Fall is here! Well, almost. But the Autumnal Nesting Bug has bitten me quite squarely in the behind.There’s something about this time of year that makes me itch to cook, organize, write, plan parties, read oracle cards, learn new healing techniques and otherwise get in touch with my inner Brighid.For those of you who aren’t familiar with Brighid (or, “Saint Brigit” to any of you in the Catholic/Christian faith), she’s the Celtic Triple Goddess, encompassing anything to do with home and hearth, wisdom and healing, divination, protection, abundance and many other wonderful things. To learn more, check out this link: paganwiccan.about.com/brighidSo, I’ve been baking up a storm and scouring Pinterest for décor and party inspiration. I’ve also pulled out my collection of fall-themed magazines (I splurge and buy myself a few each year, and keep them packed away with my seasonal decorations). Even the kids seem to be getting in on the action – we went for a walk the other day, and brainstormed ideas for adorning our home for fall.As I’ve spent so much time inspiring myself, I’ve noticed that my mood is improving. I’m starting to get excited about “doing stuff” again. (If you’re a little lost, read my previous post – “It’s not about them” – and then come on back).Day before yesterday, I spent the afternoon baking dozens upon dozens of cookies; oatmeal, chocolate and (the champion so far) gingersnaps. And it made me feel amazing. My kids got home from school about half-way through my baking-binge, and I felt total joy just through talking with them, letting them lick the spoons and taste-test the cookies while I listened to their day’s adventures. I found so much peace in just being a mom.So here’s my challenge to you: get in touch with your inner Brighid, whether you’re a man or a woman. Go for a walk outside and enjoy the changing season. Pick a few colourful leaves or some pinecones, and display them on your table to remind you to enjoy the small joys that surround us every second of every day. Borrow a book from the library and learn about something new that inspires you. Make a sit-down meal for your family or some friends, just because you want to – you don’t need an occasion. Spend time with the people you care about. Listen. Laugh.

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