Speak your voice.

It was a rainy weekend. The kind that either has you baking something delicious, organizing the cupboards or snuggling in for a nap. That was me, I did all those things. The nap was the best part!

It is football season. I don’t know about you, but the sound of football and the commentators voice makes me want to nap. Maybe you enjoy watching football, I never really have, to each there own. The social aspect of it, the food, that’s another story. I enjoy all of that.

Anyway, I’m not here to write about football. But, I do want to catch up! It’s been a while since I’ve dedicated some time to writing and I think that happened for a few reasons.

For some reason I lost my confidence as a blogger/writer. I’m not sure why. It’s not anyone’s fault. It’s just something I went through. Many of us lose our confidence, almost everyday, and that’s okay. What matters is that we regroup and refocus, that we re-examine our abilities and our goals, and that we explore our why.

I stopped writing because I stopped prioritizing my writing. I stopped because life is busy. Most importantly I lost my courage to hit ‘publish’. I was full of excuses.

For a long time I would talk about what I wanted to do, to write and have my own voice on this blog, but so often I felt it had to be perfect to hit publish. I felt like it had to resonate deeply with others or had to have the approval of others. The truth is, it doesn’t need any of that. It only needs to be my words, my truth, and my voice.

I’ve done a great deal of self-improvement over the last year. From a new dedication to movement, to a new exciting financial independence (FI) path and an incredible season at the beautiful Minnesota lakes country. The lakes truly make Minnesota what is is, I think most of us can agree.

But now, we’re entering a season of cold air, blowing leaves, rain and soon… snow. I know! I said it.

It’s true, summer is my favorite season, but I appreciate the seasons. I get bored easily and so the seasons keep me looking ahead to what’s next. In this case, a few more fires, sweaters, raking leaves, making homemade soups, using my new bread machine (mmm carbs) and flannel sheets.

I went for a few walks this weekend because it has been gorgeous in Minnesota this October. I took a few photos of the season to share.

The house monkeys are hungry so I must go prepare dinner, but I’ll be back. I promise I won’t take a 2-year hiatus again.

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