I’ve been a bit out of sorts lately. I think it’s due to the rainy, snowy weather we’ve been getting recently. I love the crisp fall air, colourful leaves, and the atmosphere of the season. But it can also get cold and drizzly which isn’t nearly as pleasant. Here’s hoping the weather will warm up again, even for a little. As you may have noticed, I was away for a couple of weeks. Then came back to chaos at work and the catching up process. We’re also down a couple of people due to vacations, so it’s been extra hectic. I’ve been really mentally drained and burned out.

But I’m learning to be kind to myself and have given myself permission to rest. In my free time I’ve been spending a lot of time reading and thinking. I’ve been tidying up my personal spaces at home which makes me feel productive. I’ve been cooking lots of comfort foods, which is especially nice with the cool weather outside. And I’ve been investing time in a new friendship which has brought me joy. I’ve also been more motivated to write, so hopefully I can share more content on here too.

So while there is struggle, there’s also been positivity. How have you been faring lately?

Autumn thankfulness – Day 21

All of you!
Thank you so much for continuing to support my blog. I really appreciate everyone who reads my posts, follows my blog, comments on my thoughts, and has connected with me. I wouldn’t have continued writing this long if it wasn’t for everyone I’ve met along the way. Thanks so much for spending time here with me 🙂

Autumn thankfulness – Day 20

Physical health
Despite a lot of food sensitivities and intolerances, I’m still able to function fairly normally. I’m grateful for what I’m able to do. I know many people with chronic health issues who struggle with daily tasks. I’m also grateful for the ability to workout and dance. Both have helped to build my strength, conditioning, balance, and confidence.

Autumn thankfulness – Day 19

The beauty of each season
One of the perks of living in North America is that I get to experience every season. Spring is beautiful and full of colourful flowers and fresh growth. Summer is wonderfully warm and lazy, with days spent by the river. Autumn is full of gorgeous colour and nostalgic scents. Winter is still and quiet and beautiful, especially when the landscape is blanketed in snow.

Autumn thankfulness – Day 18

A clutter-free, minimalist home
I love coming home to a clean, tidy, organized, minimally-decorated space. As soon as I walk in the door I feel a sense of peace and comfort. Everything has its place and there’s no clutter. At the moment I’m living with someone who does not share my ideals. But my personal areas are spotless and I try to keep the living room tidy. Small victories 🙂

Autumn thankfulness – Day 16

Romantic memories
There’s something wonderful about being in love. Having a special connection with another. All the memories the two of you share. Time spent together, your first kiss, the mundane daily activities you shared. Even though my past relationships may not have worked out, I still learned a lot about myself, others, and life.

Autumn thankfulness – Day 15

Acting like a kid again
Adulthood is hard. It’s full of responsibilities, challenges, and trials. Sometimes it’s fun to let loose and act like a kid again. Run through crunchy leaves in the autumn. Have snowball fights and drink hot chocolate in the winter. Splash through puddles and dance in the rain in the spring. Dip your toes in a creek or lake in the summer. Enjoy life and just play.

Autumn thankfulness – Day 13

Honest & deep conversations 
I learn a lot about someone through the exchange of thoughts, values, and ideas. There are a few people in my life who I can enjoy deep conversations with. Every time we speak, it deepens my connection with and appreciation for them. It’s also very mentally stimulating and satisfying