The fall season will shortly be upon us even if my thermometer is well over 100 degrees today.
When I was raising my family, fall meant a new school year filled with new beginnings. It had a much stronger meaning of setting goals to me than the traditional New Year resolutions did. As my children were embarking on a new grade, new learning, new friends, new ambitions, so was I. I would always be on the lookout for ways to enhance my own life with my own new opportunities. After all, I figured, why should my children be the only ones to have all the fun and all the stress of accomplishing new things at our house? I guess this whole idea of starting out fresh and ready to learn in the fall has just become a part of my DNA.
When you look at the big picture, as mid-lifers, you could say that we are in the fall of our own lives. Our birth to our twenties was our spring, full of newness at every turn. Our summer, the ferocious heated pace of our busy, busy lives, came at the end of our twenties and rolled right through to our forties. And now, it is time to take a breather and enjoy our fall. A time to embrace how our interests and priorities have matured along with an occasional late season burst of new energy. It’s the era of relishing cool, rewarding breezes of past jobs well done. And the time to savor crisp glimpses of the additional creating ahead of us– just at a slower, more dedicated pace.
Fall is a great time to look back before you go any further forward. To remember what it was that you liked to do the most and try it again. Forgotten what those interests were that used to bring you pure joy? Simply revisit your past hobbies and passions and you will find them there in those old memories.
In a previous post, I mentioned that I did this with sewing. As a teenager, young married, and new mom, my spare time was spent at my sewing machine. As my children grew up, life for me sort of got out of control and there was no more free time for sewing. It has just been in the last 18 months that I returned to my love of sewing and creating fabric projects. During this time, I have gotten my 31 year old sewing machine cleaned and in good operating condition, I took lessons on how to better use my machine, I sat in on tutoring sessions where a master seamstress has shared her vast knowledge of sewing shortcuts, and I have taken a few classes to master new techniques. It has been fun and challenging and I’ve loved every moment. I know I won’t ever be a professional seamstress, but still, my old/new skills can be put to good use in making items to share with others.
In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin talks about increasing your happiness by spending meaningful time with your passion. Treat your passion as a priority instead of an “extra” thing to be fit in a free moment (which most people practically never have). Purposeful planning of putting priorities on our passions will improve the quality of our lives. And who knows, these priorities might lead to other possibilities as well. (Phew-that was a lot of “p’s” in that paragraph) 🙂
This month on Friday Feature, I am going to introduce you to some amazing women who have done just that: turned their passions in to businesses. Coincidentally, I have known all these women for over 30 years; a couple even since grade school. I have seen them change and evolve in to fabulous women in their own right, women who have taken their interests to a new level at this time in their lives. I know you will enjoy meeting them and seeing how they are braving the ups and downs of developing businesses from their passions.
Not only are these women amazing, they are generous too. They have graciously consented to donate some of their passions for a GIVEAWAY. At the end of this month, I will be asking you which Friday Feature interested you the most and why. That comment will enter you in to a random drawing for an item from that woman. How fun is that? Making new friends and a prize to boot? It doesn’t get much better than that.