November 2020 Gratitude List - Christmas & Comfort

4 Dec 2020

I'm very much a blogger who doesn't believe in apologising for taking breaks - everyone is human and everyone does it, so there's no need to apologise or explain. But for the first time in forever, I missed a gratitude list and regular readers may have noticed the lack of October gratitude list at the start of November. And I'll be honest, it's because I struggled a lot in October, and I couldn't get into the grateful mindset to talk about it. Leaving my job felt so far away and like it was never going to come around, and I was drained for what felt like the entire month.

But it's December now and I'm in a much better place, so I thought I'd sit down to tell you all about the good things in November! It was a really good month with lots of positive change and I'm feeling all kinds of warm fuzzies about it being near to the end of 2020. It's been a wild year, but we're nearly there guys!

  1. Having time for me - I'm terrible for taking time for me and I sometimes get myself into states where I'm worried about my lack of productivity or having a packed schedule. And having this time to myself has let me work on that, and sure, there have been moments where I've wobbled and thought 'I'm not earning and that makes me a bad person' or 'I'm not contributing enough to the house funds'. But it's been really lovely to work on myself and have time to do things I like at my leisure.
  2. Our new sofa - listen, I had no idea how much a sofa could change my life, but in November, we finally got our new sofa delivered and I want to live on it. We ordered it months ago and had been counting down the days til it arrived, and it's better than we ever could have thought. We can actually sit comfortably downstairs now and both lie out if we wanted to. It's quite possibly my favourite thing about the whole month!
  3. The start of the Christmas build up - because 2020 has been a bit naff, people started putting up their lights in November and I was loving it. It was so fun and festive to see them all when we were driving about and it just brought a little bit of happiness in the middle of lockdown 2.0. Because of all the lights, I was prompted to get a move on with Christmas shopping. I actually really like Christmas shopping, but I'm a bit of a procrastinator, so it was good to get that kick up the bum. I'm pretty much all done now, but if you want a bit of inspo, you can take a look at my local gift guides.
  4. Our new car - I've had the same car since I was about 18 and I've known for a few years that it was time for an upgrade. But I've had a bit of a sentimental attachment to the thing that has made moving on to another car pretty difficult. It's taken for things to be hanging off underneath and for the reverse lights to stop working for me to say 'ok, let's get something new', and so after lots of tears, I've traded my little old car in for something pretty swish and swanky. I'm still trying to get used to it, but it's nice not having to worry about things falling off or the engine just completely dying.
  5. Trips to the coast - it's no secret that going to the sea is one of my favourite things to do and throughout November, I feel like I've had more trips to the coast than ever before. We explored North Tyneside a bit and took part in the Snowman & Snowdog Trail, I took Matthew to Saltburn and we also went for a gander at Seaburn. It's been really lovely and refreshing to get some sea air and wind on my face. If you're ever feeling down, the sea is the place to go!

What were you grateful for in November?

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