This past weekend, I took full advantage of the extra day off and the beautiful weather, and in addition to using the time wisely to tackle my to-do list, I also took some time to do a few things that brought me joy.
First up was my search for the perfect pumpkin. If you know anything about me, its that October marks pumpkin pandemonium in my world. So, I stopped at Meyer’s Farm, a local farm stand, on my way to visit my grandmother one night. Unfortunately, my quest for the perfect pumpkin didn’t end there, but I did spot these beautiful painted pumpkins and stunning sunflowers that spanned nearly the entire property.
Next up was my weekend at the barn. I’m so grateful to my barn friend from back in the day, who introduced me to this place and gets me horses to ride. I love that the barn is drama-free and filled with people who are there to enjoy time with their horses. And I also love that I get to ride different horses each time I go, which will only help me get my riding legs back, and make me a stronger rider once again. This past weekend, I rode four horses over two days, the most I’ve ridden in a decade. While I’m still sore as I write this post, it was wonderful to spend so much time down at the barn doing what I love.
And lastly, I stopped at the annual Huntington Fall Festival, which ran from Friday – Monday. I went on the last day when many vendors were packing up, but it was still nice to walk around Heckscher Park and to see some familiar faces. One of them was my friend at Humble & Spark who showcased her beautiful jewelry. I’ve shared many pieces that I have of hers on the blog and on my social media, but I just can’t help myself from buying something new whenever I get the chance. The latest purchase was this pretty blue enamel heart necklace which lays perfectly above my everyday necklace that I haven’t taken off in months. I always love supporting local businesses, so it was great to see Humble & Spark at the festival.
On Monday afternoon, while trying to avoid my to-do list, I decided to spend some time at the beach. Since it was also World Mental Health Day, it seemed fitting to fit in some time for self-care. What started as just a quick trip to take a sanity stroll morphed into hours sitting perched up on a lifeguard chair. And while that time could have been spent in a more productive manner, I don’t feel guilty for taking time for myself to do nothing. It was just what I needed.
Here’s to jumping into this short week fully recharged and ready to tackle a major life change at the end of the week.