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Say No to NaBloPoMo: Bitting Off More Than You Can Chew

Posted on the 02 December 2015 by Chasingjoy @chasing_joy
Say No to NaBloPoMo: Bitting Off More Than You Can Chew Say No to NaBloPoMo.  Ok not really.  NaBloPoMo is a lot of fun but it is a lot of work.  I signed up with high hopes.  I wanted to find new blogs and increase my traffic here. Instead I got a life lesson on thinking before you commit and not biting off more than you can chew.  I should have said No to NaBloPoMo
I made it through the first two weeks and then I hit a wall.  I was feeling really tired and cranky.  When it was time to do blog stuff I just did not feel like it.  I did not feel like writing, edititng videos, replying to comments or even reading blogs in general.  I just felt burned out.  I pushed through and did a few more posts and finally figured out the problem this weekend after Thanksgiving.  I had bitten off more than I could chew.
I normally write 3 blog posts a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).  NaBloPoMo took me to seven days a week.  This would not be so bad if I did not have other things going on.  For starters I am right in the middle of creating some really cool things for the Chasing Joy brand.  I have a timeline and everythign to keep me on target.  Then you have Thanksgiving.  I cooked for turkey day.  It was low key with only three of us but I still had to shop and cook the traditional foods and pies that take way longer than cooking normal meals.  Also, you can't forget I'm trying to concieve which inlcludes doctors appointments, blood work, and accupuncture appointments.  I am a caregiver for my mom which means going to her appointments as well.  Last but not least I work a full time 40 hour week job.  You can see why I was tired and cranky.
I did not think about what my life really entails.  I did not consider the holidays and my more important priorities.  I saw a post about NaBloPoMo, got inspired and signed up.  I overextended myself.  I bit off more than I could chew.
NaBloPoMo was fun at first.  I did find some new blog post and get a few new readers.  These were my original goals.  I also learned an important life lesson on not bitting off more than I can chew.
I will likely do NaBloPoMo again but next time I'll make sure it makes sense with all that I have going on first.  It's safe to say I am happy it's December.
Have you ever bitten off more than you could chew like I did?  Did you participate in  NaBloPoMo?  Did you make it through the month?

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