Looking Back / Forward

Happy December, everyone! Can you believe we’re already a week in? I have been quite sick for a couple weeks, so didn’t miss my first of the month goal for this post, but better late than ever, right?! November was a good month, and flew by. It was the first month in a while that I didn’t travel beyond New York / New England, which was a very needed break. Here’s what happened this past month:

Watching:
  • I finished MIndhunter on Netflix, and loved it! As someone who wrote their college essay on Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling (a story for another time), it was really interesting and well done.
  • I was sick the last week of November, and completely binged all four seasons of Younger on TV Land. It was a show I had heard about for a long time, and can’t believe I waited so long to watch. I LOVED it. It is such a fun show, I can’t recommend it enough!
  • For me, the Christmas season starts on November 1st (try not to judge), so my month also included a whole bunch of Christmas movies.
Reading:
  • I cozied up with The Hygge Life and Lagom this month, in an effort to embrace all things Nordic. I enjoyed the tips and tricks in The Hygge Life, but didn’t love Lagom as much.
  • After a recommendation from a friend, I read Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give. Such a good book, especially in my first year of marriage – a great reminder that as amazing as marriage is a lot of the time, it can be tough, messy, and hard. I read it in one sitting, and recommend.
  • I am a huge New York Public Library user, and it takes a special book for me to buy it. After reading The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah from the library, I immediately ordered it on Amazon. This book is a must for every household.
Experiencing:
  • November was the first month I was able to do yoga again after my surgery back in June. It felt like I was finally in my body again, and until my recent illness, I was going quite a few times a week. I can’t wait to be back on the mat soon.
  • I spent a whole week in Massachusetts for Thanksgiving, which was fun and relaxing. I cooked and baked a ton (see IG!) and had a great time with my family. It went by way too fast, so I’m excited I’ll be home again in two weeks for Christmas.
  • The end of the month was pretty tough, when I came down with an illness I’m still fighting. The last few days were pretty emotional, as I realized that I couldn’t go to my best friend’s birthday weekend. I had been excited about this weekend for months, and cherish quality time with my friends more than ever, so it was very disappointing. However, after video chatting with my friends while they were on the trip, it made me remember how amazing and supportive they are – and it just means we need to plan another weekend getaway!
Thinking About:
  • During the first week of November, I went to one of my favorite conferences of the year – the NationSwell Summit. If you haven’t heard of NationSwell, check it out. They are an awesome media company focused on solutions-based news, and have a professional Council that I am on, made up of incredible leaders across industries. It was an inspirational day, and what I loved most was the opportunity to connect with people–both like-minded and not–to talk about the solutions our country needs most.
  • Last month I mentioned a desire to de-clutter my life – and I did it! My husband and I spent an entire Sunday organizing our apartment, and I’m loving it. I have always been neat and tidy, but getting our home to that point after a crazy year took some time. Now it feels as though everything has its place, and it has resulted in a whole lot of Hygge!
  • I have been thinking a lot about listening. I just read Celeste Headlee’s book “We Need To Talk”, and she talks a lot about the topic. Most of us are not so great at truly listening, and we need to do more of it. More soon, because listening is what is going to change the world.
Looking Forward:
This month, I’m most excited for:
  • Christmas! As I mentioned, I absolutely love this season. From movies, to baking cookies, to finding the perfect gift for those I love, I am trying to slow down and enjoy every moment of this month.
  • This weekend my mom is coming to the city. We’re going to see a show on Broadway, go to the holiday markets, and just spend quality time together. It has been a few months she’s been here, so I’m really looking forward to it.
  • I’m taking off just about two weeks from work at the end of the month. I am such a huge advocate of unplugging, shutting off email, and I’m excited to come back in January completely recharged.

How was your November? What are you looking forward to in December? Please share, I would love to hear!

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