Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile – William Cullen Bryant.
I have been reading and loving everybody’s autumn to do lists and the reasons why they love autumn so much, so I thought I would share some of the things I’m excited about doing the next few months too. Autumn, for me, has been a bit of a slow burner in terms of my adoration for the season. Not so long ago, I hated the dark nights and the dark mornings. I missed the summer sun. I wanted to be abroad on the beach, watching the beautiful blue ocean and sky. I am still very much a summer girl, but I also have an autumnal side to me which has been influenced greatly by social media. I’m not afraid to admit it. Everybody makes autumn look so cosy and a little slice of perfection, so much so I wanted a taste of it too. I began to appreciate autumn activities more and I started to love the season that has pumpkin spiced latte on speed dial – not that you will get me drinking the stuff; a hot chocolate will be absolutely perfect instead. These are the things that I want to check off my autumnal bucket list in 2019.
WATCH HORROR FILMS THIS HALLOWEEN
I haven’t so much as seen a snippet of a horror film since I was forced to watch them during A Level Film Studies. A few years before that, I watched The Grudge and got so terrified that I refused to set eyes on anything that went bump in the night ever again. It’s funny because when I was much younger, my cousin and I would watch films like The Ring, Thirteen Ghosts and Ghost Ship; they wouldn’t faze me as much as they did as I got older. I am determined to be brave and suck up my fears so that I can appreciate horror movies in all their gore. Another funny thing is I really love finding out the backstory – the reason why the house is haunted, the reason why the mad ghost died in the first place. For me, it is the most enjoyable part of a horror film. I’ll just have to watch from behind a pillow and perhaps with the lights on too…
GO TO A PUMPKIN PATCH
I have never, ever, in my life, visited a farm during pumpkin season. Every single year I see content creators, friends and family wander through the pumpkin patches at a farm and I always think “I really want to do that.” I also want to carve my own pumpkins this year. I haven’t done that at Halloween since I was in primary school. There are little things in life that I feel like I’ve missed out on as I’ve gotten older – solely of my own accord – because I’ve been too busy, or lazy, and I haven’t fully appreciated the autumnal months, not like the fall magic that used to be created in my household as a child. This year, I want to change that.
“AUTUMN CLEAN” MY HOUSE
Everybody loves a spring clean: sorting through clothes, organising cupboards, replenishing foods, having a move around. I want (and need) to do that this autumn. There are still boxes in my living room that we haven’t unpacked yet; I still have suitcases with clothes in that are taking up space in my bedroom; there are empty boxes stacked beside the fridge that need to be recycled. Moving house is a process and one that I have loved doing, but – as with everything – things get left because life takes over and there ends up being no time at the end of the day to do anything productive in the house. I want my home to be a little more spic and span before Christmas rolls around, especially before Warren and I go hunting for our very first Christmas tree together.
READ MORE SPOOKY BOOKS
I recently wrote about my autumn/winter to-be-read list. On there are quite a few murder mysteries, horrific tales of ghouls and witches that are cunning, of creatures in graveyards and women who have gone mad. I want to fill my mind with all things spooky as we edge closer to Halloween, and I want to continue that theme once November arrives too. Autumn is a time that should be spent indoors, cosied up with candles and a good book. It is how I’ve spent my autumn days for the majority of my life, so why stop now?
COSY UP AND REFLECT ON THIS YEAR
A lot has happened since the 1st of January 2019. I almost feel like the past ten months have had the life events that should span two years, at least. Sometimes I can’t get my head around some of the things that have happened. Sometimes I remember something phenomenal and I’m like, how could I have even forgotten that? Life has happened very quickly. A lot has gone on behind closed doors, phenomenal and awful. I need to get my journal out again and just write everything down, truly go through the events of the past few months and really get to grips with everything. I definitely think that I live in my own little bubble at times which, when I have a lot going on, helps quite a lot. I can almost mentally remove myself from a situation, but then things crash down on me which isn’t great. So, I’m looking forward to an evening where I don’t do anything but focus on life and my emotions, essentially. I think it’s more of a necessity than something I want to do, but a bubble bath and my journal will help, as well as all the incredible memories and milestones I’ve made and achieved this year.
What are some of the things that you’re looking forward to doing this autumn?
Love, Faye xo