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What's Next After #NaBloPoMo? Introducing the BlogHer Writing Lab

Big changes are underway for lovers of #NaBloPoMo! Like NaNoWriMo, #NaBloPoMo will now own November and only November. But that doesn't mean NaBloPoMo is disappearing during the other eleven months of the year. Oh, no. It's only getting better. ...more
jentyree No worries -- you're added to the new list by clicking that link.more

Don't Lose Confidence in Your Writing

I do believe in the power of what you tell yourself, but affirmation can only go so far. What will carry you through to the other side is the decision to become a fighter. You can't go down and if you start to slip, you can't stop coming back up for yourself. The first thing you fight is the thought of giving up. ...more
ankifreelancer alexandraRS  What a wonderful compliment. Thank you and good luck~more

December 2015 BlogHer Writing Lab Theme Is Tradition

So what is the first BlogHer Writing Lab theme of the month? ...more
Yay! I must say yesterday I was going through NaBloPoMo withdrawal and wrote a post titled "The ...more

How My Son Got Me to Work Out at the Crack of Dawn

Editor's note: Working out on a regular (or even semi-reg) basis is kind of like taking part in NaBloPoMo. You have to show up and do the work every day, no excuses. This post was originally published on November 17. --Nicole ...more

12 of My Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Editor's Note: Watching kids getting deep into books is always a treat. And seeing them get excited to learn or laugh -- or both! -- about holidays like Thanksgiving is pretty high up there, too. This NaBloPoMo piece offers up some great choices for children's books about Thanksgiving. It was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for five minutes and letting the words flow; no editing, no second-guessing. And it's an honest, thoughtful piece. This post was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more
I am so glad to know I am not the only one.  I have to work and I can't take my son to all the ...more

A Lesson From NaBloPoMo: 6 Ways To Get Work Done!

Looks like NaBloPoMo has already taught me something: Life is just as important as committing to this blog. This blog is part of my life. Yes, I want to commit, and yes, I want to be consistent. But little blips here and there are fine. The thing is, the hardest part of getting shit done for me is definitely finding the energy to begin. I'm not too bad at procrastinating, but if I had to tell you one thing I struggle with, that would be it. ...more
Wow, that does sound really tough. I'm sorry about your mom :( I"m glad you're taking care of ...more

9 Fail-Safe Ways to Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

And there are the social dynamics to consider: Who should sit by whom? Little Janie is in 6th grade now and has the start of teen angst, is she going to be offended by having to sit at the kids' table? Will all of my relatives get along, or will Grandpa and Uncle Joe have a repeat of the knock-down-drag-out of '92? For those brave enough to invite your entire family to be in the same house together for an entire day, I'd like to offer some advice. ...more
Wow those are really amazing to read now.more

Why I Joined Up With BlogHer for NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo, fun to say but how much fun is it to do? NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month. It begins on the first day of November and your challenge is to post on your blog every day for 30 days. Though posting on your blog for 30 days sounds like someone ordered you the half pound Swiss burger when you're really more a junior single patty lover, you'll find that like with that first bite of the Swiss burger, 30 days of blogging is a surprisingly satisfying eat. ...more
Thanks for the suggestions and inspiration.more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2015 Posts Here!

Hello, NaBloPoMo'ers, here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
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