It is officially Fall, y'all! Although if you live on the East coast like me it doesn't feel like it yet. But I assure you I bought all the pumpkin & apple flavored things to book club last night. Speaking of book club, two friends and I decided it was time to start a local book club relating to special needs parenting. We had no idea what to expect, but last night was our 2nd meeting and we had 12 ladies attend! I have personally really enjoyed the study and see God at work in it.
Last night we touched on the topic of seasons in life. In some seasons it feels like you are giving the family 150%, while friendships, sleep, and showers become optional. But then there are other seasons. Like the one I am currently in, where my kids go to school and I take that time to recharge, use my brain & creativity in work, and get together with friends for coffee.
I'm a big believer in self-care. I remember what it was like to struggle with seasonal weather issues in Minnesota with a baby and 2 year old at home. In my opinion...self-care doesn't equal selfishness. Self-care doesn't mean binging on Neflix or going out for a manicure everyday. But it does mean being aware and pursuing what brings joy to your heart and what refreshes your soul. When my kids were little and I was a stay at home mom, that meant taking them to a Parent's Morning Out 1 morning a week before they were old enough for preschool. I would run errands and then go sit by a lake to savor a few moments of quiet. I believe the reason we have to advocate for self-care now (compared to previous generations) is many of us don't live near family, our tribe is often virtual, and our culture has a DIY/independent tendency.
Speaking of a new season, tomorrow I leave for New York for a few days! I am excited and nervous (not a huge fan of flying). I couldn't have predicted this for myself a few years ago and I'm thankful for the opportunity to focus on Tag & Tibby and recharge my creativity a bit. I will be sharing pictures on Instagram if you'd like to follow along!
Have you experienced a clear change in season in your life? How do find yourself pursuing joy in your daily life?