Could it possibly be almost November? This month has been a total whirlwind, which, if you follow me on Instagram, you probably already knew. My husband and I finally moved to our new home, which is a cute 1970s bi-level we’ve been working to make livable since May. I can hardly believe we’re actually living here after so much time, struggle, and work put into it. More on that later, but for now I wanted to let you know of a couple of changes around here:
First off, I will be regaining my bi-weekly posting schedule. Going down to a weekly posting schedule for the busy summer months was a decision I still stand behind, but I missed being here so regularly. I’m still working out the kinks about what that will look like, but for now, please look forward to it and come back Tuesdays & Thursdays (you can subscribe by email to the right)! Thanks for supporting this little creative space.
Secondly, I will be investing in blogging and writing projects to a greater degree. In addition to bi-weekly posts, look forward to link-ups, free downloads, more varied content (such as challenges) and better design. It’ll take time, but I can’t wait.
Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, onto the true topic!
What I Learned in October linking up with emily p. freeman for What I Learned to share the silly, mundane, & profound learning experiences of the month
I might have a dairy sensitivity. Short of allergy testing, this means an elimination diet in which I don’t consume any form of dairy (raw or pasteurized) for a period of time. Once that time is over, I can try to re-introduce kinder dairy such as goat cheese or raw milk products. The main reason for this is to see if it clears up my cystic acne, which I recently also learned is the name for the type of acne that’s run rampant all over my face as a young adult. And of course, chances are it is affecting my body in a different way so I will be observing that. The biggest issues I have with this? Half and half in my coffee and obviously butter. Coffee is just not the same 😦
Making coconut milk twice as strong with a tiny splash of vanilla is way preferable for coffee creamer than chemical-y tasting almond milk. You just use twice the amount of coconut that my recipe calls for (or half the water). Top with pumpkin pie spice and you’re golden.
I am really, seriously tired and in need of rest. I feel like the stress of the house renovation and the struggles of the last year finally caught up to me and just settled over my bones. We’re asking the Lord to wash off our weariness and fill us with joy. We will also be coming up with (and sharing!) some Sabbath living ideas for this new season.
I don’t want to let fall go. I felt like I miss fall last year due to prolonged sickness, so this year we made a fall bucket list (read here). We’ve already done several of the things (hiking, pumpkins, making applesauce) but we finally have the leisure time to spend doing the rest.
I love white walls (as does my husband). We decided to be daring and paint the bathroom teal since the rest of the house is painted a soft taupe white. And guess what? We hated it. And then painted it white. And now it feels 100% more calming and improved.
How to better live in the here and now. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the various seasons of life that we’ve lived through in our 2 years of marriage already. I’ve been realizing that everything I’ve ever possibly wanted or needed I don’t need to have all at once. Good things come in time, so for this time, I’m choosing to trust that I’m where I need to be until an open door proves otherwise.
Happy to be fully here, friends! May November usher in the calm and clarity that you need and may it find you continually grateful for the everyday. See you Tuesday!