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Slice of Life: My Reasons for Joining the March Slice of Life Story Challenge #SOL18

Okay… I’m in!!  The first year I was so worried – I planned and prepared for weeks.  The second year I decided (and went public) not to participate … and then changed my mind on the first day of the challenge.  This year I’m just going with it!

It is a lot … I won’t lie.  Blogging and responding for thirty-one days in a row is a lot, and it is completely worth it!  Here are my top ten reasons for doing the March Slice of Life Story Challenge:

  1. The community of slicers – truly an amazing group of people
  2. Lifting the quality of my writing through response
  3. Growing personally from reading about the lives of fellow slicers
  4. Setting aside time to reflect on my life
  5. Slowing down to appreciate and notice the wonders around me
  6. Growing as a writer by trying different structures, crafts, and topics
  7. Discovering interests I didn’t know I had
  8. Working through questions in my mind
  9. Creating space to feel
  10. Learning about myself and those around me

It’s not too late!!  Join the March Challenge – you won’t regret it.


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    Erika Victor
    Posted at 11:51h, 27 February Reply

    Yippee! Glad you will join in again (year 4 for me busily compounded by an eager class and former students ready to slice too). I love your top ten list- if only you could find me some extra time in each day… but I know it can happen!

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    Lee Ann
    Posted at 12:46h, 27 February Reply

    So true, every one of your reasons! Glad you are joining in for another year!

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 12:55h, 27 February Reply

    Clare, what a wonderful list – I see so many great thoughts here but “Slowing down to appreciate and notice the wonders around me” is my favorite. I will also be putting that item into action with my one little word pause!

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    Posted at 20:01h, 27 February Reply

    I could relate to every single item on your list, and to your feelings before the challenge. I am not ready but I know that joining the challenge is worth the time. .Happy Writing!

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    Rose Cappelli
    Posted at 20:30h, 27 February Reply

    Well now. You’ve made me ponder! I decided that this year I would write and respond when I could, but that I wouldn’t formally commit. We will be traveling for a good chunk of March and although I do plan to write I didn’t want to feel the pressure if I didn’t. But I wonder…without that formal commitment, what will happen?

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      Clare and Tammy
      Posted at 10:43h, 28 February Reply

      Rose – you have to do it! It won’t be the same without you.

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    Karen Terlecky
    Posted at 22:45h, 27 February Reply

    So funny! I also did a lot of planning prior to this year, but I’ve decided to truly write a “slice” of my life each day. Who knows where this will take me, but it’s time to work out my writing muscles! Glad you’ll be doing this also!

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      Clare and Tammy
      Posted at 10:44h, 28 February Reply

      Yeah – so glad we will connect this month.

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    Johanna Likolehua Gerboc-Naulangi
    Posted at 22:54h, 27 February Reply

    I love these reasons and many of those are mine as well. I remember last year that it took me several days to actually submit the form! This year, I was ready and had no problem submitting it. I am nervous but excited! Good luck and I’m looking forward to reading your writing! 🙂

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    Karen Szymusiak
    Posted at 00:20h, 28 February Reply

    I am looking forward to your posts, Clare! It’s one of the treasures I find in participating in SOL. I am participating again as well. Fear and doubt are right on my doorstep but I will push forward and reach into my heart and soul for words of wisdom and clarity.

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    Elizabeth Moore
    Posted at 01:04h, 28 February Reply

    We’re so glad you’re going to join us this year! Hooray! It’s so worth it in the end!

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    Mandy Robek
    Posted at 02:00h, 28 February Reply

    I saw your post this morning and said – come back to it. I have been hesitant to commit this year torn about the focus – but your post has me going back and looking at my own I’m in posts and see what stirs for me. Will it be professional or personal? Is it the right season? How can I make it the right season? Maybe my post or slice tonight is a list of ten questions I’m asking myself right now…

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    Susan Kennedy
    Posted at 02:17h, 28 February Reply

    As always an inspiration to me.

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    Michelle Nero
    Posted at 03:49h, 28 February Reply

    So happy to hear that you are joining in again this year, Clare! Your top ten list is spot on. Just perfect. This is year 8 for me and I needed this reminder, this inspiration, this nudge that we can do this! Happy writing!

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 03:38h, 01 March Reply

    Yep, I love all your reasons, and I have to say, I’m a little nervous–as I always am–about slicing every day. I told Fran that my Words With Friends will take a hit, which is a good thing. I could add that to my my reasons for taking the challenge. It definitely feels more productive to slice than to play WWF (and lose to Fran over and over!) Looking forward to it!

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