I typically mourn the end of summer, and hate saying goodbye to the warm, sunny days it brings. I get really sad and even resent the changing temperatures, discussions of Halloween plans, and chatter about Pumpkin Spice everything. But for the first time, this year I’m excited (and even slightly giddy!) about the changing season. I’m starting to see that the changing of the seasons isn’t a threat to me, it’s a gift! Fall is the time of year for shedding what doesn’t serve you, and slowing things down; and I’m pretty dang excited about settling into that energy and mood. This summer has thrown some unexpected curve balls my way, like Banjo’s emergency surgery, and I’m looking forward to settling into calmer vibes. Without further ado, here are my Fall intentions I plan to focus on:
Release the fire of summer
Summertime was extra fiery for me this year. Not only was it a super hot summer in Austin with lots of 100 degree days, but I noticed I was fiery personally. I’m a true Aries in many ways, and definitely feel aligned to the fiery and passionate tendencies of an Aries. I know this about myself, but this summer I let my fiery nature get the best of me. I tended to be quick to react and let a lot of things bring me down. By pressing forward into action mode, without taking the time to recognize how I was feeling, I became anxious and had a hard time letting things go. My goal is to be more intentional about cooling myself down, and taking care of myself before reacting!
Get in the fall spirit
I printed out the Autumn Bucket List template from A Beautiful Mess and plan to fill in all of my ideas and plans! Here are some of the things I’ve thought of so far:
- Go to a pumpkin patch as a family and take pictures of Banjo – Banjo is our child, so duh
- Carve pumpkins – because what is more Fall than that?
- Plan our matching Halloween costumes – oh yeah, we’re that family
- Pass out candy on the night of Halloween
- Attend a UT game – we scored unexpected tickets to a game last week, and hopefully we can squeeze in one more game before the end of the season!
- Host a dinner in our backyard – we need to spruce up our yard a bit, but I’m so excited for this!
- Use the crock pot and/or get an Instant Pot – I’m already dreaming of chili and soups!
- Watch a movie series – last year we did Harry Potter, what should we do this year?
- Throw a house party – should we have a Halloween or Holiday party this year?
- Attend Wurstfest – because beer + sausages = happiness
- Pick out some new (to us!) home goods at Round Top Antique Fair
- Plan our next vacation – we’re thinking somewhere in Europe, where should we go?
- Decorate our Christmas tree – this year we’ve been collecting a bunch of ornaments from our travels and I can’t wait to bust them out!
Focus on my family
As you may have noticed from my list above, my little family has been on my brain more than ever recently. My boyfriend and I joke that we have a relationship hashtag of #unit because our goal is to be a unit and team together through any circumstance that comes our way. With all the craziness of this summer, I recognized my priorities were way off and I hadn’t been focusing on my life at home. Without a firm foundation and perspective, I think other areas of my life crumbled easier. I’m committed to being intentional about focusing on my little family!
Get my nutrition back on track
When I run short on time, or feel overwhelmed, the first thing to go out the window is typically cooking nutritional meals for myself. With everything going on this summer, I’ve really lost track of my nutrition ever since my cleanse. To get back on track, we decided to give Snap Kitchen a try this last week, and have been LOVING it so far! (Use my code CDUN-CRQ when you sign up, and get $10 off your first order!) My plan moving forward is to get Snap Kitchen meals for my lunches during the week, and maybe even some dinners depending on how busy my schedule is. Then on weekends we can enjoy trying new restaurants and going out with friends.
Although Snap Kitchen makes things so effortless, I still love cooking, especially in the colder months. I’m thinking about getting an Instant Pot, have you tried one? If you’ve used one, please tell me your pro tips for savory, hearty Fall meals in the comments!
Long term, I can tell something is off with my nutrition and suspect I may have a lingering dairy allergy. I have time scheduled with my holistic doctor next month to see if my hormones have regulated after my cleanse earlier in the summer, then will go from there!
I’m keeping things simple for Fall, so that’s it! Tell me about some of your intentions, goals, and plans for Fall in the comments, below!
P.S. If you read about my summer intentions, you may be wondering how things went! Here’s a mini wrap up:
- Plan an outdoor activity at least once per week ✔️ We did spend time outdoors each week, but we didn’t switch things up as much as I was intending to. We created a habit out of visiting Barton Springs each weekend, so ultimately we got our much needed outdoor time in!
- Prioritize my evening rituals ✔️ I maintained my skin care routine, and added in aromatherapy and preparing for the next day. I fell flat in unplugging, journaling, and moving my body, so I’ll continue to focus on these moving into Fall!
- Cycle sync my workouts ✔️ I’ve been trying this out when I’ve had time to work out, and have been loving it! Generally, I haven’t prioritized working out this summer though, so for Fall I’ll continue incorporating this!
- Continue my journey of balancing my hormones ✔️ I’d consider this intention a huge success! I’ve sensed a shift in my hormones, and have a follow up appointment scheduled with my doctor for next month to track my progress.
- Take it easy on myself 〰️ PHEW… I’ve learned this is a life long journey for me. I tend to feel stagnant when I’m not accomplishing my goals, but this summer I have been more mindful of curbing this tendency and allowing myself time and space.