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?