Pumping the Brakes in October

Life has felt fast paced lately! I can’t believe it’s been nearly seven days since I’ve had the chance to sit down and write and tomorrow is the first day of October!

We started watching the TV series Yellowstone a few days ago and I love it. Now I’m shopping for Carhartt chore coats and looking at rural properties for sale.

October is the month were I usually buckle my seatbelt and hold tight for the ride, knowing the New Year will be here in the blink of an eye. This year I am consciously making an effort to slow down instead. I sat down to map out the month’s calendar this afternoon and did my best to have as little as possible written into each day’s square. We have four birthday’s to celebrate this month and Halloween, of course, but beyond that I’m not going to pencil much in. I’m going to mindfully enjoy baking the birthday cakes, and the final harvest of herbs; try my hand at tincturing valerian root and an embroidery project too.

I think the world is so in need of relearning the art of slowing down, so much so that I’ve even been tossing around the idea of creating an Art of Slow course to offer other busy folks who want to step back and find center.

Two women that come to mind when I think of productive yet slow paced living are Rhonda Hetzel, author of The Simple Home, and Erica, The Woman That Farms, who has a blog and an Instagram page chock full of cute farm animal photos. These are the two women I find myself turning to when I want a little inspiration for the good life. Erica has an entire pack of Scottish Terriers on her farm and come to think of it Rhonda has a Scottie too! Well, maybe there is another reason I enjoy the content these women share.

I don’t have a lot of time to sit and write these days, no matter how much I try to slow things down; being a stay at home mother is a joyous full time endeavor and it just isn’t my season for a lot of writing. I’m glad to be able to at least keep these notes going and for anyone who bothers to stop in and read, thank you. What is it you like to do when you have free time and can slow down?

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