I thought by now life would have resumed much of it’s pre-2020 look and feel. That’s what the provincial “restart plan” told us, anyway. Instead, I feel like I’m in an old movie where the walls are slowly closing in around me.

It’s heavy and it’s getting heavier and now we’re heading into the dark months. I don’t know about you, but as much as I’m looking forward to fall, I recognize the need to prepare for the changing season by intentionally putting into place practices to strengthen and support my emotional and physical self.

Mine will be grounded in faith. I will stumble, but I’ll get back up.

I’ll make intentional choices.

Embrace the power of the written word.

Keep my eyes and heart open to simple, ordinary joy sparkers that will will maintain focus on what matters.

Figure out how much is just enough of the news, and be mindful of where I get it.

Keep my home as a sanctuary.

Make no apologies for saying no. Or yes.

Eat healthy. Stay hydrated. Up my intake of Vitamin D. Be mindful of my carbohydrate intake(this one is tough).

Go outside to quiet places where I can hear myself think.

Establish a new routine and allow it to flex as needed.

Pray and keep watch.

What are you doing to prepare for the months ahead?


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Yes, this season reminds me of the movie “Groundhog Day,” the days grinding away with sameness.

    What am I doing to prepare? Pushing forward with two writing projects, slowly but surely. And, “Go outside to quiet places where I can hear myself think.”

    1. Groundhog Day is a good way of describing it, Marian. Like you, I appreciate having writing projects on the go and there’s always something new to tend to at Story Circle Network!

  2. Weather and COVID are what we stay prepared for in Oklahoma, now. So many politically minded people have chosen to not take the vaccine. It puts many of us over 65 in it unusual situation. My husband and I have chosen to wear a masks and to get our booster when it arrives. But as for the weather it is so opposite yours. We are just now hitting that high 90s, which means it will probably be hot through September. So our gardening looks much different than yours. We all remain hopeful that this too shall pass

  3. Those quiet outdoor places where I can hear myself think are on my list, too! And I share your sense of foreboding about the colder months. May we all stay safe and healthy.

  4. How am I prepping? Stocking up on store items. I fear for shortages.

  5. Linda, you’ll never know just how much you help others with your authentic sharing of your life. As you know, we share the need for Vitamin D in the approaching dark months and both must try to maintain balance in order to fight the depressive side of life. I have difficulty finding motivation to write or work on longstanding projects. I have had to return to the “hamster wheel” of medical care and testing and seems there’s always something to fill time I could otherwise use to write, if motivated. Ah, I go on too long! Thanks for your words and willingness to share your innermost feelings.

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