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5 Things I’m Looking Forward to this Autumn

blackberry picking

Are you looking forward to autumn? Yes I am well aware that we are currently revelling in an Indian summer but before you know it, we will be donning our ankle boots and battling with our husbands over turning the heating on.

If you read my recent Little Loves post, I mentioned that I was intending to write a round-up of our summer. Since then I’ve realised that this year, I found summer quite difficult, which might make for a somewhat maudlin reads. As much as I believe in the value of honesty, I think it might be detrimental to dwell too much on the difficult right now.

So instead, I’m going to help myself (and maybe encourage you) by focusing on looking forward with anticipation at what big and small things, autumn 2019 has in store…

1. A Trip to Paris

Some of you might remember that last June I took my girls (along with my sister) to New York. It had been a destination on my bucket list since forever so my eldest’s 18th birthday seemed like the perfect excuse.

Fast forward 18 months and now my youngest daughter is turning 18. I know, I can hardly believe it myself!

As she is taking french and art A levels this year and is thinking about a career in the fashion industry, a city break to Paris seemed like a no-brainer. I spent 9 months in Paris as part of my degree course and haven’t visited for over 20 years. I’m really looking forward to rediscovering it with my daughter.

Le Tour Eiffel

Any restaurant recommendations or must-see art galleries, please do let me know in the comments below.

2. Birthday Celebrations

Autumn is birthday season in our house. We have two in September, one in October and one early November. By the time that last one comes around, I am thoroughly pooped but happy.

Although my enthusiasm for most things is a little below par at the moment, I’m determined to pull out the stops and try to make everyone’s day special. One of the birthdays is mine so I hope that someone does the same for me ha ha!

3. Lauren Daigle Concert

Lauren Daigle is a singer who features heavily in my Little Loves posts. She is a Christian singer who writes and performs all of her own songs. She made her debut on The Ellen Show last year and since then her popularity has gone through the roof.

If you missed it, here’s her moment of mainstream fame….

A friend mentioned on Facebook last month that Lauren’s in concert at Shepherds Bush in November – tickets all bought and paid for!

4. Cosy Nights In Front of the Fire

There’s something pretty special about every season but autumn takes the prize for me: first frosts, stunning sunsets, crunchy leaves, the most incredible colours and best of all…the chance to sit in front of the fire, glass of Prosecco in hand. TV is usually great in autumn too.

I totally just confirmed my middle-aged status, didn’t I?

5. BlogOn Conference

Back in the days when I was a proper blogger (by that I mean blogging 3 times a week, immersing myself in the community and regularly being nominated for awards) I used to attend blogging events and conferences.

Since then my priorities have changed somewhat and whilst I still enjoy blogging, it’s taken much more of a back seat. On the whole I’m more than okay with that, however, when the conferences come along, I always have a slight attack of FOMO.

BlogOn has been happening for a good few years now but because it’s located up north, I have never been. This year however, it’s coming down south and is happening about 15 minutes from my doorstep! No excuse.

It’s been about 5 years since I attended a blogging conference so I’m a bit nervous but excited at the same time. It’s happening next weekend so I’ll hopefully be sharing a bit over on Instagram Stories.

autumn light in trees

If we look hard enough, there’s always something positive on the horizon, however small or seemingly insignificant. I find that looking forward with anticipation is a great pick-me-up on tricky days. Why not try this exercise for yourself?

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  • Gail

    Love this post Suzanne, I’m a huge fan of Autumn and cosy evenings indoors especially! We’ve just had a weekend of dreadful weather here, and it’s been lovely actually, to sit curled up on the sofa and listen to the wind howl around outside. We went to Paris last year as part of our French road trip, it was amazing, but we were only in the actual city for a day so we just did the whistle stop tourist stuff. I hope you enjoy the conference, I’d love to get the chance to go to a blogging conference some day too. xx

    • Suzanne W

      Oh yes, that’s exactly the cosy evening I’m looking forward to! I do wish you could come to BlogOn, I’d love to meet you 🙂 xx

  • Nipa

    I was very surprised to wake up on Saturday morning to find that my snow-loving husband had started our wood stove! (Usually he waits until my lips turn blue.) Of course, by mid afternoon it had warmed up outside so much that we were all sweating, but for a few hours it felt like fall. It’s my favorite season, but for some reason, this year I don’t want it to arrive just yet… perhaps I need to start thinking about those positive things or events a bit more…xo Nipa

    • Suzanne W

      I feel exactly the same at the moment – not *quite* ready for autumn either. I did do the heating game for a couple of days the other week too. xx



    Things to look forward to as we move into autumn: “first frosts, stunning sunsets, crunchy leaves, the most incredible colours” — yes to all of those. I’ll skip the glass of Prosecco, and pour myself a glass of port.
    Not forgetting… casseroles!

    • Suzanne W

      Ooh yes, love a casserole. Unfortunately my kids really don’t!

  • How exciting to be going to Paris! Hope you both have the best time. I will be the one with FOMO at the weekend when you’re all at BlogOn. Unfortunately it’s not a good time for me as I would have loved to see you again.
    In autumn I have two birthdays, two half marathons, a panto and a return to sport to look forward to. Just don’t mention the cold or dark!

    • Suzanne W

      If it wasn’t so close to me I would feel the same. I will miss you. x

  • Susan Mann

    I do love Autumn. I hope you had a great time at BlogOn, Gutted I wasn’t there this time. I love the colours and the weather xx

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