I am done with summer. It's not the heat or humidity, it's psychological. I'm ready to turn the page, step into a new season. Professionally, it's been fall and winter for the last couple of months already. I've worked on Thanksgiving, thought of 30 different ways to wrap Christmas gifts, and crafted my share of holiday projects. I've just been waiting for everyone else to catch up.
Personally, I'm feeling better and better. It's a slow process, with ongoing adjustments, but I'm getting somewhere nonetheless. I'm grateful, careful of not squandering what I have, suddenly aware of how little I was working with. I'm also thankful for finding a doctor who listens to me rather than just looking at lab numbers. I wouldn't be in this space without him (and to the many women who wrote to me privately, filling me in on their own medical dilemmas, I would encourage you to advocate for yourselves and keep looking until you find a doctor who hears you and isn't afraid to think outside the box. Don't give up - it's important!).
Creatively, I'm still in a bit of a mishmash. It's such a busy season for me professionally that I find I'd rather clean my house or move my furniture around in my downtime than pick up another creative project. But soon I'll start sharing some seasonal ideas. My brain is already in overdrive, thinking of things I want to create.
Happy (almost) fall!
P.S. The butterflies pictured above are an easy DIY. I used store bought Monarch butterflies (found at Michaels) and sprayed them with a misting of metallic spray paint. If you hold your paint can at least a foot above the butterflies, you can give them a fine coating that doesn't obscure the pattern underneath. Copper, bronze, and gold are all a natural fit for the season. You can also mix the metallics, spraying one color on the body of the wings, then misting the tips with a different color. They're pretty and catch the light nicely.