Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer of Service Challenge

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I have a new look over here, a new pic (that's a green tree frog I'm holding... frogs are a big part of my novel, With A Name Like Love)

and, a new bend this summer....

As you know, this has been primarily a writing related blog. I have, and continue to, meet amazing people who have taught, inspired and encouraged me along this sometimes bumpy but always amazing path to publication. You have been a blessing, truly.


But, this summer I want to take a teeny, tiny break from all things writing-related


and talk about my Summer of Service Challenge.


This summer, starting Monday, June 14, I will try to do and chronicle one act of service each week. Some weeks may be simple, small things, other weeks might be more thought out and scheduled events.

Why am I doing this?


Lately I've been struggling with what I am writing and blogging about. I have learned that, when I put myself aside and focus on others, quite often my life becomes more focused and balanced. My mom calls it 'losing yourself in the service of others'.


What do I hope to accomplish?


I hope to find some clarity by taking the pressure and focus off of my writing. I will still be writing and I will still be blogging, but I'm easing up a little bit in an effort to free the muse.

I sincerely hope to inspire you to join me.
You may not choose to do an act of service every week, but maybe you will do one once in a while and report back here.


I also think we often don't know how we can serve or where we can serve
. We are intimidated by the process and the fear of the unknown. I hope to shine a little light on the process (how do we reach out, anyway?) and encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone and join me.


So... Monday posts will be a motivation, maybe a plan and Friday posts will be a weekly report from me and hopefully (in the comments) from you, too!

Questions:
Will you think about joining me even once in a while? Build up a little of that good karma and maybe free the muse in the process? Report back here and share our experiences?

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18 comments:

Mary Aalgaard said...

Yes. The new look is amazing. It's motivating me to change up my blog look. I believe that I live my life in service to others. I think most people do, they just don't realize that daily acts of kindness, giving of ourselves, are great and good gifts that go out like a boomarang and come back to bless us. Thanks for the inspiration!

Susan Fields said...

This is an amazing idea! I certainly hope I'll have some acts of service that I can report back here with!

Oh, and I love your blog's new look and the new picture!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Moms are always right. :0) Love the new look!

Janna Qualman said...

Count me in, Tess. It's an awesome idea!

And I love your new look here. :) The pic is great!

Alissa said...

I love the new look, and I love this idea. It sounds like a great plan. I don't know if I'll be able to keep up with your schedule, but I am always interested in the idea of helping others wherever I can.

Amy Saia said...

This is great Tess! Beautiful picture and wonderful layout her eon the blog. I like the idea of service and look forward to hearing about your journey.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I love it! And things look great here.

Amy Tate said...

Love the new look and your idea!

Lisa said...

Tess, I love your new look. I'm really into orange and pink right now.

And I love your summer of service idea. I'm inspired! I spent five years working and living in a community for adults with mental disabilities and then got burnt out on service. That was over a year ago...might be time to get back into it.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Oh, Tess! Your new look is lovely!!!

I'm excited to hear about your summer activities. I'll do my best to make you proud...

Tess said...

hooray! some willing challenge-takers! thanks, guys. I think this will be fun...and, hopefully meaningful, too.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

What a great idea! I'll let you know when I get some service things on my list. Good luck with yours, and that's a cute picture of you and the frog. :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

What a fabulous new look, Tess! And an equally fabulous idea to focus on service. It seems to me that opportunities to serve pop up often, but sometimes I'm just not paying enough attention. You've inspired me! : )

superpaige said...

That's wonderful. Today I plan to take dinner in to a lady who had back surgery, and cookies and magazines to a friend who is stuck in bed from a knee injury. Hopefully I'll have time to talk to them for a little bit.

lotusgirl said...

What a wonderful idea. I've been struggling with what I want to blog about too. I don't really feel qualified to offer writing advice. I'll have to join you some in your serving and report back. This may be just the thing. I can't wait to hear what you do. I love the new look of your blog and your froggy picture. Nice!

Kristin said...

Brilliant! And I love the bright sunny design!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I would totally join you! Sorry I missed this before. I have not been keeping up so well of late! I love the pic with you and the frog. It is bright and happy over here!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Fabulous idea! And I love the new look over here :)