Things I'm loving this fall
An autumn reflection and round-up
Practice gratitude in every season
While the summer feels fresh and full of adventures, fall is when my productivity and creativity thrive. The ticking time of the year nearing an end; evenings on the patio replaced by quiet nights at home. I trade white wine for red, sun dresses for scarves, and bury my head in my books to daydream until the air warms again.
Does anyone else feel this?
For no reason other than practicing gratitude, I made a list of things I’m loving this season.
My question for you: What would you add to this?
This season started off warm—literally. It turns out that sunshine and fresh apples go well together. We picked a few too many, but now we have pie to last us until the ground thaws in the spring (which I’m definitely okay with!).
New faces in familiar places
Since moving back this summer, I’ve made an effort to learn a little more about my hometown than I knew before. It’s different now that we’re back.
I thought the small town I grew up in never changed—which might be true sometimes—but I’ve changed. I returned older (hmm…wiser?). The last time I lived here I was in highschool, two rounds of university and a couple provinces later, I’m a small business owner now. All these experiences have come together to form a fresh lens to look through. I’m doing everything I can to meet new people as I explore familiar places.
This little corner is one of those places. I visited Las Chicas Del Café this week. I just learned their story, although I found their coffee a couple months ago (it’s the best!). Their roastery is at the historic CASO Station (which is also our wedding reception venue).
Quiet days at home
One thing I wanted to dedicate more time to this year: cozying up at home. This summer was exciting, and I’m ready for a slow season (to say the least!). Who feels me? Pretty mums, my new moccasins (which I adore!), and hot coffee all day long sounds perfect to me.
Also, I have a couple big plans for the rest of fall that can only be accomplished through quiet time at home.
First, I want to try to do NaNoWriMo this November. The goal is to write 50k words in the next 30 days. Do you think I can do it? Who is with me?
Second, I want to catch up on some reading. I have a stack on my bedside table I’ve been failing to get through. If you’re ever curious as to what I’m reading, I try to update this page for you regularly where you can shop my bookshelves!
Finally, I’m loving how many opportunities have come my way over the past few weeks. I credit some of this growth to setting intentions. The rest I credit to planting roots and following through. I’m already planning 2019 and we’re still two months away.
A quick aside: If you’re new around here, this blog is my passion project, but I am self-employed. I offer copywriting, content marketing, and consulting services to businesses that need help refining their message and sharing their story. You can learn a little more about what I do here.
I don’t say this to brag, but to let you in on the excitement. It feels good to grow.
I also share this because I want you to come along for the next steps! To do that, I have a few questions for you. I’m working on creating more content along the lines of DIYing your copy (for small business owners) or freelancing 101 (for those of you who want to start your own service-based business).
The big questions: How can I help you? What do you want to see from me? I’d love to know. I do offer consulting for brand messaging, business foundations, and creating a sustainable freelance career, but I’m hoping to expand this part of my business in the new year. Feel free to message me on Instagram or send me an email with your ideas. Let me know how I can support you!
Now, it’s your turn!
Enough about me. What are you loving this season? If you’ve been following along for a while, you know I love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below what you’re excited about, super into, or looking forward to over the next little while. It’s amazing what a few moments of gratitude can do to brighten your mood. Let’s try this together.