Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
As I consider my goals and priorities in November, the prevailing thought that comes to mind is of gratitude. This goes nicely with the spirit of Thanksgiving, but I think it's more than just good timing.
The last few months I have really worked on embracing my creative side and expanding my network. I have developed a better idea of my passions and have spent time cultivating my sense of self.
Here is a list of things I want to be mindful of and grateful for this month:
Health—yoga, fruits, veggies, sleep, water, tea, run, breathe
Peace—journal time, meditation, book baths, time management, routines, rituals
Wealth—spend mindfully, budget wisely, pay bills with a smile
Happiness—spread love, live in the moment, dwell in possibility, make room for dreams
As you may remember, my theme for fall is staying focused, frugal and fun. I plan on continuing the 3 Fs theme into this month, building on the progress I have made so far:
I have been "off" coffee for 5 weeks and have every intention of keeping the streak alive. I enjoy not feeling like I need to stop at Starbucks to wake up in the morning. I also like the micro meditation I am able to fit in while my tea steeps.
One of my goals for October was to get back to the mat. I went to class once, which is not much to brag about. I know that practicing yoga makes me feel better in mind and body, but for some reason I am avoiding it. This month I want to uncover the real reason why I'm skipping out on yoga when I know is good for me.
Another "focused" goal for me last month was to get my blog-twitter-social-media-life under control. I have made progress in connecting with great bloggers and my google reader is a lot less overwhelming. In November I am planning on writing posts in advance and reaching out to those of you who take the time to comment (PS: I love it when you do that).
I have made some good strides towards being more frugal. Now the real test is in sticking to my budget through the holidays! My plan is to keep things simple and creative. I want my presents to come from my heart, not the mall.
October was a lot of fun with weekend visits with friends and Grey's Anatomy nights. I bought myself flowers. I indulged in a book bath more than once. I created a new Thursday night Raspberry Chai Tea Latte routine. Halloween was a blast.
November is looking like a wonderful month. Full of love, fire-colored leaves, mashed potatoes and stuffing!