Friday and Its Possibilities

Thank you for being my morning blogging buddy, Viola.

Thank you for being my morning blogging buddy, Viola.

Yesterday was the wackiest day.  I’ve been struggling to come up with new material throughout October (I seriously almost just wrote September, because I’m convinced that month didn’t happen yet), but with the fall flying by and the projects quickly adding up, I haven’t had as much creative energy to devote to this blog than I’d like.  At least that’s what has been in my head all this week.  And usually, when Friday comes, I’m so burned out that I often write the day off.

It’s the “not enough” mindset, and man is it a pain in ass.  A few months ago the idea of writing a blog post a week would have even been a feat, and now I try to write a little every day.  But when that momentum wore out, mainly because I was catching up on other projects, I started to convince myself that I still wasn’t doing enough.

And then yesterday came like a much needed “pull it together” smack in the face from the universe.  In one day, Blogher decided to feature three of my articles.  I don’t know what stars were aligning, or if it was just the order of them reading portfolios, but it was bananas.  I didn’t promote the third one until now because I didn’t want to drive people nuts on Facebook.

But by the time I got the third email, I felt like the Universe was yelling, “Is this enough?  Can you stop nagging yourself, please?”  So I did.  And I stopped trying to push at everything I was working on with the fear the my efforts were somehow inadequate.

The featured article is one that I included here several weeks ago, about cleaning up your mind for fall.  Ironically, I have yet to take my own advice.  So here is the Blogher article, and now I will try to take some pressure off myself and enjoy two beautiful fall days.  Happy weekend everyone!  And thank you so much for always being so supportive!

5 Simple Steps to “Fall Cleaning” Your Mind

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5 Simple “Fall Cleaning” Ideas for Your Mind

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As I talked about last week, September, for me at least, always feels more like a season of renewal than New Year’s itself.  And seeing that Autumn is the new hip time of year, apparently I’m not alone in that.  Who can say why the past decade or so has generated a sudden manic appreciation for pumpkins, but I’m not going to snub my nose at it.  There’s a chance, if we’re feeling super positive about the world, that this growing enthusiasm comes from the developing popularity of the farm-to-table movement, and so the celebration of the “harvest season” is making a comeback.  If I was feeling cynical about the world, I would just blame Starbucks for a brilliant marketing scheme.  Either way, there is a growing buzz about the coming months, and I’m right on board.

With any transition, especially one that lines up with the days getting shorter and chillier, it’s important to feel as if I am starting fresh.  So here are a few easy and free ways I have been jumping into September and saying goodbye to the summer without sadness:

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