Hello November! It’s been a while since I said “hello” to a new month from this most comfortable perch at my kitchen counter (and with both feet resting on the rungs of the stool 😉 ). There’s just something about November that makes me glad to be home. I find that when I focus my attention on home, family and friends – I can see light shining in even the darkest places. It gives me hope. It feeds my soul. It gives me courage. and for all of this I am so very grateful.
I need – and I’m sure y’all do too – massive doses of ALL of those to just keep going most days. But it’s Thursday. and I’m finding that simple = better … so here are three things I’m doing this month to make sure home, family and friends are foremost:
Getting back to “real meals” with Marc. yep, even planning and cooking. or maybe I should say “mostly” planning and cooking since that’s really what we’ve not been doing these past few months (if you’re imagining that Snacks have become our staple, you’d be right).
Cultivating gratitude. I have a long-standing daily practice of listing five things for which I’m grateful. Hot coffee makes a frequent appearance on that list. (I wish “a good night’s sleep” did too.) This month, I want to find it in new places … or the most familiar ones. I’ve signed up for Michelle’s (free!) Gratitude Week – it starts Monday. I know it will be good!
Making alone time. I am an introvert (which means I get energy from alone time, not time with others) … and as much as I love spending time with all those family and friends, I need time by myself to be my best self. When my schedule gets crazy – like it did this week – that alone time is the first thing I give up. Houseguests, birthdays, anniversaries, and of course Thanksgiving! are best shared with others. Alone time is key….
How about you? Introvert/Extrovert? a tip to deal with this season?