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  • As much as it pains me to say it.... I will no longer be striving for team tortoise this February. Tears will be shed. Cries of agony will be heard. (I'm kidding) Also 24in24 for me is... being questioned? (I'm not sure how else to put it)
    Spoiler! :
    This month, I'm really trying to disconnect with technology, which has been increasingly difficult with YWS, as much as I love it. I've found I spend a lot of time on here when it's mostly just scrolling and wandering the site. I'd much rather focus my energy on other things, like family, work, the great outdoors, school, etc.
    YWS is of course a wonderful place, and I haven't even been here that long, but I've also noticed that I've started to almost not enjoy reviewing because it just feels like another thing to do, you know? I'm also starting to get a bit burnt out from writing in general.
    Originally, I had set out to write for thirty minutes every day for the month, but I'm not even twelve days in, and I'm starting to realize that I've A) set my expectations too high; B) set a goal that's unhelpful for me; and C) put myself in a position where I feel obligated to continue something that I don't have my heart set on.
    Disclaimer: I'm about to talk about my faith and Christianity here. I also originally felt like God was leading me into these writing challenges, and now I'm feeling that he actually didn't. And while this may feel like a simple little decision, for me it's a rather big decision. This is a huge factor in my time and daily life, so of course I'm going to ask what God wants me to do in this.
    I'm not disappointed or sad about dropping these goals. I simply have realized that I've committed to something that I can't fully commit to. And besides, I can always chose another time to chase after these goals, when I feel like I have the time and energy to keep up with them.
    I think I'm still going to log for 24in24 when I do hit those days, but I also realize that I'm not going to be actively striving for those 24 minutes everyday.
    And, again, while this may not seem like a big deal, it is to me. I set these goals with an intension to keep at them, so dropping them altogether is a big decision. Writing is also a big part of my life, and how much time I spend writing is a big decision. Choosing how to spend my daily time, whether that be three hours or three minutes, is a big decision.
    And ultimately, I know that I can't healthily sustain these goals. But hey, I can always try again another time! :D

    Beware the spoiler... it holds my innermost thoughts about this decision.

    Spoiler! :
    You know what? Yeah! Yeah. Life gets in the way, goals change, and that's alright. And oh my gosh you have no idea how much I relate to this feeling. I got really invested into writing and reviewing and team tortoise, and I got burnt out. Other things in my life besides YWS were more important. And life is something you should definitely prioritize! YWS is supposed to be fun! If it's a burden, don't feel stressed about it! Take a break! I'm sorry to hear that you won't be writing as much, but if it's good for you then totally take a break! Especially if you don't have time or it's making you stressed! Just know that you can come back later (or not) if that's something you really want!
    And hey, if you ever want to talk (about writing or life or whether or not we should draw smiley faces on every door we see), I'm always here. ^^

    Take care, friend! :)

    Feb 13, 2024

    Spoiler! :
    YWS is an amazing place but if you feel that you need to spend less time on here, than that's what's best for you and there is no need to feel bad about it. I started 24in24 knowing I'd never complete the challenge with a smile. Writing isn't really something that can be forced. So I just log the days that I did write and that helps me feel accomplished. Also, it's wonderful to get outside the computer world and spend time elsewhere-its also great for your health! So don't feel bad about dropping YWS for something better :D And whatever God says, you do!! Wishing you all the best!

    Feb 13, 2024

    Youbeaucupid Av, it sounds like you've really thought things through! It's totally okay to change your plans if they're not making you happy or if they're taking up too much time. Taking care of yourself and focusing on things like family, work, and enjoying the outdoors sounds like a fantastic idea. Remember, it's all about finding that balance and doing what feels right for you! (Also, remember we're all happy to see your smiling face on Yws whether that be every day or once a month. We're glad to be your friends and fellow writers! - 💘
    Feb 13, 2024

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