Well, November took us down. Hard.
It started with a broken phone and spiraled into multiple illnesses and landed with a thud when we traveled all the way to Durango for Thanksgiving and landed a killer stomach bug. I can think of better ways to spend bonding time with friends, but perhaps nothing quite so intimate.
So long, farewell, and all that jazz to this month.
However, I did want to join Emily Freeman in sharing in keeping track of and sharing what we have learned this month. Without further ado...
Self-care is an ever changing beast.
Early in the month (I probably would have saved it if I had known what was coming) I cashed in a massage gift card. I figured while I was in town by myself, a rare occasion indeed, I would stop by the library. Guess which one was more relaxing for me?
Now, I'm not saying getting undressed in a highly scented room and having a stranger touch you is not delightful, I'm just saying a quiet minute or 45 alone with the books won that battle hands down for me.
On a related note...
Self-Care is an ever changing beast part two.
I haven't spent much time at the library for myself in years because honestly, I was finding it stressful. Years ago I had loved to spend hours scanning the shelfs and grabbing random books and for a long time I didn't know what happened to me. Now I do.
My time is extremely valuable to me now. The aforementioned library trip? I went prepared. To-Be-Read list, call numbers, backups. It made the whole experience enjoyable again. I'm sure my wandering days will return, but I'm also almost positive that won't happen until my kids are past babysitting age.
Wearing an apron in the kitchen is a good thing.
Possibly it's that I grew up in the post feminist revolution age or maybe it's my own insecurities about how stay-at-home moms are perceived, but I always thought aprons were a little too quiant for me. And then...I started trying to buy clothes that were ethically made. Which meant they cost more. Which meant I bought less and they mean more.
Ultimately, I went and spent $15 bucks at Target and I amazed at how such a simple things has changed my entire mentality around the kitchen. It has actually made me braver and more willing to work. Go figure.
Golden Milk probably saved our lives.
We got this delightful book called A Year of Cozy and one of the November recipes happened to be Golden Milk. It's basically almond milk with tumeric, ginger, and honey and it's amazing. Also, when I was up with kids hacking and a furrowed brow looking up flu remedies almost all of them mentioned those components. How handy that they happen to come delivered in a delicious frothy beverage.
Clogs. That is all.
This summer I snatched a pair of Swedish Hasbeens sandals on Poshmark and they became my go-to summer shoe because they were super comfy and I loved the sound the wood made when I walked. (What? I'm five. I care how my shoes sound.) So when it dawned on me that I just happened to hate every outfit I put on with my booties I decided to get a winter version of clogs instead.
These beauties from Lotta from Stockholm are gorgeous, comfortable, and pretty reasonable priced for great shoes.
Done really is better than perfect.
I have been wanting to participate in this What I've learned series for almost a year now, but I never had the right picture, or I had forgotten to keep track, or the end of the month got away from me. No excuses this month. I did it and I loved it. Honestly? It's a great practice and I'd love to hear what you've been learning this month?