As August sneakily turned into September, I started to think about the different ways we can have an intentional start to the Fall season. I thought about making a video on this but didn't know if it would come across the way I wanted it to. So since I tend to have better luck expressing myself through writing, I figured this was better suited for a blog post.
Something that tends to happen in our society is that we allow things to happen to us, instead of making a point to be intentional with our lives. Seasons change, and we don't even notice until there's a chill in the air or Christmas decorations up at Costco (which they are up in my Costco right now and I will always think that is absolutely insane.)
And even just that, Christmas decorations already being strategically placed in stores so that the capitalization of everyone's favorite Holiday can continue, makes it hard to truly enjoy the Fall season for all the joy that it brings.
So this year, I'm making it a point, to appreciate Fall for all of it's beauty. Here are some ways I plan to welcome Fall, intentionally.
An Intentional Start To Fall
Something unfortunate about the fast paced society we've created, is the fact that we're less inclined to eat foods that grow in the particular season we're in, because we have access to all foods year round. I know here in California, we have avocados, apples, peaches, mangoes, and many other fruits and vegetables available to us because of the ease with which they can be transported from other countries.
Eating seasonally connects you with the Earth as you allow the fruits and vegetables that are currently growing to nourish you, instead of eating things that are lacking in nutrients because they've been either pumped with hormones and forced to grow when they're not intended to, or because they've been transported from Colombia in a freezer and by the time they've reached you (wherever you are), they have thawed and will rot as soon as you take them home.
Check out some charts on Pinterest to find out which fruits and vegetables are in season during the Fall months! And try to shop locally to support local business and reduce carbon emissions from the transporting of foods internationally.
2. Changing Self Care Routine
As we enter Autumn, we'll also want to make a shift in our day to day self care routine. I think every season is an opportunity to take a look at what we can change, but particularly, Summer to Fall, as it brings with it not just a change in name, but also a change in temperature.
As the air shifts from sweltering to comfortable to a slight chill in the air, our bodies will need to be treated differently than they were in summer. We'll need to moisturize more to prevent dry skin from the cold, and make a point to create ambiance around us with candles, lights and decor. Remember, you create your own oasis in your home. And as Fall comes in with it's breeze, we will want to create a warm and cozy environment to welcome us home every day.
Here are some daily acts of self care to include in your Fall routine.
Lighting a scented candle as soon as you get home to alert your body that it's time to wind down.
Cozying up with a warm blanket, cup of tea and a good book.
Early morning walks on the weekends to enjoy the brisk air.
Treating yourself to that Pumpkin Spice Latte (not everyday, but every once in a while is fine!)
3. Change Decor
Another way to signal to your brain the change in seasons, is to change your decor. It might seem trivial, but when we do this, we subconsciously give ourselves cues that we're in a different time. Instead of seeing bright yellow decor or your typical home decorations, the pumpkins, candles and cinnamon-y aspects of your home decor will snap your senses right into Fall.
Home keeping pro-tip: use pillow cases and covers for each season, so you don't have to buy new pillows all the time!
If you watched my "Girly Fall Haul" video , you know that I found so much cute Fall Decor at Marshall's!
Places like Marshall's, Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx, and even thrift stores will have incredible Fall decor for your home.
Fall Decor Items To Add To Your Home
1) Pillow covers
2) Paintings/Wall Art
3) Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds,
4) Wall Signs "Hello Fall"
5) Painted Leaves!
6) Seasonal Flowers
4. Making Time For Fall Activities
As much as I might get irritated by the hundreds of photos on Instagram of girls in pumpkin patches, I think it's important to carve out time for Fall-specific activities. There are so many adorable pins on Pinterest showcasing ideas of activities to do during Fall, and we all have our different traditions, but here are some that I love to do when the weather gets cold.
1) Apple Picking at Apple Hill
2) Watch Hocus Pocus with candles and dimmed lights
3) Wear make spiced chai and other Fall teas and drinks in big mugs!
4) Go camping at Autocamp and make s'mores
These things might be corny or "basic" but let's be real, IT'S FUN! The reason why things are popular, most of the time, is because they are enjoyable. And there's nothing wrong with going to your favorite pumpkin patch and taking some cute insta photos, or having a Pumpkin Spice Latte to start your day.
If you're as excited for Fall as I am, comment down below how you plan to welcome this new season with joy and intention.
I'll talk to you guys in my next post!