Life can feel heavy sometimes. It’s easy to fall into a rabbit hole of stress, worry and limping through the day to day grind. For me, there are several things I can do to flip that around and focus on the good instead of the bad. One of those is very simple. I look through all of my photos from a one-month span of time and pull ten things that made me smile.
I did this for the month of September and wow, I am truly blessed. Sure, there are struggles and stressors in my life, just like everyone else, but there is also so much good. Here are my 10 things to smile about from September 2019.
1). Matthew’s birthday: Over Labor Day weekend, we had fun celebrated Matthew’s birthday. Here’s a fun snapshot from Sierra Nevada. Living near Asheville, N.C., we’re blessed with a slew of awesome breweries.
2). Having lunch with and bringing treats to my boys at school: When the boys are with their dad, I’ve been going to their school and having lunch with them or brining their class a treat, which is so fun. We recently had our big county rivalry football game. Here’s the cake we devoured that day.
3). Hiking the Profile/Grandfather trails: Matthew and I spent 9 hours hiking 12 miles up and down trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park. There was quite a bit of rock climbing involved. We were sore for days, but it was worth it.
4). Soccer: We’re in full-blown soccer season with both boys. It’s time consuming but also a lot of fun. Here’s a picture of Brooks and his best friend looking so serious after one of their games. I swear, every day, he looks more like an adolescent and less like a little boy.
5). Taking the boys to Appalachian State University: One of Brooks’s games was in Boone, N.C. which is home to Appalachian State University, where I attended graduate school. The boys and I had so much fun frolicking and touring the campus.
6). Playing in the woods: Matthew’s sister hosted us at her place which backs up to the forest surrounding Warren Wilson College. The kiddos had a blast laughing, swinging on vines and playing in the creek. We are truly lucky to live where we do.
7). Afternoon ice cream/coffee dates: Also on the days the boys are with their dad, I sometimes pick them up from school and have an afternoon coffee/ice cream date before soccer practice. We have several cute independent coffee shops in our town. During our most recent outing, we playing a lengthy game of UNO.
8). Pictures of Maddie: Is this child not the cutest thing? I swear, when my sister sends me pictures of my little niece, my face lights up. She is the sweetest, funniest little ball of energy. They are visiting from D.C. at the end of October and I cannot wait!
9). Bristol Rhythm & Roots: Smoky Mountain Living, the magazine I write for, partnered with this popular music festival on some marketing. Matthew and I were able to attend the event. Not only was the musical line-up insanely good, but the town itself is adorable. We will definitely be back next year.
10). Apple picking: Even though it’s still a million degrees outside, the boys and I wanted to have some fall fun this past Sunday. We went to our favorite apple orchard and picked a ton of fresh apples. Despite the heat, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. With that being said, I am ready for lower temperatures. Sweating profusely during late Sept./early Oct. is not my thing.
September was a good month, and I’m ready for October. My birthday as well as several other special birthdays fall in the month of October. Further, it’s peak leaf season here in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. It’s also time for pumpkin carving, corn maze navigating and trick-or-treating. October, here we come!