Analyzing October & Thinking Out Loud About November

november love
I am finally learning how to do cool things with my pictures!
Oct 2014
Fresh Beauty and Rustic Charm (Taken: October 2014)

I know that nine days have officially passed and we are nearing the middle of November, but I feel the need to post this entry on my blog and put my thoughts out there. It has actually been written on paper for awhile now but it just hasn’t taken priority until now.

Analyzing October: The Blog

Best Month Ever

October was the best month ever for Foreign Sanctuary in terms of number of views and visitors.

Shares and Blog ‘Love’

I owe some of the increase in traffic to Taiwan Explorer who shared my post ‘You Know You’ve Lived in Taiwan a Long Time When…‘ And although he considered my post ‘too kind,’ it’s all good and I really appreciate him sharing it on facebook. He has an awesome blog dealing with the latest news and current events about Taiwan, so I highly suggest you check out his blog or facebook page.

Also, I have to give Jocelyn of Speaking of China a shout-out as well. She included a portion of my post called ‘My Taiwanese Husband & His Most Amazing Moment in Vegas’ in one of her posts and for that, I say thank you to her. She has an amazing blog as well which focuses on relationships between Asian men and Western women. Head over to her blog or check out her facebook page.

A Blogging Schedule That Works

I’m finally back into my blogging groove now after taking a long break over the summer. I feel that Monday and Friday are the best days for me to post new blog entries. I don’t know why but I have this sudden flood of ideas after and just before the weekend. It’s a schedule that works and I am going to stick with it. And so much for blogging three times a week (a goal I set for myself in October) – that idea went out the window the second week of October.

My Book Announcement

I finally got the courage to let the world know that I am writing a book. I was so humbled by the words of encouragement and congratulations left in the comments section of my blog. I feel so blessed to have such awesome people who read my blog. The book has come a long way since the beginning of October and I am pretty proud of what I have written so far.

My First Guest Post

A big kudos to my husband for writing his first guest post for my blog. He has several topics in the works as we speak! Has my constant nagging encouragement created a new blogger? 🙂

Dragon on one of the oldest temples in Taiwan (Take: October 2014)
Dragon on one of the oldest temples in Taiwan (Take: October 2014)
Temple Ceiling (Taken: October 2014)
Temple Ceiling (Taken: October 2014)

Thinking Out Loud About November

These goals have been a work-in-progress since the beginning of the month:

~~> set up (Done)

~~> continue posting on my blog twice a week

~~> 365 Photo Project – Been there, done that, took a picture

~~> Exercise daily

~~> continue writing book (finish specific goals)

~~> do something adventurous, try something different, or experience something new every week

~~> be grateful for the now, the present

Did you do anything awesome in October? What are your goals for November?

linking up with weekly wishes


38 thoughts on “Analyzing October & Thinking Out Loud About November

  1. My goals for this month are very simple but also hard at the same time: Get a job and finish moving into our apartment.

    Isn’t it a great feeling when you realize that more and more people are interested your blog? That you have things to share what others want to read? For me it is always amazing that anyone wants to read my written nonsense:)

    1. I just read you latest post and once again, congrats on the job!! See, it wasn’t so hard after all. 🙂

      And I agree – it is awesome when you realize that more and more people are stumbling upon and reading your blog. BTW, you don’t write nonsense – your blog is full of laughs and humor and it is so entertaining!!

      1. I remember writing about this goal here and bow I have a job. The best things happen unexpected and thus surprise us even more.

        I am happy that people like my blog and also have perhaps a smile on their faces when reading most of my articles.

  2. I agree, November is a great month to be trying something adventurous, new or different. Where I live, (Canada), November is a fray, barren kind of month. The leaves are almost all gone but theres no snow yet to enjoy. To help me get through the month AND actually enjoy it, I have challenged myself to have an adventure-a-day. I’m 9 days in and so far its made for a fantastic November. Looking forward to hearing about what new experiences you seek out for yourself this month too.

    1. Tanya, thanks from dropping by!

      An adventure a day sounds great! It is the perfect way to enjoy the transition between the seasons and to get out and about around town. And from your recent blog posts, I can see that you are really enjoying your adventures this month! As for me, November has been a great month as well – I look forward to sharing some of my adventures with you!

  3. So many awesome things that have happened! (And many yet to come, I’m sure.)
    I actually started reading Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” over the weekend and it’s been very educational! She speaks about her plan to become happierーby doing things that benefit her and her surroundings over the span of a year, and I’ve really gotten into the idea myself! Doing a slow start with some of those ideas in November and December, and will start for real in January. 🙂 The book is really interesting too, she mixed facts and statistics with personal anecdotes so it’s both fun and interesting. You can find great info on her blog too:

    Love the photo of the Frangipani by the way! ❤ One of my favorite flowers when I was living in Australia… Smells so sweet!

    And re: husbands bloggingーYJ is also getting ideas, and even *demanded* to write an upcoming review of a place we went to last week. (I think he felt wounded that one of his posts wasn't getting any comments and suddenly felt very competitive, haha! No complaints from me, even when one of his blog post ideas is "I'm going to tell everyone in the world how much you bully me~~~~" <-he doesn't like being tickled, and he claims I steal the blanket at night. And I'm sure many more complaints that will come up once he starts writing. 😉 )

    1. Thanks for the tip about the happiness project. I don’t know if it is related or not, but my cousin did a #100happydays or something to that effect on her facebook page. It is amazing how someone who actually is very private and usually a little eh, cynical found happiness in the smallest things – it was beautiful and I saw her in a different light!!

      I love that flower as well – whenever I see them, they always bring me to a happy place!

      YJ sounds the same as my husband. My husband actually finished his second post yesterday and asked me when it will fit into my posting schedule (and I didn’t even know he was writing it!). And he always makes me giggle when he checks my blog to see what people said about his post or what they said about a post I wrote about him!! And I look forward to reading YJ’s posts – I can’t wait to see what topics he will write about and I look forward to the ‘bully’ post!!

      Have an amazing Thursday!! One more day before the weekend!

      1. Oh, interestingーI’ve not heard of the 100 Happy Days thing, but that sounds interesting as well. I think it’s a great project to be more mindful and really consider what makes us happyーand what doesn’t!

        Haha, our husbands do seem similar! ^^ YJ’s competitiveness has changed his “Hmm, if I have to. But only in Japanese and a little bit.” to “Of course! And ahow about ? Ha, I will beat your views, no problem!” ^^;

        You too! We have beautiful sunshine today, so I’m going to make sure I head out for a walk to enjoy it soon! 😀

  4. It looks like you are very focused and that is good and will turn to be also very productive for anything you want to accomplish and put effort into it: blog, book, etc…

    I look forward to see how your “do something adventurous, try something different, or experience something new every week” will turn out and what you’ll do 😉

    1. Thanks, Franca! I find that actually publishing my goals makes me more accountable. And I look forward to sharing all the adventurous things I do this month on my blog – Taiwan is always full of surprises, so there are new things to do and discover every single day!!

    1. As for my gratefulness, I keep a mental note and use photography as well. As for my adventure list, I feel expat life in Taiwan is always full of surprises, so there are new things to do and discover every single day!! Hope you are having a great November!

  5. My latest goal is to read at least a few pages in Chinese every day. I started 3 days ago and I’m still doing it. (I can’t believe it!! hahaha). I guess it helps that I chose a book comprised of many articles of 4 to 5 pages each, so it feels easier to read one every day 🙂

    I would also like to have a job by the end of the month but that is going to be trickier haha.

  6. Great to see you back! Have you signed up on Triberr yet? It’s a great tool to help bloggers get their stuff out there to the public, if you haven’t already, you should sign up, its free and awesome!

    Can’t wait to read your book 🙂

  7. I love the idea of publicizing your goals for the month. Monday and Friday work for me as well. I also have a running list of ideas for future stories. It comes in handy when I have a great idea but no time to flesh it out. 🙂

  8. I know, I can’t believe we’re halfway into November already! Soon it will be new year, another year will be upon us. That is great you have a number of goals to work too – very organised and good luck with them. I like your last one, being greatful for the present. Truth be told, there is nothing else like the present. Each moment and day is different, and we should make the most of it and be thankful for the little things that we have 🙂

    Anything happened to me in October? I had a number of freelance writing gigs. Don’t know what will become of them but it was fun taking up those assignments as they come by. My goal in the next few months: put more time into writing my book 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Mabel! I find publishing them makes them feel more official and I am constantly reminded of my goals everything I log into my blog.

      And yes, no matter how busy we are or how hectic life is, it is always great to appreciate the good in life and in all surrounding us!

      Congrats on the freelance work and good luck writing your book! I am sure it is going to be awesome!! 🙂

  9. Hi. I found your post through the Nectar Collective link-up. I too, am writing a book. Actually, I self-published a book earlier this year and pulled it back and am revising it, as well as working on another book for NaNoWriMo.
    All the best with your project. You can check out my blog at too.

  10. Can you add some details with your pictures such as names and places of the temples? (I think there are about 5000, some of which are in people’s houses). It will be sooooo helpful when planning to visit Taiwan again.

    1. Sorry for not including the specific details about the pictures in this post. I am actually planning to write a post related to temples in Taiwan and I plan to include a lot more pictures of temples on my blog in the future. The two temple pictures were both taken during at the Matzu Temple in Lugang (often spelled Lukang). I spent an entire Saturday afternoon exploring some of the temples in the town.

  11. Congrats on the book! October was a great month! I changed my blog name to The Dining Traveler. It was a lot of work but I’m really happy with the results.

    1. Thanks so much!! I am really enjoying the process so far!

      I am glad that you are happy with the results. I know it is hard to find the few perfect words to name a blog. It took me a long time to finally commit to ‘Foreign Sanctuary’ (my blog was a mental ‘work-in-progress’ for a long time before I actually started it.)

  12. I’ve been neglecting my blog in Oct! Haha..but I’m starting to get into the groove of things…trying to balance everything for now, looking forward to the new year for more changes…love posts like these, do more please! 🙂

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