Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

My Journal is Yelling at Me (Part 2)


January 1, 2011 ~ In November of 2010, I participated in NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month.  The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November and I DID IT! It was a huge challenge, but I won!

I wrote this journal entry a month after completing NaNoWriMo.  It was written on January 1st, a time when many of us might begin to keep a journal.  We make our resolutions for the New Year.  Maybe we join a gym.  By February, the excitement and hopes of the year ahead begins to wane and we’re back to the daily grind.  Our journal entries become a chore and you’re able to find a parking spot at the gym, if you’re still going yourself.

At the beginning of each year, I always pick one word that will be my mantra for the upcoming year.  In 2011, my word was persevere which is defined as, continuing a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.

I chose this word in 2011 as a result from my experience with NaNoWriMo.  Throughout the month of November, I stayed the course.  When I made the decision to participate in NaNo, I made up my mind I was going to follow through and complete the challenge.  I would not allow my negative thoughts and my negative journal entries hinder my success.

My journal from 2011 is full of quotes on perseverance.  One of my favorites that I wrote many times was, “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you’re tired of doing the hard work you already did.” Another quote I love is, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

By November 29th, I was hanging on tight with a smile on my face because I knew I was going to reach my goal. After completing NaNoWriMo, I no longer fill my journal with negative words.  As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog, words are powerful and if they’re spoken enough, they begin to take root and we believe them.  Now my journal is full of encouragement because I know through hard work and determination, I can accomplish anything.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

4 thoughts on “My Journal is Yelling at Me (Part 2)

  1. I love the idea of keeping a journal. Great quotes!


  2. Love this post! We are what we repeat to ourselves, in all walks of life. Those quote are great, especially that first one, but your last sentence is powerful, and so very true!


  3. Thanks, Anna! Yes, the first quote has always been one of my favorites. Congrats on your Seahawks win!


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