Happy Halloween! It’s hard to believe another month has come and gone… how is it already almost November?
The last three months of the year are always my favorite, and I am unbelievably excited for the upcoming holiday season. And all the food. I also just really prefer cold weather, so I definitely feel like I’m thriving during the fall/winter months.
I love sharing these monthly recap posts to keep you in the loop, and even more, I would love to hear how your October has been. Let me know in the comments below!
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This month has been full of trips peppered in on my days off, and it’s honestly made me so happy.
Towards the beginning of October, Kyle and I went on a quick day trip to Minnewaska State Park. It’s about a two-hour drive away from New York City, and it felt great to get out into nature for a bit. The area we visited doesn’t offer a very challenging hike, but it’s absolutely gorgeous when the leaves change.
Later in the month, I decided to go up to Boston to visit my friend who recently moved there. Since I usually am off work on Wednesdays and Thursdays, I took the train up there Tuesday night and came down Thursday afternoon.
If you’re interested in hearing more about my Boston trip, check out my latest What’s On My Plate post to find out what I ate and did while I was there.
Finally, I spent this past weekend in Minnesota for a wedding! I lived there for several years when I was younger, and my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew live there now. I only get to see them a few times a year, so it was great just relaxing and catching up.
Burnt out. I foreshadowed it a bit in last month’s Life Lately post, but I think I have been pushing myself a bit too hard lately.
When I wasn’t working at my job, I would feel guilty if I wasn’t actively working on content for The Baker’s Almanac. I ended up putting too much pressure on myself and never truly letting myself relax, which in turn made me feel uninspired to work. I was also giving myself an unreasonable timeline for growth and focusing too much on the numbers and analytics for the blog.
It took me a while to get here, but I feel like I am finally finding a good balance. I am actively growing TBA, yet not driving myself crazy while doing so. It’s much more important to focus on balance and growth in the long term, and if that means putting out less content or taking more time off, then so be it.
I am hoping this new mentality continues to give me peace of mind, but I know it’s something I will continue to struggle with as time goes on. Let me know in the comments if you have struggled with anything similar–I would love to hear your advice.
When it comes to reading, I go through phases. I’ll read lots of fiction for a while, then switch and start picking up non-fiction books (usually self-help related ones).
This month was all about the non-fiction books. Here’s what I read:
- Big Magic* — I listened to the audiobook of Big Magic about two years ago, and I really enjoyed it then. However, I found it much more impactful the second time around! In this book, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about living creatively and how to step beyond your fear and what’s holding you back. It does get a little bit woo-woo, but it has lots of amazing advice.
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity* — I had heard about the Getting Things Done methodology in the past, but it took me a while to pick this book up. David Allen offers comprehensive tactics and advice for getting thoughts out of your brain and checked off a list. Though I consider myself an organized person, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by everything on my to-do list. So far, I’ve really enjoyed implementing the Getting Things Done strategy in my own life!
Kyle and I went to the Patriots/Jets game at MetLife Stadium a few weeks ago, and it was a really fun experience. Granted, it wasn’t the most interesting game (33-0), but it’s always exciting to watch a game live. And man, Jets fans are entertaining to say the least.
This month, I also started watching Outlander, and I’ve really been enjoying it so far. It’s based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon, and I read the first book a few years ago. If you are into historical dramas, you should definitely check it out!
I’m that person who has already started thinking about what to get everyone for Christmas. It’s never too soon! Over the past few years, I have been trying to give people more experience-based gifts rather than tangible items. Let me know if you have any good ideas or recommendations!
I also just booked tickets to visit my family again in Minnesota for Thanksgiving, so I’m getting excited about that. In the meantime, I’m planning out content for The Baker’s Almanac through the end of the year (and even starting for next year).
Autumn hikes, rainy days, long train rides, weddings, 20-minute cleans, the Things app, lobster rolls, Vampire Weekend, the Getting Things Done method, watching Youtube videos, Jamie Fraser, going to bed by 9pm, and balance.
Check out the latest recipes and articles this month:
- Pumpkin Cranberry Scones
- Maple Pecan Cream Puffs
- My New Apartment Tour!
- The Ultimate Baking Pantry Essentials Guide
- What’s On My Plate: October 2019