Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Motivation in the Fall

I'm sooo excited the fall is fast approaching!  Don't get me wrong - I love the other seasons too, but fall is just dreamy!  The chill in the air, the amazing colors of the leaves, the fall flavors - cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg - and the state fair!  Woohoo!  Life is good!

I know lots of people are struggling to keep their motivation high, so I thought I'd post a quick list of ideas to help:

Allow yourself one simple pleasure (and savor it) everyday starting tomorrow.  You pick the pleasure - coffee on your porch? a really great chocolate bar?  a long, hot bath?  Watching a football game?  We cut these out in the name of saving time and wonder why we're crabby.

Swap out some decorations.  You don't have to completely redecorate to get a change of scene.  Get a couple of ceramic pumpkins or a wrought iron leaf or two.  Maybe a fall scented candle.  Change it up!  The same things all the time get boring and we get stagnant.  Think of something you can change up at work too.  Even if it's just your computer desktop background - change it!

Go to a festival.  (Okay if you hate festivals, don't do this.)  There are so many festivals and I like going someplace new and trying the food and watching the people.  Fall is the best time to do this in my book.  There's a peanut festival this weekend in Dublin, NC this weekend.  It's on my calendar.  Personally I think the peanut should be celebrated everyday, but once a year is better than nothing.

Get outside!!!  For God's sake, people - breathe the air, feel the sun on your face, see the beauty of the world!  Most of us spend way too much time inside.  Before you know it, you'll be saying it's too cold.  Do it now!

Start or continue a tradition.  Is there something you can do with your friends or family this season that could be a fun tradition?  Heading out to a corn maze or carving pumpkins?  What about your work family?  Don't your people deserve a break?  Do something for them. 

Life is as good as we decide to make it.

My favorite leaves - chocolate ones!!!


Kris, in New England said...

You are speaking my language honey. Fall is my FAVE time of year for all the reasons you state. It is just the perfect season in every way.

We just did our annual Hebron Harvest Fair obssession. It's the 3rd largest fair in CT and it's the town we live in. So we totally get into it and it was just wonderful.

Especially on a bionic hip!

Denise Ryan said...

Woohoo!!! Separated at birth I tell you! Is it getting pretty cool there? Still hot here, but fall is coming!!! I bet your harvest fair was a blast!!

Kris, in New England said...

It is quite cool here right now - high in the 60s today. This is about 10 degrees cooler than normal and I'm loving it. Even some of the leaves are starting to turn already. The next 4-6 weeks are going to be spectacular - we had a very wet spring and a very hot summer. This usually means an unbelievable autumn show.

The Harvest Fair is a great time. It's a traditional country fair - all the animals, animal shows and 4H judging, demolition derbies, horse pulls, oxen pulls, midway, food food food and more food. Music. It has it all and it's just the best time of the year!

Denise Ryan said...

SO JEALOUS!!!!! It's still in the nineties here and it's been so dry I'm worried the leaves are just going to dry up and fall off. But I'm still hoping we'll have a show. A girl can dream! : )