The Times They Are A’changin’
September. A time of change and adjustment. Depending on where you live, you could be making the switch from Summer to Fall. I live in Las Vegas. We’re making the change from hot and windy with occasional rain to cold and windy with increased instances of rain. Traditional seasons don’t really apply here. Still, change is change, and it brings its own inherent challenges.
What’s changing in your life? Are the kids back in school? If you’re a mom who also works outside the home, that could be a relief. On the other hand, increased school activities could mean you’ll be wearing your “chauffer Mom” hat a lot more often, which leads to scheduling stress. If you don’t work outside the home, the absence of bodies in your house could be leaving it unusually quiet, driving you to fill the void with something else.
Regardless of your situation, I’d be willing to guess that you’re addressing the change by trying to do too much. I say this because it’s a pretty common female trait. We nurture, we care for everyone around us, and we usually run ourselves into the ground.
This September, I encourage you to take some time for yourself. Recharge your batteries. Head to your local Christian bookstore and browse the shelves. Go have coffee with a gal friend and agree to talk about everything under the sun except your household responsibilities. Take a walk in the park. Indulge yourself in a luxurious bubble bath followed by a relaxing nap.
As the seasons change, take stock of your needs and how they have changed. Then, take care of yourself. It’s the only way you’ll be any good to yourself and the people you love. Enjoy!
Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California, and spent her first ten years living above a mortuary one block away from the famous intersection of Hollywood & Vine. Now she lives in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, which just goes to prove she’s been blessed with a unique life. When she’s not busy spinning tales, she enjoys playing games with friends, attending live theater and movies, and singing at the top of her lungs to whatever happens to be playing on the car radio. Although she’s thrilled to be living out her lifelong dream of being a novelist, she considers raising her son to be her greatest creative accomplishment. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. Her novels include The Pastor’s Wife, The Mother Road, A Wild Goose Chase Christmas and her latest Last Family Standing (9/15) from Abingdon Press; Diamond in the Rough, Vanishing Act, and Curtain Call from Whitaker House and co-written with Lisa Karon Richardson; and the novella Comfort and Joy in the Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Memories from Barbour. Visit her at www.jenniferallee.com and www.inkwellinspirations.com