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Challenge complete, on to the next one

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Today marks the last post in the Bloganurary Challenge of posting to daily writing prompts. I’ve completed the month and it feels good. I knew breaking down larger goals into smaller ones was the way to go. Because after beating my head against the wall trying to make posts daily the last 8 years, I failed miserably.

So I’m looking at my blogging life a month at a time now. I’ve prepared my February topic ideas and will try to make posts daily for the next 28 days and continue the streak unless lightning strikes.

Photo by Mike Hartley

So today’s final writing challenge is: How do you feel when you look at the stars?

How do I feel when I look at the stars? Being I’m up a majority of overnights I do my fair share of looking at the stars. When I take a quick break I always try to step outside and look at the stars. It makes me feel relaxed. It also inspires some sense of curiosity and wonder.

It’s also like a natural display of Xmas lights randomly arranged. I miss them on cloudy evenings. I miss them when I work downtown and all the light from the city took away their luster. I love it from home there the competing light is minimal and I can see a fairly wide expanse.

On a warm summer night in the hammock, I love them. On the way home from a day trip to the beach at night with the convertible top down I love them.

But the best thing about stars I like is the gift we got from our children for our 40th anniversary. A framed picture of the position of the stars the night we got married with some other information that I’ve cropped out below but it is one of the prized possessions that we have proudly displayed in our home. Sorry about the flash reflection, only had a minute to run and get a shot.


Ocean City Maryland missed a major marketing opportunity this week. They should have had a bunch of cross country skiers going down Ocean Highway with a foot of snow and in the background have the Logo “The Only Surf and Ski Capital of the World, We are open YEAR Round.”


Random Thoughts of the Day

  • A new month, a new initiative.
  • Some sleep certainly did this mind well today.
  • It’s interesting feeling a little bit more inspired than yesterday each day.
  • OK, UNCLE, I’m tired of the cold.
  • I’m about to use my printer as a press. Might as well make good use of it.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

2 thoughts on “Challenge complete, on to the next one

  1. Congratulations on finishing your challenge and best of luck for February!

  2. I think breaking things down to month-by-month is smart and makes achieving your goals a bit more manageable.

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