October into November

Travel:

  • Anniversary weekend away - We spent 6 nights in Jamaica this month. I will be writing more about this in the near future!

Reading:

  • Read 30 books. (28/30)
  • Read 2 “self-help” books or books about fostering creativity. (1/2)

Writing:

  • Daily Q&A – Still keeping up with this!
  • Post in my blog at least 5 times a month or 60 blog posts. (50/60)
  • Work through the Right to Write. (43 chapters) (36/43)
  • 500 Writing Prompts – 3 writing prompts a month (39 total) (27/36)
  • Work through Writing Better Lyrics. (2 chapters per month, 24 total) (20/24)

Spiritual:

  • Practice and complete a daily devotional. I have been able to keep up so far!

 Music:

  • Learn at least 3 new Classical pieces on the piano. (2/3)
  • Work on learning at least 3 of the modes. (1/3)
  • Listen to 10 classical music pieces. I have a new book about listening to Beethoven’s piano music that I intend to use for this purpose. (3/10)
  • Earn at least 20 CMTE’s (continuing education). (12/20) - I will be going to a national conference in November, which will get me 5 more CMTE’s. I am also supervising two more students this semester.

Home and Organization:

  • Fix the other part of the deck and stain it. – We still need to finish staining the rest of the deck.
  • Wash windows and glass doors in the house.

Family:

  • Make a home video with the kids.
  • Paint with the kids.

Service:

  • Provide at least 3 meals at the Ronald McDonald house. (2/3)
  • Volunteer at the soup kitchen at least once.

Physical/Health:

  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water on most days. - I think I might just have to give up on this…
  • Do something active at least 3 times a week. – I didn’t do as much activity while in Jamaica, but we tried to do something every day.

Miscellaneous:

  • Eat at 8 new restaurants on our list of places to try. (6/8)
  • I plan to cook at least 10 international meals this year. (4/10)
  • Take at least one day to “retreat” and work on my writing, music, etc. - Sadly, this hasn’t happened, and it probably won’t happen this year.
  • Do something nice for myself at least 20 times. (5/20)

October is always a busy month for us…this year was no different! I started off the month by hosting a recital for my students. Anya and I both performed pieces.

We ate a bunch of good food at the fall festival, and over fall break, the kids and I went to the zoo with friends. We also hung out that Sunday because Eric went to a Colts game in Indy.

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The following weekend we went on a ghost tour of a haunted library in our city. We also visited Cates Farm where we picked pumpkins out of the pumpkin patch and played games on the farm.

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Then, Eric and I spent 6 nights in Jamaica where we got to relax on the beach, swim in the Luminous Lagoon, tour Rose Hall at night, and lots of other things.

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The weekend after we got back, we went on a haunted tour in our city and then went to a Halloween party with a corn maze and a haunted trail.

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Eric also celebrated his 36th birthday 2 days after we returned from Jamaica.

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On Halloween night, we celebrated by having family over and letting the kids trick or treat. Anya and Felix were Elsa and Olaf. Our nephews were BB-8 and a storm trooper. My sister-in-law had planned to go as Princess Leia but wasn’t feeling well, so I got roped into wearing that costume!

The rest of the year will be a race to the finish line!

 

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