Happy New-vember!

Hey, I'm back!  I don't know about you, but I couldn't be happier that it's finally November.  I feel as though I've hardly had a second to breathe since...I don't know...last spring?!  I'll get to the reason for my oh-so-clever blog title in just a moment, but first, let me give you a quick update on life (well, all five of you who read my blog, that is...).

To begin, I cannot BELIEVE it's been over a year since I last wrote a blog entry...what the heck have I been doing with myself?  Honestly, I have no idea.  I couldn't tell you what I've been up to over the past 16 months...I guess I've been working and working and probably working some.  Last year, much like the year before, I spent teaching during the day and then tutoring after school, followed by a summer of teaching summer school.  This does not leave much extra time for blogging...then, throw in stuff I do at church, well, that leaves me just about enough time to eat, sleep, and maybe read a few books every now and then.  I have a new internet obsession, too...Pinterest.  It's pretty much unbelievably amazing, and much like facebook, I can be on it for over an hour and not realize I've wasted approximately one-fourteenth of my day...truth be told, it's a bit ridiculous.  Let's see...I now have a nephew...that's new since last June.  We knew he was on the way back then, but now he's here and he's almost a year old.  He's pretty much the most awesome little guy in the whole wide world and I just love to squeeze him!  Umm...I can't think of anything else too exciting that's been happening lately...I know that "lately" is a somewhat relative term...it typically describes what's been going on over the past few weeks...not years...but, what can I say...I'm a lame-o slacker...Oh, and speaking of being a slacker, I've done like, next-to-nothing on my list and now I have only a little over a year left to finish it.  I really need to get on that.  Some things are already out, like save a dollar a day...that lasted a whole 210 days...wash and vacuum my car monthly...I think that lasted about 8 months before it got old.  I don't know what I was thinking when I put stuff on my list that required regular commitment...shoot, I don't even have enough consistency in my life to remember to take a vitamin everyday and I expected to keep up with certain things for 1001 days?!  Yeah, right...well, I'm nothing if not ambitious...

Now, to my well-crafted, punny blog title, "Happy Newvember"...You may not know it (especially if you don't know me well or see me on a regular basis), but I've been feeling a little...low.  My mood, my energy, everything's been kinda...blurgh.  I've been concentrating on this a great deal lately, because I'm actually a very happy-go-lucky, joyful, smiley person and it feels weird to have this yucky-ness.  So, I thought about it and prayed about it, and I think I've found the root of the problem.  I have this tendency to be a "compare-er" (I'm going to use this word because I don't want to think of myself as jealous or envious...).  I tend to look at other people and then compare myself to them.  It's never really a monetary/material thing like, "Wow, look at that awesome house...I wish I had a house like that!"  It's more like, "Man, look at how organized ______ is...I wish I had it together like her/him," or "Oh, I'd love to have a job like that," or "I wish I had time to do stuff like _______ does," etc.  I find myself constantly comparing where I am in my life to where other people my age are in theirs and it is becoming quite maddening.  So, here's why it's "Happy Newvember"...I've decided to try to stop comparing myself with other people.  If I've learned anything over the past few years, it's that nobody's life is perfect...everyone's got their own little issues to wrestle with, even if no one else knows about them.  That person that I think has an awesome job, might have to deal with a husband/wife that doesn't appreciate them.  That person that seems like they have it all together might be totally anxious about things that I think are no big deal.  I've got a lot of wonderful people/things going on in my life and I'm going to start concentrating on that instead of what I think other people have that I don't.  Maybe you deal with the same thing.  I'd be willing to bet if you're female and you're reading this, that you've felt the same way a time or two before...so, my challenge to you is to join me in my Newvember festivities and instead of simply being thankful for what you have this November, let what you have be enough.  Wish me luck on my new plan and I'd love your prayers along the way! :)


Denise C. said...
November 2, 2011 at 8:20 AM

So glad to see you posting again! :)

Anonymous said...
November 3, 2011 at 12:39 AM

1. Welcome Back!
2. I like your "New-vember" plan, and I think I should join you in it.

Diane said...
November 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Jennifer, I think Newvember is a great idea. I would like to try some of the same things you have mentioned and not dwell on the problems that I have no control over. Thanks for blogging. It helps give me a NEW perspective.

cheri said...
November 3, 2011 at 1:02 PM

There was a short message from Proverbs 31 woman on the radio not that long ago that has truly stuck with me.

The message - stop comparing because you're comparing your insides to their outsides.

Melinda said...
November 3, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Great to see you Blogging Again...so true! Thanks!

Tamsen DiBlasio said...
November 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Hi, Jenn~ My first time reading your blog. I need a "Happy New-vember", too! Thanks for putting things into perspective for us!

Anonymous said...
December 2, 2011 at 3:21 AM

I'm glad to know you are doing well.

Un amigo Anonymous :)

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