Monthly Overview: November

I can hardly believe that it is December already. Wow, November has flown by! I am über excited for Christmas now, but where has the year gone?

I am thankful for fast weeks and chilled weekends, but the days are passing so quickly and they are days that I don’t particularly enjoy. I spend the week wishing for the weekend, wishing my life away, which isn’t good. Hopefully 2018 will bring some big changes.

Anyway, here we are again, in a round-up of my recent achievements and goals for the month ahead. Again, I don’t believe that I have achieved much, but let’s see as I wrack my brain for things to list. My life is not particularly eventful right now, but I quite like my quiet existence.

My recent achievements

  • I have been writing far more, poetry-wise anyway, although as I have mentioned before, I don’t really class my writing as ‘poetry’. I post most of it to my Facebook page, Fragments of my Mind, as well as my blog of the same name. I am considering looking into getting a book of poetry published, but the self-doubt always raises its ugly head.
  • My Christmas decorations are up! Yeah, I know that isn’t a November achievement, but it will be pretty pointless including it in my December overview, which I’ll be posting in January. After all, I generally take the decs down on New Year’s Day.

  • I tidied my kitchen to make it more Christmas-friendly. I am hosting Christmas this year for myself, my son, my brother and nephew, and I want to put in an effort to make the house look festive. My son and I rarely use the kitchen table and, up until recently, it was pushed up against the wall and the chairs were being used to house paperwork and magazines and general clutter. However, that’s all changed now! Clutter has been removed and distributed to the relevant places, and the table has been pulled out and cleared of junk. The kitchen definitely looks more welcoming.
  • I have settled into my job and am trying to take it day by day instead of constantly moaning and job hunting. To be honest, it isn’t any more enjoyable, and I find it a total waste of a day, but I’m definitely not the only person to feel this way. Also, I’ve just been given a pay rise, so I’ve decided to stick at it for now.
  • I am doing pretty well with my Christmas shopping, and only have a couple of bits and pieces to pick up. I’m ahead of the game for once, but no doubt I will panic last minute as per usual and buy more than I needed to.
  • I am continuing as admin of the Facebook group that I mentioned last time, and the group is improving in leaps and bounds. It’s a real shame that it isn’t a paid job, because I would far rather play about managing pages on Facebook than doing payroll!

This month has passed so quickly that it has been a challenge to achieve anything more than the above. I am purely motivated by Christmas at the moment, and anything else can wait until the new year.

Goals for December

  1. Finish my Christmas shopping. Nearly finished anyway, but it would be good to be in a position where I don’t feel I need to overcompensate. My son’s father is extremely money-orientated and it is so easy to be dragged into a present-buying competition. I refuse to this year, mainly because I can’t afford it, but also because why should I. I can’t win every time, after all! 😉
  2. Learn how to cook a roast dinner. As I mentioned above, I will be hosting Christmas which includes cooking a roast dinner. I’ve never done this before, and I’ve asked my mum to do a trial run with me. I’m 41 and have never cooked a roast dinner before. Yep, that’s right. It’s probably about time I learned.
  3. Post Christmas cards to my penpals. Yes, I am old school, and still write snail mail letters to people around the world, which I enjoy. I have five penpals at the moment, which isn’t that many. They live in New Zealand, Italy, Canada, Germany and England, and I like to send out Christmas cards early to ensure delivery in time. As I prefer low maintenance friendships where they don’t expect too much of me, I probably exchange 2-3 letters a year with each of them, which is mutually agreed upon. Although it is lovely to receive letters through the post, real life can often kill your writing mojo, and my friends understand and share this view. That’s why they are my friends. 🙂
  4. Send out a birthday card and gift to my best friend. Michelle lives in a different county altogether to me, and we only generally meet up twice a year. It is her birthday on the 7th and therefore I need to get a card and gift to her as I am unlikely to be able to hand it to her personally. It would be nice to meet up with her, but life has been so busy for her recently and I haven’t seen her in a while. Still, I am sure I can show my appreciation of her friendship from afar.

So that is it for now. Let’s see what December brings! Have a good one. 💜