I’m linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky where we share all the things we learned in November.
1. I love the water during the summer months but there is something breathtaking about visiting the water on a grey day when there are whitecaps and a chilly wind. It refreshes me and brings all the great British novels to mind.
2. I enjoy creating. Food, decor, words. I’ve hot glued bay leaves to make a tree, I’ve hand sewn felt to make star wands for my daughters’ stockings, I’ve hung felt stars and crocheted snowflakes from a driftwood branch and I have felt so alive while doing it.
3. Potty training is all about when the child is ready and requires constant vigilance and encouragement. Actually that’s true about all parenting.
4. Reading is my favourite quiet activity. I read several novels this month by a new favourite author and loved them all. I would far rather curl up with a book then almost anything else in the quiet of the evening. I knew this but really found it to be true this month.
5. Taking a break from the screens is incredibly freeing and like a breath of fresh air. I know this but I’ve gotten out of the habit of taking a weekend break. I deleted all the social media apps from my phone and left in my bedroom. I left the laptop closed except for a few minutes and just read, created and enjoyed just being. Definitely going to make this more of a habit even though it’s hard at first.
6. Twenty-eight is a great age. It’s young but not too young and I feel like I have a greater permission to be myself rather then trying to fit into other people’s molds.
7. Taking the time to make a good cup of coffee is worth it. I love my coffee but too often I rush the process and make an okay cup of coffee. We spent a few days last month with friends who are coffee geeks and they made some good coffee. So I’ve been making an effort to measure it all (the beans, the temperature, and the brew time) here at home does make a difference. And a much better cup of coffee.
8. Setting simple, do-able goals is empowering.I wrote about some of my goals for the month of November here, prompted by Hayley of The Tiny Twig and I kept them! We did light the candles every night, the laundry was done almost every day and I focused more on meaningful connections. It was enriching and enlightening. I often think of goals as great big mountains to climb and those kind of goals are great but smaller, daily goals are empowering. Baby steps up the mountain!
What did you learn in November?