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Autumn!
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Autumn is the eternal corrective.
It is ripeness and color
and a time of maturity;
but it is also breadth,
and depth, and distance.
What man can stand with autumn
on a hilltop and fail to see
the span of his world
and the meaning of
the rolling hills that reach
to the far horizon?”

---Hal Borland

 

It’s officially Autumn, <<Name>>!  And I couldn't be more thrilled. I just love it.  When I lived in Texas, the Autumn is hereseasonal changes presented itself with a turn of a calendar page.  Here in the Midwest, however, it's different.  Mother Nature has pulled out her box of crayons and is slowly turning lustrous greens in the fields and trees into the ripeness of harvest gold, fire orange and pumpkin orange.

Though the weather hasn’t quite made the full turn to autumn, the temperatures have begun to dip. I've been taking regular walks in one of my favorite local parks rather than our neighborhood as it gives me access to just a bit more of Autumn's beauty. 

We're also spending more time out on our deck. To me, there is nothing more perfect than dinner on the deck, a setting sun, and a crisp breeze floating through the screens.

I love the intimate space of dinner, with the crooning of Sinatra in the background and plate filled with hearty goodness. Though I continue to cook and share recipes with you no matter what the season, this is I'm cooking morethe time of year I fall back in love with my kitchen and long to create meals with depths and layers of flavor.


Maybe I’m such a big fan of autumn because I love the beauty of it. The turning of leaves paint breathtaking images as nature begins to shut down for our approach into winter and a mesmerizing fierceness of storms as Mother Nature makes herself known. 

The changing of the seasons and the evolution of the earth around us are a lesson to us.   In order for new life to be born, old souls must exit this space we share and autumn prepares us for those moments of birth and death.  That’s the cycle of life.  

Autumn is a delicious part of that cycle.

I think that sometimes, we hang onto the old stuff too long. We keep that old prom dress in the closet or i love these little bridgescontinue to muddle through relationships that have gone beyond their time.  And I get it.

Letting go of something we’ve spent intimate time with or shared special moments with is hard.

There can be an almost grieving process to the letting go, and maybe that’s what happens with the trees shed their leaves: the trees are grieving the end of a beautiful year, even know they instinctively know that a new birth is mere months away.

Autumn reminds us that though it’s sad to begin leaving behind all the wonderful things that happened, it’s time to begin thinking about how we want to close out the year. Do we want to do it boldly, like the maple trees?  Are we going to be like Apple Trees and bear delicious fruit to end the year?  Are we going to be like Tulips, digging into the ground to be nourished so we can blossom in the spring? Or do we need to be pruned back like the day lilies so that we may grow stronger in the future?

Or shall we take all the gloriousness of autumn and create one of those fall centerpieces on the table? look at that light!Bold, juicy, delicious, spicy, and edges of bloom?

This is exactly one of the reasons I chose autumn as the time to offer Finally Love Your Life again.  To remind each and every one of us that this is so much richness in our lives. We just have to invite it in.

As for me, my autumn is going to be that fall centerpiece this year…and I’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks about my BOLD choices, Delicious HARVEST, Delectable BLOSSOMS and, yes, some PRUNING.
 
Tell me, darling, what about you? Are you seizing the moments life is offering you?  How can you be bold? Are you needing to dig in so that you can blossom in the future? What do you need to leave behind? What needs pruning? Where can you celebrate the fruits of your labors?

Are you going to join me for Finally Love Your Life?  It begins tomorrow!  (Use Code ISNTSHELOVELY2019 for a special subscriber discount)

What new goals would you like to set for yourself as we begin the FINAL quarter of 2019? Can you believe MY PLANNING TIMEthat 2020 is just around the corner??

What support are you needing to make this happen?  Are you allowing love into your life?  How are you honoring the change in seasons?

Remember that I'm just an email away. I love hearing your stories and helping you find the resources you need to create a life you love.

With so much love...........

From the blog:  How to Recover Yourself When You Backslide into Old Habits  Creating a life you love is really about finding pleasure in the day-to-day living. To seek the gems in the midst of the craziness that sometimes accompanies us in this life.

It also involves feeling the gamut of feelings. We focus on those sweet feelings, the joyful ones, the exhilarating ones. But in order to really experience them at all their glorious goodness, we also have to fully feel the crappy ones, too.

For those times when you backslide

There are going to be those days. You know, the really hard ones. Sometimes, those hard days stretch into several days or weeks. You may feel lost. You may feel as if you’ve “fallen off the wagon”.

That inner critic will pipe up and tell you that you’ve completely backslidden and it’s hopeless. And will insist that you will always be a hot mess.

You may turn to old coping ways. Numbing with food or shopping. Over-filling your schedule so that you’re too busy to think or feel. You go into reaction mode instead of intentional and proactive choices.

You listen to the voices in your head that tell you all sorts of mean things and, because you’ve gotten away from what makes you feel centered and more you, you kind of believe them.

I’m going to tell you a secret so listen closely: 

No matter how far you believe you’ve slipped into old ways of living, you never are too far back to wipe the slate clean and begin fresh today.


When you backslide that doesn’t mean you’re lost.

Honestly. It doesn’t matter if those crappy days led to crappy weeks and crappier months. It doesn’t matter that you’ve gained a few pounds or haven’t written (or painted) in ages.

When you wake-up from the haze, take that delicious awareness and remind yourself that you’ve done it before. You may need to reach out for some help – a friend, a coach, a counselor, your partner. Lay your ego aside and remember that you don’t have to get back on path alone.

And darling, let me tell you. Even when you backslide way away from who you worked to become, you never go too far back. Because you’ve climbed this mountain before and you can, I promise, do it again.

Begin with the basics – gratitude and sleep. Fuel your body – clean food and lots of water. Toss in those loving supportive things – meditation and exercise.

The core of who you are – that shiny, amazing, sexy soul – will always be there to guide you back to your path.

Take heart, darling. I know that you can do it.


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We're in a transitional time of year here in Ohio. Not just in the air, but when it comes to food. Alongside the red forkbeautiful local Amish tomatoes, peppers,  and last of the local Sweet Corn, there are other local veggies emerging: beautiful beets, squash, broccoli, and pumpkins are here, too. But the Alaskan fishing season is winding down, which means the main protein in our dinners is going to lean towards lots of chicken.

If you follow me on Instagram, I've been sharing how a single cooking session on one day can lead to lots of meals. And thanks to the mix of seasonal items, I pulled together a favorite: Garlic Lemon Chicken & Corn Saute.

Take a boneless, skinless chicken breast and chop it into bite sized pieces. Season it with a little kosher salt, a lot of fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, and a little Italian Seasonings. Put in a HOT dutch oven with just enough olive oil on the bottom to cover. SEAR the outside of the chicken and then lower the heat to medium. Add the juice of one lemon.

(Or cheat and use my favorite Red For Sauce - the one meant for Asparagus) Cover and saute the chicken chicken and cornuntil it's "done" all the way through (about five minutes).

Take two cobs of corn and strip the kernels off. Add the to the chicken along with 1 rounded teaspoon of good basil pesto. Stir well and cover for about two minutes. Then SERVE.

We had this with baked potatoes and sauted spinach.

All kinds of comfort-type foods on a cool almost-fall-evening - capturing the last tastes of summer. 
 

Volume 9-Issue 20

September 28,2019


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Debra Smouse is a writer, life coach, and Tarnished Southern Belle who is on a mission to help people create a daily life that is loving and nourishing.

A native Texan, she resides in Ohio with the Man of her Dreams. Connect with her on social media:
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Also in the Blog


What if instead of seeing just a date on the calendar, we allowed autumn to invite us deeper into our lives and our dreams?

Read ==>Permit Autumn to Invite You Into Your Dreams

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 Some days I was in the mood to listen to the audio, others, I enjoyed reading and rereading. The worksheets were key as they helped me transition what I was reading into personalized knowledge of myself and an action plan.

I appreciated the real guidance and suggestions that were given. For example, Debra didn’t just say it is important to rest, she gave real examples of what rest looked like to her, and in turn, helped me think of ways I could put it into practice. It is a very interactive class and in each module I experienced at least one aha moment.

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HOW to love your life again when things go a little crazy or sideways.

Read ==> How to Stop Feeling Burned Out and Love Your Life Again
 
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