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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

who's ready for fall?


August is the perpetual month of transitions.  This August, Paul and I are getting ready to move to a new apartment, Paul is getting ready to start his last year of grad school (!!!!), and our community is entering a new phase.  On top of transitions we have our end of summer vacation (PORTLAND!!), a huge influx of garden produce, and the general busyness of summer days - and honestly, it has me all a little tired.  

Now don't get me wrong, I love summer.  Milwaukee is at its best in the summer, and I endure seven months of terrible weather for these great summer days.  But because the wait for summer is so long, I feel like I have to make the most of every.summer.day.  The days are long and busy and full.  And I love them.  But I'm ready for things to slow down.  

I'm trying my best to be present and to find all the joy I can in this last month of summer, but it can be tough when I feel like I'm constantly on the go.  There's something about the approach of fall that sets off a need in me to change my pace.    

I think that's the beauty of changing seasons - another reason to love the Midwest.  Nature needs changes just as we do.  Nature has cycles of life, death, and rebirth, and I think our lives reflect that same cycle to a certain extent.  We need time to create and explore and enjoy life, and we need to follow it with rest.   

I tried to deny my desire for fall at first, because I know that with fall comes the end of being outside in one layer of clothes for about eight months.  How could I possibly be looking forward to extended insulation and hibernation?  But I can't deny it, I'm looking forward to fall (and my Pinterest boards confirm that).    

For this last month of summer, I'm hoping to enjoy where I'm at, hold my feelings of desire for the future, and be as present and accepting of where I am - both literally and figuratively.  How about you?  How are you feeling about the approach of fall?

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