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Prepare to be bombed.

IMG_20131005_152730_674We’ve all heard of “photobombing”; you set up the perfect shot and someone unexpectedly appears in the picture, seemingly out of nowhere, like a bomb. When stars or squirrels are involved, the photos often go viral. Or when it’s my husband “photobombing” our daughter and her friends during Parents’ Weekend, it merely provides laughter within the walls of a home. (He’s the bunny with the beard.)

Today marks the launch of the well-known (among writers) challenge, NaNoWriMo. It also marks the launch of the lesser-but- still-well-known (among bloggers and writers) challenge, NaBloPoMo. In both challenges, writers are brought to the mat to ferret out their perseverance by writing a novel in a month or, as a blogger, a post everyday during the month of November.

It is not for the faint of heart.  I know. I took the bait, I mean challenge, two years ago. There may be tears involved. There will be sweat. Some days, there will be regret. And, there may even be some cursing directed at the blogger that threw the gauntlet down in your path. (You know who you are, Lois at Midlife at the Oasis. Seriously, you’ll want to know who she is, too. Follow the link; she’s fabulous and be sure to check out her about me page!) Above all though, there will be a sense of accomplishment, perhaps a nice glass of red, and a friend or two to toast with at the finish line.

Count me in again this year. Why not? It gives me a reason to push myself once again. Not every day will be a long narrative. There will be days I post only a picture, with or without a quote. Or a quote, with or without a picture. Some days, I may simply post a list about __________(something). There will likely be posts related to the milestone birthday I’ll celebrate this month and my admission into the 5-0 club.  The only thing I am sure of is this: there will be 30 of them. 30 days. 30 posts. (Gulp.)

So, if you are a subscriber/follower, you’ve been warned; “blog-bombing” begins today. I will be showing up in your inbox every day for the next 30 days.  And, if you’re not yet a subscriber, please join me in the journey. (See the easy “Follow” button on the right?) Don’t you want to find out if I make it to the finish line?

Cheers to new months, new challenges, and new beginnings! What are you celebrating today, this week, or this month?

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, http://www.youtube.com/watcv=tpcf_qD3GW4 , 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’?