Embracing shorter days – November and beyond

The clocks have been turned back and the days are getting shorter.   I’m leaving for work in the dark and now I am barely getting home before dusk.  I’m turning lights on as soon as I come through the door.

People are starting to complain about the weather, lack of daylight and what is to come.  Short days, cold and damp weather.  November is upon us.  If you live anywhere that has four seasons (I have three as spring not so much) and you want to be happy more of the time, than start to embrace November and what it comes after.

Embrace November and the cooler days and the crunch of leaves under foot.  Fall is one of the best times for hiking or even walking around your city as no humidity and all that is required is to put on a warmer jacket and maybe a scarf. Starting in November I no longer feel I have to be outside enjoying the warm weather and running around.  I can curl up with a good book, get my crafts out and plan my winter projects.

What house projects or projects period have you put off all spring and summer as you wanted to take advantage of the weather?  Start checking Pinterest for craft ideas, or no doubt you already have a few boards full of them. Well now is the month to start picking up supplies and trying them out.

Think of November as the month you start making plans for the holidays and winter in general.  Head to a coffee shop with your phone or paper and pen and enjoy a latte and make that holiday to do list.  With the shorter days embrace new activities that don’t rely on hot weather and being light outside at 9 pm.

Think of November as the start of a new social calendar. Getting together with friends for supper, theatre, crafts or hiking.  Lighting candles and being home curled up and enjoying shows you missed during the summer months.

Embrace what November (and winter in general) has to offer.  Different outdoor activities (skiing, skating, curling).  If that doesn’t rock your boat tackle those books you have on your reading list or crafts you put away.

Life is to be lived and that means all seasons and all months.  Don’t get caught up in everyone else complaining and wishing their life away.  Embrace every month as it does have something to offer – you just have to explore and make it happen.

You can always start now!

 

28 thoughts on “Embracing shorter days – November and beyond

  1. Shannon Paige says:

    Love this Amelia! This is what my mom always says too- to embrace all seasons. Winter is a hard one for me (and many others) but I also think- last winter I discovered downton abbey and my mom and I binge watched that.. I skied a little, and I loveeee christmas. My grandma always said to not wish your life away, either. I don’t like how I get tired sooner since it is darker out sooner, but I am a complete introvert and love to be cozy and cuddled up so I am definitely down for embracing that side of it!

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    • Amelia says:

      I am an introvert also so enjoy being home to putter. I find I do different things in the winter so it is a chance to catch up i.e. cross stitch I didn’t do all summer! Plus November is National Novel Writing Month. Yes to curling up with a good book or TV show. Enjoy the season and make sure you start celebrating Christmas for the whole month of December I am!!

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  2. awandafulthing says:

    Great post – lol I have what seems like two seasons where I am ,summer and winter – I have never been a big fan of the colder months but this year I embraced the time change by making a change in my own routine – bed earlier (like a normal person) and up earlier – I am allowing myself more time in the daylight hours now and it feels good!!!

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  3. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany says:

    I never thought that I would say this, but I miss the early snows that we got in Michigan. We get some snow here in Western Germany, but not much. I am able to enjoy the outdoors a little longer here though, since it doesn’t get as cold as it does in West Michigan. Mostly, I spend my time baking and reading.

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    • Amelia says:

      Canada here. I enjoy winter. I would rather have snow than rain this time of year. As long as the city doesn’t shut down I think snow if pretty and don’t mind it. I mind the shorter days more than the snow and cold. So to winter and making the most out of it!

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  4. Anindya says:

    Every season has it’s own charms and challenges…..here we are tarting with winter too with November and my days are also getting shorter……so it’s lots of music, movies and reading….with picnics, going out and hanging with friends are few of the things in store for the winter ahead……I hope you will enjoy the winters too..

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    • Amelia says:

      Winter here can run Mid-November to end of April (at least). Life is short enough without wishing away 1/2 the year. Like you I enjoy reading, music and movies more. Make plans I say and go for it! Thanks for visiting.

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    • Amelia says:

      November birthday girl also. Sitting in Canada so when winter arrives it is here for a while. So really enjoy it as life is happening regardless. I think we should make the most of all seasons of our lives.

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  5. susielindau says:

    I think of November as birthday month and prepare to host Thanksgiving! Whew! While trying to crank out a book by the 18th, the short days nip at my heels. I don’t like driving at night.
    How’s Nano going for you?

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    • Amelia says:

      A few of us have November birthdays! November busy month for you with the holiday and book! You will rock it. Have a lovely Thanksgiving. I want to take advantage of every month and enjoy. NaNo is going well. I’m ahead on my word count so happy about that. I think November good month to have NaNo as starting to get dark and cold and nice to have something to concentrate on. I’m always enjoy it!

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      • susielindau says:

        So glad to hear that you’re ahead. I’ll finish today! Just in the nick of time since my mom is flying in tonight. Nano always teaches what I’m capable of when I focus on one thing. Hard with a monkey mind like mine. LOL!

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      • susielindau says:

        I thought I commented on this!
        Thank so much, Brenda. Fantastic! I wish you the best of luck with your book.

        I hit 50,000 yesterday, but have more to write to finish. I’ve made the mistake of stopping when a book isn’t done before. I lose my momentum and my ideas if I don’t plow through. My mom is in town now and is happily playing Scrabble on her tablet so I think I may sneak a few hundred words… LOL

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      • Amelia says:

        WOW Congratulations at your 50,000. Agree don’t stop unless the story is finished. You can put it away after that for a bit and mull over. I don’t think my story will be finished at 50,000 either so you will be my inspiration to finish it period. NanNo or no NaNo. We have this.

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  6. rachaelstray says:

    My mornings aren’t too dark at the moment but the low sun isn’t great for driving conditions. I’m not enjoying traveling home in the dark though it does make it feel colder too. November is my birthday month so I have a lot to look forward to this month.

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    • Amelia says:

      November is my birthday month also so Happy Birthday at some point!! Living in Canada so when winter arrives it is here for a good part of the year. So feel people shouldn’t wish their lives away. We should be enjoying all seasons/months/ages/whatever. Winter I read more, craft more, write more all good.

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  7. Thelma Alberts says:

    Great post. This time I am in my home country Philippines, escaping the coldness of winter. For me, November in Germany and the whole winter season especially Christmas is wonderful. With all the Christmas markets, gingerbread houses making, decorations and the Snow White winter wonderland.

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    • Amelia says:

      Lots of Canadians head south to escape winter every year. I agree winter and the holiday season can be wonderful with the lights, decorations and markets. I am looking forward to decorating and a fresh coating of snow. I want to embrace all seasons as life is happening and going by regardless so enjoy.

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  8. Bryntin says:

    We live in a very touristy area so the Autumn and Winter months are the time we can actually get out and enjoy some of our surrounding area for ourselves. There is still much to enjoy on the cast on moors when it’s colder and emptier of the holidaymakers.

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    • Amelia says:

      I agree winter can be beautiful. I love a fresh snowfall. As long as I can have blue sky I don’t mind colder temperatures (to a point!). I mind the shorter days more than the colder weather.

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    • Amelia says:

      I know heading to work in the dark and getting home in the dark. I have to get out at lunch time as no windows in my office. Understand why people suffer from SAD. So long a time period I want to make the most of it as life is happening regardless!!

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      • Amelia says:

        We have more than 4 hours of day light. It will be dark by 5:30 soon so makes a difference in the evening getting home in the dark. That is why I think you have to have a winter activity you enjoy and look forward to during those months. It makes such a difference.

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