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.
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.
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!
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!