5 Ways I’m Choosing to Embrace Fall (In Spite of Myself)
Some years I ignore autumn so long that I nearly miss it. On a brisk day in late October, I’ll suddenly notice the auburn oaks and blond cornfields (the very last of our fall color) and feel a flash of regret. I don’t want to rush the seasons, but I don’t want to miss them either.
If you set your calendar by the sun—rather than the Starbucks drink menu—fall officially begins this Monday, September 23. Despite my reputation for reluctance, this year I want to welcome the change. Here are five ways I plan to embrace the fall season:
1. Start a fall sketchbook.
几个月前，我发现50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful, Ordinary Life, a book by the editors and illustrators ofFlow杂志. The book is a series of drawing lessons that use common household objects as their subjects. It’s inspired me to start a fall sketchbook that will be a simple visual diary of my life over the next month or so.
2. Use a new color scheme in our home.
当谈到季节性的装饰，我倾向于极简主义的做法。我们住在in an apartment因此，我们只有有限的表面装饰和为装饰品，一旦赛季传球有限的存储。尽管这样，我还是想改变一些事情在我们的家，以反映季节。
I think color and texture can do a lot to make a room say “summer” or “fall.” The standard color palette of our living room is gray, white, and mustard yellow. This is the same year-round because I’m not about to buy a new sofa or sew new curtains. Instead I change the accent colors with each season. Next week I’ll replace my summer corals and blues with more muted shades of purple and teal.
The changes are small but significant enough to me. I’ll replace the covers on my throw pillows with新的和swap out a few accessories such as candles and picture frames. Then I’ll add some new textures by unpacking the wool throws we bought in Wales and Scotland. And lastly, I’ll probably buy some mini gourds and pumpkins to scatter around the living room. (I have a hard time passing up mini pumpkins.)
3. Create a seasonal menu.
- Autumn Bliss Salad
- White Chicken Chili
- Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese
- Cranberry Pumpkin Bread（用新鲜全红莓试试这个，用pepitas顶一下。）
- 家made Chai Concentrate
- Pumpkin Spice Syrup(for lattes)
Hibernation is a tempting habit in the fall and winter, but I knowI’ll be healthier and happier if I keep spending time outside尽我所能。因为我们总是在感恩节刊登5K，我尝试定期户外至少运行到那时。然后整个秋季和冬季，我们将继续在周末加息只要有可能。即使天将变为灰色和阴天，我们的思想和身体继续收获花费的时间在户外的好处。
5. Remember autumn’s paradox.
几年前，我读了一本书，叫Daily Office和one of the fall entries offered an encouraging perspective on seasonal change. It ended with a beautiful passage from writer and activist Parker Palmer that I revisit each fall:
“Autumn is a season of great beauty, but it is also a season of decline: the days grow shorter, the light is suffused, and summer’s abundance decays towards winter’s death…In my own experience of autumn, I am rarely aware that seeds are being planted…But as I explore autumn’s paradox of dying and seeding, I feel the power of metaphor. In the autumnal events of my own experience, I am easily fixated on surface appearances—on the decline of meaning, the decay of relationships, the death of a work. And yet if I look more deeply, I may see the myriad possibilities being planted to bear fruit in some season yet to come. In retrospect, I can see in my own life what I could not see at the time—how the job I lost helped me find work I needed to do, how the ‘road closed’ sign turned me toward terrain I needed to travel, how losses that felt irredeemable forced me to discern meanings I needed to know. On the surface, it seemed that life was lessening, but silently and lavishly the seeds of new life were always being sown.”
当落叶和短天吸引我to pessimism in the weeks ahead, I’ll remember Palmer’s words. Autumn can be a time of celebration. It can be a time of regret. It can also be a season that teaches us about our own lives. This weekend I’ll buy my first pumpkin spice latte of the year and raise a toast to all the scattered seeds that will thrive in a season yet to come.
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