Shimmer With It

Can you feel the shift? Even though it’s still hot in many places there is an almost imperceptible crispness in the early morning air. Night comes just a tiny bit earlier, school is back in session, and of course, September has arrived which means fall is a mere 21 days away.

This time of year makes me smile. After the dog days of summer, the cooler temperatures and vivid colors of the fall are most welcome. September is special to me, too, because it is my birth month. When it rolls around each year, I am bursting with excitement! This month represents a fresh start, renewal and is a time for reflection and preparation.

In nature, the vibrant colors of fall are reminders of change and renewal. I remember the first time I experienced fall colors years ago. The hilly, tree-lined drive up to my apartment shimmered as wind and sun collided in the leaves. Shades of red, orange, and yellow danced like flames, and it was breathtaking. Soon after, those same leaves fell off, leaving the bare branches to rest and regenerate throughout winter.

September is here, and fall is near. The excitement they bring has the same vibrant energy as those shimmering leaves of long ago. As I approach another trip around the sun, I reflect on successes, blessings, and lessons. One of the first posts here at Tilt & Flourish was about gratitude, and I return to it often. No matter what’s happening in life or the world around us, we have many reasons to be thankful.

Life gets loud and distracting sometimes, and some important principles are obscured in those moments. These noisy times beckon our return to the basics and quiet. Though they may differ from person to person, the purpose is the same, reflection. Returning to basics begs us to remember who we are, what we love, and where we’ve been, and it encourages us to prepare for greater and often different.

The change of seasons reminds us that nothing lasts forever and also prepares us for a new and shimmering season, so take a deep breath, smile and prepare for the beautiful changes ahead.

Bipolar Facts

We’re closing our 2022 Mental Health Awareness Month series with a short, informative video on bipolar disorder from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Have a great week!

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Let’s Demystify Depression

As promised, we are focused on sharing mental health facts this month. We believe information is power and good information helps us have meaningful conversations.

This week we’re talking about depression. Even though it is a common condition, some details are still a mystery.

To help demystify the subject, here’s a short video from the American Psychiatric Association that may help.

Let’s take the sting out of the stigmas associated with mental health issues and keep the conversation going.

Be well.

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Ease Into It

When I was growing up and had to wake my mom for any reason, it was an exercise in strategy and caution. Too close, and you might get kicked. Too loud, and you might wet your pants from the shock of her response. The point is, it was a little scary to wake her up because it was always so alarming. Over time, my approach was to stand in the doorway and repeat, “Mom. Mom. Mom…” until she responded. Her awakening was always wild-eyed and startling. Even though those moments later became fodder for jokes, I wasn’t fond of the feeling that those abrupt beginnings created.

As the new year approached, I thought a lot about my mother and those strategic ‘wake-up’ sessions and about those times when I’d slept a little too long after my alarm sounded and woke up in a panic. I hate starting the day on a sour note. The dawn of a new year typically brings with it all kinds of plans and goals. The infamous resolutions come to mind. There are also different rituals, traditions, and superstitions for preparing to bring in a new year. From the foods we prepare (black-eyed peas for good luck) to the songs we sing (Auld Lang Syne), and even how we prepare our homes (thoroughly clean OR clean nothing). Wherever you are on the new year prep spectrum, I’m sure you don’t have to think long or hard to recall it.

The dawn of 2022 was different. Normally, I feverishly clear, clean, and empty the house in preparation for 52 new weeks. But this year, I didn’t have the energy or the inclination. The last two years have left me wanting to do anything but the usual. This year I did nothing to prepare. Asleep on the couch by 10 pm and phones off. When my eyes opened on January 1, 2022, I was well-rested and content. I had no desire to rush into the day by sending or responding to the wishes of a Happy New Year. Instead, I carefully started the day by enjoying the contentment that enveloped me and the peace that comforted me. I had no complaints, was anxious for nothing, and grateful for everything. It was amazing. (#energy2022)

2022 is here now. No matter how it started, I encourage you to ease into it purposefully, move through it gently, and enjoy it quietly.

Happy New Year!

 

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