Jamie’s Fall Bucket List inspired me to share my seasonal wish list. Fall is the perfect time to hit the reset button and refocus our efforts. It’s like the new New Year’s Eve. Let’s make our almost-end-of-the-year resolutions and then, party on (with a seasonal brew, natch).
- Visit the apple orchard and the pumpkin patch.
One of my favorite family traditions is to visit our local apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Barthel’s Fruit Farm is a no-frills, pick-your-own place outside of Milwaukee. If you’re from the area, here’s a great list of nearby orchards and hay rides.
- Make our house a home.
Over the weekend, we gave our daughter’s room a little face-lift. A few coats of paint and rearranged furniture transformed the room. I’m motivated to do the same thing to our bedroom, before the weather turns all Wisconsiny. The book and blog Young House Love is an awesome DIY resource and gets my creative wheels turning!
- Connect with friends and family.
Don’t get me wrong, weekend getaways with my girlfriends and family camping are the bread and butter of summer but, I look forward to the pace and energy of fall get-togethers. There’s time to talk and connect instead of sweating and running around. Bring on the Packer parties, coffee dates, long emails and letters (in the mail!).
- Indulge in a homemade pumpkin spice latte.
This whole “budget” thing doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for my love of overpriced coffee. Ok, I’ll admit it – I already had one last month. Ugh. Regardless, I’m planning on making this homemade version.
- Enjoy the weather.
Run. Just, run.
- Curl up with a good book.
You guys, over the summer I fell in love with B.J Novak and his book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Who knew Ryan the Temp was so brilliant? Then, he did this:
And all was right with the world.
- Apple pie: to buy or not to buy?
Every fall I think I want to make an apple pie but then I just buy one from the Elegant Farmer and call it good. Why mess with the best? I mean, Bobby Flay didn’t even stand a chance.
- Wake up early.
Fairly self explanatory and not really appropriate for a bucket list but it’s my list. It stays!
Again, fairly self explanatory. Get to the polls on November 4.
- Write, write, write and then keep on writing.
Last week I took a time management webinar from a fellow mother writer/business lady. She encouraged us to plan our business, lives and family activities together. Sounds pretty smart, right? It sure is but for some reason, I compartmentalize family, work and writing into nice little buckets. When I bring them together it’s a sloppy mess. Nothing gets the attention it deserves. You know what they say – if you fail to plan you plan to fail. I’m putting some of her nuggets of wisdom into action and have found time to write, write, write!
How do you plan to enjoy the season? What are you looking forward to this month?