The sweet spot between Summer and Fall.
And my most favorite time of year.
Open the windows, build a fire, breathe in those gorgeous turning leaves.
Before they've fallen to the ground, all brown and lifeless and gone.
Until the Spring.
A time for getting grounded. For introspection.
For checking in.
And seeing how you're doing.
How's it going these days?
Are you feeling more up than down? I hope!
Comfortable in your skin? More so every day?
Or are you itching, stretching, can't stand it anymore, ready for a change?
What do you want more of?
How do you want to feel? Who do you want to be?
And how thrilling to be on the verge of a shift!
As much as I know there's a whole season between now and the new year, I can't help but feel like I've already begun to reflect on 2015. And it's been quite a year. (Too much to process just now. But that's coming.) Another post. Another day.
For now, I'm content to pause.
And appreciate the still-mostly-green leaves on the trees in the backyard.
To slow down when my body says it needs to.
To not push, even when my head says don't stop.
To reflect on all the goodness. All the joy. All the love in my life.
I've got my head in the clouds.
Still dreaming, believing, creating, achieving, and growing.
Into the person I am.
And the person I'm always becoming.
Sometimes I stumble.
Sometimes I screw up.
Sometimes I fall.
Or overdue it.
But I can come back from that.
Can right my ship and adjust the course.
And my feet on the ground.
Not always, but as often as possible.
Offering up gratitude.
For all that I have and all that I'm able to do.
Even when it's small.
Here's to the simple things.
Like acorn squash at the market!
The smallest of pleasures.
The changing of the seasons.
The going on of life.
And taking the time to notice.
Even if you do it quietly.
Even if you do it by yourself.
Sending you LOVE, my friends.
And squash. :)
ACORN SQUASH, SUPER SIMPLY:
1. Wash it.
2. Halve it.
3. Drizzle it with oil.
4. Bake, flesh sides down, for 45 minutes at 385F.
5. Sea salt, pepper, and good maple syrup. Ahhhhmaaazinggg.