2016 Goal Recap – November

There are technically four more days in November but as tomorrow will be spent either on the allotment or at home sorting out my life for next week and the last three days of it have three days of first aid training, two birthdays and Stef’s anniversary, I’m calling it done now!

I think by now everyone knows how I feel about November and that I wasn’t looking forward to it. Dreading it might be a more accurate description so I’m surprised to find myself saying that it wasn’t too terrible. Why? I’d be lying if I said that I had no idea but the answer is more complicated than ‘it was nicer than I was expecting’. I did more work this year because I’d given some consideration to the things that I would find difficult in November (being awake, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, organisation) and I put my resources into those areas. I worked on going to bed early and being out of bed by 6:30am, I did try to find something good about every day, I made an effort to be cheerful and when I couldn’t, I shut my mouth or I tried to! I put effort (even when I didn’t want to) into food prep and keeping up with the house, because all a sink full of washing up is going to do is bring my mood down.

I also was more accepting of feeling blue or not having energy, reminding myself that it’s a period of time, not forever and just getting on with it. Earlier in the month, I was surprised about how deeply I felt about something but I talked about it with a couple of people and was able to put it in it’s proper place.

So on to November’s goals.

Thankful. I’ve been doing this and you can go and see here.


No specific tasks, just staying on track and being mindful. Still there.


Clear out the messy cupboard. Done. The rest of the house is looking pretty good too.


Stretching. I’ve been doing this much more often, it could be because it’s got the cold or maybe it’s my age but I found myself needing to stretch and before bed and sometime during the work day (stretching in the toilets not ideal but do-able!).

Going for a walk outside in the daylight. I managed this three days out of five when I was in the office but it’s been rainy and horrible so I haven’t been out as much as I should have.


Burn one of the piles of weeds and organise the compost area (yes I have an area, it’s a mess!). Still not done. It’s really beginning to bug me but it’s just too wet.

New raised beds, order them and get them in place. Done all five assembled and in place and one of them planted with broad beans!

Sow broad beans and poppies. Broad beans done, poppies not.

Carry on with tidying the edges of the plot before we can’t work on the plot at all. We’ve done some of that at the top of the plot and we’ll work on the edges in December.img_5421-1


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