- Put Yourself Out There
- Shaken by Life’s Beauty, Shaken
- Falls In the Night, Patience, and Getting to Stillness
- The Bold Life Is Now…There Is No Someday
- Wonderfully Made
- Turkey Medicine
- Been There. Done That.
- You are Not
- The Helpful Guide to Simple Christmas Links
- Challenge: Buy Nothing Till 2013
November in Focus
Writing a monthly review helps me celebrate my accomplishments and stay focused on what really counts. Sharing it here might inspire you to reflect on your goals and accomplishments too.
Transforming grief into love took the better part of November after our sweet cat Bodhi was killed on October 31st. Like a sticking bandage, another layer of my own fear of dying ripped off with plenty of small screams along the way. But in the end, love won out. Now sweet memories of Bodhi bring mostly warmth and a smile with just a few teardrops mixed in.
As the rain poured down, I cozied up and read Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. In this powerful memoir of a solo 1,100 mile wilderness journey, Strayed weaves her process of recovery and transformation after a life catastrophe and downhill emotional slide with panoramic scenery, lust for food, and the camaraderie of the trail. Bears, snakes, blistered feet, and a irretrievably lost boot prove little to fear in contrast to recapturing her own soul. A well written inner and outer adventure, Wild kept me in suspense as Strayed met new challenges at every bend of the trail.
Confession: I’ve fallen completely off from exercise. November signaled time to get back on track. The 20-30 minute slot while my breakfast cooks is a perfect fit for a jump on the rebounder, simple Chi Gong, or the 10-Minute Invigorator. Despite the seasonal bouts of rain, I’m sneaking afternoon walks back in too. That’s me in the photo playing with the camera on my I-Pod.
I didn’t touch the revision of my e-book. But I recorded some rising memories for my fledgling memoir, kept my pledge to submit a guest post each month, and started a rough outline of an e-course. I look forward to having more time for creative endeavors in December.
I seriously revised my services page at Envision Writing and Editing, although there’s more fine tuning to come. If you are writing a memoir or non-fiction book, query, or book proposal, I would love to help you with editing or a critique. Please take a moment to see how I can help you with words.
Looking Ahead: December will be the test of my creative diligence. I’m also feeling antsy, like there’s a deep change emerging from my bones. For the moment, I need to be satisfied with whittling away my material possessions and curious about what’s to come.
The flavor of November: Bittersweet love.
How was your November? Any special challenges or accomplishment to share? Any special thoughts on bittersweet love?
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