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5 Things I Learned This Fall

From Rachael Ray to pomegranates, comfort zones to television, this fall was full of things to learn.


Comfort Zone

I can do things outside of my comfort zone. I’m a home girl, and no I don’t mean that in the cool sense. I like my home, my people, my circle. I like the places I know and feel comfortable. But sometimes we can get too comfortable.

Earlier this month I received free tickets to see a taping of the Rachael Ray show. That would be in New York City, about two hours out of my comfort zone. But it sounded like fun. So I invited a friend and went for it. Every moment may not have been perfect, but we didn’t get lost and we had a great time. I felt energized and capable of doing more new things.


Sometimes going outside of your comfort zone is good. Which leads to…

Just For Me

There was no reason to go to NYC. I didn’t need to be there for the kids and my husband couldn’t come. But it was something I wanted to do and that was reason enough.

We don’t need to create justification for doing the things we want to do. It’s not only okay, but it’s good to recognize when I want something. It’s good to do things that make me happy. Whether it’s a trip to NYC or a cup of tea you really love, you are worthy of things that bring you joy.


No, this isn’t exactly new. But it comes as a surprise that I discover every year around this time. I really love pomegranates. It’s simple, but it makes me really happy. And since happy is good I’ll keep eating the pomegranates. Plus, they make me feel like a superhero since they’re a superfood and all.

Check out this video to make your pomegranate eating a little easier.



Sometimes I feel lost. That scares me, but I’m trying to see that it can be okay. I don’t always need to know where I’m going and how I’m getting there. The journey has always been hard for this destination girl, but maybe getting lost once in a while isn’t such a bad thing. After all, Jack and Kate did it for six seasons on the tv show and they didn’t even have hot water. I think we can all get lost once in a while.


I still love the show. Don’t get me wrong….I love me real life friends too. But watching the Thanksgiving episodes are the perfect thing when you just need a good laugh!

(Grab Lost and Friends here or watch on Netflix. It’s worth it.)

What have you learned this fall?

Joining in with Emily’s What We Learned and sharing words with these great writers today!

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

14 Replies

  1. Thanks, Becky.
    Also a true friend of pomegranates!

    1. Becky Hastings

      They’re just so delicious!!!

  2. Thank you for sharing the things that you are learning. It is so encouraging when someone shares with vulnerability every part of themselves. I love what you said about not needing justification for doing the things we like to do. What an awesome reminder.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you for being here Erin. I enjoy taking time to really think about the things I’ve learned (although the practice is new to me). It makes me more mindful of my days without it being a chore. Plus I appreciate more of what I’ve done, seen, heard, learned!

  3. Great post! Loved the ‘Just For Me’ part. It is so nice (and necessary) to have some ‘me’ time…and not just an outing to the grocery store without the kids. How cool for you to go to NYC, just to go. Thanks for sharing, Becky!
    From your neighbor here at #threewordwednesday

    1. Becky Hastings

      Those Just For Me things don’t come naturally to me! But I’m trying, and this fall I guess I’ve gotten better at it! I’m so glad you’re here today Mandy!

  4. I am learning about getting out of my comfort zone too. It is hard but rewarding.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It can be hard, but it’s worth it! Keep going friend!

  5. I am so glad you enjoyed your adventure. Life can bring us such unexpected joys!

    1. Becky Hastings

      So true Helene!

  6. Becky, I’ve learned it’s important to do what you want to do, what brings you joy because that’s usually what God’s put in side of you, how He’s created you. This Fall I did two major things (major to me) and both brought me great joy…attending a racing school (ya I drove a stock car!) and publishing my second book from my blog. Pushing beyond my comfort zone has brought much joy. This Christmas season will be even better for me and my son after reading your post. We both LOVE pomegranates but never get as many seeds as your video showed. You’ve opened up a whole new world to us 🙂 Thanks for writing!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Sherry, You are so right about the things God put inside of us. Sometimes I forget 🙂 And I am so impressed with your pursuits of joy! Racing school would be so far out of my comfort zone! And your second book! That’s amazing! Great job! Can’t wait to check it out!
      p.s. enjoy every last pomegranate seed!

  7. I so enjoyed this post. Thank you for introducing me to the video on pomegranates. I will be picking one up at the supermarket later on this morning 🙂 I never knew what to do with them. And I am so with you on comfort zones -they are comforting and yet can also be detrimental to our growth. Thank you for sharing about pushing out of them. Blessings!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Hi Joanne! Don’t be intimidated by the pomegranate….they are so worth the work! So glad you’re here and that we can encourage and challenge one another!

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