Four or five years ago someone told me that November is supposed to be the time of the year when I feel my best, my time to have a great time, to shine, because it is when I was born. I always thought it was a big fat lie, because if I look back at the past 7 or 8 years, it was always the opposite! I either had a cold or something was worrying me... until this year. I'm not saying for a second that this is because of what that person told me, but I have had a truly great month. It feels as if I woke up from the anesthesia a happier version of myself. I've got a deeper appreciation for the amazing people in my life, whether they are friends or family (sometimes the lines blur between the two), for health, I have developed better healthier habits, I feel really motivated about my work life and feel so much more comfortable in my own skin.
So, if I had to choose one thing that was the absolute best in November, it would be this sense of growing into the person I want to be. Wow, that sounds corny! But it is true, so I will say it and make no apologies for it!
Of course there have been other things that I have really enjoyed this month, and I'm going to tell you about them right now!
Most people will have come across the beautiful Hemsley sisters online. They have a very wholesome and simple approach to food: healthy eating is about eating non processed foods. There is no need to count calories or eat low fat products. In fact, the latter should be avoided at all costs. I love it because it is simple and it resonates with the way I ate when I was growing up. The book itself is full of gorgeous recipes (I made their lamb meatballs with cauliflower tabbouleh this week -the photo above is my creation- and it was yum!), beautiful photography, and the previously unheard of ingredients are kept to a minimum. I'm going to try and make something out of the book each week.
This is another podcast I have been listening to for the past couple of months. This particular interview really caught my attention at the beginning of November. If you are into wellbeing and healthy eating or you have a blog or some other digital or creative endeavour, this will probably be really interesting for you. Jadah Sellner and Jen Hansard are the founders of Simple Green Smoothies, a very successful business that wasn't always so - the road to success wasn't quick or easy and the path never quite clear. I found it really interesting to hear how they didn't intend to make any money from it or even appeal to the audience they have now. In this episode they also talk about Instagram as a community and the start of their success.
During the rest of the month they also appeared on The Lively Show and Lewis Howes The School of Greatness, but it was this that I listened to first and the one that inspired me.
My friend Esther is one of the most creative people I know. She can make anything out of anything, so when she asked me if I wanted to stay at hers and make concrete jewellery I couldn't resist! With her guidance and help I made this gorgeous ring that I have worn a lot this month and received lots of compliments about it. Esther and I are working on a blog post for December, but I urge you to go to her Etsy shop fast, because she has some amazing pieces there. I think my ring is my favourite piece, but the rest of the concrete jewellery and the Scrabble brooches are great as well.
After 3 months of not being able to practice yoga, this month my body felt like it had healed enough to start again, and it has been so lovely! On my birthday I started the day with this video from the brilliant Adriene Mishler. It is a bit like a birthday present from you to yourself, a really light practice that will make you feel super grateful and happy for the rest of the day. I've come to really love her videos and enjoy how accessible she makes yoga for everyone. She makes it light and fun even through the more challenging poses.
This was another brilliant birthday present from my friends. Love Your Plane is a lovely little shop near where I live in Oxford, and they offer these screen printing workshops each week. My friend Katy and I went earlier this week and spent over 4 hours learning this technique to make prints for your walls. I can't say I was a natural, and my favourite print of the ones I made was one where I accidentally missed a little bit of paper in the middle and now it looks like the silhouette of a bird. It was a super fun evening and both Katy and I have been looking at screen printing equipment online since.
What did you get up to this November?
Have a gorgeous day!