Autumn Bucket List
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Well, it’s OFFICIALLY autumn. That doesn’t mean a thing to the state of Georgia, at least as far as temperature goes, but there’s football on the TV, pumpkins outside of the grocery store, and in just a few weeks, I’ll look out the window and see a scene just like this one!
But I’ll be real with you: it was 88 degrees outside yesterday, and I ate a popsicle. Yay fall!!
I always have a long list of things I want to do in the fall, like eat as many AIP ginger molasses cookies as possible, start drinking coffee again, and the occasional, slightly insane urge to camp (I’ve never been camping a day in my life. I am not an outdoorsy kind of person, no matter how much I’d love to be). But in celebration of my favorite season, I decided to put together a relatively doable Autumn Bucket List! Read on, and let’s compare notes!
1. Have a bonfire.
There’s nothing more fun that sitting around a huge bonfire with your friends. Last year, we had bonfires until it was too cold to sit outside anymore, hanging out and listening to music under the stars. One night in particular, I had one too many glasses of wine (which, for me, is just one glass of wine!) and gave a very impassioned talk about natural ways to reduce inflammation in the body. I’ve yet to live that one down, but hey, I’ve reduced inflammation naturally!
2. Go on a road trip.
As much as I’d love to load up the van and drive to Colorado or the Pacific Northwest, I’m picking a place a little closer to home (Cades Cove, TN) for a road trip destination! I went with my family a few years ago and fell in love with the serene scenery, and can’t wait to go back.
3. Carve a pumpkin.
I’ve carved pumpkins every year since I was a kid, even if it was super last minute (Halloween day, anybody?). Every single year, I start out with a grand plan for the most elaborate pumpkin yet, and every single year, I end up with a buck-toothed, triangle-eyed pumpkin. I give them all a name, too, so if you’ve got any suggestions, leave them in the comments below!
4. Make butternut squash soup.
I had butternut squash soup for the first time while on tour last September, and I think I made it close to ten times over the next few months. It’s one of my favorite foods, and Fairy Gutmother has an amazing, gut-healing recipe.
5. Read at least one book per month.
One book?? Per month?? I know that sounds super low (when I was younger, I could read a book in a day), but between writing and recording a new record, journalism, and blogging, I don’t have the free time that I did when I was 12. But I’ve made it a goal to read at least one book per month, generally as part of my easy, 4-step nighttime routine, while I’m taking an epsom salt bath.
This month’s book is The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. I read The Happiness Project last month and loved it, and I can’t wait to dive into this one!
I also started reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau, and I’ll be honest: I’m struggling to get through it. I thought it would be more…philosophical? Instead, I feel like Thoreau just kind of complained about people for a few hundred pages. I guess that’s what we use Twitter for now. But it’s another one of those little learning points for me: just because it’s a classic, well-respected book doesn’t mean I have to like it. And that’s totally okay.
6. Watch as much football as possible.
I. Love. Football. My whole family loves football. Nick loves football, in the way that only Italians can love something. The best part about football season is there are exactly two days per week without any football. The worst thing about football season is also that there are exactly two days per week without any football. Thank God for Parks and Recreation.
What’s on your autumn bucket list? Do you have any road trips planned, or are you getting hygge with it and hoping for a staycation? Let me know in the comments below!