“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” says Anne of Green Gables. Most of October in LA was unbearably hot, until just before Halloween when the temperature miraculously dropped 40 degrees and suddenly like Anne I’m in love with October again and all the traditions this season brings.
Autumn always seems to gather people together. The sun sets so early, it becomes natural to spend the evenings at home with friends and family, making meals, enjoying an outdoor fire, sharing stories. After the whirlwind of summer, autumn is a chance to slow down, to reconnect and, like Anne, to be grateful for the beauty of the world.
Here’s what I’ve been up to this Autumn.
Decorating // Probably because of limited space and a strong dislike of clutter, my decorations are always simple, like a handmade Halloween sign with a basket of blankets and collected pinecones.
Reading // “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion. An honest and raw portrayal of grief, but also a reminder to be grateful, to take chances and to live. “Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”
Baking // Wheat bread. We stopped buying store-bought bread because I was confused by all the preservatives and expensive price. Homemade bread takes some time, but it’s quite simple, very inexpensive and tastes 1000 times better.
Coveting // Cashmere sweatpants from Everlane. How cozy are these? I want to curl-up by the fire all winter long in these babies. If I get any holiday cash, I’m treating myself.
Doing // Things without my phone. I’ve been so attached to my phone lately and for no good reason, so I’m taking some intentional time away from it, like going on a walk and leaving my phone at home. A small jolt of fear curses through me when I realize I’m without my phone, even though I don’t even need it. It’s shocking how many times I’ll reach for my phone just within one hour simply out of habit.
How about you? How are you slowing down this season?