I really thought October would be a lot better than September. Not so much. That will be changing now though! I didn’t want to include pics from the hospital or talk about how much the month pretty much just sucked, so… Pictures throughout this post are from our best times of the month. Our friend’s family cabin got not one, but two visits from us this month and it was fantastic. I mean, just check out our makeshift-wannabe-professional photog shoot by the lake. As you’ll see, the little one face planted into the mucky water almost immediately. Good times =) We are so incredibly grateful to have these friends who have become our family. Plus, these kiddos completely melt my heart. If they’re stolen, all signs point to Auntie Neeka!
Another thing I learned this month? I’ve never been so grateful for the human body until now. I mean doesn’t pretty much everyone take for granted the fact that we can hold our heads up without experiencing unfathomable pain? I did for 35 years until a few weeks ago! That pinched nerve in my neck was NO JOKE. As I’ve said in prior posts, it really changed my perspective on those who deal with chronic pain. My prayers to you, if you are one of them. That’s what healed me. Prayers, lots of rest, chiropractic care, and more prayer. SO incredibly thankful to experience relief now.
THANKFULNESS. It’s coming, folks… My all-time favorite holiday! Turkey, family, cool weather (hopefully!), major dessert spread, and – don’t forget – the wine. Since the big day’s at my house, my November usually only revolves around menu planning, prepping, shopping, and execution. This year, however, I really want to make an effort to be mindful of all I have appreciation for. So, I’ll be keeping a daily journal that includes 10 things I am grateful for. I’m going to try my darnedest to not repeat anything. Will you join me? It can be big things, it can be little things, it can be silly things. Putting them on paper can prove to be so very meaningful and help our (read: MY) attitude. Here’s to a PHENOMENAL November!
So, instead of me dwelling on the mishaps of October, this post is more of a spurring on to an enjoyable, remarkable, productive yet relaxing, magnificent, satisfying November. I’m excited for a good one. Let’s break out our journals together and remember all the things we sometimes take for granted.
Other things I’ve been doing?
Crocheting blankets. My hands can’t move fast enough. Holidays are COMING.
Using the food that I buy. I’m trying really hard to not be wasteful when it comes to groceries. This includes cleaning out that dreaded back of the pantry too!
And things I need to do?
Bear down on our dreaded budget. I reallllly want to give some awesome gifts this year, not necessarily expensive just thoughtful. I’m usually the person at the grocery store on December 24th staring down the remaining gift cards. NOT. THIS. YEAR.
Plan ahead. In accordance with above, I’m striving to be on top of things. No more holiday stress! Well, of course there will be stress, let’s be real. But I’m going to make a conscious effort to not stress myself out as much as possible which means being prepared and prepped for all the holidays bring.
Relax. I don’t always make time for this, especially in November (and December) but it’s happening this year. More nights of hot apple cider, footie pajamas, and movies!
Make time for others. Specifically, planning Friendsgiving at our place. We did one last year with our precious old neighborhood. This year, I’m thinking more of an open house style with a more strategic guest list. Not just neighbors but friends and fam, new and old. I can’t wait!
November, I’m coming for you. Let’s make it the BEST ONE YET!