Things have been crazy for me lately. Work, writing, kids, school projects, my own projects, birthdays, anniversaries…it’s been a little nuts at the Barrett household over the past couple of months. Now, this isn’t a complaint. I’m grateful for so many things (like the successful release of Blaze of Winter and my wedding anniversary, of course—Mr. B, are you reading this?), but my Google calendar (color-coded for each family member, natch) looks like a patchwork quilt, I’ve started to put little post-it notes up everywhere so I remember what I’m supposed to do when, and there have been times when I’m not sure whether I’m coming or going. I haven’t forgotten any of the kids…yet…but there are plenty of other things I have forgotten (like the field trip forms—sorry!).
What’s more, it’s not just me. I feel like everyone has been feeling this way lately, and it’s not even holiday season yet. When my friends and I get together, we mostly compare our crazy calendars, talk about our insane schedules and lament how busy we all are. Several friends have confided that they just want to “get away from it all.” And here’s the kicker: It doesn’t seem to matter whether or not kids are in the picture.
I love autumn (hello, Deep Autumn Heat, anyone) and want to enjoy the season, so what’s a gal to do?
Try to relax, of course
Step one is making a wee bit of time for myself. Step two is doing the things I like to do. So I’ve made a list, which I’ll share with you here, of what I’m planning to do to de-stress. And by all means, please send me your suggestions on how to relax!
(1) Set aside some serious reading time. My TBR pile is huge and that alone is stressing me out. Doing something I love while making a dent in a to-do list is win-win in my book.
(2) Take a walk outside in the crisp, fall air. I love hiking and I love this season, so it’s only natural I should combine the two! There’s nothing like breathing in the scents of autumn—wood smoke, dried leaves, apple cider…which brings me to….
(3) Bake something autumnal. Like pumpkin bread, apple-spice muffins, or some squash soup. Last year I experimented and used a baked pumpkin as a soup tureen for a dinner party. With each bowlful, guests got the soup and a chunk of fresh pumpkin. I garnished it with crème fraiche. Needless to say, it was a big hit.
(4) Listen to my favorite fall music. There are some albums that I always listen to this time of year such as Coltrane’s My Favorite Things (although I’ll admit that I don’t know why I associate this album with autumn).
(5) Try not to get wrapped up in the little things. Easier said than done, but I’m going to try—mightily—until I stop sweating the little stuff.
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About Blaze of Winter:
Winter heats up in this hot new Star Harbor romance, as another sexy Grayson brother, a wickedly handsome writer, plots his happily ever after with a sweet stranger.
Frustrated with her job in Boston, social worker Avery Newbridge welcomes the opportunity to reassess her life when family asks her to help manage the Star Harbor Inn. Trying to figure out her future is overwhelming enough, but she doesn’t count on distraction in the form of one Theo Grayson, the gorgeous, green-eyed author who she knows is trouble from the moment he saunters into the inn.
Not only does he have a talent for writing swashbuckling adventures, but Theo also has a soft spot for big-hearted damsels in distress, especially a woman who’s great at helping everyone—except herself. Avery’s demons challenge him, but for desire this hot, he isn’t backing down. With every kiss and heated whisper Theo promises her his heart . . . if only Avery is willing to open up and accept it.
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Raised in a sleepy little Connecticut town, Elisabeth draws on her upbringing to write small-town romances. Her summers spent living and working on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard were the inspiration for the Star Harbor series, which kicked off with Deep Autumn Heat and continues with Blaze of Winter. Currently, Elisabeth lives in Northern California with her husband and three children. She swears she is going to relax.
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