Currently: November

Oh hey November! I love that whole Thanksgiving thing you've got going on, but can we quit with the evenings that get dark at 5pm? That would be great, thanks. 

Other than talking to the month like a person, here are a few other (less crazy) things I'm up to now. Joining in the monthly linkup with Anne and Jenna



Reading: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. After last month's "book report" linkup, there were so many books I added to my "to-read" list after seeing other bloggers' recommendations. This is one such book, and I can't for the life of me remember whose recommendation it was! Last year I read The Secret Keeper also by Kate Morton and loved it. I'm so glad I picked this one up as well. Being able to escape with a good book make these shortened days a little more bearable. 

Wishlisting: Coats! I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I'm on the hunt for a bright new coat this year. I haven't decided on a color just yet, but I'm thinking mustard yellow, plummy purple or maybe bold red

Loving: Gratitude Month. Sometimes, I'm not okay with holidays starting early (like when stores pull out all the Valentine's Day decor on December 26th), but when it comes to Thanksgiving, I'm totally down with the whole month of November being all about gratitude. Sure, I aim to be grateful all year long, but it's nice to have a month that's full of reminders. I love this 30 Days of Gratitude challenge from Glitter Guide, and I'm also joining my church in the challenge (kicked off this month) of doing 100 acts of kindness in a year's time. 

Appreciating: my husband. Sometimes life gets so busy and stressful that I don't think twice about how lucky I am to have a husband like Aaron. He does more than his fair share around the house, he's an amazing dad to Jona, and for over four years now (!) he's been willing to go outside and take my outfit picture whenever I ask him to...and if that's not love, I don't know what is! 

Creating: November Goals. In an effort to be better about getting things done, I'm taking time at the beginning of every month to outline a few goals for work, home, and blogging. Then I'm breaking them down even further and jotting down a few things I'd like to accomplish each week. Last month I did a so-so job of meeting my goals, especially for home and blogging, but I'm hoping this month will be better. My job is very task-oriented, so I find that it's very hard to have that same mentality when it comes to my home- and blog-life. Any tips on motivating yourself to complete non-work goals? 

What are you up to so far this month? 

18 comments:

  1. my book club just finished forgotten garden, and it got pretty good reviews! it seems like a perfect read for dark fall nights :) and as far as loving gratitude month? yes yes & yes <3

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  2. Taking blog pictures for your wife is a whole new level of love, isn't it? My kids also take some now, too! So Jona has that to look forward to! =)

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  3. Aww, I said my husband for appreciating this month too! Isn't it nice to have such awesome men in our lives who double as great dads? I agree with enjoying a whole month of gratitude, I love that about Thanksgiving time!

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  4. I haven't read anything by Kate Morton yet. I've heard great things and may have to put one of these books on my to do list. Your words about your husband are so sweet. He takes great photos!

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  5. Good, I'm glad your book club liked it! I'm enjoying it so far too...you're right, it's a good fall read!

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  6. Oh my goodness, what talented kiddos you have! Maybe I should start prepping Jona now, hehe :)

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  7. So true--we are some lucky ladies, for sure! Sometimes I take that for granted, but I'm trying really hard not to!

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  8. Thanks Megan! He puts up with a lot, that's for sure :) And yes, you should try Kate Morton, let me know if you do! I LOVED the Secret Keeper, and the Forgotten Garden is already shaping up to be just as good.

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  9. I love everything by Kate Morton! The only problem is that you always wish you had a whole day to just sit and read because once you're in, you're in. Me too on the coats - that one's great. Gratitude month and taking a minute to appreciate your hubby are great things... I feel like we've been so busy with our separate work responsibilities (and then me taking care of everything. else.) that I haven't expressed my appreciation enough. Good reminder :) And I love this monthly goals idea! As long as you're not TOO hard on yourself if you don't meet them (I mean, you're a busy working mom!) I think it's such a great idea to think through and set a plan, rather than just feel like you're floundering. Or is that just me?

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  10. Oh yes, now that I've started that book I really just want to spend all my time reading. I keep going to bed earlier and earlier so I can read more!
    I'm totally with you on having a plan. I NEED to have a plan. But you're right, I do need to cut myself some slack( (thanks for the reminder!)..sometimes my perfectionism drives me to be sort of all or nothing with goal-setting.

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  11. i am all for gratitude the whole month too! my mom's fave holiday

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  12. I'm not quite sure how we got so far into this year. Where is 2014 going? Of course I love the holiday season, but mostly I just want it to be summer again...

    Chic on the Cheap

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  13. I'm just trying to get through this month and not go totally crazy. With our honeymoon coming up next month I feel like there is way too much to do!

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  14. Definitely not a bad thing. And I love Thanksgiving too! :)

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  15. Haha, yeah I know, I feel like that's what I'm always saying this time of year (although I don't miss summer, I just want fall to last longer and not start getting so close to winter!).

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  16. Ooh that's right, so exciting! I'd be going crazy too if I were you!

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  17. I'm on the search for a new coat, too! I have a red peacoat and LOVE how it looks. Such a fun stand-out color. I really want a light blue one. J Crew has a really pretty one that I have my eye on!


    Thanks for linking up!

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  18. I think a red coat is such a fun accent! I have my eye on a pretty yellow one from J.Crew too!
    Thanks for hosting!!

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