“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
As some of you would have figured out- Fall is my favorite time of the year, earlier sunsets, baggy sweatshirts, boots, candles…. the whole works. However; what I love most is the beauty that surrounds me. How the sun shines through the gold or red leaves that almost looks like the tree are on fire. All very relaxing.
However; I fear that this time of a year does a number on my mental health. I start to question everything- “Am I doing my job alright?”, “Can I truly raise my grade?”- all those new year goals almost seem like a life time ago. And I’m slowly realizing that it is almost a new year- and I still haven’t reached where I wanted to be this year.
I think it’s OKAY to be in a slump every now and then. It’s good to mourn the person you were- if that is during a relationship and it didn’t pan out or you graduated from college or you decided to move away. You do leave a piece of you wherever you go. And it is hard to do what’s best for you even when it hurts sometimes. Just whatever you do- don’t stay there. You can mourn and then start to pick yourself up.
Fall is a wonderful time it’s the perfect time to do a little bit of inventory in your life. It’s the perfect time to put yourself first. Instead of going out- choose to stay at home and cozy up with a movie or gathering up some friends and head to the Pumpkin Patch. This time of year I feel is made to give you a restart- a refresh as you go about the rest of the year feeling happy and restocked.
Instead of feeling like you are drowning in what ifs and should have been. Go on a drive, write out a list of everything that made you happy, spend an hour or two without phone service. It’s amazing when you step back and just breathe the waters you thought you were drowning in suddenly go away. Your brain is empty- you can restart.
Hey- why not frolicking through some leaves or climb that mountain! There’s no harm in putting the pause button on every once in awhile I find it’s actually healthy to step back- jump in the mountain of leaves or go on a spontaneous hike. It’s good to have a recharge. Don’t run yourself too ragged and forget the beauty that surrounds you!
Drive slow- take deep breaths, accept *gulps* your mistakes and your disappointments, turn up the music and live freely! Lighten your load and enjoy the moment. I guess I could be cheesy and say, “seize the day!” I know we all have obligations and to do lists that are longer than our arm- but you should be your own top priority. If everything else is above that- you will get buckled down and loose sight of what this season is all about.
Fall is a wonderful time of the year! It’s the kick start of everything festive- Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years… all very exciting yet- also very stressful. Who should I dress up as? How many are coming to dinner- should we use the good china? Who do I all have to get presents for? What should my resolutions be? And the list goes on. Yet, that isn’t what this time represents!
I know this post has become a post just talking to myself. And I’m okay with that. Originally I was going to write all about my favorite fall fashion.And honestly- I couldn’t type up the words or take photos without comparing them to how I had envisioned them in my head. I just had to take a step back put down the camera and computer and clear my mind. And let me tell you- it worked! I went out to the woods just so I could see the “pretty” colors. I had an idea to take out my camera and just get lost behind the lens. But guess what- I forgot the battery and the memory card back home. I was gutted! However; to capture a moment a phone does surprisingly well.
And then I went on a little stay-cation to hang out with some of my best friends. I think all you really need- a little drive and a solid support system and you are set. Remember as the leaves are collecting in your yard and the midterm rage is on. Slow down. Enjoy the colors they won’t be there much longer. Enjoy this season it is truly the best.
I say let’s go frolicking in those beautiful leaves! Besides sometimes the biggest mistakes turn in the best stories!