Do you feel it? The seasons are shifting and life along with it. All most like mother nature is giving us permission to slow down. Bringing forth the shorter days and cooler temperatures encouraging us to retreat inside and relax.
I always find that with the ever changing colours and crisp, cool mornings there is also a sort of magic and mystery in the air. A sense of calm settling over everything and everyone.
Autumn is a time of reflection, a chance for us to look back on the year and all it entailed. I love to curl up in front of the fireplace with a coffee and journal about my year. Breaking it up into categories of things I loved, things that disappointed me and also surprised me. When you spend the time actively going over your life it can often surprise you what appears in each column.
I am the first to admit that 2017 has not been an easy year. It comforts me to hear this from a lot of other people that I have talked to. Phew, it's not just me then.
A lot of things happened this year that made me question who I was, the life I was currently living and the future plans I had laid out for myself. I second guessed myself a ton, something that has not happened in a very long time.
Reflection has played a huge part in my life this year, but so has growth. Aren't we always growing though, growing, changing and expanding.
As the temperature cools ( I'm a wimp in anything below 10 degrees C) I give myself permission to take it easy. To leave chunks of time in my week to just sit still in silence. It's ok to ignore the ever revolving to-do list and do nothing for a change. We live in a world where the word busy is glorified far to much. What ever happened to making time to recharge.
You can often find me in my sunroom with a giant stack of books waiting to be read. Note book and pen at the ready for when inspiration strikes. Reading is how I let my soul recharge. It's long been my favorite form of self-care. What's yours?
Currently my reading list includes Elizabeth Gilbert - Big Magic, Kelley Armstrong - Bitten, Anne Rice - The Wolf Gift and Brene Brown - Braving the Wilderness.
What are your favorite ways to recharge in the fall? Head on over to my Facebook page to continue the discussion.