We can definitely feel the change in the air and temperature, right? Its Fall! Or, is it Autumn? While I was contemplating this month’s blog, I couldn’t decide whether to use Fall or Autumn to label the new season. What do we all do when we need more information? Google it! Here’s what the Live Science site had to say about the season:
“‘Autumn,’ a Latin word, first appears in English in the late 14th century, and gradually gained on ‘Harvest.’ In the 17th century, ‘Fall’ came into use, almost certainly as a poetic complement to ‘Spring,’ and it competed with the other terms.
Finally, in the 18th century, ‘Harvest’ had lost its seasonal meaning altogether, and ‘Fall’ and ‘Autumn’ emerged as the two accepted names for the third season. But by the 19th century, ‘Fall’ had become an americanism: a word primarily used in the United States.” (https://www.livescience.com/34260-fall-autumn-season-names.html)
Ok, so I’ve decided to go back in history and use the term, “Harvest.” For me, harvest time is about reaping the benefits of all that I’ve been working on for the year and setting new goals for next year’s “crop.” It’s about starting to slow things down a bit to enjoy festivals and celebrate friends and family. It’s about gearing up for the holidays and all of the thankfulness, sharing, and love that goes on during them. It’s about enjoying the good times after a lot of hard work. Here are some of my favorite ways to harvest good times:
- Reconnect with Family and Friends. Social Media has been a great place for me to do this but it’s not that same as being able to hug someone. This time of year is great for calling loved ones and spending some quality, face to face time with them. Reaching out to the people who support you throughout the year (including your clients) let’s them know they are appreciated. It gives you a chance to give back and share, and that is the best way to grow as a person. As you are reading this, I took the time to go back and visit my Dad in Virginia Beach. He doesn’t have that much time to live and I wanted to cherish some last memories with him!
- Start Gift Shopping Early. While you’re doing all that reconnecting, you can be on the lookout for holiday gifts for the special people in your life. I love to shop online and get my gifts early so that when the season rolls around, I can kick back and enjoy it without the mall rush. There are so many great sites that offer the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. You can even check out my boutique here!
- Start a Holiday Tradition. Traditions are a great way to connect to the past and celebrate the present. They bond families and friends together, young and old, and give everyone something to look forward to. Ask your older family members what traditions they remember from their childhoods and replant them in your own family’s holiday festivities. You can also start new ones with friends.
- Have a Holiday Recipe Party. Enjoy the old meaning of harvest in a very literal way. Taste it! Invite friends and family to a potluck party. Tell them to bring their favorite Holiday dish or treat, along with copies of the recipe for it. Then, get together and enjoy. Encourage everyone to share their favorite stories about the foods. Then add your favorites to your Thanksgiving or Holiday meal. Taste is such an important part of memories and good feelings that I use it in my “Sense-ual Woman” retreats. You can learn more about them here.
- Take a Time Out. Speaking of taking a time out . . . my retreats are designed to give women much needed “Me” time. We definitely harvest good times at them. There are many ways to make sure you take a time out from your daily duties and stress. Just go online and find a fun, mind, body, and soul rejuvenating experience near you.
- Wear a Costume That is a Whole New You. It’s costume time! Even if you don’t celebrate Halloween, you can have a costume party. My favorite costumes are the ones that let me create a whole new persona. I especially like to dress up in a way that makes me feel beautiful or powerful. Wonder Woman. A Greek Goddess. An Exotic Belly Dancer. Yep! Every time I put on my dance costume, I feel strong and amazing. You can, too! Just grab one of my hip scarves or even a full Belly Dance outfit and come shimmy with me!
- Dance Joyously! And that brings me to my favorite way to harvest good times – Dancing! This brings me so much joy that I can’t imagine a life without it. I love to dance for others, teach dance , to dance with my husband, and to dance when I’m all alone in my studio. It means more than just moving to the music. It’s like that song by country western singer, Lee Ann Womack, says in her beautiful song “I hope you dance.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV-Z1YwaOiw
These are just some fun ideas for inspiration. How do you harvest good times? Please share your thoughts!
Until next time!
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