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November 1, 2015


A couple years ago and then a few years before that, I took up the NaBloPoMo challenge and both times, I vowed never to do it again. You see, the thing about posting every day (or doing anything each day for 30 days) is that it’s a bit like giving up smoking. The first few days you’re so gung ho that you can’t feel the pangs of withdrawal. You are pumped. Cigarettes? Ew! Never again! By Friday night, however, at the pub, after a few ales, you’d just about lick the pavement for a smoke. It would be so easy, in that instant, to give up. And that’s what generally happens to me around day 12 of NaBloPoMo.

But here I am, like some masochist, doing it all over again. All it took was a nudge from my pushers friends Xanthe, Karen and Andrea, and this condition: that we can post anything we want… words, videos, even a single photo. I think maybe this is the kind of challenge I can take on. I don’t know, ask me again on day 12.

Honestly though, when you’re a new mom, it’s so easy to put creativity on the back burner. Right there with reading a good book and taking a hot bath, and exercising and brushing your hair. But I’ve realised that if I don’t make time for at least a little creativity in my days, I start to feel stagnant. The office space in the old right hemisphere has been gathering dust for the past couple of years, there are cobwebs everywhere and papers spilling out of the filing cabinets. Perhaps this NaBloPoMo thing is just what I need to start using that space again; a good excuse to take a creative time-out every day. I have months’ worth of untold stories and random scribblings in half-finished journals and loads of 35mm scans and a shit-ton of video footage just sitting on my computer so there should be plenty to post for the next 30 days.

Are you pumped, people? Because I’m pumped!

Here we go.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 1, 2015 10:09 pm

    Yes, you!!
    We can do this. Actually you have to do it… coz I love your words, pics and now videos.

  2. November 1, 2015 10:10 pm

    Yes, you!!
    We can do this. Actually you have to do it… coz I love your words, pics and now videos.

  3. Christina permalink
    November 2, 2015 12:18 am

    So pumped! I always feel like you aren’t so far away when I get to read your stories every day:)

  4. November 2, 2015 2:44 am

    lady, I tip my hat to you. because it’s no small feat, taking care of a baby and then adding nablopomo to that but right on! stoke those creative fires! keeping that part of myself alive during those years when the kids were babies and littles was vital to my survival, helped me be a better mama. and it’s still vital! I love love love your words and images. can’t wait to see you here in this space xoxoxo

  5. Alison permalink
    November 2, 2015 11:46 am

    I will await with bated breath your post every day. Ditto what Christina said. P.S. the smoking metaphor is perfect.

  6. Karin permalink
    November 2, 2015 12:43 pm

    So glad you’re doing this. It seems there’s a dearth of bloggers anymore and I miss the writing, especially from good/entertaining writers like you. So, yes…I’m pumped! I now have something to look forward to each morning!!

  7. Lynn permalink
    November 2, 2015 12:50 pm

    So glad you’re back. So glad you have a wee blessing in your life. So looking forward to your posts, whatever they might be. Perhaps a little older than your usual readers, yours was the first blog that I ever followed and you have been missed.

    • jeanine permalink*
      November 10, 2015 1:51 pm

      Thank yo uso much, lovely. Good to be back. Thanks so much for reading and for your sweet comment. x

  8. Anonymous permalink
    November 3, 2015 7:00 pm

    Thrilled to see this! Only realised how much I missed your musings recently so best of luck with it

  9. November 5, 2015 9:15 pm

    Oh, how I have missed you and your words! A MOM??? Congratulations! I feel like it is Christmas or my birthday or something–you AND Elizabeth back! The world is full of love!

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