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I made it through October and now I’m arriving at my office in the dark, biking home in the dark, and there’s white stuff falling from the sky as I type.

November is a month of many things, including cold and here in Canada, the start of snow.

November is also a month of challenges.

It’s Mo-vember.

It’s also Gratitude Month. I’ve blogged about that here.

It’s No Spend November.

For many of my writer friends it’s also NaNoWriMo.

Lots of different challenges are going on, but another friend says that for her, it’s NO!-vember. She makes November not a month of taking on new challenges. Instead she makes it a month of saying NO to things.

Me, I’m all in on the Month of Gratitude. It makes me feel good, even while I know it’s somewhat forced and artificial, it also works. But I can also see the appeal of a month of “no.” Of course it’s more complicated than a simple across the board NO. Some things you want to say YES to. Instead, it’s a month of permission to decline things.

For me, I don’t think I need that permission. That’s too close to my pre-existing grumpy November mood.

But for you, maybe it works for you. Is there anything you’re saying NO to these days, as a conscious effort? Or is there another November challenge you’re taking on that I haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments!

Photo by Gemma Evans on Unsplash. Painting of the word “No” in yellow on a red background.

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