Currently…November

Another month is almost over so I thought I would check in with what has been getting my time and attention in November.

Reading:

Next year I swear I am going to keep a log of what I read. Too often I assume I will keep all the titles straight in my head, but fail. A bit of a non-fiction binge this month…

The Bright Hour – this memoir was fantastic – although such an excited word feels wrong for a story that made me cry. Nina Riggs was a poet and mother of two young boys when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 37 years old. Within a year it had reached a point of being “terminal” and she wrote this manuscript while living as well as possible while walking with death by her side. Definitely a book to make you think, laugh and cry.

The Bright Hour

Braving The Wilderness – Brene Brown: not my favourite of her books, but insanely relevant to what is going on in the world right now politically. The key reminder I am taking with me is that instead of trying to change everything and everyone around you so you have no pain or discomfort change your perspective and understanding.

Currently reading What Happened by Hillary Clinton and A Glorious Freedom (older women leading extraordinary lives) by Lisa Congdon.

Watching:

Streaming and TV – Veronica Mars, Madam Secretary, Riverdale

Cinema: Bad Moms 2 – loved it! Needed a good laugh that day and it delivered.

Cooking:

I am in such a huge rut. What are you loving right now that is easy to make (I hate being in the kitchen long so one pot/pan wonders or simple recipes are my go to choices)

Listening to:

Podcasts – How she creates, Creative Living with Jamie  and Oprah’s Super Soul conversations.

Music – Ed Sheeran, Panic at the disco, new Taylor Swift and Havana by Camila Cabello – all thanks to my teens controlling spotify in the car!

Creating:

I finally finished my crochet blanket. So glad I picked it up after a very long break (which means it took two years + to make instead of 6 months). Ready just in time for summer, but since I ended up making it a lap blanket I am actually using it when i sit and read at times.

crochet blanket

Loving:

Watching all the updates on the Share the Dignity Facebook page as people make deliveries to Bunnings  with bags for women and teens. I love this “it’s in the bag” campaign and am happy to be finishing up two teen bags this year. Thinking about girls just like my own who are in homeless shelters or experiencing a hard time made me choose to create bags for them. Next year I will be more organised and plan to go bigger with friends.

Planning:

Holiday catch ups and family fun all while working 3 days a week at the mall. It is great having cash coming in this year, but takes way more planning now that I have a complicated schedule. Good thing the girls are old enough to not only take care of themselves (and stay up late giving us time together), but to help out (miss 12 is taking charge of all baking!)

Instagram challenges for the next month – I am planning on joining in with Everyday Creative A to Z which runs from 27 November to December 22. I am creating monograms with florals/botanicals. Also planning to do Carve December as I enjoy making my own hand carved stamps each year. The hashtag / community on instagram is always lovely to connect with. Finally I will join in with Susannah Conway’s December Reflections which I do every year.

Pondering:

My word for next year (currently dancing around with “integrity”), what I am doing with ICD going forward, what colour to finally paint our two dark wood bookcases (like the crochet blanket this is a long term “on hold” project I want to finally dive back into).

What are you up to these days? Any awesome things to recommend and share?

Love and light

deb xx

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