Fall Bucket List
Happy Fall Y’all!
It is morning. You awaken early. The excitement is building up in your heart. Stepping one foot at a time onto the cold floor, you crawl out of bed. Your feet slide into your slippers and you walk into the kitchen and turn on the kettle. Gathering a blanket and a book you wait for the kettle to whistle. You walk over to the window and see the air is filled with fog and the sun hasn’t quite made it over the horizon yet. The kettle is starting to screech. You turn off the stove and make a cup of tea. You walk towards the door and stop to put on a coat. With the tea in one hand, the blanket draped over your arm, and the book in the other hand, you grab a seat on the patio. As you sit soaking in the chilly morning, the fog surrounding you, the colors of burnt orange and yellow in the trees above, and the hot cup warming your hands, you take in a deep breath and smile. You smile because fall has arrived.
Yesterday was the first day of fall. What I love most about fall is how much everyone unanimously loves it. Autumn is a time where everyone joins in on the spirit of the season and a sense of community rings throughout the cities. I love how everyone gathers together in this season, traditions are carried on, and the way everyone shares a similar fondness for fall.
Every season brings it’s own kind of beauty and feeling for a way of life. If you’re not careful the seasons come and they can leave just as quickly. Earlier this year I created a bucket list for Spring. The bucket list was my way of holding myself accountable to slow down and be present with the beauty of Spring. I wanted to make sure I really took the time to enjoy and embrace the season. I learned quickly, however, when I didn’t do the same for Summer, just how important creating these bucket lists can be. Summer had come and gone and I was left feeling as if I didn’t get a Summer at all. I’ve decided to not let Fall pass me by. So today I am sharing with you all the bucket list I have created for the Fall season.
Fall Bucket List:
1.Deck the halls for fall. It is time to get festive with your home. Whether you are decorating a mantle, a tablescape, or any small corner of your home, let your house be filled with the spirit of fall.
2. Catch a falling leaf. Fall is known for the way nature changes and the radiant colors that it brings to the world. Fall is known for delicious meals and the way they bring the family together. Capture what Fall means to you; capture a picture of what represents fall to you. Let the essence of fall inspire you and after, take that 4×6 world and sketch it into your art journal.
3. Bundle up. Fall is the season of chilly weather, snuggles by the fireplace, and the warmth of scarves around your neck. Get crafty and make a scarf or if time is short buy one. Scarves can bring warmth, coziness, and a little spark of confidence. So either way, find yourself a new scarf for a new season.
4. The apples are falling and cider is calling. Whether you are blessed to have your own apple trees or have to seek out a local you-pick orchard, try your best to go apple picking. If you don’t have either available to you, try you best to get your hands the freshest, local, organic apples you can. Take the apples home and whip up a batch of apple cider. Allow the aroma the apple cider brings of fall fill your home. Make it decadent and top it with whip cream and cinnamon and sit at the table or near a window and savor every sip.
5. Autumn Addictions. Fall is full of scented goodies and tasty treats. Whether they are traditional favorites or our latest obsession, create a basket filled with all of your fall favorites. Pick out a scented candle, a lipstick color, a snack, a necklace, or a body wash. Treat yourself to a basket of your favorite fall goodies and one by one soak in all the joy they each bring you.
6. All treats & no tricks. Autumn brings many gifts, but one most treasured of all are the many flavors of fall. From apple pie to pumpkin bread, one can always find a treat to enjoy this season. So get yourself in the kitchen and bake yourself something amazing. Allow yourself an afternoon to do nothing, but to slow down and soak up all the feels from baking from scratch.
7. Leaves, flowers, wreaths, oh my! It is time to get crafty. Pull out that hot glue gun and grab some garland and create a fall inspired wreath. If you’re not the crafty type go to your local craft store and buy a kit or an already made wreath. Allow the wreath to add a handmade touch to your home. You can hang it on your front door or above the mantle. Let it shine for the world to see and spread the spirit of season’s glee.
8. Pumpkin Patch Pickings. Take yourself to your local pumpkin patch. As you get there, grab a wagon or wheel barrel. Walk around and look at all the amazing colors and shapes that make each pumpkin unique. Pick out the one that you’re drawn to most and take it home. Carve it. Feel the gooey seeds all over your hands and smell that fresh pumpkin scent. Carve the pumpkin in a funky design or give it a touch of beauty. Place it somewhere special in your home and let the day of seeing the beauty of a pumpkin patch, picking out the perfect pumpkin, and the art of creating it your own fill you will gratitude and inspiration.
9. Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice. We all know Fall is known for the ever loved pumpkin spice lattes, but this year it is time to get creative. Experiment and try and make your own pumpkin spice latte, or get boozy and make a fall inspired cocktail or don’t even use pumpkin at all! Try any of the amazing fall flavors and whip up your own café.
10. Fall weather, snuggle together. Wake up really early on a chilly and foggy morning, grab a cup of hot coffee or tea and a blanket and snuggle up on the back porch and embrace the chill of an early fall morning. As you sit there take a deep breath, notice the colors surrounding you and the touch of the cold air on your skin. Soak in the moment of a chilly fall day. Not a morning person? Go for a walk one chilly afternoon in a nearby park.
The fall bucket list is here to help reminds us to be in the moment this season. Every week consider picking one thing on this list to do and complete it. Join the community by tagging your social media posts when you do a task and use the hashtag #presentinfall. Check back at the end of every week to see a photo added as each item on this list is accomplished.
Thank you all so much for joining me into learning to be more present this season. I hope this list helps you find fun ways to get in the fall spirit.