One Page At A Time.

As a writer, you scribble words on a page for others to read. You hope the words you write flow together in a series that makes sense to those who might read them and relate to you just enough they keep reading. Your stories and messages may not always be perfect at all times but be perfect for certain seasons of life when the reader can relate to the writer and their thoughts put to written words.

As a reader, you are reading into the mind and soul of the writer. The way that they see life, their interpretation of it, and their hopes for it. For some readers, the ability to immerse yourself in a book for hours on end might come easier than for others. Personally, I read one page at a time. I set reading goals based around the time I set aside each day to read. I set a specific time aside each day due to the schedule I have and the ease of distractions that can consume my day.

I enjoy reading slowly to best understand the material the author has taken the time to organize and present. I know there are many who have the ability to read fast and retain knowledge, I am not one of those people. I can obviously skim pages and retain a few key points but the overall message of the text is often missed if I speed read. If you’re like me one page at a time is the best way to read a good book.

No matter your reading level you can set a few minutes aside each day and read a little but. No matter what you like to read a newspaper, a magazine, a story, or something educational reading is reading and you’ll be better for it. I try reading around lunchtime on my lunch break, it is a good way to refresh myself and disconnect from work for a short time. Whenever you can schedule in a few minutes to read daily and see how your world changes one page at a time.

Classroom.

As a child I was not a fan of being in classrooms. As a student I found myself bored and uninterested in the subjects I was mandated to learn. I wouldn’t say that I was a terrible student, but I wasn’t invested in learning the information I was required to at that moment. I appreciated my teachers and the time they would invest in attempting to shape my young mind, but I have always wanted something different based off my interests at the time.

As an adult attending university at times have been an uphill battle for me because of that mindset. I struggled even in subjects I was interested in all because of the rigid structure that higher education requires students to conform to. I had to break my mindset of the avoidance and distaste for classrooms and what they meant to me. That process took me two years of university education and thousands of dollars. I still don’t enjoy classrooms at all, but I am now able to listen better and learn easier behind a desk while being lectured at.

Learning for me was something that was never limited to classrooms. I was always learning outside of school either at home from books or out with my parents. I was and still am a questioner, I always want to know the “why” behind things, I want to understand the process and the mechanics that make things happen. From paving roads to the law process questions have been a tool I’ve used to learn a little about a subject and pursue what I wanted to learn or drop what I haven’t

Self learners tend to be able to pick up a subject and guide themselves to a working knowledge than a mastey of a desired subject. Many of the self learners I know are in a constant state of educating themselves and are often either early adopters of trends or find themselves in a constant state of catch up trying to rejoin the industry they are involved in.

Classrooms can be the best proving grounds for some along their educational experiences. For others classrooms can be places that dam learning and hinder the progress of different individuals. Each of us learn differently so find the place you learn best and excel in your education.

News.

We hear it left and right the worlds biggest influencer that is updating and sharing stories non stop the news. It’s always updating us on what went wrong today, who was hurt, who is on trial, and sometimes what good is happening in the world. The news fulfills our desires to be informed then keeps updating its stories and drawing us back in for more. The news can be used for sharing good deeds but is often used to sway public opinion towards one viewpoint or another. Often this results in varied opinions about what is happening around us and where we stand on different sides on an occurrence.

We listen to the various stories adding our personal bias and joining with the side of a story that fits our bias best. You can look up one photo of a current event and find stories told from five different angles and a hundred different photographed points of view. Newsagencies know that to attain and keep readers they need to tell a story with passion, a few facts, and a small cliffhanger of what could be happening next. This cliffhanger often keeps readers, listeners, and watchers interested and interacting with the story as told by their favorite agency and building their opinions often based on one-sided research.

What the real challenge today is admitting that our biases cause us to stand in one section of thought or another. It is a rare case when someone can stand evenly between two or more schools of thought and belief and say they either understand, can relate, or would like to learn more about an another’s train of thought on a controversial subject without subjecting their own bias into the conversation. We often join with like-minded people in order to hear thoughts and ideas that match our own and validate our thoughts and feelings.

We struggle to join in friendly conversations or debates about politics, policy, and beliefs at times because we are inclined to be invested emotionally into these topics and it’s uncomfortable to have our beliefs challenged by others. These conversations can be uncomfortable but are well worth the investment of our time if we are willing to listen, speak clearly with confidence, and accept that others may not see our values as their own.

Listening to the news is a great way to become informed and to be aware of current events that are happening around the world. Just try and listen to multiple news sources to see the story from more than one biased angle.  

Speak up.

Speaking up can be a challenge no matter who you are in a uncomfortable situation. The ability to say what you need to when it’s needed to be said is a tactful gift that few have. A few thoughts on sharing the hard truth.

First off, use your words wisely. Say what needs to be said, don’t beat around the bush when delivering the message but be tactful with the way you say it. People may not appreciate you speaking up and saying what needs to be said at first but will respect you for having the gumption to say it.

Second, keep your message simple and filled with the truth. Allowing the discussion to be built around fluff and misinformation can deteriorate the trust you share with the person you are conversing with. Keep the message as lengthy as it needs to be but not too long. Use clear words that communicate the message effectively without question, use strong statements that effectively relay your message without belittling the person you are talking to

Thirdly, be mindful not to back your communication partner into a corner. When giving a hard message it’s essential to deliver a clean message with the intent to help not harm the other person. Giving others clear options will be a safe bet to avoid emotional defense and rebuttal from another. Although you clearly know where you want or need the conversation to go have options for another than can effectively lead them through the desert to the oasis that is your desired resolution.

Is this an easy skill to learn? Not really. Is it a good way to become a better communicator? Yes, say it as it needs to be said, use your words wisely, share the simple truth of your message, and keep the trail ahead open with options that lead your communication partner to a clear understanding of your desired outcome. You’ll fumble a few times until you get the hang of delivering the hard message, but once the message is delivered and you can breathe a sigh of relief it’ll be easier to relay the next time around.

Chill.

A word that is used daily by many, with interchangeable meanings is the word chill. Chill describes many things the weather, the mood, a type of fear, or a reaction. With so many interchangeable meanings and the weather as it has been lately here in Utah I felt this was a great fit as today’s word.

As I stated previously the weather has been chilly here at home lately, I’m reminded this every morning when I take the dog out. The brisk intake of chilled morning air alarms my lungs that I ought to return back inside the warmth as quickly as possible. This feeling though often shocking soon leaves as June and I play around in the snow enjoying the freedom of winter mornings. Winter mornings, chilly as they are my personal favorite for getting out and enjoying nature and getting some exercise to start the day out right. 10/10 would recommend.  

Another great use for the word chill is when it comes to the emotion of fear. I’ve felt the chill that comes from fear many times over the years. One memory that come to my mind are when I first saw a cougar in the wild as a young boy in central Utah. Riding with my Dad and brother down the canyon road a cougar ran past the truck and somehow in my young mind I convinced myself the lion was following us home and going to eat me. For the final twenty minutes home I was curled on the floor of the truck telling my dad to keep an eye out for that mean cougar that was going to get us.

Looking at all the varied definitions of Chill we can all agree that this word is a jack of all trades and fits many different situations. Chill right?

Project.

When I originally thought about spending a year working on a writing project I wondered who was this person who wanted to spend three hundred and sixty five days writing about one word subjects? I suppose that’s who I am these days, a novice writer with big ambitions, and a platform to share them on. This is something I’ve wanted to work on for a few years now; a project to improve my writing abilities, vocabulary, and marketing skills.

For as long as I can remember I’ve personally enjoyed short and simple readings because I’ve always been an on the go person. I feel confident in saying that much of the population is the same. We are busy people who hurry from one place to another and attempt to squeeze in time for a balanced life that combines employment, self education(Autodidacticism, Just learned that.), time for entertainment(on and off screen), wellness, and time with family and friends. Busy people need information that is short and sweet conveying just enough information to spark curiosity and further personal interest in the subject.

This project is my hopes to share easy to read information to potential readers. My hope is to provide messages that can inspire, motivate, humor, and encourage others to continue educating themselves and push forward with their personal goals daily.    

A final note to this introduction,  recognize is that I’m not a professional writer.  This project is designed to aid me in personal growth and confidence as a writer, storyteller and researcher. I’ll do my best to provide value with each post written and hope that you as a reader feel comfortable giving constructive feedback as we grow together this year.   

Today is day one of my three hundred words a day project, kicking off with the word Project.