Entering the fall equinox is bittersweet. For me it brings the joy of sweater weather, Halloween, and football. Then it also brings the sorrow of losing my mom and her birthday. As each year passes it has become slightly easier around this time, but life will always feel incomplete without her. Unfortunately, that’s just the reality of the situation. It’s something I have made peace with, which I believe is a good thing in all honesty. The tears through these last few years have become minimal. I think acceptance has played a key role in that and time. Plus I have created my own traditions of honoring her, especially on her birthday. Life after losing a loved one can get better. You just have to hold onto hope and trust the winds of change.