It seems every one of my friends started something new today to celebrate November. Three people (all women) on my FB began a Thank you campaign – celebrating Thanksgiving with 30 days of gratefulness. A couple of men I know started Movember clean shaven. “Movember is all about bringing back the moustache, having fun and doing it for a serious cause; men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. Mo Bros commit to growing a moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking and talking billboards for the cause. The moustache is our ribbon, the symbol by which we generate conversations, awareness and raise funds for men’s health.” (from the Movember website) Having just completed the pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer, Movember is the perfect followup.
Then there are thousands of us who began NaNoWriMo, an international campaign to write 50,000 words in 30 days, the size of a small novel and also NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month, it’s a way to publicize your blog and get more people to read it, as well as prompting you to write more. Apparently the writing community wants you to be prolific this month.
The NaBloPoMo event is right up my alley, I’ve been trying to write daily as it is to share my 50th year. Read “What’s it All About” for details, but essentially, I’m celebrating the journey to my 50th birthday right now, and it’s going famously. Already I’ve started meeting goals – I figured I’d take stock of those on the 4th, a month in to make sure I’m on track.
NaNoWriMo – or National Novel Writing Month is my second attempt. Last year I stopped on the 15th with 15,892 words – I was already 9,113 words behind by then and didn’t know where the book was going. This year I’m off to a good start, at least for the first day, but I really haven’t thought through the whole book yet, so I may run in to the same problems I had last year. We’ll see, I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, life goes on, the SEMA show is happening here in Las Vegas right now, we will be headed to Baja soon for the SCORE 1000, and I’ll have to figure out how to keep my blog going south of the border. It’s not so much the technology challenge as the mental challenge of wanting to meet goals when the Sol (both beer and sun) are flowing. Ahhh, Baja, I can’t wait!