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More or Less in December 2013

More or less – that’s the theme of December’s NaBloPoMo. It seems to fit right in with my own thoughts and ideas about what I want to blog about this month.


For me, December is always a time of introspection; of looking back to look forward. In the Christian tradition, December is the season of Advent a time of waiting and preparation for the coming of the Savior. A time of ‘expectant hope’. That’s exactly how I feel as I eagerly look forward to another year – full of expectant hope at another chance to re-align my life with my principles.

At the start of 2013, I pledged to live a simple, authentic and holistic lifestyle. Have I succeeded? Am I atleast getting somewhere? These are questions I’ll be asking myself and questioning what I need to do more or less of in the year ahead.

Some of the topics that I’ll be focusing on are simplifying life by getting rid of clutter, looking more closely at what authenticity means to me and seeking ways to live more holistically. I will also be doing some of the NaBloPoMo prompts and  the Write Tribe Festival of Words 2 between the 8th to 14th (you’re welcome to take part too!) .  Guest posts and book reviews are also on the agenda. Altogether a real busy month, don’t you think?

I’m typing this as I head back home from a most relaxing vacation. So I’m all charged up and ready to go.

What are your plans for December? Are they more or less fixed? 


  1. Proactive Indian Proactive Indian December 3, 2013

    Introspection is something we tend to avoid because we ‘don’t have the time’. So, we keep ourselves busy doing many things without knowing why we’re doing them and without knowing whether we really need to do them!
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  2. Lori Gosselin Lori Gosselin December 3, 2013

    Hi Corinne,
    December is an introspective time for me as well, especially as the month winds down. I noticed how you remembered what you intended for 2013! We should all refer to our January posts to see whether or not we’re on track!
    My plans for December are to get more and more into the spirit with decorating, wrapping and baking as I wait for my daughter to arrive home. Then it’s pure rest and relaxation!
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  3. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg December 2, 2013

    December is buzzing with a lot of action. That’s cool. Looking forward to read all from you here!
    Cheers 🙂
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  4. Shefali Shefali December 2, 2013

    Welcome back Corinne. I have my December already planned out. We have a two week vacation and when I get back I want to do a lot of de cluttering, some introspection and maybe hang out with friends. Looking forward to reading your posts and hopefully having something to share as well.
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  5. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair December 2, 2013

    Yay! Good to hear that you had a very relaxing vacation. I don’t remember the last time I had one such. I am looking forward to the Festival of Words. And I am doing the December NaBloPoMo too. I too spend most of December contemplating. Might as well do it on the blog. 🙂
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  6. usha menon usha menon December 2, 2013

    Hi Corinne. Nice to see you back refreshed and more energetic. You have rightly said that December is a month for introspection and planning for the future. I am looking forward with great hope for good health so that I have the energy to participate in the festival of words. God has been kind to me and my family and I wish that in the coming year He gives me the strength to perform my duties. I wish you have a very fulfilling new year and your plans for your admirers(like me) are carried out successfully.
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  7. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson December 2, 2013

    I share your feelings about this of year and hope to make good use of the time, to choose the best over the good in the days ahead. I look forward to reading your insights.

  8. Jairam Mohan Jairam Mohan December 2, 2013

    Good to have you back after a refreshing vacation Corinne.

    For sure, my participation in the WT Festival of Words is a confirmed loud and resounding YES. In fact, at this point in time I am playing around with the idea of something radically different (at least for me) for this Festival, let’s see if it materializes and if yes, then how it goes.
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  9. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl December 2, 2013

    One of the biggest things in December for me will be adjusting to not blogging! I recently published my last blog post (hope you’ll stop by), and I’m now visiting my blog buddies to say thank you. Your blog has been such a wonderful place for me to visit. So much wisdom here, good advice, humor, and always a friendly welcome. I wish you the best in December and beyond.
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  10. Vishnu Vishnu December 2, 2013

    Looks like you have a busy 2014 planned and many treats for us, your readers, Corinne! Like everyone else,I’m glad to see you back blogging as well. My plans for December include family, writing, reading and listening to a couple audio books. And completing a couple other small writing projects. And seeing if I measured up to my 2013 goals of publishing weekly (I didn’t lol) and giving a little each day (which I mostly did)

    Looking forward to keeping up with your blog and insights in 2014.

  11. Ludvig Sunström Ludvig Sunström December 2, 2013

    My December is pretty much worked out already. I’ll be having a 2 week break where I’ll be reading and blogging plenty. Then it’s back to work and the usual.

    I’ve got a pretty good perspective right now and think it’s going to be a great month!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | December 29, 2013

      Thanks for your comment, Ludvig. Sorry it took so long for me to respond. I hope you had a good break. Good wishes for 2014.
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  12. Rainbow Hues Rainbow Hues December 1, 2013

    Welcome back Corinee…I missed you lots, these few days!

    Anyway, hearing your plans, guess, I feel like gearing myself for the month as well. Even though I so wanna participate in the WT Festival of Words, I dunno how am gonna be able to do that considering that I’ll be traveling then. Anyway, I’d try that!

    So ya! More or Less…am ‘about’ to plan.

  13. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando December 1, 2013

    Glad you had a relaxing vacation, Corinne! We’ll be heading off to do the same in about ten days and, boy, do we ever need it!
    I love your goals to simplify, be authentic, and to lead a holistic life. I’m hoping that during this Advent season will be a time to renew and refocus on how God wants me to grow in the new year to come. Still haven’t put my finger on that one word for 2014, but trust He will give me one. 🙂
    Love and blessings, my friend!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | December 7, 2013

      Thanks, Martha. I hope you have a most meaningful Advent and a great vacation too. You’ve really worked hard this year. Have a ball!
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  14. Aditi Aditi December 1, 2013

    And you are back 🙂 bringing with you so much joy for all of us with the WT festival and NaBloPoMo prompts! Dec is a month for introspection for me as well!

  15. Kathy Kathy December 1, 2013

    Sounds like you have grand plans for December! I look forward to visiting you here often.
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  16. Rum Punch Drunk Rum Punch Drunk December 1, 2013

    I do a similar thing where I chuck out all the old things in my life that were useless, non-production or a drain on my energy (people included) and I look forward to making a fresh start for the New Year. December definitely is a time for reflection.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | December 1, 2013

      Thanks for sharing, RPD. I’m smiling at what you put in brackets, because I don’t even wait until December! 😉
      But yes, it may be just a psychological thing, but the New Year signals a fresh start for me. 🙂
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