I always see Fall as a time to let go of the things that are not serving me, a time to take stock of lessons learned throughout the year, and a time to hold loved ones close--it's actually very cozy. This year in particular I am thinking a lot about how Metta is not just a brand, career, or company I created that I am very proud of, it is so much more to me, it really is my lifestyle. Throughout the tailend of 2022 and well into 2023 I had the privilege of taking the time to press pause on Metta Home for a little while so I could tend to my father while he closed the final chapter on his life. It was incredible to be able to take tender care of someone who taught me how to be who I am, and while doing it to be taken such good care of by my husband, Eric who has always been there for me in ways that are too long to list, and our friends who we hold dear. Letting go is a stressful part of life, it takes time and patience and a lot of self-care. The philosophy that I live by every day--the one I built Metta Home around-- had never been more important to me as it was during this time when I was saying goodbye to my Dad. Eric and I grounded ourselves even more in the daily habits that have always brought us comfort and peace of mind; the ones that helped us build Metta. We practiced kindness, slowness, and kept our hearts open to receive and were so grateful for all the gifts that showed themselves. Having this time made me think of our guests more than ever, the reasons why they are traveling, why they chose us to stay with during their travels. Unfortunately this modern life we live is one that triggers fight or flight responses all day every day. We have done our very best to design each of our homes with the Metta philosophy, every touch lending a note of relaxation, calm and loving kindness; an oasis for our guests. Over the next few months I would like to take this newsletter and our social presence in a new direction, one in which I will share with you some of my daily practices, services that make me feel special, and products I use that have shaped me, my family and eventually lead to the building of Metta, but much to my surprise this cache I keep helped me more than ever this year as I went through a time of letting go. I am excited to take you on a journey that will show you how I got through this time, how I am healing and how all of this is woven into the fabric of Metta Home.