Autumn is always such a busy time of year for me but I do love it. September signals the start of all things new and I’m so in love with the changes that nature brings to this season: crisp copper leaves, frost on the grass tips and the odd surprise toadstool if you’re really lucky!
InsideI could almost write a book on the learning, over-thinking and adapting I’ve done during the last few months. I don’t know where to start really – possibly why I’ve concentrated more on ‘Outside’ and ‘Beyond’ posts of late.
Firstly, I’ve spent a lot of time questioning my blog and what purpose it serves. Yes I know that I tend to visit this little conundrum every 6 months or so and you’re probably tired of hearing it by now, but I do think it’s important to regularly question what we are doing and why.
Being a Christian, I have a tendency to get weighed down by my purpose, wanting to ensure my life counts for something. But as a well-meaning person who loves me very much (*cough* my husband) pointed out, it’s okay to just enjoy life – the ordinary aspects, the sometimes frivolous, the things we’ve been blessed with – if someone else is inspired by my creativity, then double bonus!
Did I mention how busy we’ve been this autumn? I don’t know why I’m surprised really, we have four birthdays within 6 weeks of each other and every single year I feel frazzled and a little overwhelmed by mid November.
It has forced me to rethink life (sounds dramatic but you know what I mean!) and the word ‘balance’ has cropped up time and time again. I committed to hosting a bible study at my house on a Tuesday evening this term but didn’t really consider the implications of all that would go with it. With the bible study comes daily homework, rushed meals and some much-needed tidying of the house. All before 7.30pm!
For a moment I forgot that when you take on something extra, other things need to go in order to make room. Balance – it’s so important in all aspects of life and it will look different for all of us. Let’s just say that I’ve had an essential declutter of the diary and being kinder to myself has been brought a little higher up the list.
This song has been on a loop just recently.
OutsideAutumn has been about woolly jumpers, ankle boots and cable knit tights for me. My daughter hates them but I love them! I’ve discovered some gorgeous ones from Next that come in all sorts of colours and they are so warm and snuggly.
I’ve also discovered Essie nail varnish and I’m in love with it – affordable, hard wearing and loads of gorgeous colours. Two coats last at least a week if not longer, and no, I’ve not been paid to promote it! The day I discovered that my nails matched my coffee cup was a good day!
Our builders finally left at the end of October so we’ve been making full use of our garden room ever since. We’ve been able to say ‘yes’ to 16th birthday parties and the dreaded sleepovers. In fact I think we’ve had four sleepovers since the end of October!
I am so enjoying the novelty of closing the door on all the mess, to be dealt with when we are feeling braver. It’s been everything we had hoped for and more. I’ve even taken to disappearing down there for a few hours to do some work in peace. Having a coffee machine down there helps enormously!
BeyondEvery time I walk out of the door on a cold frosty morning, I can almost smell skiing in the air – the time is drawing near folks! We’ve booked tunnels and flights to squeeze in two ski trips this coming season, one as a family and one just the husband and I. Can’t wait!
Other than that, I’m beginning to research family summer holidays and I am also planning a little trip to New York in early July with my girls. The youngest will have just finished her GCSEs and the eldest will have recently turned 18 – two big things to celebrate (any excuse 😜)!
New York has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember so I’m excited about planning it. Don’t fear, I am taking my sister with me for moral support – I’m not sure that the three of us alone in New York would be a good idea! If you’ve been to New York and have any tips on hotels or ‘must sees/dos’ then please do add them in the comments below.
And that just about wraps up autumn. Now we are on to Christmas and all the excitement that brings. Don’t hate me but I’m actually planning to put up a Christmas tree at the weekend…all will be revealed next week!