All the Vulnerable Things and Declaring it Napvember What I am into October 2014

October always seems to be a whirlwind for me and my family, but it was especially blustery this year. I did a bunch that I am proud of, but all of it made me feel raw and vulnerable, you know?

I started off the month not blogging at all to prepare for my TEDx Peachtree talk. Thanks so much for all of the emotional support! It went swimmingly and as soon as they put it on YouTube I will be sure to put it on Twitter and my Facebook Page. Until then, this is apparently what my face does while I am speaking to a large audience.

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(My students tell me this is what my face does all the time, and thank you Marvia Davidson for capturing these hilarious screen shots.)

To go along with my talk I also put these T-shirts back on sale, and added a kids T-shirt. I am not sure either of these are going to make, so buy one if you want one! I was hoping the Ted talk would be up and that would help, but no dice.


Oh! And I wrote an ebook I am really proud of that is only 3 dollars and takes about 45 minutes to read. I don’t know everything about parenting, but I am sure I know this. 2.99. That is a steal and you should buy it.


I dropped a YouTube video I love. 77 seconds on consent.

I made the school newspaper!

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After that was my birthday weekend!

We had a bonfire and all the people over because pretty much those are my two favorite things. My husband got me a full length mirror so I no longer have to stand on the toilet to see my whole outfit, and my friend gifted me her old curtains! I love the light it brings into my room.

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I made this sangria for the party. It is delicious! And I rolled pimento cheese into crescent rolls like this. (But I just buy the pimento cheese.) Both were a huge hit and I will be repeating them.

We went to the Pumpkin patch. I convinced my girls not to carve pumpkins but make these adorable and easy kitty pumpkins instead and I don’t feel one bit bad about it.

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We had scarf week!

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We went trick-or-treating. I was Wonder woman (sort of, I had the t-shirt) my husband was a professional wrestler, and my girls were two adorable fairies.

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I wrote some things I am really proud of this month, about my mom, privilege, and practicing my shut ups.

And while I was not blogging for half the month, a bunch of my friends were kicking booty with their 31 days

In the Kitchen

About CS Lewis

Shooting like a Girl

On gentleness (Emily and I are both SERIOUS extroverts so I loved this)

On Stability

On Church in the Woods (Esther BROUGHT IT y’all)

On Authentic Living

Days of Movement

Love Faith and Creativity

Walking Brave

All of these were great and I was thoroughly impressed. I am sure I missed some.

Looking forward, while some are diving into NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo I am declaring it Napvember. It is easy for me to get wrapped up in all the things I am not doing, but what I really need to be doing is resting, aggressively resting. So I will be doing that. The crockpot and I have started out strong this Napvember and I am going to try to say NO as often as possible. You got a casserole recipe you love, I am all ears. I am tired. My family is tired. It is time to rest. Anyone care to join me? We could start a hashtag if we aren’t too tired. If it is too much work, we skip that part. I am ready to rest well.

I am linking up with Leigh Kramer. It is fun and you should join her! 

8 thoughts on “All the Vulnerable Things and Declaring it Napvember What I am into October 2014

  1. I love the idea of napvember. I kind of sort of though about doing a blog post every day for November back around October 20, but, well, now it’s November 6 and I’m ok that that didn’t happen.

    Your 77 second video is so good!

  2. How awesome that you gave a TED talk. I love those. Just watched your YouTube video. Your enthusiasm is amazing. And your content, of course. Thanks for sharing this message–enthusiastic consent! Yes! Such a great way to put it.

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