After the fast pace of October, November was a much more relaxed month. It provided plenty of time for personal reflection and thoughts of Christmas.
While I didn’t have any off couch adventures this past month, the past four weeks were far from boring. To start with, we adopted a dog! This is probably the biggest commitment I have made in a really long time. In typical Emma fashion I gave this a lot of thought – about 2 years in fact! And we visited the animal shelter a number of times looking for the right dog for us. Despite the length of contemplation prior to making this decision, I still had a minor panic attack 24 hours after bringing Baxter home. Baxter has been with us for 4 weeks now and I genuinely couldn’t be happier.
Late this month I also accepted a new position for next year that will see me teaching part time and running an afterschool extension program part time. I am terribly excited for this new adventure and I am biting at the bit to get started and having to remind myself to rein it in and not let my horse get too far ahead of my cart, so to speak.
Besides these two pretty major events, I was a real homebody this month and didn’t have too many exciting adventures away from the couch.
Obviously adopting the Beautiful Baxter Jones was a highlight.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I had to catch up with some friends that I haven’t got to spend time with in a while. It reminds me that I need to prioritise my friendships, even when I get busy.
I’ve been (mostly) pain free for an entire month! On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate my back pain this month at between a 1 and a 3 which is a huge improvement considering just a couple of months ago, I was rating myself between a 7 and a 9 most days. I think the combination of seeing a chiropractor, seeing a podiatrist and swimming 2-3 times a week are to thank for this.
I subscribed to Luxureads Book Box. This Australian subscription box sends you a book and a selfcare item each month. This was such a pleasant little treat for myself and I encourage you to give it a try (BTW, this is not a sponsored post or comment)
My plans to head down south over the Christmas break have hit a bit of a brick wall. The handbrake was initially pulled due to Adelaide becoming a hot spot for COVID-19. This status has since been revoked but it’s made me a bit nervous. Currently different states and territories in Australia have different rules regarding border crossings. For the NT, if you are coming from place that the local government has declared COVID-19 hotspot, you have to pay $2000+ to stay in a quarantine facility for 2 weeks upon your return. This is not ideal and has made me question my plans or Christmas break.
Two of our large houseplants died this month, just when I thought I’d finally grown a green thumb!
I took this photo of Baxter shortly after we first brought him home. It remains my favourite to date.
“I’m going to worry about that later.”
I heard this quote while listening to a podcast (I can’t remember which one) that was discussing anxiety and excessive worry. As someone who is often jolted awake by thoughts of things I can’t do anything about at 3am, telling my brain that I’ll worry about it later at a set time has been a really useful.
I’ve been really vibing the content on The Wanderlust Rose. I like here because she still comes across as a travel blogger who hasn’t quite made it yet.
I’ve returned to Stardew Valley, a RPG farming game on the Nintendo Switch. After playing Animal Crossing for most of the year, it was nice to try a different game.
As I discussed before, I have had an entire pain free month which has been empowering. It has encouraged me to continue swimming regularly which has positively affected both my physical health and body image. I have decided to stop my weights training for now and just to focus on swimming. Maybe next month I can reintroduce weight training into my schedule without aggravating my back.
I also undertook a 30 day challenge to give up soft drink and deleted Instagram from my phone for 7 days. While I am still working on the 30 day challenge with 11 days to go, I have noticed a reduction in my sugar cravings which I hope to reduce further over the coming months.
My goals last months were to continue saying ‘yes’ to opportunities, start swimming 1-2 times per week, and to start journaling in the mornings. I met two out of my three goals. Journaling went out the window as my mornings became dominated by walking the dog.
My goals for December are: