Monday, September 28, 2009

Feelin' Good

Chatsworth Park, Derbyshire, England

I love autumn for a lot of reasons - the leaves changing colors, harvest time, the crunching of leaves, the wonderful smells of pumpkin pie and apple cider...

But I also love autumn because summer is over, the heat has receded, and the days and nights grow chilly again. I love curling up on my couch with a blanket and a book, a fire roaring in the fireplace.

Most of all, though, I love autumn because my entire mood changes.

I've been in hunker-down mode for awhile and it was much-needed. Now, I feel refreshed and ready to tackle things again.

What have I learned during this time off?

1) I need to pray more and listen to what the good Lord has planned for me

2) I need to be content with what I have now instead of always looking for ways to be happy. Instead, I can be happy right now - no special magic required!

3) I have incredible friends, both online and in "real" life that have helped me navigate this recent difficult journey.

4) Nothing, but nothing, beats the power of a good book to help you escape the world for awhile.

And speaking of good books, I have to give a shout out to Francine River's Redeeming Love. It is one of the most powerful books I have ever read and it has made me re-evaluate some key issues in my life. I encourage you to check it out.

How are things in your life?


  1. So glad you're feeling good! I love autumn too, with the cool temps, and even the anticipation of the holidays. There's something in the air, most definitely. After a busy summer tackling a lot of writing and home projects, I'm glad to be settling back into a routine, including blogging :)

  2. Welcome back! I'm so happy you're feeling renewed and ready. Keep that feeling with you.

    I'll be sure to check out that book!

  3. We have a bitter wind here today and I'd like nothing more than to curl up in my cozy blanket and finish reading the book I started. Only guess what? I can't find the book! The horror!!

    Glad you're feeling lively!

  4. Sage advice, especially #1 and 2. :-)

  5. Glad to see you doing better! I read that book eons ago and LOVED it!

  6. I agree with all your points, and love autumn with it's vibrant colours and hint of winter. Not so thrilled about the cold that's on its way though.

  7. Autumn is always sad at first for me...we get such a short summer, I'm never ready to see it go. But after a bit of mourning, I do start looking forward to cozying up indoors...after all, a perfect writing day is blustering and cold outside, with a laptop computer and hot chocolate inside. :)

    Glad that your hunker-down time left you refreshed! Lovely points, especially #2...something I try to remember all the time.

  8. Funny. I just wrote a new post on my blog about how things are in MY life - sort of a blurb on Restless Me Syndrome. Then I visited your blog for the first time and felt -- I don't know -- maybe "soothed," kind of at home here.


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