Fall intentions.

The change of any season seems to prompt motivation in me. Fall isn’t known as a ‘fresh start’ season in the same way that springtime is, but its difference from summer is drastic- it feels like a new chapter in a good book.

Recently, I’ve been inspired by lists of things to look forward to this season, first seen here, then here and here. As I read through these lists, very personal in nature to the authors, I couldn’t help thinking of my own intentions for fall. I wasn’t planning on sharing my thoughts, but I enjoyed the process so much that I changed my mind. We all know I love a good list.

This season, I’ll be…

Learning: Patience and faith. Both take practice.

Eating: Comfort foods and lots of things with cinnamon.


Drinking: Apple cider beer, spicy red wine, hot mugs of tea with honey.

Playing: The piano my dad gave me last year more often.

Baking: zucchini and pumpkin breads, spiced cupcakes, gooey casseroles.

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Finishing: The “Love Wall” of framed photos of family and friends in the guest room.

Reading: Billy Crystal’s autobiography, “Still Foolin’ ‘Em”.

Walking: As much as possible in and around my neighborhood before snowshoes are required.

Wearing: Boots, cozy sweaters, and nubby wool hats.

Cooking: Crockpot meals that take forever and make the house smell divine.

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Working: On building my portfolio and continuing to get writing pieces published.

Traveling: To Durango to spend time with family and on a romantic get-away with John.

Wanting: A reason to transform the guest room into a baby room.

Anticipating: The magic of the first true snowfall that actually sticks. (ed. note: apparently, that day is TODAY.)


Creating: Handmade Christmas gifts (if I can coax my crafty side out of hiding).

Marveling: At the brave adventures my BFF Sarah will have with her family when they move to Oman in December.

Exploring: The trails of Park City that I’ve yet to discover.

Celebrating: My first wedding anniversary on October 27. They say the first year is the hardest!

Johnny and Amber Howe Wedding. Sundance Resort, Utah.Johnny and Amber Howe Wedding. Sundance Resort, Utah.

Wishing: For things I can’t mention (because they won’t come true).

Enjoying: My slippers and evenings spent in front of the fireplace.

Welcoming: The return of bubble bath season.


Smelling: earthy pine needles underfoot, vanilla candles, fall soups on the stove.

Following: My heart and staying the course.

Loving: My handsome mountain man and my sweet Cholula- we make one crazy little family.

Practicing: Intentional daily gratitude. Life is good.


What are you looking forward to this season? Share your own list- I’d love to read it!


  1. Great list! I always feel that way too when Fall roles around… time to start fresh! My goals this season are to spend less, workout and write more! I love writing and am looking for ways to write more– you mentioned you get your writing published? May I ask how you go about doing that? I am looking for ways to network more in the writing/blogging/publishing world.

    1. Now that your wedding is over with, you have time! SO lovely, by the way!
      As for writing, I just started sending pieces to websites I enjoy reading and some of them were picked up. I think it’s sort of normal to experience more rejection than acceptance as a freelance writer. 🙂

  2. I love these! I’m inspired to do my own list now! I totally am with you fantasizing about a nursery…I am really wanting to turn our office into one. I have the colors and the rug all picked out, but I have vowed to hold off on taking any action until there is a real live baby in me 🙂 But, I do have a Pinterest board for my “someday baby”. You are so right about patience, it isn’t easy and takes a lot of practice 🙂

  3. Loving your post – thanks so much for sharing:) I am starting to think year 9 of marriage as rougher than year 1 of marriage. We are hanging in there together and wishing (cannot tell) for some major changes in our life lately:) You have inspired me to make my own list now! Have a Great One:)

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