Fall Pickings

Even though it’s 80 out, fall is just around the corner and apple picking is supposed to be fantastic this season. Fall is a time for hikes, enjoying the leaves changed, drinking hot apple cider, and preparing for the cooler weather.

This past week, I held my monthly journal writing workshop at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. Some of the new attendees were nervous about all the washi tape, paper, and stickers I had strewn around the table. Yes, journaling is writing, but it’s so much more. It’s whatever you want your journal to be, and you’ll be amazed how creative you can be when you have the tools.



Journaling can keep us on track in life whether for our life path or what we want to do for the month. One of our activities was a fall picking journal entry. Everyone shared what they love to do in the fall. Above you can see some of the fun activities Michele wanted to do. Yes, my sister came to a workshop and yes, everyone knew we were related! She had a great time, and I enjoyed having her there. I plan to join her in some of these great ideas!

Here are some more everyone came up with:

Leaves turning and viewing

Making pumpkin muffins

Apple picking

Make soup

Tea by the fire



Costume parties

Pumpkin patch


Haunted hayride

Ghost tours

Carving pumpkins

Taking walks

Reading books—which ones?

Flower peeping mums

Fall motorcycle ride

Decorating the house


Hot apple cider and cider donuts


Sarah’s fall bucket list also included self-care and personal well-being, which is a wonderful reminder throughout the year.So often we get excited for certain activities and traditions during a season and then life gets in the way. Before we know it the season is over and all the apples are picked. This list can be placed right in your journal or on a larger decorative page like the two examples. Place them on your fridge or somewhere you will see it regularly.

We did this during the summer and I didn’t go to my Shakespeare plays, but I did get in some great rides, saw people I had been wanting to visit, and enjoyed my summer more, because I did what I loved to do.

What are you going to do this fall season? Make a list, then get a creative as you want. Just don’t forget the list once you finish and enjoy this beautiful season!

What are you Waiting For?

My last post was about crossroads, winding paths, and the roadmap to your purpose. If you didn’t yet, write down what you are passionate about, what you love to do, what is important to you, what do you value, and list your positive characteristics–at least 5. Writing about ourselves can be the hardest thing to do. But when we know ourselves, we know our path.

Next, if you couldn’t fail, what would you do? This is scary, because we think failing is the worst thing we can do. If we fail, we are somehow less of a person. This fear becomes an obstacle, a big wall that we can’t get around. In his book, Let Me Out: Unlock your Creative Mind and Bring your Ideas to Life, Peter Himmelman introduces MARV (Majorly Afraid of Revealing Vulnerability).


He writes, “The fear that we feel when we try something new, something particularly challenging, isn’t some petty worry; it’s actually a mortal fear. . . . Marv isn’t trying to hurt us; he’s trying to save our skins.” (6)

Fear is a powerful enemy. But, the more we fail, the more we learn and grow. Easy to write that down, but hard to digest. We are afraid of being vulnerable and weak. It is practically wired in our DNA and forced on us by society.

It’s also our ego. In his book, Being of Power: The 9 Practices to Ignite an Empowered Life, Baron Baptiste’s second practice is Release the Concern for Looking Good. He writes, “For us, failure isn’t about an unachieved task, a relationship that didn’t work out, or a poorly taught or practiced yoga class. It’s about what it means to us if we’re considered a failure and how others see us.” (19)

Being of Power

I read this chapter the night before my third degree black belt test. I felt a lot of pressure to succeed and not embarrass anyone and myself. But after I read this chapter, I knew that my greatest gift was to be authentic and come from a place of power and confidence. Instead of doing my best, I was myself. I not only succeeded, I felt empowered. It was life changing, but then I forget and go back behind that wall of fear.

If I couldn’t fail, didn’t worry about what anyone thought, and was completely myself, I would write full-time to regularly publish my books and develop my writing classes into a program to help others find their voice and purpose. My purpose is to create an environment of hope and empowerment, to soften the harshness of reality, and to entertain with my words. I also want to provide the space and tools for others to follow their paths and live their purpose. When I think about this, I see it, I feel the joy and excitement, the authenticity of it all. But then that dang fear seeps in and makes me doubt myself. I fill my time with distractions and make excuses.

We spend our whole lives wishing and hoping for our dreams to come true. But what are we waiting for? Someone else to do it? That’s not going to happen! All we need is within us right now.

Once you know your purpose, what makes your spirit soar, call out that obstacle, that fear. Identify it. Stare it down.

Part of my fear is that people won’t like what I write. That’s my ego talking and not my spirit. If I write from my truth, my intuition, then the people who need the words will get it or hopefully be entertained.

My other obstacle is how I spend my time. I am not the best in organizing my time. It get distracted with the laundry, walking the dogs, etc. It’s the downside of working from home.

But it’s also the physical distractions. Yes, my office is in disarray once again. I run Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation that helps kids with cancer. Talk about having a dual purpose, although I see this more as a mission. The kids, teens, young adults, and their families could hugely benefit from what I want to share and teach. These purposes can co-exist. I only have to break down that wall.

I’m lucky I know my purpose. I have worked hard to figure it out through self-inquiry, journaling, and trial and error. Mostly, it’s my gut that tells me.

So what are you waiting for?


What is your purpose? Do the work, live your life fully and powerfully. Stand in your truth.

Break down your own obstacle, no matter what it is.

Then act on it. Tell someone, because once you send it out, the universe will help you.