Too Much of A Month
November, You've Been A Bit Much
November, you’ve been A Bit Much.
There were four weekends in November 2022. On two of them, I was hosting and throwing dinner parties. On the other two, I was traveling (because I was gone for a full week). For the past 8 days, I’ve been sick. I had to cancel events and plans, not only due to illness but also from general overload. And most of it was stuff I really wanted to do.
Besides the sickness, nothing about this month has been “bad.” But it has definitely been a lot.
Things don’t have to be bad to be difficult.
I knew (most) of what November held before the month began. It seemed doable, if hectic. But as the events began to unfold, I realized that I’d taken on too much.
I frequently take on too much. Don’t we all?
“Say hell yeah or say no” is a phrase I learned in a productivity workshop. But what if too many options are a hell yeah?
I realize that I could’ve done things a lot better. Instead of making it all work, I would’ve benefitted from stepping back, creating concrete plans about what I was and wasn’t available for, and sticking to them. Then, instead of working, things would’ve thrived. Even hell yeahs need boundaries, and I failed to create them for myself. As a result, I failed to create organization for others involved. The outcome became joyful gatherings that were messier than they needed to be.
So here, at the end of November, I am ready for a slower tempo. I’ll keep this week’s post short and give myself that grace. Tomorrow night, I’m hosting yet again (although this one isn’t in my house, so much easier!). Next weekend, I’m co-hosting a 2-day energy and wellness fair in town.
Other than that, I want to spend the month of December being A Bit Less. Dinner dates, going to see pretty holiday lights, baking, and doing me are all on the agenda. And I am here for it! Just like I was here for the madness of November.
It’s all just Life. How incredible is that??
When you take on too much, what tends to go sideways? What would you benefit from remembering for the next time you feel in the weeds?
What’s your vision for the final month of 2022?
Photo credit: me, taken on vacay this month