Digging Deeper

Welcome to December

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Welcome to December!

Wow! November flew by. Did it for everyone?

My life was insane during November, and, of course, I did it to myself.

The intention was, and I actually did begin this, was to post weekly all month long.

But that didn’t happen.

Here’s what did happen in November:


I wrote about NaNoWriMo during the month of October. And again, my intention was to post during November.

Of course, that didn’t happen. Oh, I have several posts in the rough draft stage. They just didn’t get beyond that.

November was tough this year. I’m not sure what made it quite so tough but it was. To keep track of what I did in November I created a couple of pages in my bullet journal. This was a first for me but I think I like what I did. This is what things looked like just five days before the end of the month.

Welcome to December. NaNoWriMo spread with lots of words to go.
Unfinished business!

There are no before pictures mostly because my November bullet journal spread was never completed (the supplies I’d ordered never arrived). However, here is my NaNo spread complete:

completed pages of nano bullet journal spread. Welcome to December.
My finished NaNoWriMo spread!

As you can see, there have been days with no words and I was quite far behind. My entire goal was to finish the challenge. Which I was able to do. And, though I am not finished with my story, I am still working on it.

The cool thing is that I was able to order my winner’s shirt when I’d won. Last year I bought my shirt in the middle for motivation, as I’ve done during each of the previous years. It never made it out of the package. No worries this year.

This bullet journal spread is one that I will repeat whenever I reach a challenge such as this. It helped me to keep track of my words and I’ve really enjoyed coloring in the boxes. It’s not something I’ve ever done before.

Normally, I struggle with setting goals since I tend not to keep them very well. But I found myself wanting to get to the next box so I could color it in. Perhaps I have found my motivator for goal setting.

What motivates you?

A Rescue

So, November was quite busy because I decided to do something I’d wanted to do for a long time.

Rescue Kittens

Here are Rufus and Ginny. They were rescued and fostered by a cat rescue organization called Cat Nap Lodge. Since Tuesday, December 3 is Giving Tuesday, please think about giving to this amazing rescue or another rescue in your area. They do great work and are always in need of funds.

Rufus the cat is helping me work! Welcome to December
Rufus helping me work! #rufusrocks
Sleepy Ginny. Ginger kitty. Welcome to December.
Sleepy Ginny! #ginnygirl

When they came to me, they were still so tiny, each weighing under 2.5 lbs.

They are now 16 weeks old, roughly. Rufus is well over 3 lbs and Ginny is nearly so.

They, along with their other three siblings were found at about 8 weeks old, severely underweight, filthy and covered with fleas. When I met them they were sassy, tiny and shy. I’m really excited to have the chance to adopt these two.

That being said, they have added to my intense November. It’s been interesting with the romping from room to room, all over me before crawling around me for a nap. They stick quite close.

Oh, I also forgot to mention, they are teething. It is so much fun.

Thanksgiving (American)

We are just getting back from the Thanksgiving holiday, one that I thoroughly enjoy. For those who didn’t get the holiday off, thank you for all that you do.

The holidays can be overwhelming and there are strategies I’ve used to handle the overwhelm of the season. That may be something I talk about in later posts.

I do love Thanksgiving. Because I tend to be a bit of a control freak, I make much of the food. Mostly that is because I am vegetarian/vegan and the food is quite easy to make safe for me to eat. I am getting better about letting go of the control. Mostly.

We even had friends and family holiday. That is something I’ve wanted to do for a while and am thankful it happened.

Jasper looks happy at his first Thanksgiving but he was fighting off an illness and he couldn’t eat anything just yet. Just look at that smile!

Smiling baby at first thanksgiving. Welcome to December.
Jasper’s first turkey day! #justjasper

Final Thoughts

Each of these things contributed to my intense month. And each of these things were of my own choices. That is something I’ve been writing about in my journal. No real answers or insights but I’ve simply acknowledged that I have made these choices. And it is my job to manage myself in the meantime.

Welcome to December!

Until next time,

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