October is a bit of a blur for me, I’m not mad about it. While I generally like to keep our family pace pretty slow, this month has been so full of good things that I’m just holding my hands open grateful. I had the opportunity to speak to three different groups of people at three very different stages of life and faith. How cool is that?
Nonetheless, I’m so ready for November. Some normal days and structure are welcome, but mostly I’m just ready for Christmas music. Bring it.
A few things that have gotten me through this crazy month:
Drink lots of water:
Hashtag basic. I mean obviously this is a necessary thing, but a couple things changed my practice this month. First we went down from a terrible stomach bug, requiring renewed diligence on the water consumptions. Next I was preparing for a Camp Well which is high in the Colorado Rockies, they kept reminding us that the elevation would get to us if we didn’t hydrate. Last, that particular trip fell during my monthly migraine time. I was terrified that I would spend this whole glorious retreat in bed sick as a dog. I didn’t. In fact I felt great, I still feel great. This is clearly something that I just needed a little nudge to do a little better on to make a big difference.
Diffuse Thieves + Citrus:
Truth time: I’m not always convinced that oils are not just a placebo, but as my husband always reminds me, either way it works! Either way, I have to be a total minimalist about this or I’ll get super overwhelmed. So I’m committing to this spicy + sweet combo for the remainder of fall. With the added bonus that it will help us fight the tummy bugs next time they show up. (Maybe.)
I’ve been a longtime follower of Jacey Verdicchio and I was so sad when they ended the Around The Table Podcast, but this might be even better. It is a monthly-ish newsletter (You know I’m not trying to get you more emails unless they are so worth it) that is based off of one word. Her thoughtful take always makes me breath a little deeper and read a little slower. That, my friends, is never a bad thing.
A Red Bandana:
I’m late to this party, but when I mentioned regretting not jumping on this bandwagon sooner, my (very stylish) cousin shot back that red bandana’s are the new make up. I’m in. Now, I find myself wearing mine multiple times a week. It’s the perfect fall sass to add to jeans and white shirt. Dress it up or down with your jacket and shoes. This is the one I snagged. This one is on the wishlist.
Three Cheers for the Return of the Chick Flick:
Except that I can actually sense my husband groaning from downstairs. (Wink) No seriously though, one of those terrible sick days this month, Russ (in recovery) took the kids, and left me to my devices. That device of course being Netflix. I though All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was adorable and they even did a great job with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Life just feels more light and fresh after a good love story.
Really though, #itsallholyground :
I started using the above phrase as a hashtag this last month because of some things I was studying, but as always happens, theoretical study became case study. I had the chance to talk to students and work through their struggles, writers, stay at home moms, moms with full time jobs, men and women who have lost the joy, and men and women who have lost everything. I spent a lovely morning with women on the brink of all the real life things, and it just all reminded me that as long as we are walking around with the Spirit of God indwelling us, everywhere we step is Holy Ground. It’s time to get low and listen well. The world is crying out for some freedom fighters. If you are social media inclined, I’d love to see the Holy Ground you are standing on, share with #itsallholyground