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November Wrap-Up | LAST MONTH OF THE YEAR!?!

Folks, we are this close to the last month of 2017.

Let that sink in.

Now, Christmas is next month.  I repeat: CHRISTMAS IS NEXT MONTH!!!!

(see: trying to balance the sad & happy at the same time xD)

+ I made...a new friend? So for my health class, we had a long term assignement to basically...make a new friend.  Someone out of our own age group, and obviously someone that we didn't already know.  We had to go out of our way to talk to them and maybe even do something for them.  SO.  Earlier this month I went out to my neighbor's place (she has like, five girls) and I baked triple decker brownies with them.  It was fun, delicious, and a pretty fun school assignment if I do say so :D

+ Paint, paint, and more paint.  Honestly, I should just go over this whole year's worth of blog posts and see how many times I've referenced paint.  It's become such a big part of my life.  LOLOL But it has.  Sadly.  This month, I'm so so close to being done with my project/music room, and we're almost done with painting our entire dining room/hallway.  SO! MUCH! PAINT! AND! WORK! We literally spent a whole day painting, not to mention all the other days I've spent painting  MAN.

+ It snowed on the 6th of November.  WHAT! I walked out of school and lo and behold there was snow.  I was literally so surprised xD I think it put me in the festive mood so much earlier than I normally am, which iS GREAT.  But, it hasn't snowed since soooo.....

+ The power went out for a while.  For like, a day and a half.  IT WAS SO STRANGE.  It was hard, obviously, but it also made me realize how truly first world I am.  I'm just so much more grateful for electricity now :P It was awful.

+ Tried pumpkin spice donuts.  MEH.  I tried this recipe, if you want to check it out.  The deep frying part was fine, it was just that the donuts themselves weren't that great.

+ Thanksgiving was awesome. (Black Friday too) IT WAS A LOVELY THANKSGIVING BREAK OVERALL

+ WRITE Um, not really? I don't know where November went honestly, guys.  I feel like I got nothing practical done this month *cries in corner*

+ Make pumpkin stuff.  BUT this I did do! So that's good.  I made a pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, and pumpkin cupcakes.  PLENTY of pumpkin xD

Now bring on the holidays.

 + Visit Starbucks! Didn't get to do this this month, but I'm planning to in December.

+ Work on a new blog design.  Nope.  >_<

I literally have one goal for December -

+ Enjoy the last month of 2017 & not stress & live in the moment & make the most out of it & not procrastinate 

I'm so sorry I got this post up a day later than I was supposed to, y'all :( I've been kind of busy lately, and I should've probably taken the time to do write this post in advance then.  I didn't even put any pictures in because I'm really running low on time.  I IS SORRY.  I'm thinking I'm going to rearrange my posting schedule next year, maybe? What do you guys do? Do you think it's better to stick to a schedule or have a loose idea of what you want to do? 

ANYWAYS Happy December!!!! Crazy to think we're so near the end of yet another year.  woo.  What are some things you're looking forward to in December? How was your November? I hope you all have a lovely day and here's to a great month by Christ's strength xx


My Take on Gratefulness

It's November.  The month that pretty much (in the U.S.) revolves around the beginning of the holidays, Thanksgiving, and ultimately, thankfulness.  I got a copy of the Magnolia journal fall edition, and Joanna Gaines wrote an article on being grateful that got me thinking.  For me, I find it way too easy to get into a rut of just "going with the flow" and yeah, I'm grateful for...everything! Because I am; it's not that I'm not grateful.  I just think that sometimes it's easy to forget the deep message and meaning behind what being thankful really entails.

This year, I'm thankful for peace.  Even when life still hurts and I don't know what the future is going to be or the brightness of it.  Peace is a slippery thing; you think you have it, but then the next instant it can be gone.  It's something that brings purpose to life, and I believe it's essential to lead a joy filled life.  And that's what we all want, isn't it? I'm thankful for the peace of Christ, because that's the only peace in my life that's ever been constant.  And if you don't have that peace in your life, I say please find it.  It makes life much more beautiful.

Another thing I'm thankful for this year is health.  I've always been the type of person who seems to get sick a lot more easier than others, and I've never understood that, let me tell you.  I tend to eat more on the "healthy" side; yet I always seem to have this tendency to catch the flu or a cold in the winter.  And I hate it.  I hate being sick.  It's the worst, absolutely.  I found this saying "Health is Wealth" recently, and the more I think about it, that's so true.  It doesn't matter how many dreams you have, how much you want to achieve, what you want to do whether it's flying to the moon or climbing a mountain (examples, ok), you can't do anything unless you have the health to do it.  And staying healthy...man, that's such a gift.  

Thirdly, I'm thankful for opportunity.  I'm glad I live in a country where there's freedom and opportunity.  And obviously, yeah, America has some major shortcomings as of late too, but that doesn't change some of the basic principles of this country, and I'm very grateful for everything I have here.  There's so much opportunity.  Quite literally, you can do anything you want to do and be whoever you want to be.  With that comes a lot of freedom.  But for me, regardless of whatever opportunities there may be out there, and even though "the world is yours for the taking", I honestly know and can say from experience that true living is found in the center of God's will.  His plans for me far exceed anything that I could "dream" of.  This summer I discovered so much more about the hobbies I love and want to pursue, and there's so much opportunity out there to take it and run with it.  I'm thankful.

And...I'm thankful that I'm alive.  Because that's a pretty freakin' awesome gift.  And even though some a lot days life isn't perfect and seems really, really awful and I hate those days beyond words, y'know what? I'm still alive.  I still have this amazing, amazing gift called life! AND that's flippin awesome, man!! Even when it doesn't feel like it, it's still true.  Feelings don't define facts.  God is good, all the time.  

Truthfully, I have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving (and every day).  I could go on and on about what I have to be thankful for, but honestly, it's about living a thanksgiving lifestyle.  Not just fishing out a hundred reasons*  on Thanksgiving day to be thankful (although that's awesome and you should totally do that), but living with the mindset of Thanksgiving of every day.  Especially on the hard ones. 

*LOL @ myself because I wrote a post on a 100 reasons I'm thankful last year xDD
This post is significantly longer than I'd expected it to be lol.  BUT THAT'S OK. 
So what about you? To all y'all not celebrating Thanksgiving, what are some stuff you're thankful for anyway? And also, if you are celebrating it, are you doing anything special? Visiting family? Eating turkey? Did you know 51 million people are traveling this year for Thanksgiving? !!! INSANE !! (I'm not one of the 51m by the way) 

Stay safe & thankful xx


made to inspire #19

A person passing along a tunnel covering snow in Telluride, Colorado

House at the base of a mountain with clouds and a waterfall on the rocks of the mountain

A yellow maple leaf among other red autumn leaves

A foggy shot of trees in autumn with green, yellow, orange, and red leaves

Flames of a charcoal stone fireplace on an outdoor patio

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt

how rare and beautiful it is to even exist.  


This month has honestly been absolutely crazy so far, but I want to love every day with all I've got, because, hey, this is the only today I'll ever get to live.  How's November going for you so far? How's NaNoWriMo coming along? What's something little that happened to you this week that made you smile so hard? 

live well; love God, my friends :) 

xx autumn