November Wrap-Up

This month flew. I can't even believe it's the end of November already. Where have I been? What did I do? I feel like I don't even have much to share this time around, which is disappointing.

I decided to omit the "In My Life" section of these wrap-ups because they felt like repeats of my Sunday reflections, and I don't want to stop doing those since they keep me thinking and writing more often.

I feel very conflicted about it all and it's probably because I am trying to appeal to the most amount of people but it's also about what I feel best doing. So that's the verdict. (For now.)

B L O G  P O S T S

I spent the first weekend of November in Colorado, so I shared five of my travel essentials and put up a vlog from my trip. I collaborated with my friend and fellow blogger Laura to put up a fun post about why we started our blogs and what keeps us going, plus what post she's most proud of and what blogging has taught her. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, as well as turning 25 this month, I made a list of 20 things I don't want to spend energy on anymore and five that I do. On Sundays I thought about when I'll feel like a real adult, some good things that happened on my birthday, an app that does some good, and an old Thanksgiving tradition my family had. I also read three really good books this month.

November Reads

Book 41:
"Our Dark Duet" by Victoria Schwab
Plot: In a world where monsters are bred from acts of violence, "Our Dark Duet" picks up several months after the first book in the series, "This Savage Song." Kate is hunting monsters and August is fulfilling his duties as a monster, reaping the souls of sinners. Tensions between the two sides are rising, and there's a new monster in Verity, different from any others they've seen. Kate must return home to fight – back to Verity, to August. The war has begun.

3 Things From The Past Week // 15

1 | Thanksgiving was last week, of course. I love this time of year. Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the whole holiday season.

When my sisters and I were younger, my family would do Thanksgiving letters. We'd draw each other's names out of a hat and whoever you picked was the person you had to write an anonymous letter to about why you're thankful for them. Then at dinner, we would each read aloud the letter addressed to us. We don't do that anymore, but we all still get together that day for dinner and games.

Caring About The Right Things

For those of you who celebrate it, happy Thanksgiving! This post is partly Thanksgiving themed and partly me reflecting on turning 25.

Since my birthday landed on a Sunday, I wrote about three things that day as usual and decided I'd put up my birthday-based post today. It was going to be about 25 things I don't waste my energy on anymore. Things I no longer care about, in a good way.

But today is also Thanksgiving, and it felt a little weird to be putting up a list about things I don't care about on a day that focuses on expressing gratitude, even if my message was still positive.

So, I'm combining those feelings.

Here is a list of 25 things. Twenty that I don't care much about these days, plus five that I do.

3 Things From The Past Week // 14

It has been a rough few days. I've been anxious and frustrated and sad and overwhelmed. I've been annoyed at myself for feeling those things. It's felt like two steps forward and one step back.

Today was better. Not totally absent of those feelings, which, considering it's my birthday, is disappointing, but such is life.

I'm 25 now. Still anxious, still human, still trying. But proud, and happy.

We Fed Giraffes In Colorado

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that two weekends ago, I was in Colorado visiting my friend. It's my third time going to Colorado in a year, BUT it never gets old, because my friend is an A+ planner. We always do something different and each trip has a new experience.

We explored the mountains, ate good food, went to a zoo, Netflix n chilled, brunched hard, walked around Denver, looked at street art, and came face to face with a deer. It was a very awesome weekend.

Whenever I travel, I debate vlogging and oftentimes I opt out so I can really enjoy the place. Carrying around a camera can be inconvenient and, sometimes, a distraction. But we did such cool things and saw such beautiful places that I'm really glad I vlogged this one.

3 Things From The Past Week // 13

1 | Last week after my Colorado trip, I took Monday off of work, which was my first day off that was an actual day off in a long time. Definitely the first one this year.

I slept until 8, did a long yoga session in my living room, read (a lot), did laundry, worked on editing my vlog from the trip, caught up on tv, did dishes. It was productive and relaxing.

I still haven't completely unpacked.

Why We Blog // A Collaboration

A few weeks ago I put up a post "What If I Stopped Blogging?" In response to that, my real-life friend and fellow blogger Laura texted me saying she wanted to collaborate on a post about why we blog. I thought it was a great idea.

Not only could sharing our stories be interesting for others, but it's good for us as bloggers to take a minute to reflect on why we're doing all of this anyway. After wondering What if I stopped?, I reminded myself Here's why I haven't.

My Travel Essentials

Today – Friday, the day this is being posted – I am flying out to Colorado to visit my friend. The fact that this post is going up on Friday means it was written beforehand which means I didn't wait until the very last minute to pack! Go me. This might be a first.

I almost always wait until the last minute to pack, and I also almost always overpack. I am indecisive about my clothes and over-prepared for situations that will not happen. I am the worst. I tried really hard this time to only pack what I needed. Surprisingly, I kept it down to only two outfits AKA the exact amount I needed, instead of packing two extra "just in case." 

Aside from the obvious things like a toothbrush, contact solution, phone charger, etc., here are my travel must-haves: