Fall has always been my favorite season. With it comes the changing of leaves, cozy sweaters, flavorful food, and well.. my birthday! It also is a time of transition. Leaves begin to turn from a lively green to a warm hue before gracefully drifting to the ground. Here in the midwest, fall is the last season of the year that our environment is painted with colorful plant life before turning to a dull slumber.
This year, autumn holds a special place in my heart. 2020 has been quite the year as you all may already know. As the leaves begin to transition, I am reminded of this year and what it means to me. This year has been one of the most character building years, but with the changing of seasons – I am reminded to embrace the change in my life.
With the new season comes a new season in my life. As most of you probably already know, this fall Ian and I are getting married. Things may not be changing much for us – since we already feel like a married couple, but I think formally shifting our mindsets from being two individuals in a relationship to lifetime partners will take continuous learning and growing over the years to come. I know that marriage is not always easy, but I am excited to embrace this new phase – or new season – in my life with Ian.
While not all of you are going through major life changes at this time, I think fall serves as a great reminder to embrace the change happening around you. Whether it is embracing the cooler temperatures or embracing a new mindset. I am certainly not the first to admit that remaining positive in 2020 has not been easy, but I am using this time to center myself and embrace the beauty in life’s uncertainties. Sure, having to postpone our wedding ceremony & reception to 2021 was not at all what I had planned or hoped for, however, I am embracing our change in plans by celebrating what would have been our big wedding day by making the most of our situation. Ian and I will be getting married legally, not yet sacramentally, on the Oregon Coast with our closest family members and I could not be more excited. Sometimes things in life don’t go as planned and that’s why it is how you react to those changes in life that matter most.
So I challenge all of you to take a moment and reflect on your year thus far. Have you had any plans go awry? How have you adjusted? Is there an area in your life right now that is changing for the better or worse? How can you make the most out of that change?
I know that this post is very different from my usual “hey this is what I did this weekend” kind of post, but this is something that has been on my mind lately and I figured that a few of you reading this might be feeling similarly. Change is often unsettling.. but sometimes the outcome of change ends up being for the best. 2020 may not have been the year you were hoping for, but it is part of your story now.
Cheers to a new season,