Conscious Commitment

3 02 2011

“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong  current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision”   Paulo Coelho

After the earlier excitement of discovering that I had been ‘Freshly Pressed’ and exhausting myself from dancing around the room in celebration – I have finally sat down to focus on writing today’s post.

This is a post that may never have got written if I’d listened to my ego and thrown in the towel weeks ago when my little gremlin was sitting on my shoulder shouting –‘enough is enough’.

I decided before Christmas that I was going to write a blog – if I could figure out how to set one up in the first place – believing that I had made a conscious commitment to seeing through this Postaday2011 Challenge.

This was before I realised just what this conscious commitment actually meant in terms of the sacrifices I was going to have to make if I really wanted to succeed in writing and publishing a post every day – for 365 days.

In my naivety, I had thought that once I had understood the technical side of things – it would be a breeze and would only take me an hour or so a day to maintain.

Thankfully I had no idea of what I was letting myself in for and sometimes ignorance really is bliss; otherwise we would never get past the starting post!

Even though I’ve been telling myself for weeks that the price of success was too high and I was no longer prepared to follow this commitment through – somehow I’ve managed to hang on in here.

And the main reason for this – apart from having the support of my wonderful ‘blogging cheerleaders’ – is due to what I am beginning to recognise as  emotional commitment.


On one level, I had believed that the conscious commitment I’d made could be broken at any time.

Yet my heart knew differently and had other plans to keep me here. And once my heart had got involved in the story, there was no hope of escaping.

For what the heart really wants – the heart usually gets!


I am now beginning to understand that no matter what my conscious mind believes it wants – if my heart is set on a different destination – I may as well say ‘bye bye’ to my little gremlin friend and his constant chatter and open myself up to following the dictates of my heart’s guidance.

I trust that my heart knows – what my mind has yet to grasp – and it will guide me well.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.  ~Joseph Campbell

Day 34 – 365 Days of Celebration

Today I intend to celebrate by sending my little gremlin on a well earned holiday and begin listening to the whispers of my heart.





26 responses

3 02 2011
1961 Girl

Hi everyone…thank you for stopping by to read my posts and to say ‘hello’.

I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate each and every one of your comments and will be back in touch to thank each of you personally over the next day or so.

Please bear with me…I will get there! 🙂

3 02 2011

Hi Julie!

I appreciate that you’re going to get back to everyone but I’m replying here to say it isn’t necessary. I’d love to hear from you, but you’re one popular lady lately! I’ve been going through some backdated pages of the postaday2011 challenge, (Check out if you don’t know it already … for the post-a-week), and in the first 200 pages alone, (about 5 days worth), you have at least 5 posts listed!

With about 40 pages of these posts being generated every day, it’s not surprising to see someone you know. But to see 5 of our posts in 5 days! What can I say? You really are creating great material and it is so well deserved that you’re getting recognized.

(BTW, the posts listed were …

Conscious Commitment
Freshley Pressed!!!
Riches of the World
Man’s Best Friend
Blog Baby

And there are probably more! So don’t be surprised if you start getting A LOT of comments. You many not realistically have time for them all. So please feel free to know, I’ll understand if you don’t reply. And if you do have time to reply, may I link to your blog please from my reading and writing blogs and from my website? You’re a great example of how to do it all! 😀

Happy Birthday Julie!

– Bob (Quidmont) Johnston

4 02 2011
1961 Girl

Hi Bob,

You certainly do your research…once a journalist…

Seriously though, I’m delighted that you’ve mentioned where to find back dated pages of the Postaday2011 challenge. I had no idea they existed. I’ve just checked out the front page and 7 of my blogs are listed (or was it 6 – I can’t remember -oops) Even so, it is amazing to find my blogs there at all!

I’m very humbled that you believe me to be a great example of how to do it all! Eight weeks ago I’d never really looked at WordPress, let alone thought about setting up and writing a blog. Oh how life happens as you’re busy making other plans!

I am flattered that you wish to link my blog to your pages…yes…please do!

And thank you for the birthday wishes…only another 330 congratulations to go!


4 02 2011

Thanks Juls. You’re starting something wonderful here. 😀

– Quidmont

4 02 2011
1961 Girl

Thanks Bob – glad you liked the post! 🙂

4 02 2011

Thanks once more Julie. You’re now linked from both blogs and the website. 😀

Happy Birthday!

– Bob

4 02 2011
1961 Girl

Thanks Bob – you have been a brilliant support and motivator. I am so glad that Papa Joe connected us.

Comments have begun to slow down now, so hopefully I will be able to respond to everyone over the next few days 🙂

Juls 🙂

4 02 2011

Thanks again Julie. I’ve gotta admit that I’m happy with the connection as well. Thanks so much for allowing the links.

Take your time with the replies. Don’t burn out. 😉 And consider listing an email address with your contact info. That would have allowed me to save you a lot of back and forth here in public had you preferred. Email’s don’t have quite the urgency that we tend to place on comment/replies. 🙂

Good luck and again, thanks.

– Bob (Quidmont) Johnston

3 02 2011

well visualized with
… and jump again, every morning …

3 02 2011
Piglet in Portugal

No worries, we know you are thinking of us and your blogging buddies will always be here for you. 🙂

3 02 2011

Kiss the gremlin good bye… you’re par for the course. 🙂

3 02 2011

Hi, there, Julie!

I did, in fact, find your blog yesterday on the Freshly Pressed page. I’m writing you from my wordpress account but I also have another blog If you get a chance to look at it please do b/c I would like to ask you to guest blog for me on the site.

Everything I’ve read from your blog is great stuff! I like the challenge that you’re giving yourself and find it very admirable! Whether you’re interested in “guesting” for me or not, I must say keep up what you’re doing as I’m sure you’ll make your 365 days and much much more!



3 02 2011

Once the heart is involved, there isn’t much you can do about it – as I have found out for myself with my blog! Goodbye gremlin . . .

3 02 2011
Edson Camara

Hi, Best post so far, at least for me, first of all, you mention a brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, I never read any of his books, but I will like to start with this one you have quote that line if you please let me know wich on is. Second, you send me a terrific motivational message. As you know I am writing a daily blog also in order to keep a diary for weight loss purposes and one of the things that I am sure about is the “conscious commitment” that you talk about in this post. Thanks my new friend.
Edson Camara from Brazil (I hope you can understand my poor english)

3 02 2011

Following your heart… Why is it that when we are teenagers, that is so easy to do, but we seem to ignore it as we get older? This is a post i will read over and over again to help me remember to do just that. Thanks Julie. Great post!

4 02 2011
1961 Girl

Hi Seashell.

I am very flattered that you liked my post so much that you intend to read it again…awsome!

And you are absolutely right…when we are young kids, (before we begin to worry about what other people think of us) it is often much easier to be ourselves.

Juls 🙂

3 02 2011

What a great perspective. I too often let my inner gremlin rule my heart, and that just hurts. I’m glad you are sticking to this commitment, conscious or emotional or something else.

4 02 2011
1961 Girl

Hi Lisa,

The challenge is to keep sending the gremlin on his holidays…or back into his box…because some days he just doesn’t want to budge!

Either that – or I’ll have to buy myself a set of ear plugs!!!

And I intend to hang on in here… 🙂

3 02 2011

Julie, Once the chatter of the gremlin is gone from your mind the song in your heart will explode and fill your life. Once again ….here’s to you! Oh yeah and I can say I knew you when, hahaha

4 02 2011
1961 Girl

Hi Jeanne.

What a lovely comment…”once the chatter of the gremlin is gone from your mind, the song in your heart will explode and fill your life”.

Beautiful…thank you.

3 02 2011
Jenny Marlow

what a brilliant way of looking at it!

4 02 2011
1961 Girl

Thanks Jenny – glad you like the post.

Juls 🙂

3 02 2011
ian egx

I like the way you write what’s on your mind, keep it up 😉

4 02 2011
1961 Girl

Thanks Ian…glad you like my writing. God willing – I intend to keep up the challenge 🙂

5 02 2011

Banish that gremlin once and for all.

Glad you’re not throwing in the towel but instead planning on sticking around. It was exactly a week ago tonight that we first connected but it feels like I’ve known you much longer.

Listen to your heart. 🙂

7 02 2011
Papa Joe

Wonderfully said Juls. You can quote everyone else but your line says it best. “I trust that my heart knows – what my mind has yet to grasp – and it will guide me well.”

That’s beautiful Julie. Thanks once more for sharing your gift with us here. 🙂

Happy Birthday!

– Papa Joe

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