Happy November! October was a banner month for me - probably the best I've ever had. Between getting married, passing my CPT exam and a new gig on the horizon... Life is good and I have no complaints! October will be a tough act to follow, but between celebrations and holidays this month and some travel next month, there's a lot to look forward to.

I was admittedly on cruise control a bit in October because I was riding high from so many feelings of accomplishment. But as I've learned, getting comfortable is a dangerous thing.

Everyone needs motivation. You want to know what motivated me for a really long time? This.

Putting that dress on was a really emotional moment for me, and taking it off was somewhat of a relief. For a long time, that garment really hung over my head (figuratively). I think anyone who has ever been stressed about fitting into a specific outfit can relate. Today I'm thinking about things that'll make me (and you, I hope) feel good, because this month I'm challenging myself to do things better, but not for any one reason. To eat better, to sleep better, to feel wholly better. My new motivation is simply that: to be better.

As I mentioned on Friday, I've committed myself to the 30 Day Squat Challenge via (Anyone else in?) My personal trainer, Michelle, once told me that the squat is the queen of all exercises, and that's stuck in my brain ever since. Look, they're certainly not my favorite move in the gym but let's be real - the exercises you like the least tend to be the ones that change your body the most. (Hi, punching burpees.) (And if you're wondering, deadlifts are often designated the "king" of all exercises. But I actually like deadlifts. They make me feel like a real BAMF.)

 I like that this particular task is really trackable. I think it's important to have goals that are measurable, even it is something as silly as being able to do 250 squats by November 30! (Which I have to admit, isn't all that silly to me.) I'm excited to see if my body looks any different on December 1. 

Speaking of looks...It's vain, but I'm not ashamed to admit that when I look better, I feel better. Lately I have felt so BLAH about my makeup with the exception of a few things (Tarte lights, camera, lashes mascara and lash fibers is still the best and I love Benefit Gimme Brow). When I got a new makeup bag as a gift a few weeks ago, I took it as a sign to redo my routine. I decided to try out Hourglass, and I'm loving their gel eyeliner. I've honestly needed new face makeup for months and finally broke down yesterday and bought Shiseido Hydro-Liquid CompactShiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer, and Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer. I wanted products that were easy to take on the go (AKA no liquids).

My priorities have changed SO much when it comes to my purchases. When I was in an office every day, I never knew who I'd see or be meeting for an interview.  I used to buy makeup without thinking twice. Now my beauty regime is so much simpler. I had a hard time justifying the spending, so I waited until I had a gift card. (It also helps that Shiseido is actually incredibly well-priced for high-end makeup compared to so many other brands. The woman who helped me told me that most people don't realize it's basically the same pricing structure as Clinique.)

Other things I plan to do this month to feel good:

· Clean out my closet 

· Finish writing thank you notes for all the wedding gifts we've received

· Practice yoga regularly

· Spend more time stretching

· Get into bed earlier

· Eat less dessert (wah)

What makes you feel good? How are you going to crush November?