Change.

In three short weeks, the season will officially change from summer to fall. Personally, my favorite season out of the four Wisconsin experiences. Being able to be comfortable in jeans and a sweatshirt is very welcoming for me. And something about the crisp feeling in the air on fall mornings makes me feel ready to take on the day. The colors that start to take over the green leaves is also inspiring and brings me joy. I can’t quite put a finger on it as to why fall seems to bring me back to life in a sense, but I have noticed I start to feel more inspired, creative, and relaxed.

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I didn’t intend for my summer to become so jam packed, however it always seems to happen. I hope that some summer I can keep myself from committing to too many things so I can feel rested by the end of it, versus ready to hibernate. But then the social side of me, wants to get out there and do all the things and connect! It’s a difficult state of mind to go from a push and pull of wanting to be involved in whatever I can to pulling back and disappearing. It can create joy, happiness, and a sense of accomplishment, but in the same cause stress, anxiety, and becoming more introverted and wanting to stay inside.

With the changing of the seasons come some other changes. A sibling moving to an island. A friend embarking on what should be a life changing quest on the Pacific Crest Trail. Though I’ll miss being near, I am excited to follow these adventures and look forward to seeing how their lives may be impacted by these specific changes. And of course, I look forward to visiting my sister on island time!

I’m already thinking about change I want to see in the new year. There are definitely some areas of my life that I have left slip, including health and wellness. It’s a balancing act I struggle with a continue to work on. However though some change can be viewed as negative, I think it’s just a part of our journeys in life and we shouldn’t feel defeated by it.

I have a lot to look forward to in the next few months and am entirely grateful for the experiences that are going to help close out 2019. But I equally look forward to curling up underneath a blanket during the cold months and reflecting and getting some extra time to breath and recharge.

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How do you feel about the changing of the seasons? Do you feel you’ve felt positive change in your year?