Happy November

October, I bid you adieu.In my eyes, October always marks my favorite time of the year: the arrival of fall leaves, cool weather, pumpkin flavored everything, boots and scarves, and the holiday season. I can’t believe it went by so quickly. That only means that the eddy of holiday activities is almost upon us. Deep breaths. I have vowed to be on the top of my game this year. Not that I haven’t said that before…

Welcome November!

I know you will fly by, especially since I will be out of DC for two weeks and then out of the country for a week. Yikes. Regardless, I’m excited for the new month. I like to set goals for myself each month, does anyone else do that? And as a general ideal, I want to keep up my yoga, running, and healthy eating before the holidays start. With all this traveling it will be a challenge, but I’m going to persevere.

I have a lot of work-related goals this month, which I need to try and focus my attention on. I need to contact my company’s financial adviser and start being more efficient with the allocation of my paycheck. I also need to devote more time to my yoga readings and studying. Finding a balance with yoga readings, the WSJ, and pleasure reading is a challenge, but ultimately the satisfaction I receive from all three is almost palpable. The weeks I am in town, I want to make more time for friends and family. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it together and have a Friendsgiving or at least some get-together at my house. Ideally I’ll be able to make some time to enjoy the outdoors (ie. walks, hiking, bike rides) before it gets too frigid. So here’s to a productive month 🙂

Putting my serious goals aside…

 

Since we’re so excited about this month, let’s discuss my favorite November things 🙂 I apologize in advance for the abundance of food (I’m limiting my food-related likes).

1) Coconut Body Butter

This lotion is amazing. So thick and soothing. My skin has not been this soft and restored in ages. It’s a keeper for the winter.

2) Apple Butter

Buy it or make your own. Really not that difficult if you do. But this stuff is addicting. You can top yogurt, bread, muffins, anything you want with it. Or just eat it by the spoon. It’s hard to make it through the day without finding some leftover smudges on my hand or elbow 🙂

3) Kombucha

As expensive as they are, I sometimes need to treat myself after 8 hours of yoga. So refreshing. I love the assortment of flavors but I stick to my favorites: Gingerade, Multi-Green, and Citrus. I’ve been detoxing from coffee for the past two weeks (trust me, headaches ensued), and this is the perfect probiotic and pH rebalance.

4) Sonicare Toothbrush

I picked this baby up at Costco the other month. Yes, I shop at Costco….or did before I changed project locations. Anyway, my teeth feel significantly more clean and the I love that the timer makes me brush for approx 2 minutes. Can’t stop, won’t stop. Also, I just went to the dentist and I’ve pledged to floss everyday for the next few months (hopefully to commit that to a routine), anyone want to join me here?

5) Power Tanks

I’m blowing through my workout wardrobe from all these yoga sessions. Laundry, laundry, laundry. I’m loving these little tanks for yoga practice, spinning, and layering. Perfect fit and so comfortable during whatever activity I’m doing. Mucho costo though, but I can still covet them.

 

What are you loving this month?

Do you have any November goals?

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8 thoughts on “Happy November

  1. being from the east coast and now living in san diego, i feel like november isn’t quite as festive as it used to be. for example, normally i’d be preparing for the snow, bundling up, turning the heat on, raking leaves, and breaking out the boots, scarves, and mittens. rather, here it is going to be 84 degrees this weekend, and i will most likely be outside riding my bike and doing yoga on the beach.

    • I completely can relate. I grew up in Florida, and fall is now my favorite season because I never experienced it. It’s definitely difficult getting into the holiday mindset and drinking hot coco when it’s sweltering out. But at least you’ll be tan this winter 😉

  2. YES – the dental routine is the only routine I can keep to in the ever changing NYC “schedule”. I LOVE my oral-B electric, and floss, AND the mouth guard 🙂 ….can’t stop won’t stop. (my first ever post-college caveties scared me into this…)

    What brand/style tanks do you like best

    apple butter is gross

  3. My only November goal at present is to finish all of these grad apps. But I suppose I should also join you in the flossing routine…

  4. LOVE that coconut butter! I tried some out the other day on my weekly TJs trip and was smelling my hands the rest of the day. I am looking forward to picking some up on my next TJs venture 🙂

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