Can you believe it's already the 1st of November?
In our household, my husband introduced the "pinch-punch first of the month" thing that can cause either laughter or tears (the kids hate 'losing out'). But, for the most part, it's a nice way to start a new month.
Here at ShaiCoggins.com, I've been choosing a new theme every month of 2013 for The Focus Project. This month, I'm choosing "Imagine". Partly inspired by this quote I saw in my "paper diary" (that I hardly use!):
"It's time to start living the life you've imagined." - Henry James
Also partly inspired by the state of mind I've had lately. A brain full of fantasy and imagination. Of daydreaming.
And, partly inspired by the idea of taking on my writing projects again this month.
Yes, it's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again. I know I haven't really joined in properly since 2009. And, a few weeks ago, I was seriously considering jumping in again to get my novel re-started. After all, I did finish the first version of the story during a NaNoWriMo challenge four years ago. So, I thought, maybe I can try again this year.
But, I haven't even finished this 31 Days of 31 Newness Project. I fell behind due to health and technical issues. And, of course, catching up on my own work and other life matters.
If all went well, I was planning on doing NaNoWriMo. But, at the moment, I'm wondering if it's just a bit too much for me right now. Maybe it's time to give these community projects a break and just do my own thing. Finish my novel in my own time. Update this blog in my own way.
And yeah, start paving the way for living the life I've imagined.
Anyway, I have three more blog posts due for this 31 Days project. I'll decide after that whether I'm up for another community-driven challenge.
What about you? What's in store for you this November? How do you welcome a new month?
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.