What I Learned In October


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

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 😦

organic homemade coconut milk

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.

what I learned

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!

12 thoughts on “What I Learned In October

  1. That coconut milk creamer sounds like a game-changer! I’m not necessarily trying to avoid dairy, but I like the idea of coconut milk—-it just always seemed to be missing something when it came to coffee. I can’t wait to try this!

    Your insight that all the good things you want to do don’t have to be done all at once is SO wise. It’s taken me a long time to realize that, too. I feel like now that I’m married with a baby, I’m at some sort of peak, and if I don’t make ALL THE THINGS happen right now, I’ll never get there. But that’s not true! I’m only 25! There’s plenty of time for a bit of meandering and enjoying the journey. 🙂

    Now I’m off to go stalk your “fixer upper” category. I’m a little obsessed with home renovations. 🙂


    1. Hey Ashley! The coconut creamer is SO good (& easy to make-you have to try)! I’m working to come up with a few flavored options. Thanks for your sweet words. That’s where I’m at – in that place of meandering & enjoying the journey. I’ll be adding lots more to the Fixer Upper category now that we’re finally settled, so check back.


  2. Loved reading what you learned this past month. Still trying to get mine written out. And as someone who wished she had blogged during my marriage before becoming a mama, keep it up girl!! you’ll be so glad you did. Blessings!


  3. Hi Michaela! I’ve just stumbled upon your blog- actually through Pinterest (I think you liked one of my pins?) and reading this post sort of really intrigued me, and then I read all of your About page type stuff… Any who, I’m now subscribed and look forward to read more of your posts!

    Aaaaand when you mentioned cystic acne and a possible connection to dairy products I really perked up… Because I get bad acne on my face also, and was wondering what cystic acne is, exactly? (Because I’m wondering if that’s what mine is. Full disclosure: I’m a little bit of a hypochondriac.) Also, when you say “raw” dairy products, is that different from organic? I already use organic half and half, but there are a number of other not-organic dairy products we use. (And you’re SO right, coffee just is not the same with substitutes for half and half…)


    1. Hey Haylie, thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello! From what I understand (which, keep in mind, is limited) about cystic acne it is the acne that is formed below the surface of your skin. It looks like a lot of raised bumps for me – not the type of acne/zit you can easily pop, if that makes sense. Apparently there’s a huge connection between this particular type of acne & dairy. It’s worth a shot to see if it makes a difference! My husband keeps saying that he can already tell a difference and it’s only been a couple weeks. My doctor thought that the consistent exposure to dairy in my coffee was what was irritating me as I don’t eat much dairy otherswise.
      Oh, and when I say raw dairy, I simply mean dairy that hasn’t been pasteurized. It can be hard to come by (my parents are in a co-op) but supposedly it is way better for your system & people who have issues with dairy can often handle it raw. I will warn you that it is controversial.
      Again, thanks for introducing yourself!


  4. I feel the pain of going dairy free. I’ve been doing it for about 5 years now & most days I’m fine. I’ve learned to drink my coffee black & like it now {that took a long time!} but there are days when I miss butter. And having a slice of pizza. And…well, I’m probably not helping 🙂 And I need to try the coconut milk recipe!


  5. Hey Michi, Loved your blog ‘What I learned in October’. I love leaning from what you have learned in my late years of life. So true ‘never too late to learn new things’. Keep up the good work and writing!


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