It’s been ages since I created a to do list. This year has been… A lot. While the social distancing has been fine on our end, all of our plans had to be cancelled. There’s the added stress of doing basic things outside. Could someone be sick? I’ll never know. So I’ve been less than productive for a lot of 2020. And I’ve started to take better care of myself. I need to update my haircare routine because that’s changed. My skincare routine has had a few new additions. But first and foremost, I’m feeling happy for the first time in a while. So happy, that I think I can be more productive. Which is perfect because the changing of seasons requires a little preparation. And with that, here is my Autumn to do list.
Get ready for the chill
This is a bit obvious but as someone who came from a home without seasons, this is important to me. I’ve got to take inventory of my clothing to make sure I have enough warm clothes. I need to switch out my sneakers for waterproof boots. I’ve lived in hoodies and yoga pants in the spring so I added one more to my wardrobe for autumn. It’s been wonderful to live in basics this year.
Finish my to read list
I’ve had a few books on my list for months now. Most of them are half finished and I’d like to knock them out before 2021. I have a new routine that I hope will help me. Instead of sitting on the couch to draw, I could sit at my desk and play an audiobook. How this didn’t occur to me before, I have no idea. I think it’s because I was so content on the couch. It was comfortable and cozy and I could have the white noise of the television behind me.
Instead I’ll use that time to learn and grow. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to and wrote even less. I kept up a few good habits but I became heavily dependant on those things to make me happy. In some cases, like art, I’ve seen a lot of improvement.
Halloween is just around the corner and it’s the time when I’m most home sick. I miss all the holiday spirit and Spirit Halloween Stores. It’s a known fact that a sure sign of autumn is the sudden appearance of Spirit Halloween stores. They come up in rentable store fronts and feature the most amazing Halloween decor. I miss all of the tasty Halloween snack variants too. I’ve found My American Market and they already have a few items in stock. I also need to put together a menu for a tasty dinner since Halloween falls on a Saturday!
Thanksgiving this year will be small because of social distancing. I’ve got to reevaluate what dishes I love the most and which ones I can skip. If it’s just a meal for two then we can’t have too much food!
Embrace the season
This too is obvious but think about it. How fast did spring and summer fly by? Summer was a scorcher for us. I slept on the couch for a week because the living room was hotter than the bedroom. And overnight the weather changed. My time was filled with self obsession to boost my mood. And so I ignored the seasons.