Quebec is as breathtaking as New England in the fall. The vibrancy of colors subjugates you. I feel like resonating those hues. With this outfit I echoed the yellow tones. Black also lets the colorful background shine.
This time of the year is about accepting change. Things are moving at a rapid pace. Leaves turn colors and then fall within two weeks. The temperature is getting colder fast. I’m focusing on adapting to the new. I can’t change the Canadian seasons. The happiest I will be is when I find my place in what already exists. So getting rest cozily inside, grabbing a hot beverage with heartwarming conversations with friends and the hubby and spending time watching inspiring movies is what I’m focusing on now.
Fall isn’t my favorite season per se. So that brings up the necessity to boost my moods and doings. We took a day trip to a nearby town of Baie Saint Paul. I brought along a mini bottle of champagne that my husband gifted me with on my birthday. We sat on a sunny bench and savored our drinks prior to lunch at a locally famous smoked meat joint.
Fall is finally slowly starting to kick in here in Quebec City. It’s been such a great summer with lots of warm morning jogs in Central Park and coffees on the Grand Allee terrace. I’m suffering from a sinusitis. It’s forced me to slow down and take time to rest. I try to see lesson in everything so now I’m tending a listening ear to the message this quieter time can deliver me. It’s definitely about trust. Believing that my company will continue its happy life even though I’ve had to cancel a few days.
When feeling physically low I go to things that soothe me. I start wanting to take baths. I walk in the city and pay more attention on details. I write to friends that I haven’t connected with in a while. I study some Bible, pray and mediate on the verses I read. It seems that just as my body is weak, my heart is ever more open during these days. All distractions are gone. Just the essential – the lesson in learning to accept life as it comes.
Here’s a blast of beach vibes. The last one before fall kicks in. Lake Champlain on the Vermont side. How cool it feels to be taking in the rays of sunlight knowing that it’ll be a long haul before it all returns.
Seasons change and teach us how to live in the moment, and also how to find beauty in all times of the year, all times of our journey here on earth. I’m in a continuos process of accepting the changes that take place in my life, as well as the ones I love. I feel that I was put here to learn some important lessons. One of them is knowing when to go with the flow. Not trying to change the unchangeable.
As for fashion, here is a very neat recap of all the 2016 fall and winter trends that will be out there. Take what suits you.
We spent an awesome time visiting Burlington, Vermont. In these pics you can see the University of Vermont campus. The city seems very young, lots of college kids out and about. I like the vibes that come with that.
The first thing I did was savoring a yummy coffee at Muddy Waters. Subsequently, we strolled down Church Street – the main street around which everything is centered. We went to the Farmers Market that takes place on Saturdays 10-1pm in the park behind the City Hall on Church Street. It was a fun experience with lots of tasting opportunities. I sampled some delish cheddar. Like any self-respecting college kid, for dinner we had pizza at Junior’s Downtown. Their basil-tomato-garlic number did the trick as we sat on the terrace and people-watched.
I’ve let myself be carried away by life this summer. Now that August is winding to its end, I think I’ll be more present on my dear blog. Writing out here gives me a unique kind of pleasure. Since I’m doing this for fun, I impose myself no schedule whatsoever.
I have a new idea for the blog. Since I am very active in the English-speaking community of Quebec City, I want to write more about those events, along with my personal trend experiments. I’m a very sociable person so connecting online and outside is pivotal for my wellbeing. That’s why I’ve created many events around town.
The newest of them: a free fitness class that takes place every Saturday 10-11a.m. at my church Chalmers-Wesley United Church of Canada. We had our first class last Saturday and six people came. It felt nice to be teaching aerobics again after a decade long break. The next class is on September 10. On Labor Day weekend I’m heading to Burlington, Vermont.