thank you for not unfollowing me … that I know of.
Today is the 100th day. You may not see another inspirational post from me for the next 1,000 days. You’ve earned that!
I had the best intentions with my #100daysofinspiration. I bought In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney in November and something inside of me stirred. Normally, this would be related to the Freddy’s steakburger I ate for lunch or the junk food I shoveled into my face before bed. This day was different, though. This day I felt inspired. On a whim, I started my #100daysofinspiration on Instagram and Twitter.
I learned some important lessons while posting the #100daysofinspiration.
- 100 days is a long time.
- Inspirational memes are awful.
- People are all talk (or text).
100 days is a long time.
I had no idea just how long 100 days would be. Sure, I knew the number of days, but have you ever done something every day for 100 days? Nearly 1/3 of THE YEAR?!
Yeah, neither had I.
I don’t recommend it.
Inspirational memes are awful.
I know what you’re thinking – uh, DUH!
This isn’t to say someone can’t be inspired by an image or story. We can find inspiration any where. I happen to think it won’t be found by scrolling through non-descript nature photos overlaid with quotes taken out of context from dead people.
Besides, don’t we all see enough of these memes from our neighborhood Rodan + Fields consultants?
Just kidding …
People are all talk (or text).
In this digital age, we all have so much to say. We have plenty of memes to express those sentiments – the #100daysof inspiration showed me that much!
There is a lot of talking and very little walking.
I’m the perfect example of failing to walk. I posted meme after meme about chasing dreams and putting in the work. I have done very little to follow through on this.
I think about all the time I spent searching for a quote or a meme, and how much time I spent posting and it’s embarrassing. If I had spent even half that time writing a new book for the kids or continuing education or volunteering, I would feel much better about myself and my “challenge.”
My next challenge will be 1.) MUCH shorter time period and 2.) focused on action.
At the end of the day, words are only as powerful as we allow. It’s our action, or REaction, that makes all the difference.