As we approach the end of the harvest season, we are reminded of the cyclical nature of life. November 1st marks Samhain, an ancient Gaelic tradition of celebrating the transition from summer to winter, from life to death, and from old to new. This time of year serves as a reminder that change is inevitable, and embracing it can lead to growth and renewal. I have spent time with new friends these past couple of years and part of that new journey has been learning about and starting to embrace new and wonderful ways of harnessing nature, seasons & life and weaving it into my day to day business.
In this blog post, I will share a tiny bit of my personal story of how I am harnessing the power of Samhain to enact change in my life. As a small business owner and busy single mother, I have learned, and am still grasping the importance of introspection and self-care during times of transition. I hope that by sharing my experience, I can inspire others to embrace the changing seasons and find renewal in their own lives.
For me, this year’s Samhain celebration has taken on a particularly poignant meaning. I have been feeling a strong pull towards change for some time now, its been confusing and frustrating at times but a change of direction for discovHer has made me feel so much better! As the days grow shorter and the air grows colder, I am reminded of the natural cycle of life. Watching the trees start to shed their leaves and prepare for the coming winter has been a powerful reminder that sometimes we need to let go of the old in order to make room for the new. Sometimes, just sometimes we need to cut ties with things that pull us back to our old life and have no meaning or purpose for us any more.
As a small business owner, I often feel stretched in many different directions. Between managing my brand, taking care of my children, and maintaining a social life, it can be easy to lose sight of my own needs. But this year’s Samhain celebration has reminded me of the importance of self-care and contemplation. By taking the time to reflect on my own needs (trust me, this is a very new thing for me), I am better able to make decisions that align with my personal values in both my business and other areas of my life.
One of the most powerful lessons I have learned from learning more about Samhain is the importance of embracing the unknown. As we transition from one season to the next, there is always an element of uncertainty be that in personal or business life. But rather than fearing the unknown, I am learning to embrace it as an opportunity for growth. By letting go of my need for control and allowing myself to be open to new possibilities, I have been able to make positive changes in my life that I never would have thought possible at the start of this year.
As we see the end of the harvest season and prepare to enter a period of dormancy and hibernation, it can be tempting to resist change and cling to the familiar to soothe us through the long dark evenings. But by embracing the power of Samhain, we can learn to let go of what no longer serves us and make room for new growth. Whether you are a small business owner, someone feeling like they are stuck in a deep rut, or a midlife woman seeking renewal, there is always room for positive change in your life. I hope that over time, the discovHer directory will be a vital tool for women looking for changes, and better ways of doing things, helping themselves, their families and their businesses – a community of business services aimed at making lives better, easier and happier.
My personal favourites in times like these are – getting outside in nature, spending time on my own – just taking it all in and nurturing things that are important to me. A new dive into weekly yoga sessions has also been challenging and inspiring in equal measure – reminding me that consistency and showing up are vital building blocks of life and business, mind over matter, the need to challenge and continue to grow. Over the next few months I will be bringing on discovHer and harnessing that power of Samhain to move the business in the direction that works for me, my family and the life I am in control of creating, letting go of the fear and tendency to stay stuck and just embracing the ride for a while. I hope you will join me in your own journeys along the way and let me know what Samhain means to you this year – I would love to hear.