Recently I fell into the black hole of the YouTube planner community. I’m using the term black hole in the most non-derogatory way possible, those guys are admirable in their dedication to attractive stationery and organisation. While watching 40-minute videos about stickers I came across Paper & Glam, a shop and blog ran by a lovely lady called Lisamarie. She is obsessed with a concept that she refers to as living seasonally. I’ll admit that this initially appealed to me as an excuse to buy more stuff (#shopaholicproblems), but actually I can now see a more serious benefit.
I think that going from spring/summer into autumn/winter is a big deal, especially here in the UK when it seriously decreases how much daylight you see and when it goes from cold to colder. I leave the house at 6:50am and get home at 6:30pm and during the winter this gets doubly depressing. I usually get through it by looking forward to Christmas, but since last year’s Christmas was so miserable (due to moving in early December) I wanted an extra dose of cheer this year. So, to me, living seasonally is all about appreciating the changes in the season, enjoying the difference and looking forward to the next three months.
Of course, I will jump on any excuse for shopping so I have ‘set the scene’ for autumn by buying a few things: a new duvet set and throw pillows; my favourite Yankee Candle; a few new autumn nail varnishes from Barry M; the Lush Halloween collection; some suitably spooky reads. I’ve also switched up my beauty items to richer creams, warmer fragrances, darker colours. The boots have come out of storage. Cosy throws are in the lounge and bedroom. I am ready for autumn.
At the start of each new season I’m going to write a list of what I am looking forward to about it and make sure I take the time to enjoy these little things. Here’s my list for autumn:
- An extra hour in bed when the clocks go back.
- Crisp mornings when the jet streams glow pink, orange or red.
- Seeing sunrise.
- A long weekend at home.
- Cosy Halloween night in – snacks, films and cuddles.
- Noticing the leaves change on my commute home.
- Guy Fawkes Night.
- The Lucky Dip Club biscuit box and the Geeky Little Stitcher french fancy box.
- American Horror Story, The Good Dinosaur and reading some Daphne Du Murier.
- Being that much closer to Christmas.
Tell me, what are you looking forward to over the next couple of months?