This is my final entry for the 2016 Slice of Life Challenge. This month has passed as quickly as a flash of lightning tearing through the sky. I'd like to reflect back on the experience and consider the highs and lows, the sunshine and the clouds.
The challenges include the most obvious: writing every day. Doing something for 31 days in a row is quite a commitment! Writing when I was tired and busy or had responsibilities I needed to address sometimes caused me stress. Also, trying to come up with ideas was as difficult this year as it had been in the past. Another challenge was finding students who wanted to participate. Some teenagers are impossible to persuade. The biggest challenge was keeping up with the daily entries when I was battling the flu. Taking care of myself, my sick child, some daily duties, and checking in with work really stretched my limits.
Despite the challenge being challenging (it's called SOL challenge for a reason), the rewards outweigh the stress. The sunshine dominated the clouds. That's why I continue to participate! I was once again so proud to be a part of something so special. It feels great to know there is a community of writers out there facing the challenge and growing in the craft. I love that some of the students I care so much about are coming out of this 31 days better writers and more confident in their ability to set and accomplish goals. The brightest aspect of this year's challenge was taking it with my 10 year old daughter. Every night for 31 days, we sat together and wrote our entries. After we finished, we read them to each other. It was such a special bonding experience, and I just can't wait to do it with my Baby Bear again next year.