Sharin’ da Lovin’

I’ve (obviously) been blogging a lot lately, and maybe you’re wondering what got into Miss Jabberpants over here. And, maybe not. But, I’ll tell you anyway since I passed the half-way-to-goal mark on Tuesday. I’ve always  thought of myself as a self-motivated, goal-setting person. You gotta be when you run your own business. You gotta be when you homeschool children or do any volunteer work. You gotta be to get anywhere in life, but money motivates really well, too. Therein lies my blogging dilemma. Blogging requires time to write posts, but doesn’t pay (at least for now. :)) It takes consistency to improve my writing which requires time, but still doesn’t pay. It needs a solid fan base which comes from consistent good writing which requires time, and still doesn’t pay. You get the point. Perhaps, you’re living the blogging dilemma, too and can understand why I had to come up with something to motivate me to write until the money (maybe someday) comes along.

As many of you already know, November is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month–30 Days and Nights of Literary Abandon. Since I’m not working on a novel, I decided to create a personal blogging challenge, NaBloWriMo, which doesn’t flow very well and isn’t national since it’s  just me. So, on November 1st, I started BloWriMo–30 Days of Blogging Abandon.  And, in the words of Martha Stewart, it’s a good thing because I’ve been writing, and thinking and checking out lots of other blogs. As I’ve said before, there are a lot of really great bloggers out there!

Blog stalking  reading regularly inspires and motivates me. Yesterday was no different. My first “read” of the day came from a favorite blogger, The Lucky Mom , Lisha. Her post, Lovin’ , listed a number of things she was “lovin'” and it prompted me to make my own list. Originally, I was going to join the “Lovin'” conversation on Lisha’s Facebook page, The Lucky Mom. Instead, I just kept adding to my list as I moved through the day. At the end of the day, my list looked like this:

  • Coffee with a hint of cinnamon
  • Hitting my 20 pound weight loss goal (yesterday! Woot-woot!)
  • Laughter
  • Day 16 of BloWriMo
  • Heartfelt conversations with my daughters
  • An empty laundry basket
  • Uninterrupted phone calls
  • Memories
  • Homeschooling
  • Sisters that are best friends
  • A smile from a stranger on the road
  • The smell of stew simmering on the stove (strange, since I don’t eat meat)
  • A nice Cabernet (meat, no; wine, yes :))
  • My husband’s key in the door
  • The post that prompted this list (Seriously, scroll back up and click on it!)
  • Connecting with fabulous bloggers online and reading their terrific posts (Which  led me to create another list…and is in no way a comprehensive list of the posts I’m lovin’. And, seriously, click on these, too!  You’ll be lovin’ ’em! )

Blog posts I’m lovin’:

  • Silly images: they’re what’s for dinner «: There’s this blogger named Deborah–not Debbie–Deborah. Her raw honesty makes me think and feel and laugh and most of all, makes me want to write. Not to mention her very humorous stick- figure drawings and her stinkin’ adorable son, Lil’D. If you’re short on time, at least click on the video link to view her son discovering his shadow. Priceless! Then bookmark her page and come back later.
  • And I Ran…I Ran So Far Away!: (Can anyone else hear the song in their head?) Aside from the fact Laura feels like a kindred spirit, she makes me feel like a human, and she’s inspiring me to start running again–maybe. She’s a mom to 3 teens, working outside the home, maintaining a long distance marriage,  de-cluttering-project master, on the journey to 50 and her empty nest years. Like I said, kindred. When I want to get away, but feel like I’m sharing a cup of coffee with a friend, I run to Laura’s blog.
  • No Longer Camera Shy…sort of: I discovered Cindy’s blog by chance…but, there are no mistakes, are there? If I had to describe her blog in a word, it would have to be addictive. Her story, her smile, and her art all reach out from the page and invite you to set a spell. Consider her blog an appetizer and her website, Cindy DeLuz, the meal because her art really does “make the heart smile.”
  • I Have A Plan, and I’m Not Afraid To Use It: Perhaps it’s because she’s a planner, like me, and is already planning for mid-life crises and birthdays. Perhaps, it’s because she works in a zoo and I live in one. But likely, it’s her humor, in this post and every other one I have read that keeps me following along. And, because Becoming Cliche has challenged herself with a NaNoWriMo blogging challenge, I have renamed my challenge 2BloWriMo. Nice to know I have company.
  • Strange Animal Encounters in the Florida Keys: Because manatees are too cool for words and I’m trying to figure out how to Photoshop my face into these pictures. (For the VeggieTale fans, , it’s Barbara Manatee! Don’t judge. :)) And, because Lesley’s posts are like potato chips, you can’t stop at just one, I share Yearly Bucket List; I Need Your Ideas! , the post that “introduced” me to Lesley and made me decide I want to be her when I grow up. The only problem is, I’m really afraid of heights! So, I wrote my own bucket list instead.

Thanks, Lisha, for inspiring the lovin’! (And, for inspiring me to set up a Transitioning Mom Facebook page–Coming soon!)

Please, join the conversation and share what you’re lovin’?

18 thoughts on “Sharin’ da Lovin’”

  1. You made this tired ole’ gal do a full blown happy dance…thank you! Your kind words made me sigh out loud and grow an inch or two. Thanks you for being such a loving soul. I sure dig the planet you come from!


  2. I started one entry down with yesterday’s, which I just linked on Facebook. Scrolling up, I saw the bottom of this entry and went, “Oooh! Facebook page? Why didn’t I see it just a second ago?!”

    I read the parenthetical and understood.

    I look forward to that page’s beginning!

    Also, LOVE this. I love that you just reached your weight loss goal, that you’re writing more, and that fabulous note about TMiYC. (Thank you!) The fond feelings are so very, very mutual.

    I have about three more minutes left to myself before a little guy’s bedtime, but I’m going to see about following one or two of those links! ♥


    1. Deborah,

      First off, THANK YOU so much for linking yesterday’s post to your FB page. That post is dear to my heart and carries a message I really want to get “out there” far and wide. Posting it to your TMiYC has certainly brought traffic to my site. Again, thank you!

      I will be sure to announce the launch of TM’s Facebook here!

      And, thank you for your encouragement! So glad to have connected with you in the big, wide blogosphere. 🙂

      Hope you have had a wonderful evening! (Oh, and congratulations on another great review of The Monster’s Daughter on Amazon!)


  3. Thanks so much for the pingback!

    I think blogging is an incredibly useful tool and is, in its own way, more challenging than working on a novel. It’s easier for me sometimes to hammer out 2000 words on a larger work than it is to produce and polish a single, stand-alone blog post. Good for you. Keep up the good work.


  4. What an amazing “Blogger” you are Mary! I’m thoroughly enjoying your posts and it’s got me thinking maybe I can get at my blog as well – which is one of my goals! I think we can learn from each others journey and incorporate that which resonates with us, from others, into our own experience!


  5. You’re Lovin’ some pretty awesome things! I used to do Lovin’ about twice a month, but I let it slip. I’m now motivated to start again. Perhaps we could start a Link-Up??


    1. Thanks, Whirlwindmama! I am lovin’ on your site too! Your “Boogers, Burps and Butts Oh My!” caused me to laugh out loud.(I may not have sons, but I grew up with 3 brothers.) When my younger one asked what I was laughing about, I responded, “Boogers.” “Gross!” she replied. “Her point exactly,” I said. LOL! Keep blogging–you are such fun to read! |


  6. Oh, you make me blush (and tear up a bit)! Thanks for the shout out. I have been surprised and happy to see a new blog from you every day…now I know why! Keep it up, you have a lot of thoughtful things to say, even if you don’t get paid (yet!) for saying them.


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