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First Day of Autumn

I’ve already declared it in my heart and home that it’s spooky season, but today it’s official! Happy autumn equinox!

In spite of all that this year has been so far, I want to walk into autumn with good intentions and just embrace all of the uncertainties – which is extremely hard to do for a person suffering from acute anxiety (yours truly) so I’m really going to try.

I started decorating our home for Halloween a few weeks ago – I said I am DONE with summer. I was just ready to move on to the next season – I’ve never been a summer person. I’m not finished JUST yet, but here’s a peak at what I have up so far. I’m going to take a trip to a local nursery to buy some pumpkins and mums for our front door in the coming weeks, which is something I’ve done both years that we lived here for fall and really enjoy.

Confession: my outdoor Halloween décor game is pretty weak, aka non-existent. I just never know what to put up. The last couple of Halloweens we have not even been home for little trick-or-treaters, and I’m doubtful there will be any this year. In my mind I have a year to really step up my game. We’ll see how it goes, haha. Any tips for indecisive outdoor Halloween decorators?

This is definitely the season I love the most, though. I love baking this time of year, and crockpot dinners on Sundays, being close with the one you love and watching spooky movies all weekend long. There are so many lovely local hikes to take to see some colorful leaves, and I’m looking forward to doing that with Tom this year since we can’t really travel anywhere.

Autumn always feels particularly special to me because that’s when Tom and I decided to take our friendship to the *next level* oh so long ago. And I do mean long ago — we got married just two days shy of our 15-year anniversary, on what just so happened to be the most perfect crisp fall day. It felt like magic.

One thing I try to do is reevaluate my goals each season, but honestly, I haven’t been keeping any at all. I ditched my planner back in April when I realized this was going to be an indefinite bump in the road. The last 6-7 months have just been about surviving and getting through this very strange time. My therapist likes to remind me that this is a really abnormal time, so go gently. I just want to do my best to flow with the tides and see where it takes me, as gently as possible.

Wishing you all a beautiful first day of Autumn.

-K

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