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Saturday, 28 September 2019

6 Things I'm Looking Forward To This Autumn & Winter

As the autumn and winter months are dawning upon us, so are a few things that I am looking forward to doing with my time throughout these seasons. I'm hoping to enjoy every minute of the coming months, and this list will help me do just that. Let's dive in:


* Embracing JOMO


I don't think I've ever been the type of person to get FOMO (fear of missing out) about anything, but if there is one thing I have been craving A LOT lately, that is JOMO (joy of missing out). Don't get me wrong, I love making plans and keeping busy, but after having such a busy summer this year (which I'm so grateful for), I feel I am ready to enjoy the few sporadic plans I have left this year. Once I have finished those, I am looking forward to taking some time out for myself to recharge my batteries and start to wind down for the year. I need my energy back, to be honest! Ha!


* Buying Christmas presents EARLY


Although I'm fairly organised on the Christmas front usually, my plan, this season is to top that and try and finish my Christmas shopping before November. Since I've hit my savings target for the year (woohoo!), I can relax a bit knowing I don't need to put additional money aside and instead use that extra money to start spending for Christmas.

I've already bought my Christmas cards, and I've begun buying presents and planning what I'm getting my family, so hopefully, I can achieve this early enough. I want to spend the next few months, in the run-up to Christmas, focusing primarily on spending time with my loved ones. Knowing that I can relax because I got everything organised early on and I have budgeted my spending wisely this time around will be a massive benefit.


*Strictly Come Dancing is back!


FINALLY!! After recovering from the sadness of Love Island being over this summer, autumn is the time to get excited for Strictly. I only started getting into the show about 3 years ago now, and I've been hooked ever since! I live and breathe the show from start to finish. Religiously watching the show and results, listening to the podcast on the daily, trawling Twitter for the song and dance choices of the week and tuning in to It Takes Two every evening. It's my new autumn tradition and makes hibernating all autumn and winter the more worth it: the glitz and glamour, the costumes, the music, the banter, THE MOVES. I'm so happy with the contestants. There are some strong contenders this year already and HELL-OH Kelvin Fletcher's Samba?! I still haven't recovered yet! I can't wait to see what the coming weeks have in store!


* Drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate


'Tis the season for drinking ALL the warm beverages, topped with cream, chocolate sprinkles, and marshmallows;). Now the weather has taken a turn for the cold; there is a small luxury of sitting inside a warm cosy cafe, gazing out at the dreary weather and sipping on the warm goodness of a hot chocolate.


* Finish off organising bits and pieces and completing odd jobs


I feel like every month, week, even day,  I'm wanting to get something that needs doing, finished. Every day I have a daily to-do list and a weekly one for all aspects of my life. Although it can be incredibly helpful, I do sometimes feel like I'll never be finished. But we have a few months left, and hopefully, that should be plenty of time to complete these odd jobs. I will be diligent!


* Not feel guilty about having unproductive weekends


I realise this last one contradicts the above plans. Hear me out. When I have free time on a weekend, I have this annoying habit of needing to be busy. Usually saying to myself that I will use that time wisely and do something productive or finish menial tasks. I'm often found saying "this weekend I think I'm going to do (lists a variety of things)." Most of the time I do get things done and feel like I've not had a weekend for myself, but the odd ones when I don't get around to doing tasks or the few instances this year where I've said I would be productive that weekend and then I end up doing nothing but sit on my laptop, I end up feeling so guilty about it, when the reality is sometimes there's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes we don't have the energy to get stuff done, sometimes we need those unproductive weekends to get us back in the groove of our usual busy routines, and from now on I will not feel an ounce of guilt about it! It's like that Italian quote. What is it again? Oh yes! "Il dolce far niente" (The sweetness of doing nothing), I need to channel that mentality during those unproductive weekends!


Thank you for reading!
What are you looking forward to this autumn & winter? Let me know below :)

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This post was inspired by this post by Fran at Franalibi Blog
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  1. Great job! I enjoyed reading this post. So I've wrote a little comment to support you. Keep this going please!

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