November 2016 in Review

What I Focused on in November: 

1. Moving over to WordPress, Giveaway, Etc….

2. Lots of busy days with my non-writing job

3. Thanksgiving and wonderful family time

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Birthday Challenge and Dream List Update 

  1. Request 25 Books for Review – 3
  2. Vlog 25 Times – 2
  3. Dance, Skip, or swing in the rain 25 times – 2
  4. Color 25 pictures – 2
  5. Have less than 5 emails in my inbox Saturday night 25 weeks (not in a row) – 4
  6. Move over to WordPress {Completed November, 2016}
  7. Host a contest or giveaway on Noveltea {Completed November, 2016}
  8. Go to bed by 10:30 sixty times (not in a row) – 15
  9. Blog by 9:30 a hundred times – 15
  10. Go to Wednesday night church 20 times – 2
  11. Drink coffee or tea while reading or journaling 25 times – 4

Dream List: 

  None

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Non-Fiction: 2

Fiction: 5

Reviews: 6

Audio Books: 4

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Traveling

Nights gone: 0

New States or Countries: None

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November Goals 

1. Blog by 9:30 fifteen times {YES}
2. Write weekly and daily goals and track them {3 out of 4 weeks}
3. Do well with my two weeks of busyness with my non-writing job {YES}
4. Write WLHYLs synopsis, target audience, blurb, genre, and author bio {NO}
5. 50 hours of learning {YES}
6. Get to bed by 10:30 fifteen times, Eat Paleo 25 days, and take at least 12 walks/runs {YES}
7. Catch up on all the books-to-review I currently have {NO – 3 out of 4}
8. Move over to WordPress and host a giveaway to celebrate {YES}

What I’ve Been Learning

WordPress was one of those big learning curves I continued working on learning this month. It was overwhelming, fun, totally over my head, confusing, interesting, and something I want to spend more time on in the future. All in all I’m glad I decided to design the site myself instead of paying someone to do it, cause this way I get the experience, and won’t feel so helpless in the future if I want something changed.

I also learned some things about myself which is always helpful. For instance I really need to figure out how to change the expectations I have for little ol’ me. 🙂

After reading a work of Biblical fiction that took place during the Exodus, I decided to re-read that portion of the Bible and have been enjoying the experience a lot. I like it how the combined efforts of God’s inspired Word, and the research and imagination of the author of the Biblical fiction made the world from thousands of years ago come so alive.

I only read two nonfiction books this month (craziness), but both of them had a lot of good information. The first one, especially, was a slow read for me because I had to let all the information really soak in.

Other

November! Where do I even start? This month was seriously full of cooking and baking, so that was fun. There’s nothing like whipping up twenty pounds of mashed potatoes, or using a double boiler to melt dozens of pounds of chocolate (not at once!), or cooking huge pots of chili. I throughly enjoy cooking and had fun listening to audio books, Christmas music, and sermons as I worked by myself for hours at a time.

My oldest sister and her husband and their seven (soon to be eight!) children visited for nearly five days over Thanksgiving. My other older siblings came in too, although not for quite that long. We had a delightful time with lots of cooking and baking together, reading stories, playing games, and making memories. One night my brother-in-law gathered a group of us and we hopped in the van and went Geocaching until it was too dark to see any more. (A splendid way for the little kids to expend some energy before bed time.)

I also randomly decided on Thanksgiving to go do a 5k that my sister had told me about the night before. That sister, plus my brother and his wife and their little girl went too, so it was a lot of fun. I’ve been walking since my half marathon, but not long distances, and practically no running, and the 5k made me really want to get back in the swing of running again.

My cute little rat, Autumn, died on Thanksgiving, so that Saturday we went and picked out two darling little bunnies. I’ve been keeping my office windows closed so they don’t freeze to death, and the payoff is well worth it. The bunnies are adorably wonderful.

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How did y’alls November go?

5 thoughts on “November 2016 in Review

    • aidylewoh says:

      Aww, thank you! Yes, November was a pretty great month, and looking back, it was also very productive. (Although I didn’t always feel that way during the actual month.)

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