I love the fall. I know we are not quite there yet, but we’re getting so close, I can almost smell it. Although you wouldn’t know it by the temperature. I live in Florida and it’s still in the 90s here.
But I am still looking forward to the fall. I always feel that autumn is the time for new beginnings. I imagine the majority of people would say that spring is the season for new beginnings. I can see their point, with new growth on trees, flowers blooming, and birds chirping. But for me, it’s the fall that inspires change.
Perhaps living in Florida has a lot to do with it. The heat does make me feel very sluggish. So when the temperatures finally give us a little break, I feel as though I can breathe again.
So I already have plans on how I want to map out my fall. Last November I held a Gratitude Challenge on my website and social media pages. The participants and I walked through my book Every Day is a Gift, which talks about … yes, you guessed it – Gratitude. It was a big hit, and inspired me to do something similar this fall. During the month of September I am going to hold a Redeemed Challenge on my website and social media pages. This time the participants and I will walk through my book You Are Redeemed which talks about our true identity in Jesus.
I will also be publishing another book over the next few weeks. It is in my editor’s hands, as we speak. (Ok so we are not really speaking, but you get the idea!) I will give you the scoop on the new book soon.
This fall I also hope to catch up on my ever-growing reading list. I have quite a few books I have been itching to dig into. I am sure you know what I mean!
But mainly this fall, my hope is to slow down and savor my time. In the fall I like to do what I call soul harvesting. It’s the perfect time to reflect on what your year has looked like, and what changes God may be prompting you to make in the coming year. For me personally, I have been putting extra time towards my new book over the last several months. So I know I need to give my soul a bit of breathing room. The fall is the perfect time to sit with the Lord and just listen to the things He would like to share. My hope is that I can do just that. Unfortunately I tend to get in my own way sometimes by overfilling my plate. But I am really going to try not to sabotage myself!
So what about you? What will your fall look like? Are you planning any downtime? Or do you have your schedule all mapped out? I’d love to hear!