Happy Autumn Equinox, fall is officially here! Where my basics at? ☕️🎃🍂🍁
What does fall mean to you? For me, it means transition. The leaves will change color, fall, and rest. Rest. I need that, so much. My life has always been on-the-go and always for someone else. My time isn’t always mine. You never really notice how precious time is until it’s slowly slipping away from you. All those times that you’ve put off for later, that time doesn’t get saved up in a vault somewhere that you can take out for future use. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
I’ve never noticed that when it comes to work, I hardly ever say, “no.” I don’t think I know what that even means. Maybe I’ll delay it by an hour or even up to a day depending on my work load. I ended up doing things that weren’t included in my job description and because my talents have been noticed, I’ve been requested for more projects. When so much is expected of you, it’s hard to say “no” and to disappoint.
I’m not saying say “no” to everything, just things that give you pause. Things that overwhelm you. “Yes,” can be powerful. It can open doors. It can give you new experiences, new friends, and new excitement. This is where you have to evaluate your own life, your own needs, and the needs of your family.
There comes a time in life where you have to stop bending backwards for everyone else and be able to stand up for yourself. Stand up for your time, your peace, your rest. Take this season to slow down and focus on what matters most–yourself, your family, your peace. Everything else can wait. Sit down next to a warm fireplace with your favorite book and your favorite beverage whether it be a pumpkin spice latte or tea.
For me, I just finished reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. I purchased my copy through Audible which is perfect for a long commute. Also, hearing Shauna read her own words was like hearing a friend tell your their life story. If you don’t already have an Audible account but have an Amazon Prime account, I suggest trying it–at least for the 3 month trial. You earn one credit a month to use on audio books and after the 3 month trial, you can figure out if it’s worth $14.95 a month for you or not.