“Autumn is a season to reflect on the life we’ve always dreamed of. Do we have to have the perfect life or dream home to be content right now? Of course not…All we need is right in front of us. Contentment comes when we embrace the life we can create right now in an authentic, warm, meaningful-from-the-inside-out kind of home.”
excerpted from my New York Times bestselling book
Love the Home You Have
I‘m a homebody. And there’s really no season that brings my homebody heart as much joy as fall! For me, fall has always been more about creating a home than decorating one, and more about paying attention to the life we live there than the things we fill our rooms with.
Slowing down helps us to better savor the place we call home and to take better care of ourselves and the people inside.
Here are three cozy fall activities that can help you do just that.
1. Embrace the quiet and creative.
If you’re like me, slowing down can feel like stopping a moving train! How can you savor a cozy evening if you are feeling too stressed to slow down? Finding time to do something as seemingly unproductive as coloring might seem impossible, or like a waste of time.
But quiet and creative activities like coloring can be so beneficial–as they help relax your mind. If you find it difficult to slow your racing thoughts, focus on filling in the sections on the page with color. Then see how you feel!
The Inspired Room coloring book might even spark ideas for your own home, so you never know what a peaceful time of creativity might inspire. Besides, a quiet gathering of coloring could be a perfect way to reconnect with introverted friends and become everyone’s favorite way to get together!
You could work on color pages in the evening by yourself while listening to a podcast or watching a show, or color with kids or family. The Inspired Room Coloring Book has a mix of rooms, furnishings, patterns, and quotes to color, so it’s perfect for homebodies like us. Grab some colored pencils and give coloring a try this fall (or get a few for housewarming or Christmas gifts)!
2. Develop fun fall family night traditions.
A snippet from my September 2007 blog post on The Inspired Room:
One of the things I crave most of all in my home is a cozy atmosphere for my family. A respite from the outside world where we can be together. I like comfy places to sit down with a book, places to light a fire or a flickering candle, inviting places to dine together and play games.
Yet even if I find the time to create those surroundings, the reality is I need to set aside time to actually use them.
My goal is to make a priority out of LIVING the life I want, not just creating the atmosphere for it.
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Why go out when you can have a fun family night in your own cozy home?
Our family has a 25 year tradition of playing what we call “the marble game,” (otherwise known as Agitation, ours is a wood board game with marbles) at the dinner table (especially in fall and winter).
I’ve often said we need to make it a priority to actually play the games, not just say we want to. We usually just leave the game out on the table so it becomes a daily reminder to slow down and play the games! We also keep other games nearby or in our lidded basket so they are easy to find.
What’s on your fall family night bucket list? Make a list and do the things!
Play a game? Host a costume party with your neighborhood? Read a book together by the fire?
Make the time for fall family night traditions!
Lidded Basket for Games
3 – Savor a season of self-care.
Self-care can feel like a chore, or a blessing, depending on the perspective. I recently found out I have Hashimoto’s (I’ll tell you more about that, soon!). As a result, I’ve been fully gluten-free for about six weeks now. So believe me, I get it! Change isn’t always easy.
It can feel like a chore to make lifestyle adjustments of any kind, but instead of seeing them as an annoyance or inconvenience, we can see the fall season as an opportunity to slow down a bit and take better care of our home, ourselves and our family.
What new habits need to be adopted for your well-being?
What mindsets and attitudes need adjusting?
What healthier recipes do you want to try?
What fall meals would your family enjoy?
How could you become more active, rather than less active this time of year?
What changes need to happen around your home you’ll feel better in it?
Fall is always my favorite season as a homebody for so many reasons!
In what ways could you slow down to take care better of your home, yourself and your family through cozy fall activities?
CATCH UP ON THE FALL NESTING SERIES:
Day One: An Autumn Mindset
Day Two: 20 Little Things
Day Three: Cozying Up the House with Shutters
Day Four: How to Decorate Your Coffee Table in Any Season
Day Five: Fall House Tour
Day Six: Embrace Your Style (and adapt as needed)
Day Seven: Your Fall Morning Routine
Day Eight: Fall Puttering
Day Nine: Simple Ways to Create a Welcoming Fall Porch
Day Ten: Make Your Bedroom a Cozy Retreat
Day Eleven: Fall Home Refresh – 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life
Day Twelve: 14 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas
Day Thirteen: TODAY!