Thoughts for Autumn 2019

Hello, all you other autumn-loving folks!

We all know by now that fall is probably my favorite season of all. I enjoy the coziness of winter and I look forward to spring since it usually marks the end of my seasonal depression (SAD) but autumn is still, and always will be, my favorite season.


The weather is finally changing! Actually, as I write this we’re in the middle of a cold front with the temperatures down to the 50s and 60s during the day. We’ll have some good days in the 80s and 90s again before the month is over, but still, it’s a nice break from the 100 degree days! Considering I was dealing with those while being eight and nine months pregnant, I am absolutely LOVING this cooler weather. It is the best thing ever.

Since the weather has been cooler I’ve been able to break out my flannel shirts and soon enough I’ll get to unpack my sweaters. That excites me way too much probably but I don’t care because fall fashion is my favorite. I think I wrote about that last year actually.

I’m finally feeling ready to have a hot drink again, so far mostly just tea in the evenings, although I did have an internal debate in the drivethru the other day about whether to get my usual hot or iced. The iced coffee still won out that day but I would bet money on that being the last time for the year.

It’s hard to ramble about how I’m feeling because it’s not just the seasons that are changing – I’ve been in a huge shift personally lately as well… mentally, physically, and spiritually. All because I’m still adjusting to being a mom and figuring out what exactly that means and looks like for me.

But this time of year I always start feeling those homebody vibes. Wanting to be cozy and focusing more inwardly, both on my relationships and my own self. I start looking ahead to the holiday season, mentally feeling out possible Christmas presents and craving pumpkin pie. It’s already becoming the most wonderful time of the year for me!

The fall season of 2019 doesn’t really hold a lot of big projects for me. Starting our biggest adventure yet – the adventure of raising the Tiniest Princess – is top priority, of course. Beyond that nothing else feels super important yet.

I may or may not participate in Nanowrimo this November after all. It’s been something I planned to do all year, and really I’ll still be able to, time-wise at least. But so far I don’t really have any idea which project I want to work on. So it will probably come down to whether I come up with a good idea before November 1st or not. If I don’t, it’s not the end of the world. There’s always next year if this year doesn’t pan out.

Although, now that I’m writing this I did have an inkling of an idea that might work out. We shall see!

This isn’t so much an autumn project, but rather just an end of the year project… but I want to make a bigger effort not to be caught up in the consumerism of the holiday season today. I want to try to limit the amount of store bought gifts for Christmas and I don’t want to let myself buy into the stress of Black Friday shopping. It’s a bad habit of mine that I am trying to break. Living in a smaller space right now definitely is helping since I don’t have places to put new stuff!

Something I don’t really get into on this blog is my spiritual life (oddly enough, since I try to be so honest about my mental health journey) but this season of life is finding me in a state of rediscovery, of questioning a lot of things and making some choices about my inner self. I’ll get into this a little more in one of next week’s posts, but I’m allowing this to be a journey that I give a little more focus to this autumn season.

Do you love the fall season? What do you have planned for the next few weeks/months?

Love and kindness,

Katharine Marie

Posted by Katharine Espinosa

Katharine is a freelance writer, editor, and aspiring author. She loves coffee, chocolate, cats, and riding her horses on the weekends. She lives in rural Texas with her husband and daughter.

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