November was a wild, wild ride!
If you’ve been following along, you know that I spent pretty much the entire month on the road, traveling with my mister who was hired on a film project that shot entirely on location in Idaho. I feel so very fortunate that we could experience this adventure as a family – which also allowed us the ability to spend time with our loved ones that live up north. Idaho is a stunning state that speaks to my innate desire for slow, soulful living. I really enjoyed exploring the small communities that we stayed in, meeting new people, and being enveloped in the vast and diverse landscape.
I’m happy to be home now though and looking forward to a somewhat quiet month and holiday in LA. One of the takeaways from our month touring the Pacific Northwest is how much I crave slow living. I love, love, love travel and adventures and such, but I also love the simple kind of life and am determined more than ever to create that existence despite living in a bustling city.
There were a lot of highlights this past month!
➼ Reaching 330 days of sobriety and surviving the beginning of the holiday season without the desire to drink.
➼ Attempting to participate in National Novel Writing Month. It did not go as planned. However, it provided me with the opportunity to develop new ideas for my next novel and I did write 3,895 words.
➼ Witnessing my daughter and her partner complete the process of purchasing their first home!
➼ Spending time with my parents. Although brief, we got to celebrate the holidays with my mom and dad and I really enjoyed being with them.
➼ Thanksgiving. Over the years, it has become my favorite holiday.
➼ Visiting our family and friends while up north and savoring every second.
➼ Feeling loved by friends in LA. Making friends as an adult is really hard. I’ve been fortunate to find a few wonderful new ones within my CrossFit community who messaged me several times while I was away to tell me they missed me and looked forward to my return. Their messages made my heart melt.
➼ Deciding, officially, that we’d spend Christmas and New Years in Los Angeles. We have never not spent Christmas with our families but given our recent travels, we’ve decided to stay put in December. We are embracing the choice and looking forward to a quiet holiday.
➼ Attending four (yes, only four) CrossFit classes. However, the cool thing is that each of those classes was at a different gym in three different states!
➼ Savoring the last two days of our journey back home by traveling the 101 from Tillamook, Oregon, to San Francisco. We slept in a yurt and cooked over a campfire the first night and stayed in the heart of San Francisco the second night waking to views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
➼ Growing. There has been a lot of growth beneath the surface this year and I feel like November was a big month as part of my evolution. I will probably elaborate on this more in a separate post in the coming weeks.
I am truly looking forward to settling in for the season and wish you and yours a magical December!