1. Embrace the holiday season and recognize the things for which you are thankful. It seems though the only time people consider these things is around Thanksgiving, but why not keep them in mind all month (or all year!) long? Every day left in this month, I am going to write one thing that I am thankful for.
2. Clean out your closet and donate the items you no longer want or need. The winter season is already in full force here in Boulder, and I know there are many people who are less fortunate than me that would appreciate some extra layers. (Plus, this will free up your closet for those new winter purchases you just can’t resist!)
3. Treat yourself to something special. It can be those shoes you’ve been eyeing forever, a cupcake from the bakery across the street, or a hot yoga class—anything you want! Simply take the time to do something for yourself, because you are worth it.
4. Bundle up, get outside and enjoy the end of fall/beginning of winter around you. I’m envisioning a walk around town with warm, comfy clothes and a mug of hot tea in my hands. I promise you it will be worth the cold!
5. Try one new thing. This could be a workout class, a restaurant, a hairstyle—anything! Allow yourself this creative outlet to check off something you’ve wanted to try for awhile now.
6. Volunteer. No matter where you are, there is an organization looking for volunteer help. Whether you pick up trash outdoors, serve dinner at a food kitchen, or clean animal cages at shelters, it will be a humbling and rewarding experience. Volunteering your time is a great way to give back to the community when you maybe don’t have other resources to do so!
7. Read a book. I love reading, but often times find myself glued to the TV or my laptop instead of opening a book. There is something so relaxing and peaceful about cozying up with a good book and letting your imagination run wild. For those of you like Kate and I, who love reading, this will be an easy goal to meet. For those of you who do NOT love reading, take it as a challenge to find a good book and stick with it—maybe you’ll like reading after all!
8. Explore the produce section and try a new-to-you veggie or fruit. I like to consider myself a relatively healthy eater—I aim to get in all my required vegetables and fruits every day, but sometimes it doesn’t always happen. For me, this is usually because I’m bored with the selections sitting in my fridge. This month, I’m planning on buying an artichoke—I love them, but have no idea how to cook with them at home. Challenge accepted.
9. Perform a random act of kindness. Hold the door open for someone, buy the person behind you in line at Starbucks a cup of coffee, or bake homemade treats for a loved one. This is just the type of feel-good activity in which both parties will leave with a smile on their faces.
10. Write a letter. With all of the different types of communication today it seems society has forgotten letters. This is unfortunate, because getting a letter in the mail from a good friend, family member, or significant other is so lovely! The anticipation of knowing that they took time to sit down and write out their thoughts for you is one of those little things in life that makes me insanely happy. And everyone can use a little bit more of that special feeling these days.
What are your goals this month? Which ideas, if any, do you think you’ll try to fit into your November?