Round-up: October 2016

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“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

October is officially over in just a few minutes!  I really don’t mind.  It seems like every round-up that I say “this” month was my “favorite.”  So today I’m breaking the mold!  October was not my favorite month.  It was not a bad month.  There was actually a lot of really great moments.  But there were some downies too, to be real.  Looking at the glass half-full though, I got done exactly half of my monthly to-do list:

  1. A family trip to the mountains.  A long and fun day that included 3 pumpkin spice lattes.  A very good day.
  2. Do a family photo shoot.  Turns out professional photography isn’t always best.  We did our own afterwards!
  3. Finish reorganizing the spare bedroom.  I never thought the day would come.  It improved so much.
  4. Begin a knitting project.  I’m knitting an ivory cardigan for her…a mini version of my favorite sweater!
  5. Join a club.  I basically “re-joined” my local prayer/social group, and it was a lot of fun.
  6. Get half-way through my baby diary.  Not even close.
  7. Finish proofreading and send the last few chapters to my junior editor.  Big surprise.
  8. Enroll in a class online.  Next month?
  9. Finish One Tree Hill. Still on season 8.
  10. Begin using Amazon Associates.  Oops?

October’s good moments were filled with the usual autumn suspects: changing colors on the leaves (maybe cliche but literally the best part of autumn), pumpkin spice lattes (MANY), pulling out leggings and sweaters from their summer hibernation, and of course the first cold(ish) morning.  There were nature walks and lunch dates and a lot of shopping.  I even didn’t mind “the cold.”  (60 degrees)

But to address the elephant in the room, or what hasn’t been in the room, I haven’t been posting as much lately.  Much like music, my writing is rooted in the creative side of my brain and heart.  (And while I have unfortunately/fortunately learned how to play music and write under forced circumstances, luckily my blog doesn’t call for that kind of action).  Needless to say, my creativity has been sparse at best.  I can only attribute the lack of creativity to the fact that October had some tough times up it’s sleeve.  Some of the difficulty has just been part of adulting in the Army life–which is to be expected from time to time.  But the hardest time came with the loss of a very special family member, buddy, and furbaby.

“If love alone could have kept you here, you would have lived forever.”

Taking one day at a time, I just haven’t felt the kind of creative flow that my blog runs on.  In a time where the days haven’t been the best, it’s nice to have a baby-step to focus on, like getting my creativity back.  The surest way to recover from a creative slump (at least in my experience) is to usher in a new time with new creative outlets.  I think a fresh month will do just that for me!  And while I plan to resume my previous posting schedule, I won’t try to make up for lost time.  I do best by stepping right in where I left off, and picking up a familiar, favorite pace.  So please come back soon for my welcome-to-November post!  It will be up soon.  And as always, thanks for stopping by!

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