For the Record: October 2019

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For the Record is a look back at the month that was: I share my current obsessions, future plans, and other snapshots from a well-lived life in progress.

October is always a weird transitional month, don’t you agree?

If you live in a temperate climate as I do, this time of year is marked by drastic changes–rapidly falling temperatures, trees turning from green to gold then going completely bare, switching out your summer wardrobe for the rich, comfy layers of fall, and ultimately girding up your loins for the sprint to the holiday season and the slog into winter.

Yep. Change is afoot.

As I mentioned earlier this month, I’m also early in the process of buying my first home, so instead of thinking about the frenzy of the holiday season, I’m laser-focused on interest rates, property taxes, and pretty much all things home buying. But I’m putting all of that on hold for a moment to capture how October went down, for the record.

Practicing healthy living

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then I’m predicting good health all the way through spring thanks to the nearly 20 pounds of delicious apples we harvested during our apple-picking adventure (side note: I may never eat another store-bought apple again). But fresh fruit isn’t enough to completely stave off illness, so I kicked off the month getting by my flu shot, making the rounds with my health care providers, and committing to preparing lower-carb meals. Peak adulting.

Celebrating a career milestone

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I don’t get to travel for work as often as I’d like, and in the past, it’s usually been with a few colleagues, but in October I celebrated a career milestone: taking my first solo business trip. There are a few things I would have done differently, and I’m planning to share some hacks about some business trip essentials that should absolutely be on your packing list. More soon.

Books on books on books

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Last month, I tweeted that my Book of the Month membership has reignited my love of reading (at last!), plus I’ve rediscovered my local library as a resource for identifying great reads.

I’m currently finishing up The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See–if you’ve ever been interested about haenyo, the seafood-harvesting women divers on Jeju in South Korea, it’s a must read. Next up: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was so good), my most recent Book of the Month pic, The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys, and Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie (an Amazon First Reads pick).

If you’d like to follow along with my reading journey, let’s connect with each other on Goodreads.

Recommended reading

When I’m not reading books, I’m delving into some fantastic entertaining, inspiring, informative articles on the web. Here a few reads I recommend:

Want more? See the full collection of recommended reading in my October list on Flipboard.

What’s next

Learning everything I can about the homebuying process, instituting a No-Spend November (hey, that down payment isn’t going to grow itself), and prepping for holiday travel. I also hope I can finally finish knitting the coziest lap blanket EVER because the weather has turned.

Here’s to a beautiful November.