It’s officially here. “Season” in southern Florida. The grocery stores are crowded with people trying to find the aisle they need. It now takes twice the time to travel down the road than it did just last week.
Snow birds have landed in my town! With them they bring “paradise weather.” The mornings are cooler with lower humidity and warm breezes. This is welcome relief after the thick and heavy humidity and brain-melting heat of July and August. The best part is the sunshine and the rising warmth–around 20 degrees by late afternoon.
Arrival of “paradise weather” is equivalent to the anticipation of spring’s arrival in the northern states. When I was growing up in Michigan, I recall my mother throwing open all the windows at the first of the sunny, warmer weather of April and May. She then commenced “spring cleaning” after being “cooped up” during the winter months. The same is true here, though delayed by months. Everyone retreats during the heat of summer and, now that the climate changes overnight (weather and influx of people and vehicles), we throw open doors and windows, allowing the breeze to blow through the house. Then, sigh with the knowledge that this is the beginning of several months of beautifully sunny days.
So, as I make plans to reorganize my house, commence a thorough cleaning, then a purging of closets, I am also revising my attitude and schedule. Thank you to the snow birds who have alerted me that “season” has arrived. I may need more time to commute to the workshops and classes I teach, but I certainly no longer need to confine my “office hours” to the desk and A/C. I’m looking forward to venturing with notebook and keyboard to the lanai, the pool, the beach, the café, and the many outdoor seating areas at local restaurants.
Good morning, Season. Welcome to Paradise.
Today’s the fall equinox and it’s as good a time as any to re-dedicate my goals and projects. It’s been a chaotic and stressful year so far and to help maintain my sanity I’ve pushed myself to focus on the things that keep my life balanced. When family issues–or life in general–get in the way, it’s far too easy to allow creative endeavors to slide. “I’ll write tomorrow.” “Tomorrow I’ll have more creative energy.” “Tomorrow I’ll make time.”
I’ve pushed myself to do creative projects such as painting, sewing, and even cooking and baking (during which I always “edit” recipes) to keep in tune with my creative self. I’ve also made short-term goals for little side projects; for example, a poem decorated with colored-pencil art, or a seasonal craft to cheer up a blah work space. Throughout the summer I’ve celebrated these little artistic victories and tried very hard not to get discouraged when yet another day passed without the opportunity to even write in my journal.
This morning I felt that all that plodding along was worth it. I’m sure it has something to do with the autumnal equinox since I woke feeling more at peace and calm than I have in a long time. It was a true day off and I started it with coffee on the lanai. The air was damp and still. Not a ripple marred the surface of the lake and for once no golfers were out in the early morning. It soon began to sprinkle, and then rain steadily. It was beautiful! The rain seemed to have cleansed away the noise and chaos of typical Saturday mornings around here.
Peace! I poured my thoughts into a very long journal entry and then sipped coffee and watched the rain drops plop into the lake. And soon, I was transported to the world of one of my works-in-progress. Two hours later I took a break, ate breakfast, and then . . .
. . . joy! I had thoughts for scenes to a different project! This was such a luxury in a challenging year. But I know that the turmoil will pass. I made a few new goals to help me get from today to the end of this year. I feel relaxed and stronger now. I’m confident I can maintain balance. And, I’m looking forward to the adventures — and creative journeys autumn has in store.
Happy Autumn and happy writing!
This is been an intense summer. An intense year actually, and I hope that things will now start to settle. It’s definitely the perfect time since autumn is the sleepy evening before winter’s slumber takes hold.
This year has been filled with family issues, illness and heartache. There have also been work issues; chaos at one company but new business to fit in among the tilt and change happening in publishing. So, altogether it has been one intense year.
But the winds are shifting and, though I feel exhausted by all this intensity, something fresh is flowing this way. I can feel it. Things will settle into place because those always seem to at this time of year.
As summer simmers to a close, autumn brews new beginnings. I guess I’ve always felt this way each September as the new school year starts. It’s a change of pace and ripe with possibility. I always got excited about buying new clothes and school supplies and was eager to learn something new. So, as drained as I might feel I’m also very excited by the promise of the coming months.
Here’s to a new school year and all the excitement it holds. Here’s to the new courses I’m creating for two of the programs I teach for, and to the determination I feel for the my writing projects this fall. Happy autumn everyone!