So, October is my favourite month; for all of the change of colours, the fresh mornings etc, but also a tough time of the year for many of us to get our heads around as the mornings and evenings get darker earlier and the general mood among family, friends and colleagues gets a little lower.
I have a wonderful holiday to look forward to in a little under 7 weeks (I’m going to visit my uncles in Perth for 12 days), and I feel like I’m on wind down for it already – which is bad! I thrive when I’m busy; I’m productive and energetic and I need to keep my brain occupied, I can’t afford to be fed up and counting down the days.
We do after all, have to live in the moment, in the here and now – not look forward to enjoying things that haven’t even happened yet and in doing so, missing out on what’s happening right now.
So, I’ve come up with an Autumn To Do list, goals to achieve over the next 7 weeks to keep me occupied and focused;
1. Make time for my morning yoga practice This has fallen away somewhat lately, so I’m going to do what I can to get it back on track. Not only for personal progression and focus, but also because starting your day with some exercise has so many benefits, including boosting your energy levels for up to 7 hours afterwards (who doesn’t need that on these dark mornings?) it’d be silly not to.
2. Cook one new dish a week Autumn offers up some wonderful seasonal dishes especially for veggies, time to experiment! I’m considering a Recipe section for my blog, but I’m not sure how that’ll work yet… I’ll keep you posted (obviously).
3. Carve a pumpkin Well, it is witching season after all. In previous years I’ve done the vomiting pumpkin, a witch and a Mike Wasowski (Monsters Inc.) so I’m going to look around at all of the inspiration there is on Pinterest at the moment!
4. Volunteer Work I am volunteering at an event in November – Yoga for Syria. A day festival in which people will donate £20 to charity working with refugees in need, and in return get to spend the day with some of London’s most dynamic and versatile teachers, sample delicious healthy food, acoustic beats and more; www.yogaforsyria.com for more information.
5. Clear Out the Crap What better way to have a clutter free mind than a clutter free home? it’s time to get rid of anything that no longer serves/fits me (or that needs ironing)
6. Any old Iron Speaking of iron(ing)… a lack of Iron is the world’s most common deficiency, leaving you exhausted, pale and finding it tough to concentrate – which is difficult enough at this time of year. I need to ensure that I’m getting all of my vitamins and minerals, so it’s time to look at my diet (again) and ensure I’m getting everything I can get from my food, and put some research into any supplements I should be taking.
7. Get a new yoga teaching job I qualified as a fully-fledged 200 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher in August this year and I have two private clients and one corporate group class on a Wednesday evening alongside my day job, but I have lots of free time and much to learn so I’m looking for more teaching work to widen my experience so I best brush up that CV.
8. Prepare for my next trip I know that I’m already going to Australia but I also have my birthday present to me for my 30th coming up; I’m doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in April next year – and it definitely can’t hurt to start training for that! One long walk/ trek/ hike (pick your favourite) a week should get me started… and rule out the lift in the office too!
9. Indulge Almost everyone loves a pamper, and what better way to prepare for a holiday than a mani, pedi & facial!? It’s good to treat yourself from time to time so I’ll get myself booked in for a treatment
10. Arrange something for my man for his trip away to climb Aconcagua for a month Nov – Dec! (Can’t tell you what as he reads my blog…)
Anyone else have seasonal ‘to do lists’? What’s on yours?