If ever there were a time of year where life slows down for all the right reasons, it is the fall. The name itself is indictive of winding down and settling in. The days get shorter and nights longer, the trees are in their final dress rehearsal before the winter’s rest. The world seems to shift as people prepare for the great gatherings of family to eat and be merry, and just truly enjoy each other’s company. This is time of year calls for the generosity of strangers and displays of loving thy neighbor and is topped with the celebration of a new year.
As I reflect over this year’s highs and lows, I am full of gratitude. It seems with every trial and tribulation, some how a spirit of thankfulness wrapped me in the warmth of peace, even as I watched life’s chaos rage about. I am thankful that my family is intact and with it came the blessing of holy matrimony to the man God custom made for me. Thankful for provision, in that my school created a position for me that allows for me to flex and grow as an educator and the compensation is more that enough. Thankful for the peace and serenity that true friendships and sisterhood bring. My whole world up to this very moment has kept me in a state of gratitude. I find myself whispering, “thank you for love.” “Thank you for my life.” The theme of my journaling is gratefulness. I have found that saying thank you seem to attract more reasons and opportunities to give more thanks. Unexpected blessings seems to be around every bend. I feel as if every heartfelt thank you that my heart utters brings me into alignment with abundance. I declared at the beginning of September that this was the month of abundance-I have yet to see a day that it has not come into fruition. From a beautiful wedding day to finding an extra $10 bucks in the washer-I count it all!
This season, I am pushing myself to do something new. There are exactly 100 days between now and January 1. Starting today, I am challenging myself to fall in love with the woman I am. Not becoming, but who I am right at this moment. It is so easy to get caught up in the vision of who I could be or am becoming, that I forget that I am already a beautiful version of my best self! I accepted long ago that growth is beautiful and a necessary process. We should all be striving to learn something new that will help us to evolve and live better, more fulfilling lives-but one should never neglect that we exist in the now. The present is all that matters anyway. The future is not guaranteed. Shit happens everyday that turn our well laid plans and intentions to scrap. That’s just life.
Starting today, September 23, 2018 it is Queen Season. The next 100 days are dedicated to the intentional practice of self-care and gratitude. I will be showering myself with love and finding a reason to be grateful. I will be intentionally reminding myself that I am a Queen. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next 100 days and it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am falling for myself. I intend to let myself know everyday that I am enough and that I determine my worth. I define who it is that I say I am. I make my own declarations and affirm myself-not for the world to see and say, “oh how great thou art,” but it is to remind myself that my existence is a testament to how great my God is and that loving myself is the best thank you. Self-love opens us to all that’s good in this world. It attracts this life’s best light and helps us to shine when our days become dark. It reminds us to always be grateful.
I invite you to take the next 100 days to practice gratitude. Instead of complaining or dwelling on the negative, find a reason to be thankful. I welcome you to indulge in loving yourself intentionally for the next 100 days. Drink more water. Learn a new stretch. Play with a new style. Try out a new lip color. Read a sexy novel. Unfollow a toxic social media account-whatever you do that’s good for you. Finally, journal about it. There are truly immense benefits of journaling. This will be an opportunity to focus the experience. It is an investment in yourself that will give you a great return. This season, fall for you.