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Autumn is in full-effect. The air is cool and crisp, the colours are changing and the wild animals are prepping for winter.

Yesterday I cleared the leaves from my garden. This morning the lawn is covered once again. Was it worth it, I ask myself?

The answer of course is yes — as demoralising as I might find it to see my good work undone. Each leaf only needs to be picked up once.

Every day presents tasks and challenges that can seem pointless or overwhelming to take on. …

It all gets a little easier from here

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Do you ever stop to think that maybe you’re past the hardest point in your journey?

Maybe there’s still work to be done, but do you ever contemplate that you’re well on the way at least?

Do you contemplate the worth of how much you’ve already achieved and allow yourself to feel a sense of satisfaction?

Whether you’re trying to make it as a writer, forge a successful career, or even find a partner for life, it‘s’ easy to feel demoralized if things aren’t going your way. …

Why expect anything to be comfortable from the beginning?

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I’ve started breaking in a new pair of hiking boots. It’s excruciating.

I was excited to take them out of their box for the first time. I caressed them, supple and waxy beneath my fingers as the new-leather smell drifted into my nostrils. I could barely wait to lace them up, to feel my feet cradled and supported in all the right places.

A couple of miles into my first hike in them, a blister began to appear on my heel. …


Toby Hazlewood

A writer, dad and husband sharing his thoughts, wins and losses to help and inspire others. Say hello at bit.ly/TobyHazlewood

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