Would it be too British of me to start this post with ‘Where has the year gone?‘ or could I throw in a little ‘it gets dark so early now‘ for good measure. Either way November is one of those months that I normally just wish away. It has always just been a padding month for December and unless you have a birthday in November I am betting you feel the same. I always regret wishing away time so I am trying to focus on what I would like to achieve this month instead. (Even if most of that is just in preparation for Christmas anyway)
Firstly I want to cut down on dairy this month. I have spent so long struggling with my skin and I had made huge progress with it until recently. I have been introducing loads of water into my routine. It helped for me to set out a timeline for drinking. For example I drink a full glass while I do my make up and another full glass when I first sit down with my emails and so on. This became second nature after a while and I’m sure it has really helped. Then the start of this month I have had such a terrible breakout I feel like I am back to square one. After doing a little research online I want to try out removing a few things from my diet to see if that helps. I am trying to avoid going back to the doctor as I was simply prescribed antibiotics last time and although they worked I am not a fan of taking medication if I can avoid it.
This might be the last month where the weather is mild enough for me to get out on my bike. I really enjoy riding around my local village and find it a great way for snapping pictures for my instagram feed. Back in August I set myself a little challenge to ride everyday and absolutely failed. No surprises there! I want to get out at least a few times this month and I think in the new year I might invest in a new bike as mine is five years old now and starting to rust.
Lastly the Christmas organisation. I have started! This is the first year that I have started so early. Will I peak too soon and end up buying 374847 too many presents for the boys? Yeah. Thats a given, but I am patting myself on the back for trying! This will most definitely be the last Christmas we have in our cottage and it is this time of year that it really is the loveliest place to live. I am going to really embrace it as much as I can!
All photography was taken by the lovely Katrina Bartlam