{Slightly Controversial Post on The End of Summer Days}

Yesterday marked the end of summer days (again) and I find myself getting all nostalgic (again). I just love going to the pool and watching my toddler splash at the “splash park”, I love grilling season, summer vacations, summer clothes, the feeling of having no school even though I am no longer a student, and more!

I see all the cute memes out there and people posting about their excitement for fall, and I want to be someone who likes fall better than the other seasons. I want to join the “cool club”! [See what I did there? Kind of a double meaning if you catch my breeze.] But I can’t yet. Year after year I don’t gain entry into the “cool club”. Perhaps I can’t figure out the code, I tell myself.

Perhaps I’m not seeing what everyone else is seeing, I think. So I survey those I love who love autumn and ask them what they find so great about it. Because once I know the secret, I can gain entry into the club, right? And they tell me they love the changing colors of the leaves, the crockpot meals, football season, bonfires, cool-weather fashion, dropping temps and less humidity, etc. My husband says best of all is “the smell of fall”. Each time he says this year after year, I ask him to describe “the smell of fall” and each year he says it smells like “fresh air”. I usually laugh to myself but this year I laughed aloud. “Isn’t there fresh air in other seasons? And what does fresh air smell like?” He found it hard to articulate why autumnal air is just fresher.

Now, I gotta admit that I’m not known to follow sports–or even the ball as it moves from one player to another across the TV screen. So maybe that’s a big part of the miss for me during autumn, but I think more than anything it’s because autumn signifies the end of summer–my steadfast favorite season. If you’d like to see what turned into a bit of a love letter to summer but was mostly aimed at being an optimistic message about the baton hand-off between summer and fall, check out my blog post from a year ago entitled {The End of Summer Days}.

On our road trip/babymoon two weeks ago (all about planned spontaneity and bonding) we spent a couple days in Chicago, and during the falling rain I meandered into the storefront of a Bath & Body Works in a mall on The Magnificent Mile. The only scent I picked up was an Autumn-scented body lotion; I applied lotion from the tester to my hands without smelling it first. Unorthodox, I know. But I wanted to try to embrace fall. I loved the scent and plan to go out and buy it in a candle (because I can always use a 140th candle around my house or in my closeted box of candles, and I’m sure my hubby agrees). 😉

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{Breaking Out of Your Life Rut – Part 2}

In {Breaking Out of Your Life Rut – Part 1}, I posited that whether it is a career rut, a workout rut, a creative rut, etc., we all get stuck at one time or another. In those times we need to tweak our routine to break out of it. In writing this two part post, I wanted to continue to draw a parallel between ways to break out of a workout rut and ways to break out of a life rut; therefore, I used the former as a model for the latter–breaking out of a “life” rut.

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{Breaking Out of Your Life Rut – Part 1}

Whether it is a career rut, a workout rut, a creative rut, etc., we all get stuck at one time or another. In those times we need to tweak our routine to break out of it. In writing this, I wanted to look for ideas on how to break out of a workout rut and use it as a model for breaking out of a “life” rut.

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