Monday, December 02, 2019

Monthly Reflections | November

Wrapping up the month and sharing what I've been up to in life and on the blog. What is your favorite moment of November? #currently

November was a month of big changes and making adjustments. It was a month of accepting some hard truths and speaking up for myself. It was a month of holding on tight but letting go of what I can't control. It was the month in which I turned forty. Physically, it didn't feel different, but mentally, I'm realizing how much space there is between who I am and who I used to be. Between who I am and who I want to be. I'm finally understanding why they call life a journey. It never ends until it does.

Lately, I've been...

Listening: to The Recharge playlist. It feels like home.
Making:  mental notes... and then promptly forgetting them.
Welcoming: winter and the memories that come with the season, both happy and sad.
Cooking:  Thanksgiving dinner, chocolate peanut butter cake, chili, and some new recipes.
Drinking:  water and pickle juice. Not together. (The life of a chronic cerebral salt waster...)
Reading:  not enough. I was such a slacker in November. Now it's time to play catch-up.
Touching: the flame. Why do we do things that aren't good for us, knowing the consequences?
Wanting:  to go snowboarding.
Looking:  forward to 2020. How I love a fresh slate.
Playing:  Sudoku. Always.
Wasting:  time. Sleeping and watching my favorite movies. I've needed the comfort of something familiar.
Wishing:  I could revisit the past.
Creating: a Kanban board for the first quarter of the new year.
Enjoying:  time with my siblings. We are making togetherness a priority this holiday season.
Waiting:  for the timing to be right.
Liking:  silence. The kind after a big family gathering when everyone has gone home and the house is still.
Eating:  all. the. comfort. food.
Wondering:  if I'll be able to get difficult words down on paper.
Preparing: to make a giant grazing board for Christmas.
Loving:  laughing over a game of LCR with my family.
Tasting: everything. It's a workplace hazard when you cook for your family every day.
Hoping:  for good news today.
Missing:  my cat, Harley.
Celebrating: several family birthdays.
Writing:  n o t h i n g. I did the bare minimum in November. Time to get back on the ball.
Needing:  a crackling fireplace and a hot chocolate.
Photographing: candids of family members.
Smelling:  my new candle. (Woodwick factory does a fantastic Black Friday sale - fill a box for $25!)
Wearing:  comfy clothes. Always.
un-Following:  things and people that don't align with my path. It feels good.
Noticing:  it's time to give up dairy and go vegan once and for all. I don't like what it does to my body or skin.
Watching:  Shameless. The new season began in early November, but I have mixed feelings. Anyone else?
Knowing:  I'm holding myself back from what I'm capable of. Need to find a way around the mental roadblock.
Craving:  a detox fast. After Thanksgiving, my body is begging for a reset.
Working:  on making realistic goals rather than setting myself up for failure.
Thinking:  about B. 
Bookmarking:  the writing of other people. Surrounding myself with things that inspire me.
Opening:  book mail.
Feeling:  irritable, but determined not to let the mood ruin my week.

What have you been up to in November?

To see what other bloggers are up to this month, check out Anne's post over on Anne In Residence.

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  1. Happy late birthday! I love LCR- so fun. Sudoku is always a good time too!

  2. Beth Gilles KondrickDecember 2, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Amen to finding yourself and facing those hard truths - it isn't easy but at the same time, doesn't it feel good to know who you are and where you want to be? That's kind of where I'm at right now. And tell me more about this chocolate peanut butter cake...I think I need it! LOL

  3. Oooh I liked the "UN-following" part. That's so necessary - especially during this season when it's super easy to play the comparison game. Also loving your playlist. I will definitely be listening to that plenty this week!

  4. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who makes tons of mental notes... only to forget a handful of them! Also - Kanban, yes! I love organizing my work through Kanban!

  5. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you are doing a lot of reflecting and figuring out where you want your life to take you. I think that is a really important part of the journey so you don't find yourself looking at a stranger in the mirror or end up down a path you never wanted to go.

  6. It does feel good! It was my brother-in-law's birthday and he loves Reese's peanut butter cups. So, I made a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream and chopped up pieces of peanut butter cups on top. He (and the entire family) loved it!

  7. Here's to unfollowing more this season! :)

  8. I don't know how I survived without Kanban!

  9. Christa Del GiornoDecember 3, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    It seems like we had similar Novembers! I need a detox and to get back to reading, too.

  10. Which detox style do you use?
    I also find it difficult to write about hard things. I feel if I write it, it's real and sometimes I am not quite ready to face that reality. But then I know it's simmering in my soul not doing anyone any good. You said you slacked on reading and wrote the minimum this month. Good.For.You! Sometimes we need that and we also need to allow ourselves grace.
    Have a blessed week!

  11. I was just talking about eating better earlier today. I'm having more stomach issues, and gaining weight, and I'm not always sure what's doing it. I don't eat gluten and I don't eat much dairy, but I just need to do better and really go back to basics and see if I can get healthier. It's tough to do in the month of December, but I want to try a little bit now and then really focus in the new year. I'm glad you're enjoying time with your siblings!! That's wonderful. I feel like I haven't read a ton lately either...need to get back to that.


  12. I do intermittent fasting for a week or two and when I do eat, I stick with fruits and vegetables only. Because I have so many food sensitivities, this method helps my system reset after I've splurged during the holidays. :)

    I know EXACTLY what you feel about putting the hard things out there. It is difficult to deal with it in your private life before you share it with the public.

  13. I definitely need to do better. I really need to stop with the dairy because of both health issues and ethical beliefs, but I keep making excuses. I think the New Year is going to be a Whole30 kickoff where I'll be able to kick some of these habits. :)