To me, blogging is sort of like going for a run. I make up a lot of reasons as to why I’m too busy or why I need that extra hour of sleep over the choice to lace up my running shoes or to write a new blog post. I do that even though I know that starting is the hardest part. If I just start, I will finish and feel good about putting a little of myself out into the world in some capacity. And in return, the world gave me a little extra energy in some form or another. I won’t lie – every runner and blogger out there knows that sometimes it sucks. Sometimes my legs feel heavy while running and sometimes the words don’t flow while blogging. But even in those situations, after trudging through the thick of it, I feel better when I’m done. And the world is generous with its energy in return.
Last weekend, I attended a workshop with Seth Godin and 80 amazing people who were setting out to make a ruckus in their respective worlds. In our world. And I’ve been challenged. Challenged to give more… to build more… to create more…
Today begins an 8-day blogging challenge (#RuckusMakersChallenge). It’s just one way to start. Because starting is the hardest part when setting out to give, to build, to create. So Winos and Wine Knows alike, you’re getting more than you bargained for – 8 new posts in 8 days!! Woot!! Let’s kick this little series off with a theme.
Ok – think Kelly Clarkson, People Like Us. If you don’t know it, here’s the music video. (Try to ignore the blatant advertising in the video.) It’s a great anthem for you and whomever your peeps are. And in this situation, your peeps are us Winos. (I can’t imagine a better group, to be honest with you.) The #RuckusMakersChallenge theme for W2WK is:
Winos like us connect with the world over a glass of wine…
Ok, so it isn’t quite as catchy as Kelly’s words and beat. But ruckusmaking is all about making connections… authentically. I’m guessing I’m not alone when I say that I like to authentically connect with others over a glass of wine. There’s something about wine that opens up our hearts and our minds to share a little more than we would share without that glass. It leads us to an authentic connection. Some might say it’s the alcohol… that probably helps. But I believe there’s more to it than that. It’s drinking from the same bottle… sharing a meal. It’s an experience. And sharing an experience is how one starts to make a ruckus.
The next 8 days will include posts about how Winos like us connect. Stay tuned and jump in! I would love to hear your experiences as they relate to these topics as well!!
Two more quick and unrelated notes:
- Last weekend’s Ruckusmaking festivities were kicked off with a 2010 Barolo and a 2007 Brunello di Montalcino. (More Wine Know on both of these wines to come, but in summary – Y.U.M.)
- This blog post was brought to you from my living room with a delicious glass of Opolo Vineyards Sangiovese 2011 from Paso Robles, CA.