𝒂𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒏𝒔

𝑷𝒊𝒄𝒌 𝒖𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒖𝒎𝒏 & 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒖𝒎𝒏 & 𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉𝒔. 𝑰𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒏𝒆𝒈𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒍𝒖𝒄𝒌 𝒕𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉𝒔. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒏, 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒔𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏 𝒊𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖.

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𝑩𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒎𝒊𝒅𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒓 & 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒖𝒎𝒏, 𝒂 𝒅𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒏 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒏 𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒎𝒖𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒄𝒌 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒍𝒖𝒄𝒌 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏. 𝑰𝒇 𝒈𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍 𝒎𝒐𝒐𝒏, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒊𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒊𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔, 𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒔𝒅𝒐𝒎 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒊𝒇 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒂 𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒐𝒘. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔.

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𝑳𝒆𝒕’𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒏 𝑨𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒏 𝑮𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒔 𝑻𝒓𝒆𝒆.

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𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄 (𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒔𝒐 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄) 𝒕𝒊𝒑𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒖𝒎𝒏

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𝑴𝒊𝒏𝒅

  1. Stay connected to nature. Breathe in the crisp air, take in the beauty that autumn brings. Staying connected to the cooling temperature will make the harshness winter brings much easier to enjoy. Mindful walking.
  2. Decluttering is somehow good for the soul. And autumn is a great time look at the abundance in our lives, keep what we need, and maybe donate or give away what we don’t. For me, I enjoy autumn cleaning even more than my spring cleaning.
  3. Practice mindful breathing. Practice right nostril breathing: Close your left nostril using the ring finger on your right hand. Inhale through your right nostril for 6-8 seconds, then exhale through the same nostril for 5-7 seconds. Repeat for 7-10 rounds, a few times a day. This will enhance the sun energy that helps keep the body warm as the temperature drops.
  4. Try some new cool weather hobbies. Hiking, nature crafting, cooking classes, learn outdoor survival skills, learn some indoor gardening, go geocaching. hit the museums, take on a reading challenge, volunteer… Staying active will help you avoid seasonal depression.
  5. Play! Connect with your inner child and jump in some leaves, or climb a tree!
  6. Nap. A 20-minute nap is said to be totally rejuvenating for the whole physical, emotional, and mental system. If you can fit it into to your day I highly recommend it.
  7. Take another route to work. Mixing up your routine in small ways creates new neural pathways in the brain to keep it healthy. And you will get to see the autumn landscape in an area you maybe haven’t seen.

 

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𝑩𝒐𝒅𝒚

  1. Eat seasonally and from local farmers. Root veggies (enhance your connection to the Earth), spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, barley, baked winter squashes, nuts, seeds, fish rich in Omega-3’s like salmon, and whole grains. This will keep you feeling warm and grounded and aid with seasonal allergies too when you eat locally grown!
  2. Add warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and garlic to your dishes.
  3. Drinking a warm glass of water or tea with some fresh lemon first thing in the morning. This will keep you hydrated and start your gut off to a good start!
  4. Use natural oils like coconut, jojoba, and shea to hydrate your skin and especially during the cooler months,  dry brush to get rid of dead cells at least 2x a week. Exfoliate and moisturize daily with natural products.
  5. We deal with so much fabric on our skin and all the drier air from the heat being on. Get a humidifier! The moisture can be very important for our lungs, our skin and our whole body’s health.
  6. Get to bed a bit earlier, keep the room cool and dark and get a great sleep.
  7. Drink tea as often as possible, try using herbs and spices like dandelion, sage, gentian, cinnamon, turmeric and chamomile. This will keep you hydrated while still keeping warm!
  8. This is also a good time of the year to start taking natural preventive supplements such as elderberry syrups, Indian gooseberry, turmeric, ginger, honey, holy basil and other herbal supplements to keep infections at bay.  And try some Echinacea Plus® tea
  9. As we spend even more days indoors, we get less vitamin D, therefore it is necessary to take vitamin D supplements during fall and winter months.
  10. Try out a Neti Pot. Neti pots help reduce allergies, and flush out the nasal passages (great for colds and sinus infections)
  11. Grab a wheatgrass shot (a quick way to get a healthy boost) from places like Whole Foods or juice bars, or in powder form (which you can add to smoothies etc).Packed with key vitamins and minerals, wheatgrass supports the immune system and aids the body’s detoxification process. It also supports body alkalinity, and promises a daily serving of vegetables.
  12. Studies show that acupuncture can boost immunity to help prevent getting sick, and also reduce cold and flu symptoms.

 

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𝑺𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒊𝒕

  1. Shift your activity inward. Reflect on the your year so far, start planning for the next few months to keep your mind focused on the seasons ahead. This practice will keep you mindful of where you’ve been and where you want to go. Meditation has been used for centuries to improve relaxation, improve mind-body balance and enhance general health and well-being.
  2. Yoga. Half Lord of the Fishes PoseNoose Pose,  Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose , Bow PoseCamel PoseWarrior I Pose , Sun Salutations and Hot Yoga. 
  3. Meditation; Letting Go: A Guided Meditation for Fall
  4. Practice gratitude as often as you can.
  5. Get together with others of like mind to pray, meditate, etc…
  6. Use your commute for a “Beauty Scavenger Hunt.” Find five unexpected beautiful things on your way to work.
  7. Keep a gratitude journal.Gratitude journals are quick and effective ways to shift your mood away from your problems and worries and towards the good things in your life.  For an optimal experience, purchase a good quality journal and pen (something special that will encourage you to keep writing) and set aside 5-10 minutes either first thing in the morning or before bed to list three things you’re grateful for. If you feel stuck, try my 30 gratitude journal prompts.
  8. Use autumn scented essential oils around the house, they will lift your spirit and your mood!
  9. Hug a tree and connect with nature. 

 

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𝑬𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔

  1. Journal. Spill your emotions into your journal so you can make a plan to change the negative ones and pull out the positive ones. Be honest with yourself.
  2. Actively work on your self confidence. The Mirror Technique. As the weather gets cooler and season depression tries to creep in have a plan of action to keep feeling good about yourself.
  3. Mindful Relaxation.
  4. Hate autumn? Identify the very best thing possible about fall for you and experience it as richly as you can. Then you can go on to the second best thing and so on… Find the joy of the season!
  5. Do things that make you smile, and laugh! Good full belly laughs!
  6. Don’t start over shopping for the holidays. This is one of the BIG reasons many people come face to face with depression during these months. The stress of bills and the need to spend spend spend makes us crash hard. SPEND mindful time with loved ones, this is the best gift you will ever plan for them!
  7. Sink into a bath with essential oils or a fabulous bath bomb. Create a spa in your bathroom and settle in for some relaxing moments to recenter yourself. Take the “me” time.
  8. Go out and get a new hair style or color or even a manicure! Refreshing yourself helps get your mood in check and your mood in line with the season. 

 

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𝑺𝒐𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍

  1. This is the perfect time to start reaching out to people you may have lost contact with. Plan an autumn outing maybe, or go for chai to sit and talk. Reconnect, it’ll feel good!
  2. Start a new hobby or take a class where you’ll meet new people.
  3. Plan an autumn themed trip, even if it’s just a weekend or a day trip with your bff’s. Something even as simple as stopping for autumn themed coffee at your local cafe will warm your heart and lift your spirits!
  4. Get friends together for a game of touch football – even if you don’t like football. Embrace the season!
  5. Get the family involved in some gardening for next season!
  6. Take a drive or hike to look at the autumn leaves.
  7. Host a wine or seasonally themed party!
  8. Plan a Friendsgiving with friends or co-workers. 

 

 

Fall Bucket List

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Fall Bucket List

Hike a portion of the Appalachian trail.
This has been on my list for a long time. And we finally live close! Just waiting for cooler temps and autumn leaves to start turning. Ticks are super bad here in NJ so I’d rather wait till the little evil things are resting!

Finish my Crystal Healer’s Certification Classes!!
Should have this completed this month!

Start taking some pottery classes to get my hands back into the craft.
I loved making pottery. But don’t love using it. I took a pottery class in college and loved it. I found it to be very meditative to work with my hands crafting. I didn’t pursue it as a hobby because I don’t use pottery. I love the artistry but the weightiness of the pieces seemed just clunky to me. So I would love to get back into it to challenge myself to create pieces I would actually use and display in my home. And who knows, perhaps a business opportunity? Or a side line I could add to a little shop me and the hubby have been dreaming up lately 😉

Complete 1 of my Reiki certifications, level 2 classes.
With everything that’s been happening the last several months I haven’t focused on classes or practice. I miss it!

Go apple picking.
I’ve never gone apple picking before and we have orchards close by. So this fall we plan to go picking @ Battleview Orchards

Bike a scenic trail or two.
Yayyy we finally got bikes! A friend very generously gifted us 1 gently used and 1 new bike this summer. Sadly we still haven’t taken them out. Next week we plan a test run.

Baking & making 90% of our holiday gifts this year.
Last year we decided we wanted most of our gift giving to be homemade. Last year we baked breads and made jams and bought a few thoughtfully coordinated extras to add on to the experience. We haven’t quite laid out our plans yet, but we are on staycation next week and have time to come up with our ideas for this year.

Geocaching.
Here’s the app!

Take lots of mini road trips around NJ, PA & NY.
While we’re here we need to do some exploring!

Adopt a puppy or kitty.
Happy to say we already checked this one off the list before I finished this blog post!! I’ll be posting about him! Check out Petfinder, there are thousands and thousands of animals to choose from.

Bake a pie, from scratch.
Remember, apple picking will be done!

Host a scary movie night. 
Lights off. Autumn snacks and beverages a plenty. Plenty of comfy pillows and sleeping bags/blankets so people can be cozy and comfy if they fall asleep lol.

Send notes to friends and family for Thanksgiving telling them why you are thankful for them.
This is something I’ve thought about doing for a few years. But every year I over think it and just don’t do it. This year, scale it simple. Just little notes of love, appreciation and gratitude. Doesn’t have to be fancy to be heartfelt.

Take lots of fall foliage walks.
Drive somewhere new and just walk the town or area we’re in and take in the beauty.  Try and keep a photo journal and blog it!

Make leaf art; here are some ideas…
37 Best Leaf Craft Ideas to Help You Fall Into the Season

Get a 1000-piece puzzle with an autumn theme to put together on a chilly night.
I want to make hot apple cider and just spend a quiet evening working on a puzzle with my honey.  Perhaps some Vivaldi, Four seasons playing in the background?

Learn how to knit and create a scarf for fall or winter.
Pretty simple plan. And best part, my hubby would help. He’s actually the sewer in the house so he has a few skills in this department.

Visit the local farmers markets/Eat Everything That’s in Season.
We didn’t get a chance this summer to check them out.

Make homemade autumn latte’s
Here are some of the recipes we want to try –  https://vegnews.com/2018/9/5-must-make-vegan-lattes-perfect-for-fall

Preserve something to enjoy for throughout winter
This will fall right in with us making homemade holiday gifts this year! 

Go through a corn maze!
I’ve never gone through a cornfield maze before, hopefully this is the year. 

Donate another bin or two to a shelter or resale shop
Since I started this list I already have a full trash bag and a full bin just waiting to be donated!

Normally I blog my bucket lists and forget to post updates. Fingers crossed I keep up!

Autumn Leaves

 

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Golden, crisp leaves falling softly from almost bare trees,
Lifting and falling in a hushed gentle breeze,
Slowly dropping to the soft cushioned ground,
Whispering and rustling a soothing sound.

Coppers, golds, and rusted tones,
Mother Nature’s way of letting go.
They fall and gather one by one,
Autumn is here, summer has gone.

Crunching as I walk through their warm fiery glow,
Nature’s carpet rich and pure that again shall grow,
To protect and shield its majestic tree,
Standing tall and strong for the world to see.

They rise and fall in the cool, crisp air.
It’s a time of change in this world we share,
Nature’s importance reflecting our own lives,
Letting go of our fears and again, too, we shall thrive.

Written By: © Edel T. Copeland

Pumpkin Workout?

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A Total-Body Workout You Can Do With a Pumpkin in Just 15 Minutes

I am definitely going to try this! Yayy the great pumpkin season! Anyone else tried this yet?

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