October 1st. Today marks the first official day it’s okay to drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes and start bringing out the scarves and knitted sweaters. Autumn, more so than the other seasons, brings about a time of refreshing and renewing. For years I’ve been buying new school supplies (even though I haven't been a student since 2012), new planners and starting the year fresh during this time. In fact, it really holds more of a significance in that sense than New Year’s because for as long as I can remember I’ve been given a clean slate this time of year. I really want to enjoy this time, so I wrote this list of things I will try to focus on the last three months of this year.
M O R N I N G
As the days will start to get very dark up here in Scandinavia, the need to start the days in a good manner become more important. Waking up when it’s pitch black outside requires a little more time than in the summer. The picture I have in my head right now involves waking up around 6am, go for a walk, do some yoga or meditation and then finish with a delicious home cooked breakfast. I’m going to try and stay as true to this as I can but given that I woke up at 12.45 today and had my first meal at 18:00 we’ll see..
U N P L U G
Falling asleep to books instead of Facebook and Netflix. Next.
R E A D
I know, I know – cliché of the year. But really, during that offline time, I’d like to see myself curling up with a good book and lighting my favorite candle (and pouring a glass of red wine) to wind down my nights.
C O O K
This year has been the year of fast food and restaurants. Sure it’s fun to eat out but it does take its toll on the wallet and health. I’m really looking forward to start cooking and making soups and wintery stews. Any recipes you recommend?
E N G A G E
I am setting a serious goal of concentrating and listening and being present when I’m around people or on the phone with people. It’s so easy with all of the social media distractions and busy days to zone out and think about what’s next on the agenda or start browsing the web. I hate that I have started hanging up the phone and not remembering anything we discussed – it’s time for that to change!
Mini autumn bucket list.
- Have a fall picnic
- Read 3 new books
- Trying a recipe with pumpkin
- Host a board game night
- Go on a full day hike
- Make mulled apple cider
- Go somewhere I’ve never been before
That’s pretty much it! Anyone else have any fall goals they’d like to share? I could always use a little accountability! Happy autumn, everyone!
Welcome to Wildflowers & Wayfarers. A travel blog sharing adventures abroad from all corners of the world.
BACKPACKING IN THAILAND AND THE 23 PICTURES EVERYONE RETURNS WITH
THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY GRANDMOTHER
THE ANDERSEN BOUTIQUE HOTEL