13 Autumn Goals Update

Winter is upon us, so I thought it would be a good time for an update regarding my 13 Autumn Goals.

I’ve crossed off a number of items, but others I have already accepted defeat or am unsure of how successful I will be.

I entered a poetry contest, which is something I’ve never done before.  Unfortunately, I will have to patiently wait until April for the winners to be announced.

I also took Halloween-themed photos of Yuki, which ticks off items that are creative and based on the season.  Under the “based on the season” category, I also tried out two new pumpkin desserts!  I made pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies for Halloween and a coconut pumpkin chiffon pie for Thanksgiving.  However, I’m still shy of completing the specified number of goals for the creative category.

I decided I will start fresh next year with my 52-week saving challenge and opted to use what I had saved so far (not much) as a Christmas shopping fund.  I think it was a good idea even though it means I will not be able to check that goal off the list.

As for acts of kindness, I bought a coworker breakfast one morning when she didn’t have any money.  Other small acts of kindness include buying a book to be donated and dropping change and random dollars into collection buckets instead of stashing them away at home.  These are all very small things, but things that make a difference nonetheless.

I have only done one thing that involved a group or being social.  I went to a Lolita meet-up!  I don’t have any Lolita clothing items, but my friend Lilian (Petticoat Pedaler)invited me, and since I like Lolita fashion and wanted to check things out, I figured it would be a fun way to spend the afternoon.  Everyone looked so cute!  I’m glad I went!

On the things that make me smile front, I sent a surprise Halloween packaged to my friend Ryo, read a seasonal book (Town in a Pumpkin Bash by B. B. Haywood), and attended the above-mentioned event.  I didn’t anticipate a Lolita meet-up being the event that would scratch that item off my list, but it worked out!  However, I’m fairly certain I will close out Autumn without doing much else in the way of socializing.

So, there are a still a couple of things I have yet to accomplish, including losing those 10 lbs (I’m afraid to weigh myself with all the holiday goodies I’ve been lured into tasting and that have probably been negating my workouts).  However, there’s still a little bit of time to get those last few items in.  And if I don’t accomplish them all, that’s okay.  I think I’ve done well to do as much as I have.

Also, one of my creative goals was to write something having to do with Autumn.  I ended up writing a haiku because I continue to struggle with working on my stories.  I intend on writing a short story/scene from a current story for winter, so wish me luck.  For now, I’ll leave you with my haiku:

Air is cool and crisp

Autumn leaves are falling down

All engulfed in flames

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