NaBloPoMo 2017 Day 1: A Look Ahead

I thought I would start things off with a quick look at the month ahead, as well as address something that I have been meaning to talk about for over a week now - October. The ups, the downs, and the in-betweens, in all their glory.

The day that I have been (im)patiently waiting for has finally arrived. It’s November 1st, and that means National Blog Posting Month has officially begun!

I thought I would start things off with a quick look at the month ahead, as well as address something that I have been meaning to talk about for over a week now – October. The ups, the downs, and the in-betweens, in all their glory.

If you saw my October preview back from the end of September, you already know that I had a monster of a month planned for Blissful Lemon and Color My Life. I discussed  everything that I planned to accomplish in October, gave a sneak preview of upcoming releases, and even explained my new (now old) schedule.

Everything was fantastic until a few days into the month, when the proverbial poo hit the fan. I fell behind on ONE thing and it caused a massive domino effect. So much so, in fact, that I have probably only finished 5 percent of what I’d hoped to do.

But here’s the thing…

October was a wonderfully productive month, and if I had the chance to start all over again, I’m really not sure that I would.

Sure, I regret making so many promises on what to expect, but I’m not ashamed about what I was actually able to deliver. I know how hard I’ve worked every single day, and I know how much I did that wasn’t on that overwhelming to-do list.

National Blog Posting Month

Blissful Lemon has been scrubbed and prepped for NaBloPoMo, and I even (after some internal debate) started a link up to help others and myself connect with other participants. Plus, I managed to put together a list of blog post ideas to help others prepare for the month ahead. Allow me to just point out that the link up party was not on my to-do list for the month, but after thinking about it and realizing that there really weren’t any others out there, I felt like it was the right thing to do.





I want to connect with other bloggers, and there is so much more motivation for me to make sure I meet this challenge head-on because I know that others are watching. After spending a bit of time putting it all together, I am so excited with the turnout. I really can’t wait to start reading everyone’s posts, and I am excited about the challenge ahead.

Want to join the NaBloPoMo link up? Click here!

But that’s this month. Let me back up a bit and finish going over the awesomeness that was October.

Color My Life Printables + Etsy Shop + Too Many Other Things To Name

I’ve been fighting to get some of the Color My Life printables updated over the past few months. Now, I am happy to admit that I not only updated them, but I made them so much better than they already were. I took the My Daily Plan and Weekly Agenda printables and added five more sizes and a new black and white color scheme, resulting in 48 unique options for each printable.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much time that took, but it was well worth it in the end. Oh, these are now available in the Etsy shop as well as the cmlplanner.com website, so you can also add that to the list.

I also completed a new illustrated clip art set – the Halloween Pets. Add to that job searching, cleaning up my resume, spending time with friends and family, catching up on some great reads, and are so many other successes. I’m a firm believer that you should celebrate your successes, no matter how small, so that’s exactly what I am choosing to do. I could dwell on the number of things that didn’t get done, but what’s the point?

I’ll get there. I’m only human and I can only do so much. That point is finally starting to sink in, and would you believe me if I said my anxiety has lessened because of it?

SO! What About November?

My main goal this month is to make sure that I focus on this NaBloPoMo challenge, while still continuing to work on my other projects. That means (hopefully) more printables, possibly some new illustrations, freebies, and other goodies. But I’m not making any promises.

I am going to do as much as I can, as best as I can, and everything else can wait. This is especially true since I will hopefully be working full-time with another company soon. I’ll post more on that later (like when there is more to say).

I’m taking the advice of some of my fellow NaBloPoMo participants and mapping out my posts for the next month. While I would love to tell you exactly what I am going to talk about each day, let’s face it, things change. I don’t want to say “I am going to talk about blogging on Wednesdays” only to decide that I would rather save that content for a Friday. To be honest, it all comes down to what inspires me in the moment. I write from the heart, so any definitively planned topics would have to be forced to stay on schedule, and I just can’t do that.

However, I can tell you this –

There will be quite a bit of content about myself, my experiences, and certain parts of my life that I don’t usually like to talk about. I planned to add more of this content from the beginning, but somehow I keep convincing myself that if I am only posting once or twice a week, it should be about things that can help others, not things about me.

Basically, I have been chickening out. Because I know sharing my story may help others, it’s just going to be extremely difficult to do.

You can also expect: brand new recipes; a ton of happiness and motivational content; a few lifestyle posts centered around Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the upcoming holidays, and travel; a few business/blogging related posts; and, last but not least, a look ahead at some things I am planning for December.

What about you? Did you accomplish everything you set out to do in October, and what are your plans for the month ahead? Let me know in the comments!





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11 Comments

  1. I’ve always been disappointed there wasn’t a place to connect with others (with whom I wasn’t already familiar) doing NaBloPoMo, so I’m appreciative of your adding it to your October to-do list. Thank you!

  2. Thank you again for hosting! I was happy to see it mentioned at all when I tried the hashtag #nablopomo, not sure what happened with BlogHer. Happy to see so many folks joining in. I’m with Kat, I would have loved two extra weeks in October. I’m a Halloween freak and every year it feels like it’s over before it’s begun. Looking forward to November and getting to know everyone in this challenge. 🙂

  3. Hi from Australia!
    I was disappointed too when I discovered the previous organisers weren’t doing NaBloPoMo this year.
    This is my fourth consecutive year doing the challenge, and despite the pressure of writing every day, I always enjoy it and get a great deal out of the experience.
    Thanks for hosting Aimie and I look forward to linking up with lots of new folks in the next 30 days – and beyond 😀

  4. Personally, I would have loved it if October would have been two weeks longer. The weather was incredible and perhaps if it had been longer I might have gotten more done! But, perhaps that is the way of life. Thank you so much for hosting NaBloPoMo!

  5. I’m not doing National Blog Posting Month, BUT I tend to post around 5 times a week already so I’m loving that some bloggers will be posting more – and I like that you’re doing a link up so I can follow along some. Hopefully we can all make some more bloggy connections.

    Great job on the Octobera goals you DID complete! You do have to celebrate all the wins in life, no matter how small.

    -Lauren

    • Oh, I agree completely. I got a little sad when I saw that so many other people were disappointed to find that the person (or people) doing an organized NaBloPoMo link up in previous years just stopped doing it. I’m not sure what that’s all about, but I am glad that I was able to throw this together. And the number of participants just keeps rising, which is even more exciting. 😀

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