Well here we are friends – back in the middle of September. It’s hard to believe summer is over, fall officially begins today, and before we know it winter will be revealing itself, with all its beauty and challenges.
Sunday, in fact, was a gorgeous day – a perfect fall day with bright, dazzling sunlight, cool. crisp air, and the luscious smell of leaves, grass, and apples. A perfect day for running, biking, apple picking, and then of course, baking – all of which we did!
I know in our house, when fall comes, we literally fall right back into old routines and rhythms, and forget the ease that summer often brings with it. During the summer, we try to make outdoor activities, leisure time, even vacations an integral part of our schedules and lives. But once fall begins we allow the rigidity of work and school schedules to rule us; we get sucked right back into the business of getting through the week to get to the weekends; even our “fun” activities get carefully squeezed into the schedule. We somehow lose a little bit of the spontaneity of summer, and we definitely put the more fun and carefree ways and our own self-care towards the bottom of the list.
That’s why when we saw the beauty of Sunday, we decided to put the work on hold and apple pick, and bake, and even take an impromptu post-nap (Maddie’s, not ours…hmmm I’m thinking we should have slipped a little nap time in there. Note to self: remember to add in nap time as part of self-care!) bike ride downtown to get some freshly baked bread at one of our favorite bakeries. A yummy dinner was made with fresh veggies from the farm share, and of course, we treated ourselves to the freshly baked apple crisp made from the apples we picked earlier in the day.
So while there was work to be done, and we did some, we made it a point to take care of ourselves with things that made us feel happy, well-fed (physically, mentally, emotionally), and connected to our community. Having made that choice made working that night a little easier. My body felt a little looser, my heart felt a bit lighter, and my brain felt a little more spacious.
The long and short of it friends, is that we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves, and doing things that bring us happiness and joy, and make us feel light and spacious.
Even if you need to schedule it in, can you find one or two things to pepper into your life this week that light you up from the inside?
In fact right now, take a moment and write down one fun, nurturing, nourishing thing you can do for yourself – something that will make you smile from the inside out. Pick a day and time that you are going to do it. And then do it. Notice how you feel during the week, knowing that it is coming. Notice how you feel as you are doing it. And, of course, notice how you feel afterwards. And maybe most importantly, notice how you feel doing the “have-to” activities after you’ve done your “want-to” activity. That to me was one of the sweetest moments – realizing that my “have-tos” felt a little easier because I gave myself fully to my “want-tos” without any reservation or guilt.
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Peace, Love, and Bliss,
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