Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Making NOVEMBER Happen

Hello, beautiful November! There's something about this month that gives me the warm fuzzies. Maybe it's the promise of sweet time with family around a table full of decadent food, or the glitter of Christmas calling from the month's end. This November is no different. 

I have to say that after the whirlwind that was October, November was a welcomed sight! Plus with fall back Saturday night? Man! What a way to start things off! October was full to the brim. After flying through September with 30 blog posts (hooray for those of you who participated in The Blog-tember Challenge!), I was in great need of a blogging break. Funny how that works. I built up so much momentum then BAM, I hit the breaks. 

But October also held my "thesis" show for my Masters here at OSU, and the play I had been directing since August (studying since February) demanded all of my attention. I spent hours painting paint sticks (600+ in fact!), programming lights, finding the perfect music, and working with my actors to put on the three best nights of theatre we could muster. Then in a weekend it opened and closed in a flash! 



Almost, Maine was a success if I do say so myself and, SURPRISE! We get to do it again in February! This was perhaps the biggest surprise of all! Due to some complicated circumstances, a space opened on the theatre department's main stage in the spring, and the faculty decided that Almost, Maine would be a good fit! So after a few months off (and a few months of further analysis/writing) we will rally the troops and give it another go! I simply can't wait! 

Now onto this month's goals. I didn't share any for October, even though I filled out my PowerSheets as per usual. This month brought the 3 month refresh, and I was glad to take another look at what I want to make happen these last few months of 2015. 

On Periscope (@baileyjrobert) last week I shared about a practice I learned in undergrad which I call a 6x6. I select six goals for six weeks and work intentionally toward those each day. These goals are at the top of the list for November!

November Goals:

1. Cultivate contentment. A shopping FREEZE. I can't just say shop less or save my money, because neither of those things have worked in the past. So I am putting a FREEZE on shopping for the month. Unless it is a Christmas gift for someone ELSE my money stays IN. MY. WALLET. Something's gotta give here, so hopefully this helps. However, I will make a Christmas wish-list, don't you worry ;)

2. Study PRAYER. If you missed yesterday's scope, I talked about some of my favorite resources and books I hope to read to study prayer this month. It's time to dig in and I'm so excited!

3. Begin 100 Days of Heart Healthy Habits! You know me and that I love a good challenge. They really kick me into gear so I started a health challenge over at @hearthealthyhabits. 100 days of getting active and eating well, documented for accountability. Let's do this!

4. Spend Thanksgiving/extra time with my family. One of my favorite things about this month is just how much time I get to spend at home. I'm headed home this weekend to hit The Dallas Flea with my Mom and sister (talk about tough on a spending freeze!) and then our big Thanksgiving family reunion is just around the corner. Bring on the fun, friends, and MONKEY BREAD! 

5. Decorate for Christmas. Can I mark this one off already? I spent Halloween putting up my Christmas tree (pictures to come!) and I've been listening to Christmas music for weeks. I'm gone so much this month and half of December, so I wanted to enjoy the decor for as long as possible. And Mom and I are already making plans to tackle the house when I get home.

6. Contribute to the Illustrated Faith Creative Team. WOOHOO! We finally got to share the news yesterday, and I am OVERJOYED to have been chosen to be on the IF creative team. Did any of you try to guess the info collages yesterday? The one pictured above was, well, obviously mine. Apparently the Shakespeare collection gave it away ;) I'll be blogging for IF in late November and working my way through the #gratitudedocumented journal this month as well. Also, part of my 6x6 was to paint a page per day, so it's going to be an Illustrated Faith-filled month!

7. #NOnetflixNOVEMBER. SO TOUGH. I have been working my way through Bones, Fixer Upper, and Scandal the past few weeks, but I am putting the breaks on the Netflix marathons this month. I'm determined to be productive in other ways (can you even call Netflix bingeing productive?) and only catching up on my shows via Hulu if I'm at the gym. But come December, bring on the cheesy ABC Family Christmas movies!

8. Prep my December Daily album. This year I am participating in Ali Edward's December Daily challenge(?) and I could not be more excited! My kits are here, some of which are going to be used for an Advent journaling Bible, and I want to get a head start.

9. Simplify and organize. This past weekend I started organizing my apartment, but I know there is more editing out of the excess to do. I have a pile for Goodwill and a pile to be put in an Instagram sale soon. It's been put on the back burner until I can get more schoolwork taken care of. 

Alright, November, I see you. It's going to take intentionality and accountability to make all these things happen, so who's in?

What about you? Any goals?
What are YOU making happen in November?

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