Things I’m Looking Forward to This Fall

In my heart, I’m a summer girl.

I love absolutely everything that summer brings. You know those days when the heat can almost take your breath away? I love them. There is no better feeling in the world than when it’s so hot it feels like the the heat is penetrating into my bones. As someone who is perpetually cold, this is the definition of utter, sheer bliss. I love feeling those warm, soft breezes, seeing the puffy clouds drift slowly in the sky. I love watching the sunsets, winking through the trees as the sun begins its daily descent. Summer also means lots of tasty local produce, washed down with buckets of delicious Niagara Rosé. Oh, indeed, the sunshine, heat, and long, lazy days of summer are a balm to my soul.

But, who am I kidding. There really ain’t no lazy summer days when you run a B&B in a town much-loved by tourists. My lazy days come in January – which kinda sucks for my weather temperament.

But then, fall has a unique loveliness of its own too.

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Though summer will always be my favourite, I love the fall too, but for different reasons. As nature changes around me, it often leads me to think about what changes I have seen (or want to see) in my own life. As the days get cooler and shorter, I find I get a bit more…..well, a bit more contemplative.

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This might be a different post than you expected. You may have thought I’d be writing about events happening, places to go, things to do, wines to try. I’m sure I’ll still be doing some of that, as there are all kinds of fantastic things to do in Niagara in the fall. You can find lots of info out there about them – my first stop for that sort of news is usually Twitter. But, rather than talking about events and happenings, this time what I’m talking about is on a bit more of a personal level. What I’m looking forward to the most this fall, is a bit of a change.

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October is still a busy month at Highbrook, but not as crazy as July-September. So next month, my schedule frees up a bit from B&B duties. I’m looking forward to a slightly slower pace, as it will give me some time to focus on some things that have been kind of neglected over the summer. Things like blogging.

I’ll let you in on a little secret here. I’m a tad jealous of bloggers who can crank out new and interesting content on a daily or almost-daily basis. I’m in awe of their steady flow of ideas, their beautiful Instagram-worthy photos, and how they always seem to have different fashionable outfits and perfect manicures in every post. In my reality, fashion is a bit of a struggle for me, my pictures wouldn’t be anywhere near as nice if I had to take them (Ken does), and the creative muse doesn’t always appear so easily in my life. Now, this is in no way a criticism of these talented bloggers – I know the people with very successful blogs put TONS of work into what they do. I also know that behind those picture perfect moments, everyone has their own difficulties and problems in life.

That being said, after two-plus years writing Niagarafied, I’ve been looking for some new spark here on the blog, some new energy. Maybe the quest (or pressure?) for it all to be perfect and happy and upbeat and Instagram-worthy all the time are the reasons why I sometimes wrestle with content creation. When I think about it, the blogs that I truly enjoy aren’t the ones where everything is perfect all the time. It’s where things are a little bit more real.

I’m not 100% sure where I’m going with this…. I still love talking about wine and events and life in Niagara, so that will always be a big part of things on this blog. But maybe I’ll try writing about some different things too. It will be interesting to see what pops up.

In October, a lot of my time will be going into working on some new stuff here. There will be a brand new look to the Niagarafied website, which you’ll see in a few weeks.

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And there are other things  I’m looking forward to.

Like having time for exercising again – hard.

Before my Niagara life, I worked as a personal trainer in the city. I ran a small training studio in the West end of Toronto, and my days were dedicated to helping people with their fitness goals, or pursuing my own. Fitness was my world. Then, things in my world changed quite a bit, and fitness didn’t have a starring role any more.

Over the last few years, I’ve had my ups and downs with my efforts to get back into shape. The biggest part of this struggle was that my love of fitness seemed to have vanished. You see, for most of my life, working out was never a chore for me. I loved it, and I really resisted the fact that it seemed like the thrill was finally gone. I kept doing what I needed to do, going through the motions of some type of exercise a few times a week because I knew it was good for me. But that love, that enjoyment, that fabulous feeling that came from a workout? Nope, not a glimmer. For three entire years.

Then, slowly, over the last year or so, I’ve been getting back into running. Those first few months of doing it were pretty brutal. I was tired almost all the time, very sore, and discovered injuries I never knew I could have. But I kept going. Finally, several months later, as I finished my run one day I felt this tiny, but recognizable, flutter inside. It was like I heard this little voice say, “Remember? This is kind of fun isn’t it?”

That feeling seems to be sticking around.

So much so, that I’m hitting the weight room again, which feels all kinds of awesome. I’m looking forward to stepping that up in October.

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There’s more too.

I’m looking forward to crisp days, comfy sweaters, hearty stews, and generous glasses of a yummy Niagara Meritage or Aussie Shiraz. I’m looking forward to cracking open a big, big book, and getting stuck into it for an afternoon – maybe whilst wrapped up in a cozy blanket. I’m looking forward to those vividly coloured leaves, and the gorgeous fall scenery we have here in Niagara. I’m even looking forward to going on a Ghost walk. Well, maybe. I’m a bit of a chicken.

So yes, even though it’s tough to let summer go, I know there’s lots to look forward to yet.

Now tell me – what are you looking forward to this Fall?