fall / winter 2015

9 Sep

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With 2015 nearing to a close…I know, I know, we still have four full months, but once September hits I can’t help but reflect on how I want the year to wrap up. September – December always seems to fly by and I find myself surprised every year on January 1st- it almost seems impossible that we are there again. The next four months also happen to be my absolute favorite time of year- I find myself most creatively alive during this time. I also love everything to do with the holidays and what they represent- family dinners, our wedding anniversary, carving pumpkins, dressing Frankie up for Halloween, cooking, warmth, bundling up, decorating trees, cuddling & new beginnings.

The last eight months have been an introspective time for me. Rather than exploring the world around me, as I usually do, I have been instead making the journey within. I knew at the start of 2015 that something was off.  I had baggage that I still hadn’t worked through and I was dragging it around with me. I couldn’t hide from it anymore. It was time to do the hard work, even if that meant that other things had to be put on the back burner. Something very hard for a person who desires immediate results like me to come to terms with. Instead I had to trust the process. It reminded me of that quote by Zora Neale Hurston –  “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” Thus far this year has most definitely been asking me some questions. Ones that needed answering and ones that positively shifted something in me once I did. I feel empowered and for that I am incredibly grateful.

Life man, such a wild ride sometimes, right?

When reflecting about how I want the next few months to unfold, it was clear to me that I want them to feed my soul, creative mind, relationships, home & belly. I want to soak in every bit of goodness that 2015 has left to offer me. I have a feeling the next four months will bring an entirely different energy than the first eight did and I am ready for that new energy.

Some of the ways I would like to spend the next few months…

Deepening my meditation practice. I know I have only been scratching at the surface and I am feeling a pull towards more. In addition to developing a stronger home practice I want to explore Unplug Meditation, Against The Stream & Shambhala Center.

Reading! There are fifteen (I might be setting myself up for failure on this one) books I would love to read before the end of the year. I’ll share them in a later post.

Cooking- I plan on spending some quality time in the kitchen! Again, there is something about fall and winter that inspire me to want to cook. I love hearty recipes and the feeling of warmth that comes from the kitchen this time of year.

I would love to put a small dinner party together in our home each month to bring our family and friends together. I want to make a point to enjoy the ones that matter most in my life. I also love to entertain.

I want to finish a few work projects that have been on the back burner for many many many months. As I mentioned previously, I put some things on the back burner to focus on me and it’s time to dust them off. They involve getting two book proposals finished and ready to submit in the new year and revamping my personal website which has been in purgatory for the last six months.

Practicing yoga. I want to make my yoga practice more of a priority over the next few months. My love for it has been renewed recently and I would love to keep the love affair going. My body just feels so much more balanced when I am practicing regularly.

I would love to finally find a property for the business Brian and I have been building with a few partners this past year. I can’t wait to share about it in the new year! Granted we find a property and the ball gets moving.

My home life- one of the most important aspects of my life. It has been in an incredibly solid and fulfilling place and I want to continue to watch it grow.

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There are years that ask questions and years that answer,

Years that

fall apart

and years that come together…

There are years that cry and years that laugh,

Years that wonder

And years that strike and clap and thunder.

. . .

Your job isn’t to know — not right now, not quite yet.

Your job is simply

to breathe,

to trust,

to rest

To know that it is all a part of the path —

The mystery and the clarity

The hardship and delight

The darkness and the light alike.

. . .

Dear One,

Haven’t you heard?

“This place where you are right now

God circled on a map for you.”

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8 Responses to “fall / winter 2015”

  1. Shauna841505 September 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    I hope you accomplish everything before 2016! I think your list sounds do-able, and I’m happy for you that you’ve been able to release some of the things you came into the year with. I would say that’s a pretty successful year! 🙂

  2. righteousbruin9 September 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    Trust the journey, even when it has you staying in place for a time.

  3. liz September 10, 2015 at 12:29 am #

    Dear Kate, I cannot even begin to describe with words how beautiful this post was. In addition to loving the quote to pieces and agreeing that the last 4 months of the year are my favorite, I am completely surrounded by the same energies that you are during this year. So, my friend, I wish you much peace and coziness as you settle in and snuggle down. Sending you lots of good vibes and much love. xx

  4. mark September 10, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Beautiful…….

  5. hunting for bliss September 10, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    you will find what you seek ❤ xoxo

  6. cravesadventure September 10, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Beautiful Post and a Great Reminder too 🙂 Wishing You the Best – Good Luck!

  7. Liz September 10, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Such a great post! I love this time of year too and find it a time to renew and reenergize from within. Sending you lots of creative, inspired energies. And you KNOW I can’t wait to hear about these 15 books! xoxo

  8. Diane @ Life of Di. September 12, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    – I can’t wait to see Frank in his Halloween costume. Do you know what you’re dressing him as? I’m not sure what Charlotte is going to be… – I’m interested in the books you plan on reading over the next few months. I am almost at one hundred books for the year (my goal!) So crazy. I guess it’s easy to have time to read when you’re constantly nursing (I also listen to audiobooks when I’m walking Roscoe!) – I wish I loved hosting parties but, alas, it’s just not my talent. I love to go to dinner parties but it stresses me out to host. Maybe if I had a bit more space? – I also want to practice yoga in the coming months. I’ve heard great things and think it could transform my body! I’m really looking to tone up a bit more and I think this could help 🙂

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