Happy Autumn, everyone!
If you know me or have followed my art and writing over the years, you may know that this transition from Summer to Fall is a hard one for me. Hard. Every year. I’ve lived in the PNW all of my life and still…my body starts aching for summer the moment the gray skies and rain arrive in Seattle.
Every year, I am conscious of and attentive to my feelings, my process, my yearnings, and ultimately my acceptance. I learn to love aspects of autumn. I get cozy. I pull out my sweaters and boots and get somewhat comfortable.
So here is my tribute to autumn in visual form. Indeed, a good thing.
Another GOOD THING:
If you don’t know about my friend Jill Salahub’s blog A Thousand Shades of Gray, you most certainly should! In addition to her regular heart-centered, self-love searching, inspiring, artful posts, she’s been interviewing women on the subject of self-compassion and posting their responses every Saturday for “Self-Compassion Saturday.” These interviews are going to become a free e-book that Jill is going to share with the world. Isn’t she amazing?
I was honored to be interviewed for the August 24 “Self-Compassion Saturday” and I’d love to share with you our post:
A third GOOD THING:
I ran a 5K race for lymphoma to support my friend Phil who is going through the thick of treatments for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I only partially trained (due to a boob strain incident!), but I ran the whole race, and even finished less than a minute behind my husband (who, by the way, won a medal!).
There is something about community, a dear friend doing his healing work, a collection of strangers cheering, and a multitude of hearts on a mission to support a cause that can make a person like me keep running. I felt good. I was tired and achy at the end, but I was elated — a love-induced adrenalin run for sure.
What good things are happening in your world? What is going right — right now? What has felt remotely good, positive, inspiring? It’s a heart-rush to write them down, to document them, share them even. For Jill’s latest “SOMETHING GOOD” post, she’s found tons of articles, videos, quotations, and pictures sure to ignite some flowering good feelings inside you.
What can do you right this minute that would feel good? Choose something that will take less than a minute if you need to. I am going to jump up and down to Ylvis’ The Fox song:
peace and glowing falling leaves,