October did not turn out the way I thought it would, in many ways. I had a creative September where I was getting into a flow with posting on my site again and was dreaming up some new writing projects. I had also (as it turns out, temporarily) solidified my desired work/life balance through a change in my work schedule; however, life had other plans for me this month. I have heard it said that autumn is the season which teaches us that change can be beautiful; a notion I am trying to hold on to as I navigate some recent challenges. While I lean into this period of transition, I thought it would bring me (and hopefully you) some joy to share the special memories that I did make over the last four weeks.
October kicked off with an exciting first-time visit from a dear friend who lives across the country in the city where I previously resided. It was soul-filling to be reunited and to have the chance to show her some of my favourite spots in this new home of mine. We visited cafes, gardens, wineries, various parks and enjoyed the glowing downtown beauty of this coastal capital. We even had the incredible honour of witnessing humpback whales close to shore while on one of my favourite hikes. It was only my second time seeing whales in the wild by chance and not on a whale-watching tour- an utterly magical thing.
I’ve taken solace in nature even more often than normal during the difficult times this month and have been nourished and soothed by the changing colours and cooler temperatures. So many of the local hikes that I regularly enjoy are transformed at this time of year, bringing a fresh perspective to my explorations. I am especially making a point to get into the woods after work, while there is still some light left, which helps me to let go of my day and transition into a state of a calm, relaxed presence.
One of the things I most look forward to at this time of year are the fiery sunsets- they seem to arrive specifically at the turn of the season and this month has not disappointed. With the sun setting so much earlier now, I can often stop and catch the sunset on my way home from work. Nothing leaves me in a greater state of awe than seeing the sky become a work of art with hues that change swiftly before my eyes. The fact that the beauty is fleeting makes it all the more special to witness.
Compiling this post of October’s photo highlights helps to remind me that amongst the struggles of late, there has been so much magic, beauty, joy and love in my life- love for this place I call home, for the relationships in my life that do not waver, and for the seasonal cycles that remind us nothing is permanent. There is change in the air, and I am going to ride the breeze to what lies beyond.
Autumn whispered to the wind, “I fall; but always rise again.”Angie Weiland-Crosby
How was the month of October for you? I would love to hear about a memorable moment you’ve had in the comments below.