Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier, proper knitwear makes a resurgence into our daily wardrobes and flu season begins. Hauled up on the couch with a stinking cold, I’ll welcome in this Autumn with a cough and sniffle. Despite being incapacitated, eating my body weight in comfort food and drowning in daytime T.V, I wanted to share with you a simple exercise that’s helped me from (completely) wallowing in self pity to actually feeling excited to feel better! Here are my ramblings on turning over a new leaf and making autumn resolutions…Autumn is the time to make resolutions. I know most of you will be thinking, no that’s January! but Autumn is the best time to tie up any lose ends before the year is through and begin to plan your aims and goals in time for the new year. In January we are physically, emotionally, financially drained from the celebrations of Christmas and all we really want to do is rest. At the start of Autumn (o.k unless you’re suffering from a cold!) we’re refreshed from the summer holidays, full of optimism prior to the celebrations of Harvest, Thanksgiving and Halloween and have a much greater energy to decide what we truly want and hope for in the coming year.
Autumn is a great time to work on yourself. After the excitement of summer, now is the time to change, to change your look, your wardrobe, your attitude, your way of thinking. A new season ushers in a brand new slate on which you can write your coming year, your hopes and dreams. Autumn is also a time for moving, and getting settled into a new abode before winter comes. Autumn is also a good time to plan your winter vacation. It’s also a good time to plant, to bury bulbs which will bear fruit and flower following a long winter.
1. Reflection- Look back on the year and figure out the bits you’ve been most unhappy with, identifying the elements of your life that suck is just as important to identify where you don’t want to be heading and what you need to actively change. Identify the points of the year you’ve felt most proud of, your achievements, the high points, the happiest days and consider what it was about those times that you enjoyed.
2. Resolutions- What do you still want to achieve before the end of the year? how do you see next year looking? consult your ‘reflection’ list to devise your plan, are you unhappy at work? will you stick to the same job next year? or do you dream of starting your own business? formulate your dreams, get them onto paper. Dreams are totally individual to you, they can be as small as wanting to lose a few lbs to trying a new hair colour or as wild as travelling the world, starting your own business or flying to the moon! Remember, you don’t have to share your list with anybody, so don’t be afraid to really go for it!
3. Plan- Pick one or two dreams from your list of resolutions and figure out how you’ll achieve them. Remember dreams come true if you plan, work hard at them everyday and believe in yourself.
Don’t wait until your tired and skint in January, Autumn is the best time to make resolutions. Do it now!
‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower’ – Albert Camus
Christine (from the couch with love!)