Savoring the Fall Season

Gazing at the calendar tells me we are in the midst of a colorful fall season filled with pumpkin spiced lattes, luscious soups, and cooler weather. Wait! Did you hear me, South Florida? I said cooler weather!

 Living in the tropics is exciting (as many of you know, I’m loving Florida Part II), but I would appreciate more of a seasonal change. Most of us enjoy a change of season, even ever so slight. I believe that our lives too have seasons. In fact, when I first stepped out into entrepreneurship, I titled my coaching business, “Seasons of Change.” 

Letting Go

Whatever season you feel your life is dancing toward, consider, at least for today, living in a fall season and fully appreciating the change it brings. It’s about trees slowly cascading their leaves, shedding layers, and baring branches. Anything you need to shed? (Sign yourself up for 10 pounds I hear a little voice inside my head shout rather loudly. Right, it’s not enough the scale screams at me, now my inner gremlin is leading the charge). But seriously, any chance you clinging to a hurt, a disappointment, a broken relationship? If so, note how Mother Nature brilliantly displays the act of letting go. The season is calling to you to forgive, forget, and move on.

Living Simply

Fall is a mellow time, someone once wrote it is “a season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.” As a self-described minimalist (granted I’m new to this), I genuinely appreciate the benefits of my much smaller new home.

You see, we moved to a small condo craving the soul-soothing surroundings of blue water more than square footage. Before leaving California last Spring, my husband and I made so many trips to the Goodwill Store, the manager asked us if we wanted a job there. John and I gave away at least 70% of our possessions. Now, although high-rise condo living might not be for everyone,  we delight in a clutter-free space that is easy to clean and maintain. I’m getting so good at this I don’t even have a junk drawer!

Like the fall season, get mellowed-out. You don’t have to go to drastic lengths like we did, maybe just clean out a closet and free yourself of things you never wear and no longer need.

Savor the Season

Lastly, Autumn is also about reaping the benefits of what was sowed during the summer months. It’s a period of gratitude that our hard work paid off. As written in Ecclesiastes 3, there is a “time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted.” So perhaps it’s time to pause and savor the delights of the season.

Are you with me on this? Because I’m heading out for that pumpkin-spice latte and to honor the gods of shedding, I’ll ask the barista to make it non-fat and nix the whipped cream topping. 

6 thoughts to “Savoring the Fall Season”

  1. Getting rid of stuff is the hardest thing for people to do. I’m not good at it. Gave away three guns to grandkids several years ago and cried for three days. Now what to do with the other 25? And books–my goodness, at my booksignings people tell me they have so many books they can’t add another one. Then we talk, they buy one of my books, and we agree you can’t have too many books, guns, knives, or chocolates. But what to do with them when you want to cleanse your home, your life, and not leave it to others to do–you know, after.

  2. Wonderful blog, Sunny! After spending 20 years in New England, I love the fall and enjoy putting up my fall decorations. I am so excited about Halloween! I would enjoy a little crisp air but am grateful to not have to prepare for snow and ice. I am always grateful for our blessings. I enjoy pumpkin muffins but definitely do not want a pumpkin-spice latte! As always, you inspire me to pare down our stuff! 🤗❤️

  3. Well now you’ve done it, I want to take a trip up north! OH, I AM! Going to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Hope to see a little of the fall that I miss so much! I do, however, NOT miss the winter that follows :). Anyway, beautiful as usual! Love your articles….. every one of them.

  4. Well, well, interesting….nixing the Whip Cream. You like whip cream! Yes, Fall is also in the air here. Meaning right now we are in the 90’s instead of triple digits. There are lots of pumpkins all over the place. So it must be fall. Still purging but hoping it will be all gone soon! Another great article, I so enjoy all the one’s that you write. I have a potluck next week at our new place and suppose to take foods that start with a P so I’m going to make the Pumpkin Delight Dessert from a couple years ago.

  5. What an inspiring blog. I’ve been slowly purging STUFF from my closet. I say slowly because after I’m through, I won’t even realize it’s gone.

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