Fall is my favorite season. I love the autumn colors, falling leaves, pumpkin patches, and cooler weather.

For two years, I lived in warmer climate, where there was hardly any change of seasons. I didn’t like that. I look forward to each new season of the year—just like I enjoy navigating each new season of my life. No wonder I’m now a Life Reinvention Coach, helping people get unstuck so they can move on to their next season.

When I look back at my own life, it has been a whirlwind of continuous change and adjustment since the day I graduated from high school. Living away from home for the first time and adapting to dorm life posed many challenges, and sometimes the nursing curriculum financial obligations made me consider becoming a college dropout.

I got married halfway through my senior year of college. Although fun, that also brought me more adjustments and stress. Within months, I was graduating from nursing school and starting my new career as a pediatric nurse. Three years later, I was giving birth to my first child, Molly…followed within eight years by Abigail and Ben.

If life was a whirlwind when I was single or a newlywed, the pace only quickened when I was raising three children and chaperoning field trips and birthday parties, taxiing them to dance and music lessons, sports practice, and games. In the midst of this, we moved three times, from Ohio to Florida to North Carolina.

As the months and years whizzed by, all I could do was adopt the motto “Constant change is here to stay!”

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Now I’m an empty nester, which is a whole new season, full of its own challenges and adjustments. I have more free time. I look forward to some part-time work, traveling, being a grandmother, and making an even greater impact on the world.

I’ve discovered that each season of life has its own trials and joys, disillusionments and lessons, battles and victories. As my head spins to think of how fast these seasons have sped by, some old clichés come to mind. Savor the moment. Take time to smell the roses. Although these are great advice, they seem a little simplistic when life is moving a thousand miles an hour.

Each new season has a special purpose, a unique blessing. While winter seems to strip the trees of life, it’s actually preparing them for greater fruitfulness in the coming springtime. What looks like death is laying the groundwork for a season of glorious rebirth.

Life is a journey. We were not designed to just stand still. And through every season of life we are learning not just to survive, but to thrive.


Mary Buchan RN has over 30 years of health and wellness experience. After helping a wide range of people over the years, she recently repurposed her Nurse's Cap as a Life Reinvention Coach, Speaker, and Author of the new book Over It – How to Live Above Your Circumstances and Beyond Yourself.  As a mid-lifer with an empty nest, she blogs about self-discovery, relationships, reinvention, and healthy living.   Visit www.MaryBuchan.com.