Grab a drink, get comfy and jump in for our penultimate monthly chat for the year – and this is my final one in my 50s!!
How I found my MOJO
During November I joined a course with the Australian Writers’ Centre, called MOJO Month. It’s sort of like the NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month) for those who don’t necessarily want to write a novel during November, but do want to write.
The course had daily challenges and interesting insights, built around the initials MOJO.
- M for Mindset
- O for Online
- J for Juice
- O for Operation
Some of the random things I did during the month:
- I’ve planted sunflower seeds
- written a letter to my future self
- checked what words were introduced in the year I was born
- written 1000 words (on any topic)
- found out how many days have passed since I was born.
- I played a game of ‘I Spy’ while out and about, (taking note of 10 suggested items for creativity purposes)
- I’ve written short stories
- I’ve written blurbs for books from email subject lines
- I’ve written about the little things that make me happy which I often take for granted
- I even entered a writing competition – Furious Fiction!
As I said, it’s been very interesting. Each morning I woke up looking forward to seeing what the day’s MOJO would bring and where it would take me. There were inspiring quotes, ideas for writing and lots of interaction within the group.
So much fun and highly recommended! And you’ll be happy to know my MOJO has reappeared 🙂
You could say I jumped on board the MOJO train!
I had fun with this MOJO exercise, it was all about using the subject lines of emails (in bold) and making them into a brief book blurb (with nothing to do about the original email). Well I did it and had a laugh while doing it, so I thought I’d share them with you. It was another creative exercise.
Let’s make music: A new approach from experts, on how to handle the global pandemic. Hear from a variety of musicians and rock stars, like Jimmy Barnes, on how they coped through lockdown.
Another gift for your tight hips: How to celebrate an upcoming special BIG number birthday with complete style.
Cosy matching Christmas pyjamas: An intriguing tale from those on the ground at Santa’s North Pole workshop. What really goes on??
Jump – my WOTY for 2020
Reminder: My Word of the Year (WOTY) is Jump, so my monthly updates tend to use this as a theme. And I also try to capture a ‘jump’ photo each month.
Let’s talk about jumping…..
This month I managed to walk and even jog a little, which is a big improvement on previous months, due to my knee/leg issues.
As I’ve said all along, cycling is fine but I’ve had trouble being able to walk as briskly as I used to do. So I made a huge effort to jump off the newly renovated railway siding along the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, combining two things I love in the one action 🙂
I have been known to leap frog in my time and decided to give it a go – see I told you my MOJO was back!!
I’ve also updated my Spotify Jump playlist and have enjoyed jumping around to my songs – my favourite at the moment is Jump Around by House of Pain – more for the beat than the words – apart from the all important Jump Around words of course!
I’ve had another great month of blogging, thanks for all the visits, comments and follows 🙂
My #ShoutOutSaturday posts have continued to be popular, I can’t believe I’m up to number 18 this coming Saturday!! Feel free to join in and share something or someone who has made you smile. I’ll be taking a break over the holiday period but will be back with more shout outs in the new year, it’s fun!
I’ve joined Terri for most of the #SundayStills photo challenges and my favourite for the month, was all about weathering.
I’ve also enjoyed linking up with Denyse each Monday for #lifethisweek with optional prompts and a great community of bloggers.
My favourite 3 posts for the month are these ones – please note they’re not necessarily the most popular ones! I usually choose posts that have meant something a bit special to me or were just fun to write.
When set a writing challenge of 1000 words, I couldn’t go past writing about my blogging friends. Friends are like stars, you don’t always see them but you know they are there.
It’s time for a Friday Fiction post with a roundup of all the recent books I’ve enjoyed. I also feature a special author, my good friend Joanne Tracey! What are you reading at the moment?
This week #SundayStills is all about being Thankful. It’s easy at times, to just see the bad things that have happened in 2020 so looking for the good things has been a timely exercise.
Jumping into a new experience
I was a guest on a podcast during the month too, which was a whole new experience for me! My lovely friend Sue interviewed me as part of her Women Living Well After 50 series and it was more fun than I thought it would be!
You can read more about it here: Debbie on Turning 60
So, that was my month, how was yours?
Thanks for dropping by, it’s always great to have you join me. These monthly chats are a fun way to collate the news of my world and it helps me realise that I haven’t sat sit around all day twiddling my thumbs!
There’s been lots of family issues going on during the month but I might talk about them in another post. It’s been one of those years, as I’m sure you’ll understand. I know I’m not alone in hoping 2021 will be a better year.
I’m always interested in hearing your news, so let me know what’s been happening in your world.
Thanks again for reading my news and being an important part of my world. I am turning the big 6-0 in December. Unlike my massive turning 50 celebrations, this year will be quieter and more restrained – it’s just been one of those years and it doesn’t seem right to go all out on a party.
This tweet says it well.
Take care and stay well.
Linking up with other bloggers around the world for A Sentence A day
Previous monthly updates:
Jump into a new year – January
Jump in for a chat – March update
Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in the small town of Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, with three grown up daughters, Debbie and the Mathematician are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.
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