Preparing for NaBloPoMo

It is coming up to that important time in the blogging year: National Blog Posting Month.  Although this blog is relatively new and has not existed during previous NaBloPoMo months, I have been blogging long enough to have successfully completed three of them.  Last year was the greatest challenge, as I was busier than I had ben in previous years.  This year, I fear, will be even worse.  I have been thinking about ways to help make this year’s NaBloPoMo as successful as possible.  With the hours that I am working right now and my high levels of exhaustion (therefore going to bed when my kids go to bed), I have had relatively little time to blog.  Last year I had a theme to the month and while that helped give me inspiration to blog every day, it took a different turn that I was expecting… but that’s what life is about, isn’t it?

For this year’s blogging month, I wondered if it would count as blogging if I posted posts from my old blog… some of my most liked or “signature” posts, if you will.  But i that cheating, seeing as how I’m not actually writing new posts for each day?

I also thought of having a question/answer period theme – as in, you all ask me a question or give me a topic/theme, and I can use those as the inspiration for blogging.  I could include a submission box at the end of each post and hope that I get enough submission to write about! The only challenge with that one is that it doesn’t completely alleviate the “time issues” that I will have this month!

One other thought I had was to go back and re-visit everything that happened last November.  It was a difficult month.  The theme of NaBloPoMo last year folowed a gift I had assembled for a friend and it included a quotation a day.  I blogged about the meaning of that quotation to me and why I picked it to include in the month of gifts. However, half-way through the month, that friend began pulling away and she stopped talking to me.  I’m not sure if she even ever read all the cards or opened the whole gift.  In the first week of December, that friend ended our friendship and we haven’t spoken since.  Going through all of those posts would be difficult, but perhaps it would allow me to change my perspective on some things regarding that relationship – maybe it would provide closure.  Or maybe not.  Maybe it would just cause an unnecessary re-experience of a difficult time in my life.  Part of me feels, however, that I need to redefine aspects of my life outside of my relationships with people… especially this one ex-friend.  Perhaps this is a way to begin that process.

Or, maybe I’m just grasping at ways of making this year’s NaBloPoMo a little easier to accomplish in light of the time constraints I will have.  Any suggestions are appreciated!

What type of authentic writing would you like to see during NaBloPoMo?

Writers Block

Since starting my new blog, I have been having difficulty with creative and expressive writing.  My blog posts have mostly been about the literal and practical aspects of my life and sometimes I find these types of posts somewhat unfulfilling.  As a result, I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to or I would like to.  I’m not sure what to do about it.  I thought about looking at some of the daily prompts (after all, that’s what got me Freshly Pressed on my old blog) for inspiration.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot of time for that most days.

I think I am also mourning the fact that I used to be a really great writer, and now I’m just… not.  I wish I knew what happened.  I wish I could go back to the old days of blogging.  In the meantime, I’ve come up with a few ideas that I’m going to try and stick with.  Most of them involve my newly discovered pregnancy, but I think it will be a good place to start. First, I am thinking of starting a series of letters to my baby.  In my first pregnancy I kept a journal and wrote it in the style of a “Dear Baby” book.  It was tedious at some points, but I enjoy going back to it every once in a while.  I’m hoping that these letters will be more personal and less of a “documentation of my pregnancy” like I did before.  We’ll see how it goes.

Lately I have also really been questioning my career choices in medicine.  This mostly revolved around the fact that I have chosen a very time consuming and demanding specialty, even though I love it.  Obstetrics is amazing and I love women’s health, but I hate being away from my family so much.  I suspect it will get even worse, especially if this pregnancy sticks.  I maintain that I fell in love with obstetrics when I was pregnant the first time around.  This pregnancy might be an opportunity for me to revisit everything that I found interesting and amazing about pregnancy, obstetrics, and the wonder of a woman’s body.  Hopefully I will be able to document that as I go along too.

I’ve been trying to get back into my mindfulness exercises.  I haven’t been doing them for a few months, and I’m sure that has a bit to do with how much I’ve been feeling down lately.  Last night I started up again and conveniently, the Headspace app has a new Pregnancy Series.  I would like to blog more about my headspace experiences and see where that goes as well.

Finally, I want to get back into blogging about my goals.  In January I set goals for myself and every month I would blog about the progress of those goals.  In July I re-visited the goals because there were some that I had made great progress with, and others that needed some revisiting.  I never actually did an August update, and if I’m being completely honest, I felt like closing down my old blog meant that I didn’t have to be accountable about them anymore.  For that reason, I think that starting up the monthly updates is going to be a great way to hold myself accountable again.

Does anyone have any other ideas for how I can incorporate more creative writing?  (I feel some some of these ideas are still very literal and not very creative)