October Harvest Moon – November Frost Moon
Hello! The November Frost Moon is the 4th post in Full Moon Monthly, a new series on Brave Girl that recaps life lately and what’s on the horizon. The Frost Moon is also known as the Beaver Moon because Algonquin tribes would set beaver traps before the swamps froze to have enough warmth supply for the winter (source). We had snow here in the Midwest just this week!
Since the Harvest Moon last month, there’s been loss, solitude, and inward change.
November Frost Moon
Here’s what I’m looking forward to during the November Frost Moon
(scroll down to see a recap of October!):
Artist in Residence at Soul Sister Studio
That’s right! I’m heading to my hometown for some work time in my mom’s studio this month. I don’t think I’ve ever shared it here but my Mom is a super talented potter and artist (I have to tell you this because she won’t). I credit most of my foundational creativity to her because she’s always fostered an environment in our home for my brother and I to create freely. I’m excited to spend time in her pottery studio and visit with her and my dad this month. 🙂
Design Chat at Grand Valley State University
Design students, comin’ at ya! I’ll be at GVSU speaking with soon-to-be design graduates about how to become successful freelance designers after college. I’m excited to share what I’ve learned in the last 10 years in hopes it will help design lovers get started in their ventures. Comment below questions you have or contact me here. Let’s chat if you’ve freelance or want to start but you’re not sure how to.
Girls Hiking Trip in Kentucky
Some of my girlfriends decided we needed to get to the mountains for some fresh air. We have a few trails planned out to hike and are staying in a refurbished shipping container near the mountains. Some days I imagine it being a dreamy girls trip to reconnect with each other and to nature. Other days my imagination runs wild from the handful of scary movies I’ve seen. haha. I’m excited for some girl time nonetheless!
Shut Down Line 5 at Rockford Brewery
I donated a handlettered Lake print to my friend’s effort to raise money to Shut Down Line 5. Line 5 is an old pipeline spanning the bottom of Lake Michigan west of the Mackinac Bridge into Canada. It’s owned by a Canadian oil company who has a bad rap in oil spills and who delivers 23 million gallons of oil EVERY DAY through these old pipelines. There’s serious concern an oil spill can happen the issue isn’t acknowledged properly. As a Michigander who relies on & loves our Lakes, you can bet I’m doing what I can! Local readers there’s a donation event at Rockford Brewery November 16 to purchase a print, a pint, and listen to music to donate to this important cause.
October Harvest Moon
And a little recap of October:
The Harvest Moon this year ended up being a doozy. Life just throws you shit, usually unexpectedly, and it sucks. BUT. BUT, we are still here so there’s joy in that. The shit is a reminder how human we really are. This month was a real breakthrough in me understanding and accepting myself for who I am.
“The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, struggle to reach the light.” – Sandra King
After my 2-week trial, I got a month unlimited of yoga! This was big for me as my workout habits have been inconsistent since college. Happy to report I stopped cheating my plank and was able to do the crow pose for a few seconds by the end of the month. 🙂 My membership is over so now I want to try something more challenging to keep increasing strength. Comment below: what’s your workout and where do you go?!
Halloween with Witches
So my Halloween with friends plan changed to Halloween with Witches Brew, white chicken chili and Hocus Pocus on repeat. We did some super lame dressing up from the couch as a voodoo tarot reader and sugar skull, with Tiger as his annual Official Treat Inspector handkerchief, and that was about it. It was nice to stay in and be warm though!
Out of everything I was the MOST consistent with staying in this month, haha. I’m such a homebody and the chilly temperatures make me hunker down even more. We caught up on a lot of shows – Nashville, Jane the Virgin, Saved by the Bell, This is Us.
Apparently we need to be watching Stranger Things like the rest of the country…should we?! What are your favorite shows?
Full Moon Monthly recaps life lately and what’s on the horizon. Includes a full moon reading by Mystic Mamma and honors Grandmother Moon and the Native Americans who named each moon of the year. See all moons here.