It’s crazy to think as I type this I already have my Christmas tree up and my house partially decorated. Last year, I wanted Christmas to be over instead of anticipating it, but this year, since I am out of retail, I am taking my time to enjoy this season we are heading into as I remember what I have learned in the past three months.
The past couple of months have been relatively uneventful, simply busy as they always seem to be. I found myself taking on a few interesting new projects, which I am still working on, that are causing me to have less time to simply sit and read all the articles I would like to. Still, I found a few things I believe others will find interesting and hopefully life-giving or amusing as well.
Top 10 Things I’ve Learned
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Do you think the mini plants above my sink count? Maybe? Okay. That’s good enough for me.
2. My car can fit a small engine in the back end. Yay Subaru Legacy!
Sadly, I don’t think we got pictures of it, and thankfully, there was no mess, or if there was, it got sufficiently cleaned up and my little brother was bribed to not tell me.
Like I needed more excuses to be a bookworm! I also discovered Goodreads thanks to a book launch I joined, and they have ways to help track your reading and books you’ve read or want to read…I may spend more time on there than I should adding books to different lists. Maybe a good plan for 2020 is to set a goal and see how you do! It’s not just reading, it’s exercising.
Ignoring what has happened does not get you anywhere or teach you anything. I’ve begun a practice of what’s called the Daily Examen, where you actually prayerfully go in reverse throughout your day and see where God was, where he felt distant, and what you can do to see God more through your day. There’s a lot more to it, but it’s also so simple. Maybe someday I’ll do a post about it, but you can read about it online!
5. I used spray paint for the first time and it was really fun, which could be dangerous.
Watch out, world. Here I come!
6. Apparently there is something called National Novel Writing Month (AKA NaNoWriMo), which I found out about a few days after the beginning of the month of November. So, I am still in the middle of writing my book, but many others have completed 50,000 words these past few days. I am behind on my goal, but giving myself grace because I literally jumped in when I found out what it was and was not prepared with an outline or anything beforehand, just a paragraph of an idea that had struck me one day. I’ve never really done the fiction writing thing before, so this has been different but in a good way. I’m currently 10,000 words behind where I could like to be but I’m still 30,000 words further than I was this time a month ago!
7. Oregano essential oil and duct tape make quick work of warts.
At least this time. It was pretty cool yet gross, yet another thing I may write a post about since there’s not much to report on about my health at the moment.
Hope*writers, a writing community I am a member of, hosted an Instagram challenge at the end of September/beginning of October. I semi-publicly announced my blog and our recent start with Compassion International as a sponsor. I put myself out there and hey, it wasn’t too bad.
9. I spent a month going through Brian Dixon’s book Start With Your People and I don’t even know where to start with that except by saying I highly recommend even if you aren’t a business person, even if you are an introvert such as myself, even if you look at the book and you’re like, “Why would I want to read that?” Just do it.
That’s me starting with my people. I’ll just tell you to read the book.
As I am writing this, I think I am realizing that the main thing I have learned this fall was that it’s okay to step out and try new things on my own. I could wait for other people to come and help me, but sometimes it’s not necessary and I learn more by not waiting.
This fall was a season of jumping in to try something new, NaNoWriMo, Instagram, I joined a book launch (which I’m sure you’ll be hearing about soon enough…), along with a couple of other things. My prayer for winter is that I keep going, keep learning, because if we stop learning, we stop living.
Till next time!