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Monday, October 10, 2016

Welcome Fall!

I don't know if there is anything quite as inspiring as Autumn. Something about the cooling of the air, the colors among the trees, the energy that comes from escaping the humid heat of summer.

I'm already lit up in a way that I find hard to describe just based on temperature alone. We haven't even gotten to the changing of leaves. I won't be able to handle it. Last weekend we escaped back to Chicago and I received my first taste of the crispness. I can't tell you the joy that I felt wearing jeans and a jacket and actually NEEDING them. In Georgia, we tend to force ourselves into Fall clothes even when the temp will hit 80 that day.  Gloomy skies make Fall colors come to life and make me feel extra cozy.

Being back in the city I realized that I'm equally at home walking city streets as I am hiking the trails of North Georgia. It's the middle/gray area where I struggle the most (i.e..suburbia).

I hadn't been back in what felt like forever. The last time I walked the streets of Chicago Piper was so tiny. My head was fuzzy from newborn life still and general lack of sleep. This time I was clear headed and the energy lit me up. That feeling. The feeling of belonging. Of comfort. It felt so good and I felt so alive. I was starting to lose hope for Georgia...but then....this morning we woke up to 48 degrees which is HUGE for Atlanta...let me tell you. Windows were immediately thrown open, candles lit, diffusers replenished and Bob Dylan blazing on my speakers. I took my Berner to the woods after all the kids were tucked into school because I knew that she would relish in the feeling of that breeze just as much as I would. We ran. We walked. We stood still. We breathed in fresh air and the possibilities that come with Fall. She ran through the tall grass and was practically galloping.

And that feeling was felt. Here. Of comfort. Of belonging. It's so confusing to me...that you can feel all the feels in two very different places at once. So I am choosing to settle into this season for now. To just be. To be okay with my confusion and take life one glorious fall day at a time.

Welcome back old friend! Here is to an inspiring season of hope, love and newness.

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