Falling in Love with Fall

Friday, September 23, 2011

Originally posted 10/3/10

So it finally seems like fall is right around the corner. As another year begins to wind down I would like to stop for a second and just enjoy the moment. Every year there seems to be highs and lows. The holidays wrap up and start the new year fresh. What's to stop us from just pausing for a moment and enjoying it now? 

When I think of fall, I think of cooler weather, cozy weekends and comfort foods. It's such a pleasant thought isn't it? I think Floridians really don't grasp the true essence of fall. Sure it's 80 out with a nice breeze and it doesn't feel like 150 when you go outside but I seriously miss those northern things that make you think of fall. The trees turning brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red. Apple cider being sold at the stores or on the road side. Man I miss the North!

So since we're in a cozy place think about what the last 9 months have brought. If you're someone (like me) who thinks in January what did I accomplish last year, start thinking about it now because hey if you don't think you've accomplished that much you still have three months to do it!

I think the whole new year vs. last year plagues me more because my birthday is in January. So not only is it a new year I'm also a whole year older. I think once you start ticking off those major boxes of your life years don't have to merit much more than happiness at the end. I think I had a quarter life crisis at 25. I remember just balling my eyes out all day. Thinking what have I done? Well now that I'm older I look back at that balling 25 year old and think...what were you crying were moving in the right direction it just takes time silly. 

So this fall, think about your life. Are you in a good place or a bad place? If you're all good...congrats to you. But if you are in a bad place, step out of it and think....what can I do to make this better. Even if you can't fix the ultimate problem fixing other things in your life can feel just as good. Start with the little fixes and once you get all of them out of the way you'll realize that your bigger problems aren't so hard to conquer too. 

Let's say you just went through a huge change in your life and you're at the crossroads again. Instead of being like that balling 25 year old I once was thinking about what you should have done by now...stop and think...I can do whatever I want...what do I want? We're the ones that put limits on our lives whether it be time limits, expectations that we think others have of our lives, or expectations we had about our lives...there are really no limits. So break free from those limits and do what makes you happy.

What's your favorite thing about fall?  How do you feel around the end of the year or on your birthday?


  1. I had to laugh at the part about Floridians getting excited when the temps drop to 80 degrees w/ a breeze.

    This is an awesome post!!! Everything you said is so true and motivating. Even at 39 (okay...42) I still need to see and hear words like these.

    As for the fall/ birthday thing, I turn 39, again, on October 30th so the two go hand in hand. It's always been a fun time for me. I consider my birthday my personal new year - Time to let go of the sludge, set new affirmations, enjoy the 80 degree weather ;), and just -be happy-.

  2. I have to tell you living in NY the fall is pretty but in photo's for me only. I hate the nip in the air, as it always made me come down with something horrible. Bad memories of horrible weather in Upstate NY. But it sure is pretty in pictures. Cant beat the scenery or even the look of a first snow fall... but for me they can keep it! :)

  3. my bday! pumpkins! and all the baking involved.
    i'll be in Jax today! My family lives in Wayx and visiting them.
    Luckily, Atl experiences fall for a bit--something i always wanted growing up.

  4. Very well said! I'm always at crossroads or roadblocks and constantly pushing myself out of it but their are times when you're stuck and just can't seem to find a way out and those days suck!! I'm happy where I'm at right now though and the little petty things will work itself out. =)

    I used to want to move to Florida but I forget the little things I'll miss like fall and seeing the seasons change!!! The leaves are starting to change in the backyard but we have alot of trees so I'm not looking forward to raking =/ BUT it's also my birthday in fall!!! YAY=)


    Happy First day of fall!!

  5. Ah, I really needed this. I am 24 and right smack dab in the middle of my quarter life crisis. I'm over the big hump of it- but keep letting myself get down because I'm not exactly where I want to be. Thanks for slowing me down :)

    This is beautifully written by the way.

  6. I totally relate to the quarter life crisis thing- I had a difficult 25 and toward the end of the year I thought things over and realized it was time for a little attitude adjustment. My motto was "26 Will Be Better" and it honestly has been a great year, starting my blog, getting closer & happier with my boyfriend, finishing my thesis. I think I will look back on this year with very fond memories.
    Best thing about fall: How beautiful Brooklyn College Campus looks as the leave change color. Love this post!


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