31 Days of Anger – Finding Peace in Unlikely Places

Sometime this evening, I’ll be joining in the biggest blog linkup I can find.  It’s the 31-Day blog challenge hosted by The Nesting Place.  It’s my second time to do so.  This year, I’m writing about ANGER.

Last year, I wrote for 31 days straight on the idea of JOY.  Specifically about finding joy in everyday motherhood.

By the last day, I was sick of the word joy.

Two weeks later, I was already pondering what I would write as a follow on series.  I figured it would be another spiritual fruit  – the whole love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, peace, and self-control thing.   Sweet, there’s October planned out for the next eight years or so.

Except… it didn’t feel right.  Ever.

Except… I guest posted several times this summer for a fabulous series on the fruits of the spirit.  It was all I could do to write those three posts.  One post on kindness wiped out everything I had to say on the subject.   There’s no way I could do an entire month on the subject.

So in early September I went back to square one.  I grabbed my brainstorm list from last year and added another thirty bad ideas to it.  I blogged about it, because we all KNOW that blogging a how to is the best way to figure it out for ourselves.  (I wish I could put that last part in my sarcastic font.)

I prayed about it.

I trolled Pinterest and the blogosphere for good ideas.

In desperation, I asked my husband.

He suggested that I write about anger.

At first, I was horrified.

Strike that.  First I was offended.  Then I was horrified.

If I did that, everyone would think I have some kind of anger issue.

If people think of me as angry that pretty much wipes out eighteen months of writing as This HAPPY Mom.

What if I lose followers over it?

What if my friends find out?

Then I was a bit scared.

As I shared already

If I had written about staying on budget, I’m certain we would have had an unexpected repair.  If I’d written about vegetarianism, I would have ended up at the all-bacon-buffet with no options.  But I wrote about Joy.  I battled depression.

I know what I put my family through when I wrote about Joy.  I can only imagine what writing about Anger will do.

So I prayed some more.

I trolled Pinterest.

I Googled.

I jotted down a few topic ideas.

I played with a few graphics.


Picture me as a reluctant writer.  This is may not be the happy stuff I like to write.  I don’t get to showcase my sarcasm or wit or love of puns.  I don’t get to make you laugh.  I don’t get to share recipes that (hopefully) go viral on Pinterest.

Picture me as the obedient writer.  I prayed hard.  I proposed plan B… and plan C.  But ultimately, I realized that this is what I’m supposed to write for the month.

Picture me as a fellow explorer, a companion on the journey.  I am.

I’m keeping a Yelling Journal.

I’m sharing what I learn about yelling.


I’ve written a dozen posts on the subject so far.  I can promise it’s not an entire month of me being ticked of and venting.  It’s not 31 posts of me kvetching about my kids.

It’s a journey of finding good stuff in unlikely places.

31 days of anger

It’s about finding PEACE in unlikely places.

Join me.  The whole series will be indexed on a single page for your convenience.  You can find it on my menu using the word ANGER.

If you haven’t done so already, consider starting a yelling journal of your own.  (In the unlikely event that yelling isn’t how you express your anger, you can journal about your angry shopping habit too.)

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. This should definitely be an interesting series for sure. I look forward to seeing what you write. I feel I will gain a lot from this journey with you.

    • Crystal, I welcome your company on the journey! I woke up this morning filled with nervous anticipation about this series. Even though I’ve already written a dozen posts for it, I almost chickened out.

  2. I’m intrigued and not one bit angry about your choice. You did though scare me a bit as I had to check out my calendar thinking I was already behind on my posting!

    • Jean, since The Nester is going to post her link later tonight, I decided to go ahead and post. It gives me something to link to. I was also just… ready. If I didn’t post this I don’t know what else I would post about.

      I’m eager to see what you’ll be writing about. It’s always fun to see what other blogs take on as a challenge.

  3. I think your “Anger” series will be very interesting and enlightening. I give you a lot of credit for a) committing to blog for 31 days on the same subject and b) choosing such a non-traditional path. I’m very anxious to follow along on your journey – from the comfort of my two or three posts per week lazy person’s couch.

    • Thanks for the encouraging words. I’m eager to see where the journey ends.

      Writing for 31 days straight is hard even when you can have a variety of topics. Doing an entire month on a single idea is a challenge. Last year it stretched me and made me a much better writer. I dug deeper into the subject, well past my original comfort zone.

      I double dog dare you to join us next year.

  4. Hello, we have a helpful book that we'd like to get into the hands of people who want to read it. We were searching for writers who blog on the topic of anger who might take a peek at the book and see if it is something you might suggest as a helpful resource to your readers. Or at least it might open up discussion on approaches to anger. Free sample chapter at replaceanger.com Thank you much. Or see more on our facebook.com/replaceanger page

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