Season alert: autumn has arrived. This is actually my time of the year because it feels abundantly joyful to adhere to the custom of planting new seeds and witnessing new growth. In a spiritual sense, autumn is about taking inventory and making an assessment of where you are on your life’s path. It’s a time of questioning and a time of answering the unresolved. I always ask myself, “How are you feeling, Joan Frances? What’s the latest in the land of Joanie Moran?”

This autumn, I’m feeling hopeful that my mental, emotional, physical and spiritual temperature is on track to experience joy, peace and fulfillment.

Autumn is also a time of changing weather – it’s a snap – as my father used to say when the mornings got cooler and the nights suddenly required that extra blanket on the bed. There is a sense of excitement as football reemerges as the national pastime. I look forward to the Quarterback’s first snap in August. I passionately love football!

We eat comfort food again after a long, hot summer of cold food. And, of course, then there are the month long festivities before Halloween when everyone gets into the decorating mode and the sugar comes out of the pantry so you can make your favorite cookie, cupcake or brownie.

Although Boomers may be in the midst of the empty nest syndrome or have reached grandparent status, autumn is the perfect season for everyone. You are perhaps changing habits, lifestyles, moving locations, traveling regularly or driving the RV through national parks. And all of these changes in life present new opportunities and exciting connections.

As you know, opportunities create awesome challenges while they excite your sensibilities and foster your curiosity. Life is always in flux so be prepared to embrace the unknown and be delighted.

Lucky is the person who is born under the sign of Libra – the end of September through the first three weeks of October. You are a person that is all about balance. You approach balance with balance. Yet, others may not have a strong criteria by which to judge balance in work and life. And if you are one of the retired, balance flexes its muscles no matter how you choose to live your Act 3.

So, let’s take a page out of the Libra horoscope and consider striking a more mindful balance for the autumn season; perhaps, the balance will guide you into the Thanksgiving holidays and on into December and the Winter season.

Here Are 7 Ways to Achieve Balance During the Next 3 Months:

Learn the power of saying no and the joys of moving forward with yes.

Be more mindful of your time. Give yourself plenty of time for tasks and plenty of time to take care of your own personal needs.

Leave work at work. Don’t be a slave to staying up late to satisfy a work related task. You will find space to handle the task in the morning.

Seek out options in your work place and take advantage of options in your life if they fulfill your personal needs.

Don’t be timid about seeking out your support system. They are there to help.

Work/life balance is a continuous process that affects your mental and physical health. Examine your priorities, values, and responsibilities and don’t fear change. Change is a perquisite to good health.

Above all, take 10 minutes out of your day – preferably the morning – to meditate and clear your mind of mindless mental activity. Peace and joy will follow.

Happy autumn!

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