November: A month of gratitude.

And she’s back.

I’ve had two weeks away from blogging. I always promised myself that when it added stress rather than alleviated it, I’d step back.  So I did.  I didn’t preset the time-span, I honestly didn’t know how much time I’d needed to recharge and just be a wife and mum when I got home from work.  The half term break became being all about family rather than the chance to write.  We had a long weekend in South Wales, breathed in the sea air and felt alive again.

It was a good thing to do.  But boy did I miss it.  I’m glad to be back.

My mini sabbatical reminded me that working Monday through to Friday I can’t feasibly blog as much as I’d like, despite my stubborn efforts.  So instead of forcing a square peg into a round hole I need to accept this shape of my life at the moment, embrace the present and be bloody grateful.

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I have so much to be grateful for.  November couldn’t arrive at a more poignant time and I welcome it in like an old friend, declaring it to be a month of gratitude.

Next Sunday my little bears will line up with their Brownie pack as we remember those who paid the ultimate price for our country.  I know I’ll snuggle them in bed a little bit longer that night, trying hard not to imagine what it was like to be a mother who has lost their child to battle.

Having only been married for 7 months, Mr C and I are still in that place of creating ‘new’ traditions for our reformed and beautifully messy family.  And in the spirit of gratitude we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this year.  I know any day can be Thanksgiving day.  Heck, every day should be Thanksgiving day.  But seeing as our friends across the pond have already allocated a date in the calendar, why invent the wheel?  It’s a perfect time to look back on this year we’ve journeyed through, both hard times and happy times, and choose to be grateful for what we have.  It does wonders for your perspective.

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November also means getting into gear for jingle bells and mistletoe.  I’ve come to the hard conclusion that as well as being really awful at multi tasking, I’m also pretty rubbish at being spontaneous. I have romantic notions of ‘seizing the day’ and ‘living for the moment’ but in reality if I don’t plan something in it doesn’t happen.  So as well as being about looking back with gratitude November will also be about looking forward to Christmas.  It will be about what we want to do and where we want to go in the festive season and making sure December doesn’t whizz by in a blurr before we have the chance to grab it by both hands.

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 What will you make of November?

Mrs C x

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  1. This is a nice, positive post. I like November – nearly Winter and nearly Christmas. & this year due to be an Auntie for the first time any day. I have celebrated Thanksgiving once, when I lived in America. It was a nice day, though I found it hard that they make a bigger deal of Thanksgiving than Christmas (or at least did where I was), as I love Christmas. #sundaystars

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  2. I just posted earlier today about finding happiness and gratitude in everyday when it can sometimes feel impossible. So I really enjoyed your post and related to it. I hope to have a positive November too, good luck xo

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  3. Thank you for reminding me to be #grateful I did an instagram project two years ago when I was stressed and wishing for something more and took photographs of all the things that made me grateful. I have since printed them into photobooks to remind me to appreciate all the little things. But I always need a reminder to be grateful. Thank you! And your photos are gorgeous: I particularly love the autumn leaves.

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  4. I think you make an important point about making sure that blogging alleviates rather than adds to your stress – it is so easy to cross over that Line without even realising! Not just blogging of course, but anything you choose to do with your time. Glad you managed to recharge! #KCACOLS

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    1. I think when it’s something you love it’s hard to recognise it’s not a good thing! It’s all about that elusive balance that I’ve I’m still hunting for! 🙂

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  5. I LOVE November – it’s my birthday month and things start getting really Christmassy 🙂 I know exactly what you mean about needing to recharge your batteries sometimes. Blogging can be all-consuming – so so hard to turn your mind off sometimes and I think a little break would do the world of good 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS and hope to see you back next Sunday! Mim x

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    1. It’s finding that seemingly impossible balance isn’t it? Im fast learning I’ve got to be disciplined in reining myself in or I’d exhaust myself blogging every night once the littlies have gone to bed. On top of a full time job, that’s not a happy place for anyone! Oh to be a gazillionaire and a lady of leisure!x

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  6. What a lovely post!! I really think it is very important to step of blogging when it is taking so much of your life!! It is not healthy!! I’m worried that I’m heading towards that direction soon as I’m feeling completely swamped at the moment. I guess it is nice to just relaxed and have a lovely time with no pressure at all. I think you have done great. Now you are back and ready to rock and roll. LOL I love your photos. I’m so happy to have you back!! Thanks so much for joining us at #KCACOLS. I hope you can join me again on Sunday!! 🙂 xx

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  7. This is such a lovely post, and I can relate to the lack of time and wanting to do everything and finding it hard. I have been wondering about my blog and whether I have time anymore! Anyway, I am glad you had a good break and are enjoying being back xx Thanks for linking to #sundaystars

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