Putting pen to paper

This year I have decided to once again participate in IncoWrimo. This is my 2nd year participating in International Correspondence Writing Month (Incowrimo) and I am also participating in LetterMo which is essentially the same thing. Different hashtags on all the social media platforms, but the basic premise is the same…write a letter to someone every day in February. Easy right?

I have yet to come up with a tracker for the month. What I used last year really was not effective, and essentially I would like something I can use all year. Perhaps a separate notebook. I tend to get so caught up with life that I put my received letters in a pile, which then gets put aside for a few days, then a few days more and before I know it life gets in the way and more time than I care to admit to gets in between the receipt of the letters and my reply.

I don’t have much pretty stationary for the task ahead, and we are on a very tight budget at the moment, but I hope to pick up some pretty notecards that I can use. I had more luck last year for Incowrimo when I sent out short notes of greeting than when I tried to get to in depth.

Have you ever participated in either of these?

Wish me luck!

Always running behind…

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Mind you,  I am rarely, if ever, late for an appointment or for work.  However, I seem to be running behind on my penpal letters, and my journaling, and my reading.  My intentions are good, but I get busy, or distracted and oops…didn’t get to it.

In February, I participated InCoWriMo, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I did get a few letters, most of which came as the project ended.  So, as of now, I have 11 letters to reply to.  Some of them are from InCoWriMo, and some are my regular penpals. I feel like I have let them down, even though I know many are in the same boat as I am.  I’m even behind on writing something in here, but I decided that a blog about falling behind would succeed in a) getting a  blog entry written, and b) help me feel less guilty about being behind.

So April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, and I am going to participate and challenge myself to once again meeting the challenge!  At least I have letters to reply to to fill up the first few days, right?

Wish me luck!

International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo)

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I just signed up for the first time for InCoWriMo, in which, during the month of February, you send a handwritten letter, card or note to someone every day.

I’ve never done anything like this before, and I hope I have not bitten off more than I can chew, but as one of the things I started last year, was writing more letters, I thought, hey, this could be fun.

Have you ever joined in something like this?  How was your experience?  I have this small fear that my letters will seem boring and lackluster.  But, I signed up..and I am committed, so now to start gathering some supplies and preparing for the list of addresses to be released midmonth.

 

Keeping goals…staying focused…

I feel terrible when I log into my goodreads account and see that I am 15 books behind on my reading goal for the year.  How the heck did that happen?  I really thought I was doing better.  I know there is still plenty of time to redeem myself, but man, it’s discouraging to see that.  It’s not that I am not reading, it’s just that I am not reading as much per week as I need to be or used to.

But…I am currently reading the book, “Jonathan Unleashed” by Meg Rosoff which I got from my new Read Dog subscription service.  So far, I am really enjoying it, however, I am only 3 chapters into it.

If you are interested in what I have been reading, you can visit my Goodreads profile.

I was careless and got really sunburned over the 4th of July weekend.  I DID use sunscreen…an SPF 50 to be exact, but I neglected to put some more on before I started playing volleyball in the pool…now my face and chest are burnt…I go back to work tomorrow and I am hoping the discomfort is gone.  Today is better than yesterday, so my fingers are crossed.

I am not doing so well with my bullet journaling.  I need to find a layout that I like so I will stick with it.  I keep trying new ideas out.  And, up until this morning I needed to write 4  pen pal letters.  Now I only have one to do.  YAY!  I cheated a little and typed them up this time…mostly because I can type much faster than I can write, and my hands don’t cramp.  The letter I have left to do is part of a letter tag, and my pen pal sent me some stationary and stickers when she sent her last one to me, and I need to check to see if I have anything I can send back in exchange.

Hello world…how are you?

 

Someday, maybe, one day…I will….

Picking a title for my blog entries is something I struggle with. Okay, I admit it, being consistent with my blog is something I struggle with as well.  But I am trying.  I am working on making a list of things I want to blog about so that I can be ready when I sit down here at the computer.  Perhaps by the time I finish this post, I will have a title..maybe.

So, I started writing letters…getting penpals and it is so much fun.  I am not crafty and some of them send me these well decorated envelopes or homemade cards, and here I am with just white lined paper and some stickers.  I remember how much I loved writing letters when I was younger so I decided to give it a try again. I have 7 penpals at the moment.  I am really enjoying it, but I do need to start logging or tracking the information I pick up from them like their birthdays etc so I can send them birthday cards.  The worst part of having penpals?  Empty mailboxes.  Yep.  Nothing but bills in there today, or the day before, but one day last week, three letters arrived on the same day!  YAY!

I started bullet journaling and like I said I am not crafty.  So many of the spreads I found on pinterest and instagram are so amazing.  And mine are so blah…but you know, right now I am just a beginner and I am trying to see if it’s something I can keep up with (or want to).  I’m tracking little things like how many books I’ve read, and how many followers I have on my Instagram Avon account.  Maybe I’ll track followers for this blog someday, or my weight loss.  Hmm..the latter might be a good idea actually.