There's something magical that happens when leaves begin to change colors and the air turns crisp and cool. Cozy sweaters and mugs of apple cider feel like home, and pumpkin patches seem like the perfect place to spend a day. Don't hold back, author Sandra Magsamen says. Let yourself fall in love with everything fall has to offer!

It happens every year without fail: One morning in mid-September, I wake up to realize that the kids have all gone back to school, people are back to work from summer vacations and the light outside my bedroom window is somehow a little more golden than it was the day before.

Late September signals the beginning of a magic season, a season in which Mother Nature transforms the landscape with the most beautiful shades of orange, red, yellow and green, where pumpkins smile and apple pies seem to multiply. Farmers' markets are stuffed with people, and mason jars are jammed with jellies and pickles. The air turns crisp and clear, and sweaters and boots are suddenly everywhere.

If you haven't guessed, fall happens to be my favorite time of year. I like the way life gracefully shifts a little this time of year. As the air turns colder outside, I begin to slowly turn inward toward my warm home. There is a simple joy found in thinking about digging out my favorite sweater as I dream of sitting by a roaring fire eating butternut squash soup with cornbread.

You see, for me, fall is all about nurturing. It is the time to comfort ourselves, our friends and our family.

Fall reminds us to embrace the moment fully, to see and acknowledge the beauty all around us. Take this time to connect and reacquaint yourself with what feels good, what inspires you, what feeds your soul.

I encourage you to discover what nurtures and gives you joy and then give yourself permission to indulge in it. Make a list of the things that are simple pleasures for you this time of year. This will be different for each of us—there are no rights or wrongs, just what you love and what makes you feel cared for.

Some things might include:
  • Feeling the warmth and smelling the fire in the fireplace
  • Tasting the cinnamon in the pumpkin pie
  • Inviting your family over for a big Sunday chicken dinner
  • Feeling the earth under your feet as you take a long walk
  • Wrapping up in a blanket and reading a great book
  • Writing a poem
  • Taking a Saturday afternoon nap
  • Snuggling up in a cozy favorite sweater
  • Hugging your child an extra long time as you put her to bed
  • Lingering in a hot bubble bath
  • Making pancakes and pouring lots of maple syrup on top before your devour them
  • Paying attention to the way the leaves on trees transform before your eyes and understanding that change can be a beautiful thing
  • Taking time to count your blessings instead of what is in your bank account
Let this fall be a time to harvest and gather the things that bring you comfort and joy.

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