The following is a guest post by Leah Vanderveldt, a Brooklyn-based wellness writer and recipe developer. You can find Leah’s blog here.
Autumn is so many people’s favorite season. It’s probably due to a combination of relief from the intense summer heat, that nostalgic back-to-school feeling, and pumpkin-spiced everything. I’m part of the I Love Fall club for sure, but what I realize I love more is the seasonal transition.
There’s something magical and exciting in the changes that happen from one season to the next — whether that’s winter to spring or summer to fall.
At the start of each new season, I try to honor it by taking some time to think about what I want to do in the next three months that feels extra special and specific to that time of the year. Here’s what’s on my fall list to truly celebrate this season of good food, gorgeous weather, and new beginnings:
The combination of late summer foods, delicious root vegetables, and yes, pumpkins truly makes the harvest season something to get stoked about.
Plus, the cooler weather finally allows us mix up our cooking techniques with roasting, slow cooking, and baking.
Or just a casual walk outside, if that’s your style. Noticing the changes in the plants and leaves is a great way to get present with the season at hand.
Experiencing the new crispness in the air and seeing the leaves change (if that happens where you live) is what autumn is all about. Plus without the intensity of the summer sun, a long hike or walk is that much more enjoyable.
Pairs well with that walk or a hike. Eating your farmer’s market haul al fresco while wearing your favorite sweater or scarf is fall at its best.
Bundle up and make is special with your favorite drinks, a book (I love a good mystery or something spooky in fall!), and seasonal snacks will help you savor the good weather before we want to cozy up inside.
Get a new haircut, buy a new notebook, new pair of shoes or bag, or try out a capsule wardrobe (there are so many great resources via Instagram accounts and Pinterest!). Give yourself the fresh start feeling of a new school year, without any of the stress. By taking the time to give yourself a little refresher — whether in your look or with a new productivity tool — can make the fall feel really special.
This one is for the home. Turn up the cozy ambiance with the warm scent of cinnamon, vanilla, or sandalwood and the glow of candles. I love using my essential oil diffuser for scent, but you can also sprinkle cinnamon into a simmering pot of water on the stove to give the house that fresh-baked vibe. Now’s also the time to bring out your fuzzy blankets and wooly socks.
Think about ways that you can make your home a place that you want to spend more time and maybe clear away some of the clutter that a busy summer might have accumulated. And the more candles, the merrier! They sort of have a symbolic significance in that even as the days get shorter, we’re still focused on light and warmth.
I hope you’ll have a little fun with welcoming in fall in your own way and take in all the season has to offer!
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