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An Entire Month Dedicated to Writing? Yeah, But It’s So Worth It


And, we’re off!

It’s November 1st and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) have begun. And, while it’s probably too early for confessions, I must admit, I can’t seem to get my butt in gear.

First of all, I’ve contemplated getting my head examined for committing to both. Next, I’m a little perturbed with myself for not finalizing a game plan for the next 29 days. And, last but not least, old man winter showed up – this morning – making it almost impossible for me to get out of bed.

If all that sounds like an excessive amount of bellyaching and complaining for the first day, you’re right, it is. But this is exactly what a 30 day writing/exercise/gratitude or even a 21 day B.I.R.T.H. Your Dreams challenge is all about.  They’re meant to push you towards something important to you, even when you don’t feel like it, the circumstances aren’t ideal, and/or there’s no real short-term consequences.

Now, I emphasize short-term because there are consequences with everything. It’s just a matter of when you want to pay. For instance, if you want to wear that dress on New Year’s Eve, you’re going to have to be more mindful about the foods you eat, get serious about portion sizes, and you might want to get your snacking under control (ahem, Sabrina).

Passing on that extra serving might not cost you anything today, but in less than 60 days from now you’ll be cursing yourself if you have to settle for the dress that offers a little more, uh, camouflage.

So, while I feel a little bit behind the eight ball, the whole table is mine. From experience, I know that the whole world does not stop just because I have a goal. As a matter of fact, the world gets more intense because I’m actively participating in it. That’s right, no more ho-hum routine. If I want the writer in me to be different in 30 days, the clock starts now.

And, if you’ve committed to taking a 30 or 21 day challenge with me, know that things are going to heat up for you as well. Just keep showing up. Just keep doing the next thing and, I promise, everything else can and will wait until you finish writing.

Why am I doing it? I write because it’s important to me that I contribute to the world in this way. Getting my butt in the chair is always the hardest part.

Day one – Check!

What about you? What are you committing to this month? Are you doing NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, or both? And, finally, what’s your why?

Do Your Part

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Happy New Year (in September)

This post, originally entitled “The Best Time to Start a New Year,” made its debut on 01/06/2012. I decided to share this post again because, currently, I feel as thought I’m drowning in committment. I needed to be reminded that it’s never too late to hit the ‘restart’ button. I hope this serves as a great reminder for you as well.

With all the talk about New Year Resolutions being ditched by mid January, it’s no wonder we don’t stick to them. It seems if you fall of the bandwagon anytime before the 365th day you’re whisked away to Failure jail until January 1st.

The reason behind making resolutions, let’s just call them goals, is to do something different. And, since it’s highly unlikely that you can do any new thing perfectly, you should allow some room for error. Very seldom can I get 24 hours right so you can only imagine how much damage I can do to 8,760 of them.

Last year, however, I adopted the idea of starting a new year whenever I want. Who says my 365 has to start on Jan. 1st? Why can’t it start (or start over) on any date I choose. Someone, somewhere decided the mention of .2422 of a day wasn’t necessary so why do I have to go a full 365 days? Maybe I want to tally up my success and failures at the half-year mark, have a toast and head out the stables again.

Party for 1

Grant it, the whole world won’t wish me Happy New Year multiple times a year, all of Atlanta won’t meet me downtown for the peach drop and my employer won’t give me that day off but that’s really not the point.

The point is I draw a line in the sand. I say enough is enough. I want deserve better. And, by George, I can do that at anytime I darn well see fit.


Besides, have you ever noticed that goals are seldom ready to take on road? They need tweaking, reevaluation and…yes…sometimes, even put to the side for a short time. (Gasp!)

There have been some goals that I’ve agreed to only because someone else said, “Hey, let’s….” but, since my heart wasn’t in it, I eventually discarded it altogether. But that doesn’t mean that I am no longer worthy of the right to create a goal. It simply means my goals have to really mean something to me. Bright and shine, even if a group is going, isn’t normally enough.

Success by design

I’m more successful when I see each day as an opportunity to learn more about me. What I like, what I want, who I want around me (and for how long :)),and who I want to be when I grow up is all data that’s constantly being downloaded. I can’t possibly wait to until next Jan 1st to implement what I know works today.

I will always be about the buzz and excitement of a new year but, before that date, I’ll have logged many do overs and successes. Besides, this year, there’s 366 days…I won’t wait that long to celebrate new opportunities.

Please share…

As far as your goals are concerned, have you ever decided midway (or earlier) during the year to change directions? If so, what happened? If not, are you willing to try it this year?

Recipe for Living

Without commitment, courage & consistency, I wouldn't be here.


This was originally share in my Requirements for Growth post on 12/11/2013.

NaBloPoMo – The Halfway Mark

If you’ve committed to National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) for September, congratulations, you have made it pass the halfway mark. During this month, you probably realized that life kicks it into high gear when you make a commit to yourself. I’m sure you were given more than a few really good reasons to throw in the towel and consider trying again next month. But you haven’t…great job!

Sticking with it means you’re learning valuable lessons. Blogging everyday not only improves your writing, it improves your ability to remember to do something for yourself. So see, this is bigger than writing, prompts and clicks. It’s all about you. By committing to publish everyday, you put yourself first and that’s a pretty big payoff.


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