Fallin’

It’s the first full day of Autumn!  Hard to believe — the summer always seems to just fly by, you know?  The weather has been feeling very fall-like as well, which has been a relief after the heat and humidity of last week.

And I have to say, fall is just about my favorite season. There’s football and pumpkin-flavored everything, chilly mornings, the smell of leaves burning and the rustle of them underfoot, the end of oppressing humidity and not minding turning on the oven to cook good comfort foods. And we can’t forget “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”  I mean, really — what’s not to like?

Another thing I like about this time of year is the sense that it’s a fresh start.  I suppose this comes from my long-ago school days (I was always the nerd that liked when school was in session), but it’s stuck with me through the years. I’ve got a kind of Charlie Brown “I’m going to kick the football this time!” optimism.  

I’ve been struggling lately, right? I think it’s time to take stock and refocus.  I’ve noticed that I’ve been having a tough time following the “eat slowly” habit — more often I’m bolting down my food without really paying attention to what I’m doing.  It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s that I’m just not being mindful enough to do it.  So, that’s what I’m going to start today (or restart, as the case may be):  eating sloooooooowly.  Time myself.  Meals aren’t allowed to be any less than 20 minutes long. Go, Laura!

If only winter didn’t follow fall — that’s the only thing that stops it from being absolutely perfect, don’t you think?


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