I love Fall, so I’m not about to pass up an opportunity to feel thankful for the cooler weather and changing leaves, but this month has been challenging. This was the month I lost my grandmother and the anniversary always comes with its share of bittersweetness, but I also learned Tuesday that one of my publishers for the magazine I write for had crossed over, as well. She and her partner and co-publisher gave me such a generous gift. Aside from making me a Contributing Editor of Health and Wellness, a title I wear with joy and with pride, they also gave me the opportunity to have my words read by so many and be a part of a beautiful community of kind, creative, wonderful people whom I get to call my Inner Child Magazine family. In that way, I do have so much to feel thankful for, and even though my heart is sad to have to say goodbye, I think we owe it to the people who show us love in this lifetime to be happy and grateful whenever possible. With that, I give you my September Gratitude Review…
For the second time in my driving life, I needed to call AAA. It sounds like a weird thing to be grateful for, but it was a positive experience from the moment I placed the phone call until the service driver left. I admit, when it comes to cars, I’m a little out of my depth, so it was a comfort to have kind, knowledgeable folks come to my assistance without losing a full day’s pay searching for a part in my price range and paying to tow my car to a mechanic.
Things at work changed in a BIG way. The changes have really lightened the mood in the office and the new energy in there has made it so much easier to go home and get back into a productive routine. I’m getting a lot more writing done, I’m working ahead on design projects through the end of the year and I’m working my way through my massive organization undertaking with a little more speed. There’s been another awesome side effect, but I’ll save that for my next little dose of gratitude, because it really deserves a mention of its own.
I started creating again, tenaciously. I’ve had some pretty great bursts of creativity here and there throughout the year, but after a friend reminded me to schedule time for creative pursuits, I’m no longer sitting around waiting for creativity to find me. Now I’m actively looking for inspiration and then doing something about it on a weekly basis. I’ve made jewelry, I’ve broken out the coloring books, and I’m watching watercolor tutorials and am dreaming up my next project. It’s not only changing the frequency with which I create, but it’s making the time I spend between projects so much more joyful and deliberate. Instead or just saving pins to a Pinterest board and muttering the word “someday”, I know what supplies I need to make it happen and what changes I want to make to the project to make it uniquely my own. As I’m doing this, I’m also finding notebooks with designs I’d sketched or notes I’d taken on projects I wanted to start and they are starting to take shape. It’s pretty exciting, considering how long some of them have been sitting there waiting for me. If you’re following Tejomaya Wellness on Instagram, I’ve started using the hashtag #CreativeFriday to keep myself accountable and to ditch the fear of putting my work out there. If we’re not following each other yet, you can find me here: https://www.instagram.com/tejomayawellness
How has September been treating you? Do you have any good news to share or any finished projects you want to show off? Leave a comment below so we can celebrate right along with you!
Wishing You Total Well-Being,