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Fall, I’ve fallen for you and I can’t get up! Fall is, was, and forever will be my favorite season – point blank period. I lovelovelove everything about it. The sights, the smells, the feels. Changing leaves, bonfire smoke, cooler air, blanket scarves, football games, over-the-knee boots, scented candles, apple cider, layered clothes, pumpkin errr’thaaang…it’s a grand time. and I’m giddy just thinking about it. In celebration of the best season ever being just around the bend (two weeks, people! Look alive!), here are 15 ways to recharge for fall.
- Start waking up earlier. UGH, I KNOW RIGHT. But seriously. Hear me out. Even if you’re not a morning person (wanna be?)…mornings are getting darker. Science has proven it a thousand times by now, but something magical happens when you’re up before the birds, whittling away with a cuppa coffee + the day’s to-do list at hand. You’re getting a headstart on everyone + everything, so you’re bound to be productive. I know I’m waaaaay not productive when I just hang out on my phone for an hour trying to convince myself to get up and carpe diem. HA. You know you’ve had “wake up earlier” on your resolutions list since 2015, so pull a Nike and just do it already.
- Set an intention. This should be an overarching goal for the entire season, and it can be a bit loftier than traditional goal-setting (since s.m.a.r.t. goals are anything but lofty 😉 ). Do ya wanna be more mindful? Be more at peace? Radiate joy to others? Set one singular objective at the forefront of your fall to guide the rest of your thoughts + actions.
- Read two things. Something for fun, and something for betterment, be that betterment in your job, personal life, etc. I’m on the hunt for a really good thriller (ala The Girl On the Train or The Woman in Cabin 10…any recommendations???).
- Stay on surface-level…in your space Wipe down your phone screen + computer screen. Clean up your countertops. Declutter random surfaces that have accumulated all sortsa junk all summer long.
- Get past surface-level…in relationships. Set the challenge to deepen 3 relationships this season. Friends, family, coworkers…anyone. Get beyond the surface-level of boring, superficial, useless “water cooler” conversation.
- Freshen up your look. Get a new haircut (check!), try some new beauty products (check!), buy a few new pieces for your closet that make ya feel like a million bucks (aaaaaand check!).
- Drink more water. This one’s just an obligatory inclusion on any post like this, since it’s been one of my to-do’s, resolutions, musts, and ways to recharge since 2012. And still, I am dehydrated. HA.
- Get caught up on emails. Start the season fresh. When I first decided to purge my inbox, I realized how many things I had opened approximately 27 times and STILL hadn’t resolved, whether that resolution necessitated a written response or a categorization under a folder somewhere on the sidebar. But going down decades in the inbox count feels almost as sweet as seeing the 2 for $24 candle deal at Bath & Body Works right after they launch fall scents. *Sweater Weather can officially commence*. (Here’s how to *finally* hit inbox zero!)
- Start a new (good!) habit. The kicker: It has to be something beyond everyone and their mom’s list of New Year’s Resolutions. (“Drink more water!” and “Go to the gym more!” fall here). Get creative with habits, like sitting and praying or meditating for 10 minutes to start every single day. Or calling your grandma twice a week to chitchat.
- Plan a fall foliage road trip. I am SO STOKED to do this this year. First thing’s first: grab this handy dandy infographic on the *right* way to plan a successful road trip. Leaves changing colors is simply magical. I pity peeps who can’t experience this yearly. By far, something I would nor could ever give up! Fun fact I learned from my friends at Allstate: weather can affect color intensity of leaves once they’ve changed colors! Everything from temperature and light to water supply can influence the degree AND duration or how bright hues are and how long they last. P.S. For ALL road trip needs, make sure you download the Good Hands Rescue App from Allstate! Accidents happen – and they don’t always mean car accidents. Everything from a flat to a jump-start could be needed while you drive, and ain’t nobody got time to sit around and wait for a passerby to help. Allstate has 24/7 service through this app, and you do *not* even need to be an actual Allstate customer to use it. It comes with GPS tracking and real-time updates, AND, you can have it on your phone for FREE. The only time you pay is if/when you need an actual service, like a tow. I used to scoff at things like this thinking “OH, that’ll never be me.” Until I almost ran out of gas on a highway during rush hour traffic. That was fun. (HA). Play it safe + be prepared, peeps.
- Check your tire pressure. Pressure changes with the temperature outside, so make sure you refill any air as need be – especially before heading out on any big fall foliage road trip adventure!
- Go back to school. Back-to-school season is obviously YUUUUGE, and I think there’s something about it that we miss as adults. I know personally, I always loveloveloved the feeling of stocking up on school supplies, learning who my teachers/professors would be, and picking out the perfect first day of school look….alright alright alriiiiiiight, I’d pick out the first MONTH of school. 😉 There’s a certain energy + definite feel of recharging that comes with school, so as much as kids might loathe it…it works. As adults, we can still get into it by picking out some new stationery and Sharpies, but I think the real opportunity here is to get committed to learning something new all season long. Whether or not you “feel like it,” since we know that NO ONE feels like middle schooling, ever. Now’s the time to pick that one thing you’ve been saying you’d wanna do at some point in your life that’s more “educational.” Learn Chinese? Play the violin? Get back to knowing math beyond calculating sales percentages? (HA. 😉 ) Commit to it, then get schooled.
- Bake something fall. You know EXACTLY what I’m talkin’ about…something pumpkin, something cinnamon, something nutty. If it’s pumpkin spice and everything nice, it’s a go.
- Crank up the heat. Normally, I’m the girl opening all the windows as soon as the temp is sub-70, cos there’s nothing I lovelovelove more than sweater weather. Give me all ye chunky throws and fuzzy socks, and I’ll throw a party bundled-up like an Eskimo at my desk. But. Apparently, when you’re cold, not only do you feel more alone and perceive others to be less generous and more mean (ie, cold-hearted), but you’re actually less productive. Who knew?!
- Plan your Halloween date ideas, especially if you’re that couple (or buncha girlfriends) who hates Halloween. It may just be September, but we all know the months just get faster and faster and October is right around the corner…right? This can’t just be me… 😉
How are you recharging for fall?
Are you planning a fall foliage road trip? If so…where to? Or where WOULD you do one if you could? Let me know in a comment below!
*This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. As always, all thoughts and opinions presented are entirely my own. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Coming Up Roses!