My monthly wrap up posts are typically not hard to write, and yet they are the post where I am the most critical of myself. In essence, it is an evaluation of how well I managed to maintain balance in my life—by my own definition. How many items did I check off my bucket list? Did I manage not to drown in the choices that I made?
Note the emphasis on “typically” in the first sentence, as this post illustrates the exception to that statement. As a blogger, I feel like I have the responsibility to share the bad (within reason) along with the good. This month was my worst month bucket list wise. Sure, there were some extenuating circumstances that aided in my demise (i.e the car accident that I reference here), yet I still find myself disappointed in the fact that I did not reach all that I set out to achieve. Sometimes, we can be our own worst critic…
Enough of the heavy. Now for the good! Here are my reflections for my month of November:
While it may have been my worst bucket list month, it was my best blogging month! I met so many milestones this month that I am so thankful for. The biggest of which was getting to work with Carly, my blogging idol. I was featured as a guest poster on Carly the Prepster where I shared a little bit about me and my style in Carly’s “1 Girl, 5 Outfits” series (read mine here!). It was a mind-blowing experience!! I even wrote a follow up post (read here) that detailed a little more about myself and some behind the scenes commentary about shooting with Carter Fish (!!!).
This month I had two cooking goals on my November Bucket List that I enjoyed working on. I’ve mentioned this a thousand times, but I am really enjoying my developing versatility in the kitchen. For reference, I started off this year “knowing” a handful of recipes that I would still text my mom for instructions on. The growth is real. I got a lot of use out of my slow cooker this month with Slow Cooker Sundays. Not all of them were great, but there were a few winners! I’ll be sharing my favorite recipes from the month soon in my next installment of “Tried it, Loved it.”
Surprisingly, I managed the 7 AM Weekday Wake Up call quite well this month. However, I still do not feel like I have developed a morning routine that I am in love with. If anyone has tips on a great morning routine, send them my way!!
Another thing I enjoyed this month was my visit to the Artech House with my siblings for the Kingdom of Colors exhibit. I was in complete awe of all of the beauty. While the exhibit featured some interactive pieces, the main event was in the center room which hosted bean bag chairs and moving pieces on every wall. Visiting the exhibit definitely inspired me to seek out the other forms of art that the world has to offer. The pictures below do not begin to do the exhibit justice.
Part of maintaining balance in life is rolling with the punches and taking the good with the bad (this month had plenty of both). I look forward to what the last month of 2017 holds! Stay tuned for my December bucket list.