when it gets crisp in the fall.

-F.S. Fitzgerald.

Cool breeze. Pumpkin spice candle. Coffee.

Was there ever a more perfect way to start the day? I think not. It’s been crazy around here this year, friends. Clearly, because I’ve all but totally abandoned this space. I look back on the last 8 months and wonder where on earth has the time gone? 

I’d say that I feel like I don’t have much to show for it, but when I really think about it–I guess I do. Jonathan and I moved from our little spot of paradise in the city to a house in the suburbs in February. The months that followed involved a lot of running in place. We never really officially settled into this house. It’s like we’ve been living in a long-term AirBnB. It’s as if we could sense a change approaching; waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Spring-summer was consumed with getting Mom moved. When I think about it, really think about it, I can’t believe we pulled that off. The magnitude of that entire project is bewildering. My mom, friends? She’s a freaking champion. 30 years packed into boxes. Strangers who have now become friends will fill the hallways of the house I called home my entire life. And there’s an odd sense of peace about it all. Go through something like that–where all the pieces have to magically fall into place–and you’ll never question if God is real again. I saw Him. I saw Him every single day.

The last couple of months, Myra and I have been  little worker bees getting our little biz ready for a big restructure. I also spent the entire summer developing a 12 module course. Over 30,000 words written and countless exercises created.

And somewhere in between, hundreds of cups of coffee were consumed, thousands of hugs were shared, and approximately 10 candles were burned completely down. It’s a year like this that proves the time passes anyway. And if you aren’t paying attention, you’ll miss it all.

I’ve functioned on autopilot almost all year long. That tends to happen during “odd” years. I’ve noticed a pattern in my life: the even years are good, big, life changing. The odd years, well, those are the growing years.

A lot has happened this year, friends. Things that have changed me, forced me to grow. Things that have forced me to let certain things go for good. Things that have encouraged me to just go for it. All of it. Whatever it is. We get one life. Use it.

I’ve brought my YouTube channel back to life once again. You can expect new content there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Usually one day-in-the-life vlog and one sit down video per week. It’d mean a lot to me if you went over and subscribed! Catch up on my latest videos here.