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  • Here's to the simple things + Acorn Squash

    Here's to the simple things + Acorn Squash

    Autumn. 

    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 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.

    Grounded.
    Not always, but as often as possible.
    I'm reconnecting. 
    Appreciating.
    Offering up gratitude.
    For all that I have and all that I'm able to do.
    Even when it's small.

    Especially then.



    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. 
    And celebrate.
    Even if you do it quietly. 

    Even if you do it by yourself.

    Especially then.

    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.

  • Today I Choose Awareness

    Today I Choose Awareness

    Today, I choose awareness. I choose to be aware of the beauty of life and living. I choose to be aware of the simple pleasures in life. I choose awareness of joy, awareness of peace, and awareness of love.

    Good Saturday Morning, Loves.

    Today's message is a simple one. Awareness.

    It's been a long week for me. A long few days, really. Lots of emotions and questions and tension and analysis. Lots of sleepless nights and stressful days. 

    I woke up feeling like I needed to connect with you - and also with myself. 

    I needed to simplify. Let go. Shift into more peaceful thinking. Un-complicate, decompress, and slow down.

    Ever feel this way? 

    If you have, or you do, and you're aching to return to a place of calm and ease, then I offer this invitation. 

    Ask yourself what you need in this moment?

    This is powerful.

    Let the answer come freely. No judgement. No over-analyzing. Just truth. 

    It might be small. Like mine today: Be aware. Appreciate the beauty of life and living. Gratitude for the simplicity.

    A few minutes to yourself.
    An hour of time in nature.
    Making art.
    Planting seeds.
    Skyping with your husband who's far away.
    A picnic with your love.
    A date with your best friend.
    Yoga.
    Rollerblading.
    A drive through the woods, windows down.
    Farmers markets.
    Sunshine on your face.
    Flowers in the window.
    A chapter from a book you love.
    A verse from a favorite poem.
    A jam session in the car. Or anywhere, really.
    Banana soup with your best bud.
    Floating in the ocean.
    Swinging on a swing.
    Watching the people you love and loving them even more.

    Or it could be major. Huge. If you could do one thing, change one thing, think one thing, choose one thing that would make a massive difference in your life - for the positive, what would that be?

    You might surprise yourself at how easily the answer comes.

    At how obvious the solution is.

    And how simple.

    Whatever it is you need, right now, ask yourself:

    What do you most need in order to feel more peaceful, more in tune with yourself, and more free? 

    It's up to you. And it's already inside of you. Go within. 

    And feel free to share below. 

    So much love to you today - and always. XO

  • Musical Medicine: Foy Vance

    I'm in love with this song right now. It's Homebird, by the awesome Foy Vance. Many thanks to my dear friend Kathleen for sharing! Can't help but slow down and enjoy it. Hope it does the same for you. XO