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31 Days of Do Over

31 Days of Doover

Welcome to 31 Days of Do Over! I’m excited to participate for the first time in the mother of all linky parties at The Nesting Place. This is the fourth year bloggers have committed to writing and publishing one post a day in October. This year, Nester, the hostess, created categories to make it easier for bloggers to find posts they want to read – everything from Family Life to Fashion and Beauty (I’m linking my series under the Personal Endeavors category.) It’s a really neat way to find new blogs to read- and a fun challenge (I hope!) as a writer.

Why 31 Days of Do Over? When I started this blog in January 2010, I envisioned blogging about reinventing my life in my forties. I chose dooverdecade as my user name, for wordpress.com and called my blog 40 is the new 30 because I really didn’t feel forty. I’m a few years older now, and a lot of things have happened in the last three-and-a-half years, but I still don’t feel forty, and I am still restyling my life one necklace at a time!

When I tried to think of a topic for this series, I got stuck. I blog about so many things – teaching, jewelry and accessories, personal journey, loss and grief, home decorating, Coco (my dog)  – how could I pick just one thing to write about for thirty-one days? I turned to Facebook for help (where I get some of my best advice!) and my new blogging friend, Angela Bickford, suggested I write about 31 Days of Do Over and use a butterfly as a symbol of transformation. Not only that, she also designed a blog button and banner for me! (Check out her website here.)

So here I am. Day one of thirty-one days of writing. Gulp! I think I can do it – I have a pretty good list of potential topics; I’ll have to discipline myself to write even when I don’t feel like it (kinda like exercise) and try not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. When I’m writing a post, I usually revise/edit as I write, then publish – and reread what I’ve written and revise/edit some more. If it takes me hours to write each post, I’ll never be able to keep up!

{Disclosure: I’m writing some posts in advance and scheduling them throughout October. Further disclosure: I wrote this post in advance and scheduled it for the night before Day 1. This is totally allowed, in case you’re wondering. :)}

What can you expect to read about in this series? Some of the posts I’ve planned include before and after pictures of my new home office; the reveal of Stella & Dot’s holiday collection; a fun post about Coco; thoughts on the upcoming anniversary of my mom’s death; and reflections on the transformation I’ve undergone since I quit teaching in a classroom. There is something for everyone, and I hope you will return to my blog during the month to read the latest posts!

Each day, I will add another link to this page. You can also find all of the posts in this series by clicking here. You don’t have to be a blogger to join the party – just click 31 Dayers to see the categories and read other series. Who knows – you might find your new favorite blog!

This is the introduction (or the Day Before the First Day) post. 🙂

Day 1: What’s New in Stella & Dot: October 2013

Day 2: Where I Blog

Day 3: Coco Goes to the Beauty Parlor

Day 4: Three awesome resources I wish I’d had when I was still a classroom teacher

Day 5: Easy Dessert Dip

Day 6: Me, too.

Day 7: Style Me in: Cobalt

Day 8: 5+2 Ways to Wear the Sutton Necklace

Day 9: The Hardest Thing

Day 10: A Room with a View

Day 11: Happy Stellaversary!

Day 12: I’m in the Joy Business

Day 13: Mantra

Day 14: Sneak peek!

Day 15: Style me in: Animal Prints

Day 16: Style me in: Leopard

Day 17: Style me in: Snakeskin

Day 18: Happy Socktober!

Day 21: Style me in: Zebra

Day 25: Going, going, gone!

Day 27: I do, do you?

Day 28: Breast Cancer Awareness Boutique

Day 31: Meeting Molly Ringwald

31 Days of Do Over 2013

4 thoughts on “31 Days of Do Over

  1. Kelly, I think that name is so great! Life is a constant “do-over”! Learning, growing, messing up, doing well, repeat. I look forward to reading your blog when I can and also maybe doing my 31 days of do-over in my own journal. I share your love of writing and hope to blog as well someday. I love what I am learning in my 40’s! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Best to you and your new adventure!

    1. Thank you, Laura! You are so right – we are always striving to be who we are meant to be, and it wouldn’t be as rewarding without the bumps along the way. I would love to hear how your journaling goes this month. (Remember keeping journals for Mrs. Peeler?) I hope you’ll come back to read and share what you’re learning and growing and doing this month!

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