Leaves are changing color. Sweaters are coming out. Hot summer days are replaced by breezy afternoons.
It’s fall – and the possibilities to embrace it are endless.
I’ve always been a huge fan of autumn. Winter may be my favorite season, but there’s nothing like drinking a mug of warm apple cider in October.
The problem with fall is that it only lasts a month or two. You go from beach parties to snow days in seemingly an instant. There’s never enough time to appreciate every little thing that makes fall what it is.
There are so many ways to embrace the autumn weather. It’s just a matter of doing them before the crinkled autumn leaves fade away under blankets of snow.
- Leaves, leaves, and more leaves
Red, orange, and brown leaves scattered across the ground. Wind blowing them up all around you. It’s a uniquely autumnal experience. Not everyone gets to experience scattered leaves like most northern locations do. Still, there are plenty of ways to connect with nature during this exciting time of year. If you’re kicking up leaves on your way to class or work, you should definitely stop and make the most of them.
Whether it’s conducting an autumnal photo shoot, creating something cute and DIY, or actually raking them (jumping into the giant pile afterwards is optional), fall leaves are an important part of the season’s aesthetic. I have so many beautiful memories of going outside to play in the leaf piles. Now, it’s mainly my dog who hoards all the fun, but I’m still not too old to appreciate them.
If you’ve got some acrylic paint, you can create colorful leafy paintings. If you’e too far south to find the multi-colored leaves, you could come up with creative decorations of them. You could also come up with your own creative ideas to embody the colorful aesthetic.
- Sweater Weather Doesn’t Have to Wait Until Winter
Depending on where you live, sweater weather can start at different times of the year. Most people associate sweater weather with fall and subsequently winter. When I was younger, I’d never been much of a sweater fan. They were always the Christmas presents I didn’t really want. Now, I’ve grown to love their comfort. One of my favorite October activities is to wrap myself up in a semi-large sweater or cardigan and just read in a cozy spot.
Go out and buy a couple more sweaters. I know I’m going to be doing a bit of online shopping for this autumn season. There’s nothing like being hugged by warm cotton as you go about your day.
You don’t even need to stop there. Knit hats, fuzzy leggings, and intricate scarves can only add to your fall closet. On top of that, you’ll be grateful for buying the warmer outfits come winter.
- Fall Flavors
You truly know it’s fall when you start seeing signs for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
Some people think that they’re overrated, but I’ve found that fall flavors such as pumpkin spice encourage me to dive into the fall aesthetic.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of every possible type of fall flavor. Pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon flavors just add to my day. I don’t think people give fall flavors enough credit. They only come around once a year, so why not try all of them out?
I’d specifically recommend heading over to Starbucks and getting an iced pumpkin spiced latte with caramel. It’s truly the best thing I’ve ever gotten from the famous coffee shop.
There are so many ways to indulge in them. There are pumpkin pie flavored Kit Kat’s, vendors selling warm apple cider, and plenty of cinnamon-y desserts. Tea and candles also tend to come in plenty of these autumnal, woody scents. On top of all that, I’m a foodie and going to different cute coffee shops just to see what seasonal offerings they have has become a bit of a hobby.
- Embrace the outdoors!
Even if it’s a bit chilly, there’s so much to do during fall! Personally, I love apple picking, pumpkin carving, and walks through leaf-laden parks. With school and work, it may feel like you have no time to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Despite that, it’s a good idea to take a break and breathe it in.
You can do a lot of these activities with friends and family to craft unforgettable memories. It’s a great bonding activity to just chill on someone’s porch creating faces in a huge pumpkin you just picked out from a pumpkin patch. Corn mazes can add a bit of excitement to your otherwise busy schedule, too. When I think of the past, most of my memories are fun moments with my friends where we went on these autumnal excursions.
While it may not last very long, fall is a time of creating fond memories and forming bonds. It’s the season of pumpkin spice and cool breezes. It’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, and everything in between. But most of all, it’s a chance to live a little bit rather than remaining wrapped up in work.
So go out and embrace the fall season – you won’t regret it.
Photo by Autumn Mott Rodeheaver on Unsplash
Also published on Medium.