You Were Made Ready

Each season, one of my favorite things to do is read the quarterly issue of The Magnolia Journal. I make a cup of something hot (usually hot apple cider) and cozy up onto the couch. I savor every single page knowing that this won’t happen again until the season changes.

One of my favorite parts of the entire magazine is the letter from the editor, always written so elegantly by Joanna Gaines. In her letter, Joanna explained how each of us are made ready to handle what life gives us.

She writes,

“That seems to me to be exactly what the harvest season is all about. We can acknowledge that what’s already within us — the strengths and abilities and even quirks — is enough. All that’s been planted and grown quietly in us over the years, months, or even days has made us capable and equipped to go for the things that matter to us the most — things that we feel called to do and even those that seem impossible.”

I think the reason that resonated so much with me was the simple fact that she explained my emotions about autumn in the words that I could somehow never find. Autumn is a time for harvesting, both literally and metaphorically. It’s a time to step back from months of hard work and look back at what we have done. Moreover, it’s a time to get closer to the ones we love (over a cup of coffee, perhaps) and remind ourselves what makes this life so spectacular in the first place.

For me, autumn always comes exactly when I need it. In a way, it feels like more of a rebirth than the new year ever has. It’s when I settle into a new routine, spend more time at home with my family, and find myself baking the most often. For those reasons and more, fall always seems to recenter me in the best way possible.

This fall, as the temperatures cool and everything else seems to warm up, remember that you were made ready to handle the setbacks and celebrations that this season holds. Live each day with gratitude, compassion, and kindness. These days are as precious as the ones you are nostalgic for.

-Ashley xx


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