November 1st is the Beginning of the End…Make it Count!

Hey babes, happy November 1st!

I know that’s a really odd thing to say, but hear me out.

November 1st has become a semi-holiday for me over the years, though somewhat of a sad and reflecting one if I am to be totally honest.

I’ll get into my personal reasons in a minute, but on the surface it’s the start of the “holiday season”. Here in the US. I use quotes because, of course, Halloween is a holiday, but when people say “holiday season” they usually mean Christmas, Chanukah and New Years. And if I’ve being brutally honest, Chanukah is usually just included to be PC.

Anyway, I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween.

There, I said it.

As a kid it was fun enough, but it never lived up to what it was supposed to be. Perhaps it’s because I was always a bit of a social outcast and never went to the right parties.

Regardless, the older I’ve gotten the more the day seems like just another hurtle to jump to get to the “good holidays”. And by that I mean the big 5: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas and New Years Eve and New Years.

Yes, I count New Years Eye and New Years as 2 holidays. And no, I’m not kidding about Black Friday, but that’s a different post all together.

What I’m trying to say is that November 1st is the start of a new a magical time of year for me, despite everything else.

For some people November 1st is the start of No-Shave-November. Alas, not me. I shaved my armpits this morning already. Maybe I wont shave my legs? No one will see them so it probably don’t matter.

For others of us, including myself this year, November 1st is the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for the initiated.

Want to write a 50K novel this month? Sure, why not!

I don’t consider myself a writer, but I consider myself an imaginative person. I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo around 5 times now, only finishing once. I don’t even care if I finish this year, my goal is just to try and not give up on the first day. I’m currently 1095 words in and my goal is 1666 for the day. Can I count this blog post as part of the word count? My character writes a blog…year, that’s the ticket!

Ok, it’s time to get a little deep for a minute. I told you I had my own personal reasons, and here they are.

In my Senior year of High School, on November 1st, my Japanese teacher passed away. I still have a hard time saying or typing that, but there it is. He wasn’t even my teacher at the time, he was taking a break from teaching to renew his teaching qualifications and we had a new teacher that year.

I nearly dropped Japanese that year. I’d already met the graduation requirement and could easily have taken a free period, but something inside kept me in Japanese that fall.

I found out after school. I was the stage manager for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was running the practice while the theatre teacher was in an impromptu staff meeting.

We took a break and a couple of the kids wondered allowed what the meeting was about. The youngest kid piped up, and said that the old Japanese teacher had died.

We didn’t believe it, of course. This kid was in middle school and most of the rest of us were high school Juniors and Seniors. Not that we thought he had his facts wrong, but I thought he was just messing with us at first.

I don’t want to get too deep and depressing, because this is supposed to be a happy, motivational post. Suffice it to say that the theatre teacher soon came back and confirmed the worst.

I was in shock. I stood there for a few minutes not sure what to do or say.

Looking back I see that moment as a defining time when I realized life is truly short, and you never know how short it will be. An accident took of my favorite and goofiest teachers from this world.

He lived his life to the fullest and this is my yearly reminder that the rest of us should as well. It’s cliche, but true.

Maybe that’s why the ideas of writing a novel, creating something and improving myself at the same time, is alluring to me. Or maybe that’s when I realized the holiday season was about family, not commercialization and the presents.

Well, a bit about commercialization, but because I can get great deals on things I want to buy for myself. Again, Black Friday is another post, just wait for it….

This is also the start of the end of the year, so make it count! Go out with a bang, create something, do something really nice for someone else. Or maybe you should take some time to be with yourself and get to know that awesome person you are. You’re totally worth it!



About Teph Williams

I'm a 28-year-old makeup, beauty and planner lover. I live in Portland, OR with my two kitties, Coco and Opal. I run a lifestyle YouTube channel and planner sticker shop on Etsy called Coco and Opal Design.
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