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Autumn is the best. And the worst.


Fall has always been my favourite season. I love Fall colours. I love Fall fashion. I love the fresh Fall air. And as a kid, I looked forward to going back to school and to my upcoming October birthday.

But Fall is also other things. It is reminders that I don’t want to hear. Like the Canada geese constantly honking their departure, reminding me that it was in a September many years ago that a baby brother was born still.

Or the fresh air reminding me that winter is coming. And winter is hard. It’s a time when I have to work hard on “self care” to fight off the winter blues. It’s also a time when I have to work hard on self care to fight off sickness. Last winter I had strep throat three times. Three frigging times. I suck at self care. It bores me as much as it nags at me.

The Fall colours also tell me that not only is the world beautiful, but also: your birthday is coming. You are one year older. Those goals that you wrote down last year 5 years ago? You still haven’t achieved them.

So today, and other days, I will be telling myself: You are fine. You don’t have to try so hard. Let life happen. Let the leaves fall. It will be okay. And it will still be beautiful.


  1. It’s so true. The leaves are gorgeous, the smells delicious and the crisp weather is amazing. Makes living in the present so necessary, otherwise….gulp. Winter. You’re right, let the leaves fall…they’re gorgeous, even when they’re falling.

  2. Pam Dillon says:

    This is so beautifully articulated, Julie. Thanks for the reminder: “It will be okay.” : )

  3. Natalie Ignacz says:

    Lovely post, bday girl. You could do what my sister in law does and celebrate the whole month with a different cake every Sunday, but you could do this all through winter to celebrate getting a week closer to the end of winter.

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