Okay I have to be honest for a second. If you've known me for more that a few minutes you know how much I love summer. And I do. It will always be my favourite. But it's hard to hate on autumn. Because, yes yes, it's the gateway to the hell of winter, but LOOK AT IT. Stupid season, tempting me with beautiful colors and crunchy leaves underfoot, and soups and pies, and valid reasons to get all my blankets out again. What's your favourite thing about this season?
Any time I talk about dropping out of the Cult of Busy people get confused. I think there is a block many folks have when it comes to learning to take a slower, dialed down approach to life. There is such a misconception that slowing down = lazy and that is not necessarily true. I'm all for the hustle but not when you're hustling just for the sake of saying it. Save that energy for things that matter and say no to the things that don't. What have you said no to lately?
It's always darkest before the dawn, but if you wait, that light just might take your breath away. It is full on Fall here, except it feels like the weather jumped straight towards November because it is way too cold. My least favorite season comes up next so I'm trying to enjoy the Fall for now. What is your favorite slow-down-and-enjoy-life Fall season activity? Mine is walking through crunchy fallen leaves in the woods!
Sometimes you need to just take a little time out of your busy life to have a bit of fun and flip your perspective. #whpperspective
No matter how busy life is, there is always time for tea outside, especially when warm sunny days are starting to dwindle. What do you always make time for, no matter how busy you are?
I'm holding on to summer even though there is a definite chill in the air that wasn't present less than a week ago. I don't need to keep the bedroom window open at night any more and I'm wearing socks again. In fact, I even have a hoodie on this morning and I'm STILL chilly and clinging to my coffee for the warmth as much as the caffeine. I do love fall but I will miss the heat of summer, the beautiful blooms, and spontaneous after-work visits to the lake to swim. Still, fall always feels like a bit of a new beginning even though it is technically more of an end as nature cycles by. Maybe my brain still locks in to back to school mode. I have so many things I want to do. Here's to an upcoming season of fiery colors in the trees, crunching leaves underfoot, and boots & blankets. What are you looking forward to most with the change of season?
Learning to face fears. On Wednesday my kids went back to school. My oldest daughter was heading back to high school and she was used to it. However, my youngest daughter was starting her first year of junior high and was incredibly nervous. One of her best friends walked with us and they were so freaked out by the crowd outside that they held hands through the parking lot. All it took was that one day. On Thursday they walked along like it was an old routine. No big deal. Sometimes it just takes a deep breath and a friend to get through the scary stuff. #whpdailylife
Is anyone here a police officer by any chance? Because someone really needs to issue summer a speeding ticket. Are you grasping on to summer too? Or are you already planning your pumpkin spice latte schedule?
Day one of vacation has been rather delightful. Stayed up until midnight watching for meteors (saw 12), got up and outside at 4:30 am to look for more (saw zero), watched the sunrise before going back to bed for a bit), relaxed, read, had burgers on the BBQ, took some over to our lovely Syrian neighbors who invited me to sit and have the most delicious tea while they practiced their English with me, and now I'm sipping wine and wondering how early I can go to bed. I love staycations. How about you?
Today is my six year wedding anniversary with my husband George, which is always kind of hilarious when I think about the fact that we've been together for almost 20 years. I don't believe there is any such thing as a perfect relationship or person, but we are a perfect match for each other. There's no one else on this planet I could imagine by my side on this crazy journey through life.
Slow living tip: If you are a Type-A personality who doesn't know how to just slow down and do as little as possible, get yourself trapped in a multi-month-long heat wave. You will find that you have no choice BUT to slow right on down. Good thing I'm not actually Type-A and love chillin anyway. Are you dealing with a heat wave? How are you beating the hot weather? I went and jumped in a lake - literally, haha - as soon as I finished working.
The best thing about a long weekend is waking up on what feels like a Monday but realizing it's actually already Tuesday. Sipping coffee while the temperatures are still manageable is a big help to kick off the week too. Because no matter how hot it gets, I just can't do iced coffee! Are you an iced coffee fan or do you do hot no matter what the thermometer says?
I always love a good weekend but long weekends are truly the best kind. Today we chilled at home and after rain all day, I'm enjoying the sun again. As for tomorrow, I'm hoping to squeeze in a swim. What did you do this weekend?
Today was crazy hot and humid with random sprinkles of rain. But overall it was a great day of visiting a community church event and spending some time with family before they flew back home to Toronto. And at the end of the day, the sun went down and left behind a beautiful sky. What a blessed view from my back deck. Happy long weekend!