book watercolor by Helen McLaughlin

Wondering what we're doing here? This explains it, but for the tl;dr crowd (don't worry, I got you):

Beginning February 1st, I’m writing a daily report here, one that documents my progress toward a long-imagined—but not yet executed—dream of creating a small book on wonder (of which I've already written a good portion of the content). I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse. Let's dive in.



Tired from yesterday's funk, but otherwise upbeat

Sleep Rating

5/10 (really not sleeping well these days)


Waxing Crescent



What I did

Okay, I'm back to actually plugging through the text, itself. Taking a ton of inspiration from Sara Midda, as well as some from Pia Jane Bijkerk (whose book, My Heart Wanders—and really, whose whole aesthetic—is just lovely), I dove back into my writing and started playing around with a more relaxed approach to the layout. Along the way, I continued to edit. Also, I've got a specific reader/participant in mind now, which is helping me to fine-tune my tone. I remember Laura Simms saying she wrote The Purpose Paradigm for one client—and the result was loads of people telling her they felt as though she'd read their minds and then wrote a book just for them. Counterintuitive, but I believe it. (Incidentally, I totally feel as though Laura wrote that book for me, so there.)

Time spent

8:40 a.m.—9:53 a.m. CST


What I learned today (in haiku form):

An early hour / scheduled is a better / hour for this work.

(And a bonus haiku: Why has it taken / me twenty-two days to make / this shift? Trick question.)