November Checklist

November, November means the HOLIDAY season is upon us. I look forward to the days officially getting shorter (thank you, daylight saving time) and the nights are even longer. As one of my favorite months, it ends with home-cooking and family time. Below are some of the dates, I plan on participating:

1. Thank a veteran on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11)
Military veterans have fought to defend our country, so make a special effort to recognize them on Veteran’s Day. Give your Veteran a call, send flowers, or knock on your neighbor’s door to say thanks. As with a holiday, there will be plenty of sales. Personally, I plan on thrift shopping at Unique because they are having a 50% off sale, all day. See if there is a location near you, here.

2. Celebrate Condoleezza Rice’s birthday (Nov. 14)
Show some good vibes towards Condoleezza Rice, as she celebrates her 60th birthday. Rice is a major superwoman—she was the first female African-American secretary of state and the first-ever woman to serve as National Security Advisor, all before 60, of course. Channel your inner Condi today and make some power moves. Her career is simply inspiring and I hope to break ceilings, as she did.

3. Give back on National Philanthropy Day (Nov. 15)
November is a month of observation, and there’s no better way to give back than philanthropy. Give part of your paycheck to an organization that’s meaningful to you, donate your skills for a good cause, or donate your time by volunteering for a day.

4. Get your bow and arrows ready for the Mockingjay premiere (Nov. 21)
Mockingjay is finally here! Though it’s only part one of two (what’s with the split-release trend?). Get ready for a slew of new characters (Julianne Moore as President Coin and Natalie Dormer as Cressida) and for sky-high box office sales. May the odds be ever in your favor.

5. Give thanks for elastic-waist pants on Thanksgiving (Nov. 27)
Visit your loved ones, snuggle up by the fire, and squeeze that big ‘ole turkey in the oven. Thanksgiving is coming, so embrace the good cheer and turkey coma.

6. Shop ‘til you drop on Black Friday (Nov. 28)
Black Friday has started earlier every year. Retailers are relying on low prices to increase consumer spending, so do your part to stimulate the economy and get out there Friday morning or Thursday evening. If you’re not into the 3 AM elbow-jamming store madness, sit back and wait until Cyber Monday to get your shopping done, which is what I’m planning to do!

7. Crank out a bestseller during National Novel Writing Month (all month)
National Novel Writing Month, casually referred to as NatNoWriMo, is all about stopping procrastination in its tracks. The movement’s handy website offers help, support, and motivation to aspiring novelists. If you’ve been sitting on a bestseller, now is the time to chip away at it by writing a little bit every day. I LOVE to read, so don’t be shy to send me some lines 🙂



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