This morning, we began the day with a quick walk around the block following our Starbucks run. We do this most Fridays, since I work from home and we have a little more time and flexibility. The leaves have turned and are starting to fall, and our neighbors have begun showing their adoration for Halloween in the form of webbing and pumpkins and scary things galore. It makes me smile, all of it. These final few months of the year are truly my favorite, and I vow each and every October to really dig in and enjoy the hell out of every moment.
As I was walking this morning, my brain was running on a hamster wheel --- I need to find a better apple orchard this year and find time to go earlier, where is the nearest pumpkin patch, oh, let's decorate the front of the building with mums, pumpkins, and maybe a hay bale or two, need to get costumes for the fur babes --- on and on it spins. I do this so often. In my haste to live every season, make awesome memories with my family, write and rewrite our story, I find myself in a place where there is just never enough. Not enough time, not enough options, not enough clarity, not enough.
I am trying hard to reign that in, because wrapping up my favorite time of year in anxiety and a quest to have the perfect season is really just missing the entire point, isn't it?
Because in the end, we won't remember elaborate plans and trips and activities. We'll remember simple walks together, watching the leaves fall and enjoying our festive neighbors and their interpretations of each holiday. We'll remember fur babes running through leaves, the taste of chai lattes, the feeling of home, no matter the season.
Let's slow down, friends. And enjoy the awesome things in front of us every day instead of looking for the perfect way to experience our lives. As it turns out, we knew how to do that all along.
Would you like a few fun reads for your Friday? Well, ok then!
A simple (and awesome) way to honor an amazing man
DIY side tables that had me plotting similar projects of my own
The perfect blend of casual and chic
The right idea for celebrating Fall (and family, and love, and all things awesome)
The reason I am now obsessed with finding something to stencil. These two amaze me on the regular.
Happy Fall, y'all!