I am a big fan of October with its pumpkins, spices, vibrance and haunts. November isn’t as easy a month to love. It’s an in-between month. It doesn’t really feel like fall anymore, but it’s not quite winter either. It offers hints of the holidays as carols begin their retail store soundtrack rotations and decorations fill the aisles, but it isn’t really the holiday season yet. November is a darker, colder, blustery transition month.
I think that is why I am feeling especially drawn to November this year. Like this month, I am making my way through a blustery transition. I’m not a teacher, but not quite anything else yet either. I’m still surveying the land and drawing a new life map. I am grateful for this transition because even if it’s a little bit colder and a little bit darker, it means change and adventure and that’s exactly why I started down this road to begin with! I can only hope that my next phase is as magical as decorating a Christmas tree and watching Elf on repeat.
I have been making a lot of lists during this transition. I have them in organized notebooks with color coded pens. Some of them are simple reminders to pay certain bills or buy an ice scraper (because ANY DAY now, y’all!). Many are lofty goals and ideas about how to become aggressively successful at something. Some of them are very basic just so I can cross off more at the end of the day and feel accomplished. It’s the little things.
Here are a few of my November Goals.
- I downloaded the 7-Minute Workout Challenge app but haven’t really used it other than sporatically. This month I want to get into a regular work-out routine. That means actually working out and not just watching Netflix while standing on the elliptical for 15 mins to justify spending the rest of the time in the steam room.
- Make writing in my journal a priority. I so often leave it for the bottom of my lists or for when I am too tired to even see the words I am writing. My journal is important. I can’t afford actual therapy.
- Read as much as I Netflix. As long as I keep it balanced I can binge without guilt.
- Learn a new song on the guitar.
- Carve out time in my schedule to work on my online web development course.
- Practice self-care.
- Do something uncomfortable.
I’ll let you know how I do at the end of the month. Happy November!