I know, I know, November was a bit of a quiet month around here; assignment deadlines crept up on me and then all of a sudden I had no time to blog. I’m trying to get back into it for December and want to plan in advance in case things get hectic around Christmas.
November was a lot of research and writing. I had two 3,000 word essays, which isn’t that much for me to write (thanks, years of taking part in NaNoWriMo!); it’s the research and refining bit that takes the time.
I got most of my Christmas shopping sorted, and some of it is all wrapped up – it looks like a six year old wrapped them, but they’re wrapped. Apart from that, Daz and I have been playing Horizon Zero Dawn, which is pretty excellent, though we keep calling the main character Alloy or Aioli. I’m also putting all my effort into not buying The Sims 4 on console until my exams are over.
The past few weeks have treated us to some incredible sunsets. I’m not sure if it’s the time of year, or there are just better sunsets in Scotland, but I feel like at least 4 times a week I’m seeing amazing sunsets. Definitely not complaining.
A couple of sustainable living posts went live in November, which I’m really proud of and wanted to point you towards if you’ve missed them: how to have a less wasteful Christmas and 8 reasons why you should produce less rubbish.
Blog – Kalyn Nicholson
I think this is a first; I’m listing a YouTube channel this month instead of a blog. Kalyn does have a blog too and she did just recently post about 10 TV shows worth binging, which is spot on. I found Kalyn’s channel a couple of months back and she’s become an autowatch YouTuber and that is something for me. I don’t think there’s anyone else whose videos I will always watch.
Kalyn’s videos have a nice, chill vibe; her editing is en pointe, and her videos are chock full of legit useful tips and inspiration. Plus, Bentley is adorable as. Watch one of her videos and tell me you don’t want to light about a hundred candles and throw on some comfy clothes? I dare you.
- A day at Moraine Lake and must-do hikes – Brittany’s Adventures | You know I love Moraine Lake, so I’m always going to share anything that fangirls about it. Though, maybe I shouldn’t so less people know about it?
- Sort your blog SEO in 5 days – Jasmin Charlotte | Whether you know nothing about SEO, or are pretty good at it, this five-day email series has got you covered. I think it’s especially important if you know about it because if you’re anything like me, there are things you forget to do and this series served as a great reminder. Plus, Jasmin is pretty awesome. If you feel like you know nothing then why don’t you check out someone like http://www.johntking.com/, who should be able to teach you everything you need to know about SEO.
- How losing my dream was the best thing that ever happened to me – My Lovelier Days | If you ever feel lost, or something isn’t happening, let this blog post be an excellent reminder that the best things can come from the ashes.
- Does hunting have a place in conservation? – Not So Quiet Grrl | Damn, Nadia’s at it again with thoughtful and engaging posts. I fangirl about her in every single Share The Love, and I’m not gonna apologise for that, ever.
- A vegan Christmas pudding – Sarah Kirby | Being vegan does not mean you have to miss out on a good Christmas pud.
- Christmas gift guide: the environmentalist edition – Airplanes & Avocados | I’m sure you’re sick to your back teeth of gift guides (I am, and I’m writing this a week on December 1st, it’s only just started) but this is one of the best ones I’ve seen because Emily has put together an eco-friendly gift guide. I’m so excited by that. It’s a refreshing change to rose-gold packaged cruel cosmetics. Plus, she included a few different categories, so you’ll be sure to get inspiration for whoever you’re buying for.
- 7 healthy tips for managing your stress – Blogilates | Some of these tips consistently work wonders for bringing down my stress levels.
When I wrote October’s Share The Love post, I was truly expecting this section to just be me fangirling about Taylor Swift. I only really liked Ready For It before the album came out, but I was expecting myself to get swept up once I heard the album in full and just love it. Nope. Sadly, that did not happen. I just don’t like the new style. I respect her for changing, I won’t knock that, I just don’t like her new sound, and I’m gutted about that because I’ve been a fan since Love Story was released.
I do like Don’t Blame Me and I Did Something Bad, but the rest of it is quite forgettable for me. And the less I say about End Game, the better.
My Autumn Bop playlist has had a slight update, but not much. A couple of weeks ago, I started listening to the podcast S Town and it is brilliant. If you loved Serial, you will love S Town even more because the storytelling is outstanding. I can’t remember exactly when I finished off You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero (might have been the end of October, I dunno); the audiobook is well worth a listen and I fully attribute listening to that to Kalyn’s videos, too.
Really having to wrack my brains for this one because we haven’t been watching a huge amount of TV, aside from Blue Planet 2. How incredible is the cinematography on that? We’ve mostly been playing Horizon Zero Dawn when we’d be watching TV.
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Report on November goals
In November I wanted to finish off my masters dissertation plan, do yoga at least three times a week, and read more. I did not finish my masters dissertation plan because it took me a while to find time to sit down with my tutor to hack things out. I’m definitely closer to finishing it though, which is great. Yoga fell off when I stopped scheduling it, so it seems I need to schedule it to actually do it. And I read a little more this month but not as much as I wanted.
- Finish masters dissertation plan; my exams are before Christmas, which gives me some time to finish things off.
- Be prepared with my blog; I want to get the posts going up around Christmas scheduled in advance so I’m not rushing and taking time out of enjoying Christmas.
- Schedule in and do yoga; scheduling it seems to work really well for me, so I need to do that again because I still love those yoga pants and want them in my life. But I’m putting my foot down with myself; it ain’t happening unless I’m doing it regularly.
Phew. That felt like a long one. Ok, you go: tell me about how November was for you and what your goals are for December.