November has been a whirlwind of activity and holiday preparations at our house. In a few short weeks, Christmas will be here. Are you ready? No? Neither am I.
Before turning the calendar page from November to December, I am once again sharing what I’ve learned over the last month. So here are eight things I discovered during the month of November, in no particular order…
1) Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is a lot of work, but I still really enjoy doing it. This could be because I like to cook. But it also could be that cooking Thanksgiving dinner myself means that we get to enjoy time at home instead of dealing with the stress of traveling during the busy holiday weekend.
2) Being flexible with plans doesn’t come easy for me. I don’t particularly like surprises, which leads me to be organized and structured concerning my time, especially when making plans and scheduling appointments. But despite my best efforts, everything this month seemed to require a greater amount of flexibility. All this constant flux has left me tired and stressed. I would like to think that December will be better…but who am I kidding!
3) A cup of hot tea before bed relaxes me. Coffee is my hot beverage of choice, but that one mug of hot tea before bed really makes me happy.
4) I can’t get all my Christmas shopping done in one month. I decided that this year would be the year when I would complete ALL my Christmas shopping by the end of November. But the truth is that I hadn’t done any Christmas shopping prior toNovember 1st. So my simple plan actually meant that I thought I could get ALL my Christmas shopping in 30 days. Sounded great in theory, and I gave it my best shot, but I just couldn’t make it happen. While I may not be done yet, I have made a huge dent in my shopping list. So all in all, not a complete failure.
5) I can’t get all my Christmas cards addressed in one month either. Besides finishing my Christmas shopping in one month, I was also convinced that I could get my Christmas cards addressed and ready to mail by the end of November. Well, that didn’t happen either. I started them, quickly finished addressing about half of them, and then put them away in my desk drawer for the rest of the month. I hope to get them finished next week, but we’ll see what happens.
6) A haircut always makes me feel better. And I need to remember that the next time I think about putting off a much-needed haircut for a few more weeks.
7) I waste too much time overthinking things. I’m a horrible decision maker. Sad, but true. I tend to think obsess over every possible outcome for any given situation. I worry so much about making the wrong decision that I wind up making no decision at all. Or I procrastinate in making the decision for so long that either time or someone else makes the decision for me. I’m very good at making a mountain out of a molehill and this month was no different. I wish I knew how to break myself of this habit, but I don’t. Any suggestions?
8) The Blacklist is my favorite new fall show. When I first saw the previews for this show, I wasn’t sure I would like it. But James Spader is fantastic and I love all the twists and turns. I’m definitely going to keep watching this one!
So there you have it! You can read other bloggers’ reflections about what they’ve leaned during the month of November by checking out Emily Freeman’s blog, Chatting at the Sky.