Hello there, loved ones! If you haven’t heard, this Thursday, the 23rd, is this year’s autumnal equinox, signaling the end of summer, and the start of fall. Some of you are dreading the idea of stashing away your flip-flops and sun dresses for the next few months, but don’t despair! Autumn isn’t just the start of school and the end of shorts – and there are tons of ways you can appreciate it. Here are some ideas for things to do in the fall:
Experience the Season
♥ Experience the equinox! The autumn equinox actually happens at a specific time, not just a specific day. This year the equinox will be occurring at the inconvenient – for me, at least – time of 3:09 am. For updated times of the various equinoxes, you can check this website.
♥ Enjoy the scents in the air – I think that every season has a distinct scent. If you’re unable to go outside, items scented with cedarwood seem to help.
♥ Get into the spirit of back to school! Even if you aren’t currently enrolled in school, this can still apply to you. I don’t know about anyone else, but I get a definite enjoyment from cracking open new notebooks and opening a set of new pens (if you were wondering, Sharpie pens.) for the school year. Even if it’s as basic as a box of Ticonderogas, go ahead and treat yourself.
♥ Enjoy fall athletics like football, hockey or soccer (preferably yourself, but you can watch too!)
♥ Switch up your soundtrack – I’m going to have to retire some of my favorite sugary pop goodness for the next few months, unless I want to dream of summer. I can’t exactly put my finger on why, but I can forsee myself listening to a lot of Jason Mraz and Lauryn Hill. Kanye West’s College Dropout also tends to get a lot of play.
♥ Give yourself a nature walk: One of my favorite parts of autumn is taking long walks and breathing in that nice, chilly air. Autumn (and spring, also) is unique in that the weather tends to err on the side of moderate, so take the time to enjoy the great outdoors before it truly gets cold!
♥ Find and attend your area’s local fall festival. It’s probably cheap, too!
♥ Collect leaves throughout the season as they change from green to brown and press them. It creates a neat gradation effect. Also, did you know that the activity of watching the leaves change colors is called “leaf peeping“? I didn’t!
♥ Spend some quality time out on a porch or deck: it might not be too appealing in the coming weeks!
♥ Indulge in some fall festivities – If you’ve never gone on a hayride, taken a trip to the pumpkin patch, or something similar – or if you’re like me and haven’t done so in over a decade – now’s the time! Wear overalls and plaid if you’re so inclined. On that note…
♥ One word: Oktoberfest. There may be a local variant if you aren’t close to Bavaria.
♥ Enjoy the return of sweaters and scarves. If you’re bored with what you already have, donate them and make your own!
♥ Support your Farmer’s Market – With autumn comes the end of the growing season, and as a result, many farmer’s markets and co-ops will be closing soon until the warmer months. My suggestion? Indulge in some locally produced goodness while you can. I just bought some peaches and apple cider and I don’t regret it one bit.
♥ Host and/or attend a potluck with friends or family.
♥ Swap your iced tea for hot tea (or hot apple cider, but I’m biased)
♥ Pull out your tights and leggings. Bonus points if they’re in a color other than a variant of black or opaque.
♥ Prepare for Halloween! I’m not the biggest Halloween fan in the world, I’ll admit but it’s grown on me in recent years, especially since I don’t want to let an opportunity to dress up as ridiculously as you like and ingest tons of candy to pass me by!
♥ Start adding cinnamon to your hot drinks. It goes great in Greek yogurt too…
♥ Enjoy apple products, unless you’re allergic of course – but for there’s always apples to apples…
♥ Eat seasonally – This varies for people, but when I think of fall and food, the first thing that comes to mind -aside from Thanksgiving – is pumpkins. Which is fine with me, since pumpkins are so versatile. While I can’t make pumpkin soup in my dorm room, trading in my summer pina coladas for a pumpkin spice latte will help me ease the transition from summer to fall.
Try Something New
♥ Turn your old t-shirts into a quilt
♥ Spend a date at the museum, with yourself or with another – the new school year is the best time to learn something new
♥ Switch up your color palette – Okay, I’ll admit: I don’t always select the colors of my wardrobe based on the season. But it does seem fun to trade my bright nail polish for a more subdued tone.
♥ Make a flower headband with leaves and seasonal flowers.
♥ Start wearing gold trinkets – to me, they only seem appropriate in the colder months! Flea markets, thrift stores and Goodwill are goldmines. Forever 21, too.
♥ Rakes some leaves and jump in them – Disclaimer: It would probably be best if you had some claim to these leaves but it’s not strictly necessary. Make sure there’s no dog poop before jumping.
♥ Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown“. Don’t worry. I’ll wait.
♥ Keep your air clean and fresh, whether you’re inclined to keep your window open or not
♥ Make the most of your days – they’re getting shorter, after all!
Do you have any more suggestions? What activities just make you think of fall? Share them in the comments!