Fall is the epitome of “transition.” Colors change, temperatures drop and everything is a bit more reflective. Fall is a common time for animal hibernation, and reduced daylight hours, so it would be human nature to take things slower. So here are seven activities (ranging from the adrenaline-pumping to the leisurely) to embrace before fall swiftly transitions into winter.
Host a Potluck
Nothing brings people together like food. Fall is the perfect time to host an intimate potluck and start conversations. With this season comes its harvests: pumpkin, potatoes, squash and beets… Fall is the ideal time for lavish, wholesome meals. A potluck is also a great opportunity for guests to show off their cooking skills and share unique recipes.
Have a Backyard Bonfire
As the weather cools, a bonfire is the ultimate cozy activity. It is easy to set up and provides the foreground for family bonding while perhaps roasting some smores. Exchange stories, play board games or enjoy the night sky around a warm pit of flames. A larger group will make for a memorable night.
Go on a Camping Trip
This season provides the most breathtaking vistas while the weather is still bearable. Use this to your advantage and take a trip into nature. A good place to pitch a tent and see the sights of fall would be upon a nearby hill or the closest national park near you. Camping is also a great way to expand your skills in the wilderness. It allows you to be at nature’s mercy and rely on you to find solutions. But if you prefer something laid back, incorporate a bonfire, lots of pillows and a warm cup of cocoa.
Cozy up With a Book
If you are more indoorsy, fall is the perfect time to slow down and stay home. A poor relationship with yourself could lead to many anxious responses and a ‘half-empty’ view of life. It is crucial for everyone to spend time with themselves. Reading your favorite novel or self-help book is a good way to reset your thinking. You could also begin journaling. Ask yourself questions, answer them, and identify your root problems. You could even create art/doodles to release built-up frustration.
Here are a few questions to jumpstart your reflections:
- What is one thing I wish I did this year but didn’t because I was afraid?
- What am I worried about this coming year?
- How can I create more self-confidence for myself this year?
- How will I react if I don’t achieve one of my goals this year?
Use this time of transition to advance your personal life. Think of this as spring cleaning’s reflective cousin.
Get into Crochet/Knitting
People often leave this hobby to the geriatric, but crochet and knitting are surprising new trends revamped to fit younger generations. Crochet uses a single hook to hook the loops together directly to the piece. It is this major difference that makes crochet much easier than knitting. For beginners who seek convenience and versatility, we suggest crochet. Grab any yarn and a simple 3.5 mm hook found on Amazon or your local craft store, and begin practicing simple stitches. Once comfortable with the foundation stitches you can work on bigger projects! We recommend YouTube as a guide to this fascinating craft.