Fifty Shades of Autumn

Having lived in Florida for almost ten years, I have never experienced a true “autumn”. Of course, being born and raised in a tropical country doesn’t help either. I only see it in the movies or in photos, read about it in magazines or hear about it from friends. I remember looking at all the vibrant colors in awe and then at the same time appalled at all the mess the leaves have created! Thats the “OCD” in me rearing its ugly head.


In the past, we’ve visited New York, Virginia and Washington DC in the fall but they were very quick short trips to see friends and family so it wasn’t just to go see the leaves. I did get a nice prelude to all the color changes.

Fast forward today, my hubby and I are currently located in Asheville, North Carolina. We’ve been here for more than three months now having extended our original thirteen week contract for a couple more weeks. Being travel nurses has given us the opportunity to work and see different places in this country.

As I am writing this post, I am facing the window overlooking the parking lot. It is not just your ordinary boring concrete parking lot by all means as I have the mountains from a distance and lots of trees scattered all over the property.

When we first arrived here mid October, my view looked like this.12096581_10153678865753166_1666764872867415886_n

Two weeks later, here it is.


I cannot help but feel so giddy every time I see the trees with all the varying shades of autumn…Reds, Rusts, Yellows, Golds, Oranges, Browns. They always manage to bring a smile on my face. I think of how blessed we are to be able to enjoy all these beauty, to see the changing of the leaves, to feel the crisp cool mountain air, to simply just be.


The beauty of autumn reminds us that life is a cycle. No matter how many leaves fall to the ground to prepare the trees for winter, it will soon be over and then life begins anew. No matter how many obstacles and challenges we face, it is not the end of the world, there will be another chance for a new beginning, to make it right.


Like autumn, we can be vibrant and colorful and inspire.


I try to. I try to live in the moment too!Β IMG_4308

“Every leaf speaksΒ 

bliss to me,

fluttering fromΒ 

the autumn tree”

Emily Bronte

22 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Autumn

  1. Lovely post Belle. So glad that you’ve been able to experience Fall. The pictures are gorgeous, love the 2 parking lot shots, you’ve got a nice view there, it will be difficult to say goodbye. I’ve been wanting to write a post on Fall too, there’s some gorgeous hues around here, so hubby and I might just venture out on this beautiful Fall day and capture some beauty around. I was away in the UK with my family for the past couple of weeks so missed out a bit on our own Fall. Time to catch up, hope you’re doing well.

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    1. Hiya Loretta! I was wondering where you were. I figured you were busy traveling.:) Fall is my new favorite season, you know being from Florida and all, you never really get a true changing of the seasons. I would love to read a Fall post from you and Im sure you would pair it with delectable Fall cuisine too! (hint, hint) One of my faves is pumpkin soup/bisque. πŸ™‚


      1. My husband and I actually took that walk/hike yesterday to our fav spot. I’ll be working on that post next I think. Yes, travel does get in the way of the blog doesn’t it? I had to literally force myself to do a travel post last week which was very near and dear to my heart. You’re right I could pair the Fall post with a nice Fall recipe? But I’m not so sure that I have anything around the house that I could bake/cook, so perhaps I’ll just bring up one of my other Fall recipes I’ve posted in the past. Have a great week. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! Nothing x-rated in that eh. haha. I had to force myself again to write because we have been so busy enjoying the outdoors and spending time with the hubby that my blog had to take a backseat. πŸ™‚


  2. Awesome post and stunning pic. Autumn is indeed beautiful, the season I miss most actually, for its color and its nostalgic feeling.. I dont need to tell you about Autumn in Cebu πŸ˜‰ You seem to have a blast there, are you planning to extend some more?
    (btw, today’s post on my blog is dedicated to you πŸ˜› )

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    1. Autumn in Cebu? Isn’t it gorgeous? hahah…sorry… πŸ˜› We are surely having a blast here, it has been a fun assignment. As for extending, nah, I don’t think so. Im starting to get restless and I feel like we have explored most all of the places on our list so its time to go! I can’t believe I am saying that actually. Truly, my heart (and feet) is restless. πŸ™‚ But, wait, I am heading over to your blog right now to see THAT post! wee!!!

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            1. I know. I MISS that the most! Christmas in the Philippines is like nowhere else. When I start putting up my Christmas tree (after Thanksgiving, I know that is late) I always make it a point to have Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas CD playing as my background music to put me in the right mood. πŸ˜‰

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