Fall is by far my favorite season. This one seems to have blown by faster than any other for me and was fuller than any other before as well! The sun sets on evening swims at Neddows, biking the heritage trail, and floating down the carp river in our beloved 1954 LoneStar-“Live Free or Die”… Labor day closes our busy season at the Cafe, school and soccer begins for my kids, my middle school volleyball coaching starts, my staff dwindles to two (ish) for the fall/winter hours, and my husband and I try to scoot to our annual visit to the the UP with the kids. Change is in effect.
Change. It is a great word…starting with a confident and solid ‘CH’ sound…with sister sounds like “charge”, and “cherish” or “chitty chitty bang bang”! And it’s soft middle ‘AN’ mirroring the sounds of “angel”, “animal” and “annual”. And the smashing ending of ‘GE’! A perfect dismount melody of “ginger”, “giant” or “gesture”. As a songwriter, I marvel at the unique rhythm and punch each word has, bringing all the more meaning! (You also may be able to detect that my son is 7 and we are magically sounding out words:)
I grow the most when I experience change. I am the most vulnerable when I am taken out of a familiar pattern. I remember going to school in Ireland in a small western town. It had two pubs, a small store, a few houses, and of course a church. It was all so new to me and I felt a bit nervous and vulnerable. I grew more in that 7 months abroad and traveling than any time before in my life. It was refreshing and exciting and I saw not only different sides of the world, but also different sides of myself. This is what keeps me engaged in my journey with myself, my family, my work and my life now. I ask the journey to be my goal. My intention is to be real and available to the moment. I practice listening….and as many of you may already know, have practiced sharing at a young age and for many years!
In this time of change of seasons, change of staff, in searching for a new chef for the Cafe, in hiring a fantastic sales consultant in production, in stepping back into my beloved kitchens…I see the change. What a fantastic year we have had in opening the cafe to seven days a week for the summer and creating the 1700 sq ft production kitchen and all the efforts in between. It was 20 years ago today that Christen and I signed a land contract with Matt Benjamin to buy The Hot Spot (aka kejara’s bridge, aka The Redheads Cafe). Twenty years…and so much has changed. I could have never imagined all that has taken place in the past 20 years…but I am certainly deeply grateful for the journey and am looking forward to all the more changes along the way. And the opportunities to be vulnerable, to learn and to grow.
I leave with the thought that we truly can’t even imagine how great life is. When we allow our minds and hearts to open and expand, the opportunity for greatness beyond our wildest dreams is allowed to spread its wings and take us to flight.
Livin’ it sassy, and lifting off!