December is finally upon us and I enjoy it because it means it’s slightly more relaxing with all the public holidays. But this post is about the month gone by – November. My positive emotion for November was gratitude and while I didn’t practice it every single day, I have much to be grateful about.
In November, I didn’t blog as much due to commitments outside of the blog. My main focus in November was NaNoWriMo. While I didn’t ‘win’ it, as in, I didn’t complete 50,000 words, I managed about 34,000. And I’m pleased. It’s much better than the 5000 from last year and even though some of it may have to go, I have written it down.
On the blog in November, I reflected on how serendipitous my work can be in terms of the clients I get. I also mentioned about being burnt out and took a much deserved week off work. I also tried to bring you all up to date with my life whilst also reflecting on things that made me happy.
Off the blog, I continued to live my life. I had some lovely nights with friends during book clubs, dinners and movie marathons as well as hikes during the day. I exercised often – sometimes on my own, sometimes with friends at the gym – and also tried to eat right. On the last night of the month, I was also awarded my second-prize for winning a short story competition run in August by my local library. I won an iPad Mini but more importantly, saw my story published on their website as well as framed in the library for now. It was so exciting and I was humbled when some readers informed me they almost cried while reading it.
As we head into December, I am mindful how busy this time of the year can be. There’s Christmas parties to go to as well as being busy at work before things get a bit quieter at Christmas. I won’t be taking any time off but am looking forward to the public holidays. I hope to finish my novel this month and need to be disciplined so please expected word count updates as it helps me be accountable. Apart from that, I’m going to continue to enjoy friends, the beach, exercise and of course, the summer of cricket. And hopefully, I’ll be back here more often this month.
There was certainly a lot to be grateful for in November.
How was November for you?
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Until next time,