whatdoeschangeDo you embrace change or hide under the covers and hope it rushes on by? I am a former member of the latter group. I used to hate change. Now I don’t. How did that “change” come about, you wonder?

First, let me explain the reason why I didn’t like change. It was because I wanted everything nice, neat, and tidy. Routine soothed me. No stress. No mess. Right? Wrong.

The more I resisted, (yes, resistance is futile!), the more anxious I became. You see, the world doesn’t care if you don’t want to move forward; it will happen without your permission. People come and go in your life, events change perceptions, and even you feel it and do something different or think differently about it.

A few years ago, it hit me. I was lagging behind. Technology, social media, and new gadgets abounded. I shunned them. Until I couldn’t. I had to adapt. I had to—gasp—change!

Making peace, I decided everything has a beginning, middle, and an end (thanks to the many writing craft books for pointing that out to me). Everything has a reason. Everything has a season. I’m not clued in to the reasons why or when things will alter on a dime. However, my acceptance to the fluidity of life itself has bought me a well of relief.

Now, I map out a framework of what I want to do for a period of time. (An aside here, it never, ever goes as planned!) But, I’ve built in the adjustment factor. I’m surprising myself at how well I can adapt at times and to the many opposing forces that come my way.

I take more risks. I accept things easier (most days). I understand how things can throw a wrench in plans at the last minute. Daily, sometimes hourly, I am more thankful for the wonderful surprises and gifts bestowed on me because I’ve learned to embrace change. My gratitude overflows and I am living a much happier life.

But, honestly, if I don’t have to change, I’m good with that, too.

October is here! Fall reminds me of growing up in New England. I miss the leaves changing colors, the cooler (not cold) temperatures, the smell of wood fires burning in the air, high school football games, hot chocolate, warm apple pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream melting on top, making scarecrows with old clothes and stuffing them with hay, baking bread and all sorts of treats, and carving pumpkins. One of my favorite snacks are homemade lightly salted roasted pumpkin seeds.

This time of year always makes me homesick. So hubby and I get a couple of pumpkins and decorate for the many trick-or-treaters in our neighbor. I love seeing the costumes the kids come up with every year!

Do you have a favorite fall activity or ritual you’d love to share?

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Here’s the cover reveal for my new romantic comedy, Tangled At First Sight, Book 6 in the Once Upon A Romance Series!

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