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‘Tis the season to be thankful… that the lull season is over!
October was another (loooong and never-ending) month that left me feeling more anxious than September did. There was this constant feeling of (I don’t want to use the word dread because that’s not what it was entirely, but reusing the word anxious doesn’t give it justice either, so 🤷🏼♀️) that I couldn’t shake completely. It’s unfortunate because October is #SpookySZN and my favorite time of the year, but I couldn’t get into the holiday spirit. Though, I did watch a lot of the classic horror movies like The Exorcist, Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre…
If we’ve learned anything by now is that I’m a creature of habit and I like organization, routine and knowing what’s to be expected of me. I had all these visions of how GenBeauty was suppose to go, but with zero idea on how it would actually come to fruition. I’m certainly not knocking my GenBeauty weekend because it was 100% what I needed, but I think a lot of those antsy feelings had to do with the lack of plans.
Once GBNY weekend was over, I started to feel semi-normal again, but still had that slight feeling of being a little off. I don’t want to jump the gun and say that it could have also been seasonal depression, but I’m thinking it’s 60% that, 40% me being anxious for our upcoming trip to Iceland and the holidays.
Now that we’re officially into the holiday season, I can start getting excited and start getting festive! I have always loved the holiday season and with a well-planned itinerary planned, all I have to worry about now is buying last minute things for our trip.
Here are my goals I want to crush this November:
- Continue with Fall Sprint Challenge: After completing October’s Split, I quickly discovered that for this program to be considered a success, I’m going to have to really step it up with the meal plan. The gym adjustment has been easy, but now it’s a matter of eating healthy and staying consistent with it, especially with plentiful meals, treats and cocktails with friends and family. For a more thorough breakdown, check out November’s Split.
- Finish 2018 Reading Challenge: I think I went for the gusto with October’s pace, because I didn’t make the pace I wanted to. I’m currently two books behind my self-paced challenge I set aside each month, yet I’m still ahead of pace for the year. I feel as if I can knock out some reads with upcoming downtime/hibernation mode and plan on finishing before November 30th. On deck: finishing up The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine, Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
- Continue daily Czech streak on Duolingo: It’s been officially a 100 days of teaching myself Czech and I couldn’t be more proud of my commitment to teaching myself something new. I have finally found a language that I’m starting to understand, I love learning and can throw around as a fun party trick. I don’t want to let up, especially with our trip to Prague under 110 days away!
- Pay off Amex card, all store cards and continue to save in secondary savings: ‘Tis the season to treat yo’self. Sephora Rouge Holiday sale did me real dirty, but I don’t feel overwhelmed with my credit card debt like I have in the past. The goal is to pay off these cards quickly while stowing money away in that secondary savings fund, as well as another fund for Christmas.
- Enjoy the season: It’s going to be different with my Grandmother going to my cousins for Thanksgiving, but it should still be a great time with Ryan, my parents and whatever immediate family we celebrate Thanksgiving with. Thanksgivings are always a fun time and something I always look forward to, especially for all of the delicious food!
What are your goals this month? Let me know in a comment!