At the beginning of September when all the kids go back to school, I always feel a little nostalgic. Actually, it’s more like jealous. I miss the nervous-excited feelings of starting new classes and meeting my teachers, getting new books, new clothes and using all my new highlighters. This year went a little more smoothly since I had a plan to overcome my jealously and other nasty feelings that threatened to discolour my favourite season. Here’s what I came up with for making your fall even more enjoyable.
Take Your Own Class
Just because you’re not a teeneager anymore doesn’t mean that you can’t be in school this fall. Find something in your community to keep you busy or finally sign up for those dance or language classes you’ve been putting off. As I looked to see the New Year creeping up on me, wagging its knowing finger that I need to accomplish a few more goals in 2014, I decided I would take a computer course that would help my business. The payoff is that I’ve learned a lot, I can update my resume, and I got to use all my new highlighters.
Host a dinner
This is a “kill two birds with one stone” kind of idea. I needed something to motivate me to get my house painted and some other projects finished even though I just want to snuggle up on the couch as it snows. (Yes, it snowed in Toronto this past weekend). Having my family over for a big dinner in early December is already starting to work its magic. I’ve completed a couple painting projects and one more is in the works. Nothing better than good ol’ family guilt to force us into productive mode.
Nothing says autumn like the warm smell of cookies and cinnamon. Baking can also be a great stress reliever if you’re feeling overwhelmed at this late time of year. A dessert for your dinner is one idea but even just looking up a great-looking cookie you find online can be really fun on a cool or rainy afternoon. For added stress relief, rake some leaves while things are happening in the oven.
More than cooking I enjoy the creativity of baking and how it engages so many of the senses. Go to despinascafe.com for a great description of how we can really enjoy getting involved in a baking project.
Halloween is great as a kid, but I’m finding it to be even more fun as an adult. I dressed me and my dogs up and we went for a walk around the neighbourhood to see all the decorations and all the kids. The next night I went to a fantastic Halloween party that was, to say the least, adults only. This is a great time to get out with friends. I don’t like to think so but I have to admit that I become a bit of a recluse in the winter months. This is a good time to catch up before we shut out. Halloween may be over but try and find any excuse to go out now before you have to bundle up just to see the neighbours.
Sure, kids get a whole new wardrobe for fall, but so can you. This year I’ve actually enjoyed shopping for everyone else in my family, getting everyone ready for the winter. My husband got a new jacket and boots, my dog needed a new coat. It felt great to take care of everyone else and make them look super cute. If everyone’s already all set for winter, consider the idea of shopping for your holiday gifts before the rush. I try and get a few things out of the way in the fall so that I don’t have to brave the busy malls come December. It’s probably one of the more adult-like things that I like to do…
Don’t let anything spoil this beautiful time of year, the most beautiful season in my opinion. And be grateful for it, even before you have to be *wink*.
Thanks for reading, and let me know if there’s anything you would add to have a great fall!