Truth be told, it feels a bit scandalous to be posting an elegant Fall home tour this late in the season.
Partly because people already have their homes decorated and partly because we work so far ahead in Blogland my feed is currently packed with Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas posts.
Trying to strike a balance between planning for one holiday while staying fully present and engaged in another is not always easy.
But I keep reminding myself the effort is always worth it and I hope you will too.
After all, seasons were meant to be savored.
And like a lot of you, Fall is my favorite season of the entire year.
I almost convinced myself it was too late, and I shouldn’t even bother.
Then I remembered our trip to celebrate the one year anniversary of S’s accident. It was so far into the apple picking season we literally had the orchards to ourselves.
As we walked through the gates of one orchard, in particular, I wondered aloud why things were so empty and thought maybe we had missed all our favorite things about the season altogether.
But in the distance, I heard a voice say, “You’ve come at just the right time. You’ll have the orchards to yourself today. Walk through the apple maze, enjoy our cider donuts, take your time picking just the right bushel, and don’t forget about the goats. You don’t have to rush. There’s plenty of time. We’re happy you’re spending the day with us.”
I’ve thought about that affectionate exchange a lot lately.
And how those simple words changed our outlook on the entire day. It wasn’t just another activity to cross off our Fall bucket list.
It was an invitation to slow down and enjoy all the season has to offer.
A warm welcome that conveyed a happiness to share a time-honored Fall experience.
This time of year, I find myself feeling pulled in different directions trying to decide if I should add little touches of Halloween around the house, gear up for Thanksgiving, or start searching for Christmas inspiration.
I’m torn between living in the moment and being a planner pretty frequently.
Maybe you feel that way too.
My baby sister is currently in the process of building a new home and she’s had a lot of decisions to make lately.
I was listening intently on the phone as she shared her heart and lamented the fact she wasn’t further along in the process. “I mean, who would have thought a pandemic would have derailed an entire year,” she said.
As our conversation continued it struck me how easy it is to be lulled into a mindset of “next year” thinking. As in “next year,” I’m going to …
- invite people over
- travel more
- lose the weight
- host a Halloween party
- celebrate Friendsgiving
- bake pies for my neighbors
- attend an outdoor festival or event
- put up the Christmas tree I’ve been dreaming of
- turn the spare bedroom into an office, craft room, place of respite
- get organized
- start working on _______________ (insert your own goal here)
… then life happens and a million different things or illness gets in the way and our plans for “next year” never really come to fruition.
And every year, we just put it off because “next year” seems like plenty of time to prioritize, accomplish, slow down, and enjoy.
The truth is, the invitation we were given in the apple orchard that day can easily be extended to our every day if we let it.
We were already created at just the right time.
We don’t have to wait to have the orchards to ourselves, we can enjoy an apple maze, corn maze, or the pumpkin patch the moment we make time for it.
We can bake cider donuts, seasonal breads, soups, and cakes right in our own kitchens.
We don’t have to rush from one season to the next.
There’s plenty of time to celebrate Fall right now and there will be plenty of time to soak up the magic of the holiday season too.
This year let’s be bold enough to create purpose-filled moments we can enjoy every day instead of wishing away or saving our plans for next year.
Because if this year has taught us anything, it’s that we never know what next year will bring.
Cheering you on as you take the pressure off and embrace unforgettable adventures this Fall. Even if they take place in your own back yard!
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Other Fall Posts to Enjoy:
- Elegant Fall Porch Tour and Blog Hop
- Brown and White Transferware Pumpkins
- Autumn Apples Inspired Tablescape
- Fall Centerpiece in the Dining Room
- The Busy Girls Guide to Decorating a Fall Mantel
- Elegant Fall Entry