A month of embracing the darker afternoons, wrapping up in snuggly layers, and getting in the Christmas mood with roaring fires and frosty mornings.
Unless you're living in Australia. Where it's just a month of being hot and sweaty, and confused at all the snowy decorations when it's 34 degrees outside.
Safe to say, it's going to be a very different Christmas this year.
Here's the low down on what's new...
Yep, I've decided to stay in Australia for Jesus' birthday and I'm coming around to the idea of spending my favourite day of the year in the sunshine rather in the drizzle. It won't be the same, but hopefully it will be an experience to remember! From my investigations, so far I can't see any traditions which will beat being cold and drunk on mulled wine, but I've been assured it'll be the best Christmas of my life. Providing there's air con...
Finally! It's been on my list for a long time, and with my time in Australia running out, we decided it was time to get over and lose ourselves in the beautiful countryside. As an avid Lord of the Rings hater, I will not be visiting the film set to see that small guy's house and I am very happy about it.
I love a list and especially one that jots down my goals for the coming months. The only problem with this motivational plan is that those goals only exist on paper and rarely materialise. But not anymore! This month, I intend to start putting these goals into action and start doing all the things I've been too scared to get off the ground. I just need to write one more list before I start...
Ok, not really (although don't our cells completely regenerate after 7 years or something so I technically have a new body since all the damage I did at university. Great news.), but I've learnt a lot about myself this year and I feel like I'll be stepping out of 2017 with a whole chunk of life experience under my belt. It's been a challenging year with lots of ups and downs (more ups, thankfully), but I've learnt how to let go of things that no longer serve me, release grudges, stand up for myself and also be more aware of how my choices affect others (shout out to David - you're a hero). 2017 also taught me that I love sushi (I was adamant I didn't like it before actually trying it) and that hangovers really do get worse every year. The old people weren't lying.