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Linda JeffersIn a world of so many great photographers and writers, I am venturing into some unknown territories, leaving comfort zones, finally very willing to practice the art of seeing. By maintaining the practice of posting daily photos, I hope to continue learning about the possibilities that I trust are out there for the taking.

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The first blogger I ever read.

The link below takes you to a woman blogger I followed religiously for many years. And then all of a sudden she stopped maintaining her blog. Tonight I happened upon an old link to her blog and low and behold found she is back blogging again.

http://www.adventurejournalist.com/

In an old computer folder I found a file document I’d saved from a “Challenge” assignment Tee Poole (then named Tonya) had posted. I followed her suggestion and wrote on the assignment and had such an amazing awareness from my own writing, I gave the assignment to my sponsees. Here is the intro I included with the Scratch Off Tournament:



Before Tonya stopped keeping her daily blog, I read every entry she wrote. I luckily happened upon Tonya’s blog about 4 years ago. She was my mentor. A day didn’t go by without racing to read her blog. Her writing and photography speak to my heart. I was very sad when she stopped blogging earlier this year. Tonya had/has an incredible following as evidenced by the 33 comments in response to her challenge below.

This blog entry below provided an evening’s entertainment for about 16 of us when I gave this assignment out and then we all met and read what we scratched off, how it made us feel and what we got out of doing the assignment. Try it. You’ll be surprised how good you’ll feel. I’d love to hear about your experience.

December 17, 2004

The living scratch-off tournament

Today, I challenge each of you to unload something substantial in your lives.

Whether it be a major life decision you’ve been putting off, something unpleasant but necessary you’ve been avoiding for awhile, getting something heavy off your chest, off your mind, ridding yourself of extra negative baggage, saying something that’s been on the tip of your tongue for a long time, confronting something, removing something, completing something, beginning something, ending something. Even down to just knocking a heavy to-do list item from your list that’s somehow managed to transfer from day.. to day.. to day… for weeks or months now, and never gets addressed.

All of these things put weight on our shoulders. They take up precious mental real estate and put lots of psychic yardage between ourselves and the things we WANT to be doing, experiencing, thinking about. Which results in the negative loops we have so much trouble digging out of.

So go rid yourself of something, and then come back here and tell us about it. In fact, I want this for you (and me) so much that I won’t be posting another word here until I’ve got at least 25 responses in comments. Even if it takes all weekend, or the rest of next week. Or longer. Share this with your friends/family/readers too, you can direct them here if you like so they can share their own.

What can you rid yourself of?

You’re ready. GO.

Posted by tonya at 11:04 AM | Comments (33)

http://www.adventurejournalist.com/notebook/

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One Response to “The first blogger I ever read.”

  1. Tee says:

    I remember that! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, I should do something like that again sometime soon.

    As for the Tee-or-Tonya debacle – I reverted to using my old nickname after one too many porn-aware client/neighbor/etc asked me: “So, are you… *that*… Tonya?”

    (I shared a name with a porn star..)

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