Monday, December 1, 2014

Nablopomo for December: Joy

December's NaBloPoMo Theme: JOY!

From the email:
Soft fleece pullovers. Cinnamon tea. Reading while curled up on the sofa under a blanket. Snow days. These are a few of my favourite things. What are yours?

Because that's sort of the point of this month: to figure out what makes us joyous. To write out all the things that we know make us happy (as well as thinking up a few things we can do to make other people happy) and carry that list with us into the new year. After all, if you know that chocolate, writing, and trips to the beach make you happy, why wouldn't you schedule those things in for 2015?

Because here's the thing: while we want to be happier, our personal happiness usually gets pushed to the back burner. We make sure we take care of everything and everyone else and then we work to make ourselves happy. But this NaBloPoMo, we're going to make sure that you rethink that plan and start scheduling in joy time so you can do the things that make you happy and kick off 2015 right.
You can read more about the new NaBloPoMo theme on our opening post.
That opening paragraph makes me want to embed "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music.  I'll refrain.

Follow over the jump for more.

Here is the relevant passage from the post at the web site.
This is a time of year when the stress piles up, and it's very easy to forget yourself in the shuffle. Which is why we're going to ask you to sit down at your computer every day, even if it's just a few minutes (which is totally enough time to type out a quick paragraph and hit post), and grab some joy. Yes, joy.

Because writing makes you happy, doesn't it? There's something about recording your life, your viewpoint, your memories that brings joy into your world. Me too.

So this month, we're going to be focusing on things that bring you joy, and we're going to do it by partaking in an activity that makes you happy. See, it's a win-win. We're going to be looking at ways you make other people happy, and ways you make yourself happy. And hopefully, as the ball drops at midnight on the 31st, you'll look back on this month and say, "yeah, I made myself a little more joyous in December."

So go pour yourself a cup of tea or a peppermint hot chocolate, crack your knuckles, and get ready to write.
Joy is an odd theme for a doomer blog such as mine, but I'm probably one of the more optimistic of the bloggers I read and I'm all about finding happiness and purpose in the midst of all the problems besetting our world.  Besides, I love holidays, so this should come as a natural for me.
Sign up for December's NaBloPoMo and start thinking about what makes you joyous.
I already have and am number 57 on the blogroll.

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