October | Stay In & Stay Close
PAST MONTH Reflections:
Right now I’m sitting in my living room, and I’ve just made a cup of chocolate flavoured tea and gluten-free cherry pie. I’m burning an autumn scented candle, farmhouse cider to be precise, and I realize the house is cold but the air conditioning isn’t on. It’s getting dark outside shortly after dinnertime, and there was a frost warning two nights ago so I had to bring my tomato plant inside.
There’s a maple tree in the far left corner of my backyard and it’s already displaying beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. Fall is here, and I feel an indelible sense of peace spreading over me, diffusing into all corners of my life.
It’s no secret that fall is my favourite season, and I’ve always felt a sort of rejuvenation when the weather gets crisp again. And since losing my Dad a year ago in July, now more than ever it’s like the year starts over again once the summer ends. After such an arduous year, this new chapter feels so serene.
If you caught my most recent blog post, you’ll remember that I was feeling drained from every avenue. And I’ve been making a stringent effort to spend more time alone, practicing self-care, and just tending to my own needs. I’ve been focusing on increasing the level of “quiet” in my mind and in my life, and I’m not talking about a lack of noise.
I mean having the ability to wade into my mind and not get caught on other people’s needs or problems. The past few weeks are testament to how important it is for me to set boundaries around that, and to simplify things more often. Since I do a lot of work from home, it’s easier to lose myself in my work and in not taking the time to do nothing, or anything else.
Just because something isn’t “productive” in a work-related sense, doesn’t mean there’s no inherent meaning or merit in doing it. Doing nothing is doing something, and it’s doing something important: it’s drawing a line between work and the rest of my life. A line I can’t afford to keep blurred for very long.
Anyway, with this little reprieve from overworking, I’ve been catching up on what really fills me up: my creative projects. For instance, I’ve finally been adding digital prints to my Etsy shop and you can click on the images below to find out more. I hope this autumn serves you as well as it’s serving me so far!
Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
∼ dani shapiro’s podcast, family secrets
∼ john mayer’s new song carry me away
∼ the many shades of fear-based parenting
∼ the different types of facial moisturizers and how they work
∼ this article about grief and loss by nora mcinerny
∼ a new podcast named ‘last day’
∼ this article about loving a holiday man
∼ how to approach a relationship you don’t agree with
∼ dried lavender
∼ fall projects
∼ foggy mornings
∼ joan didion
∼ burnt orange
∼ morning dew
My most recent article is about all the ways this world can break your heart that have nothing to do with romantic relationships. I hope you can relate, but I also kind of hope you can’t.
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