Hiya! How are you doing? ❤️ The moods gonna drop for a second because this is a sad, sad day 😔…mostly because I’m not ready to leave Autumn behind. This is due to the fact that I have next to no idea what goals to set for Winter aside from festivities (my priorities are on point 😂). I won’t mock you and assume otherwise, you’ve read the title of this post and are well aware of what is to come 😓…Today I’m reviewing my Autumn bucket list *cue an awkward, dramatic pause that is highly unnecessary*.
I’ve been going around thinking I’ll be sad to see Autumn leave and although that’s true, it’s also clear that it’s already gone (didn’t even say goodbye either, how rude 🙄🍂). Winter is here and it looks like it wants to stay. Ice has formed on the grass outside way past the early hours when it would usually melt before I grace the world with my presence 😴😂. There’s a weather warning whilst I’m writing this but not the type I’d get mildly excited about. I like loud rain at night and watching puddle rings form in the day but I’m not for that extreme coldness that’s coming about ❄️.
Freezing temperatures don’t do anyone well (unless you’re the abominable snowman, in which case please show/teach me your ways ☃️) but my chronic pain has noticably been so much worse since we’ve entered the season and I wish we could just retreat from it in that sense. In all other scenarios aside from those mentioned above, I’m happy about what winter brings. Each season has it’s challenges but there is also a lot to enjoy and be grateful for.
I know I said I’d plan on getting into the winter spirit way back at the end of October but what the hell was I thinking?? I was all over Autumn back then and that would have made the season a whole lot shorter so I don’t know why I was aiming in that direction (my concept of time is all wrong 😂).
I thought I was still getting in there early by writing this post and closing off that chapter because everytime I used to google “when does winter begin?” It would give me the astronomical date of the 21st. Now it bypasses that and just says in other ways winter begins on the 1st 😑. At least I’ve acknowledged that Autumn has gone and haven’t missed out on enjoying winter to the fullest, even if google has been playing with my emotions! 😂 Why I’ve written such a long intro is beyond me and the only way I can counteract that is by getting on with reviewing this bucket list so let’s go:…
Enjoy that whole cozy atmos! 🌟
I’m still there and it’s a wonderful place to be 🙌. In the beginning there was a novelty to it and as time goes by I have noticed that these Winter days are made up of an entirely different blend of coziness altogether! Before we were on the verge of the cold weather, still holding onto a hint of Summer but now we’ve fallen into a freezing cold pool and I’m not exactly swimming (because I can’t 😂) but I’m not sinking either. I am glad that a certain level of mindful relaxation can be found in keeping warm and snug throughout an icy day even if it does seem to get into my bones the wrong way ❄️.
Use loads of candles! 🕯️
I took note of this wrong and wrote “use a load of cameras”…what am I, a stalker? 🕵️😂 This is one that I’ve moved on from lately as it hasn’t crossed my mind to light candles but in the thick of Autumn I went a bit crazy with them 😌. I broke out my pumpkin tealights and completely burnt out a large colour changing candle that wasn’t even mine before moving onto a peony scented flame 🌸 (despite doing a floristry course I’m not sure what a peony looks like. I am trying not to use google for help after our fallout so we’ll just go with that emoji 😂).
Bake like the clappers 🎃
I did this quite a bit with the help of baking through zoom with family! 😄🍮 Back when I thought up the idea in March I did not think it would go on for this long at all. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to catch up whilst having a laugh and trying new things. I can’t count how much we’ve made so far and the amount of calls that have racked up or had to be continued via WhatsApp when zoom fails on the odd occasion but we make it work because it’s been nice to have that event-like thing to look forward to through lockdown and a pandemic in general.
We’re always trying to think of new recipe ideas but it’s getting to the stage where we might try our hand at repeating past fails and try to fix them! (Brookie I’m looking at you! I need to get that cookie/brownie combo right as it coagulated last time….and I’ve put myself off the idea now 🤢😂). If I had to pick a favourite out of our many bakes I’d go with the chocolate brownie cookies HERE! I want to make them again but somehow with less sugar which may not be easy seeing as it’s the icing sugar that makes them so damn delicious 🤤.
Indulge in a fair bit of self care 🛀
In the form of hobbies and knowing when to stop with things that weren’t doing me any good I guess I did! 🤔 This is one of those open ended goals but that might just be an excuse for an area I’m lacking in. It’s tricky to know when to take time for yourself with chronic pain because it’s not something that can be enjoyed when I’m unwell as I’d much rather be out and about getting stuff done and if I’m feeling fine there’s other things I wanna do, relaxation isn’t on the agenda but it should be.
I really need to learn how to choose to relax and not just be forced into that when sickness kicks in. I’m not going to fully put myself down though because I did take time out before sleeping on good night’s to listen to podcasts, they’ve really been a great boost for me lately! 🎧 Its like on a not so good day I can listen to something motivational that completely turns that mood upside down and I’ll end the day on a high feeling positive about what is to come tomorrow ✨.
Paint my nails in autumnal shades 💅🏽
Sure did! Right now I have a clear vitamin layer that strengthens them but up until now I was working my way through aubern shades like there was no tomorrow. I didn’t go as mad as I would have thought but within a few months I must have painted my nails around 4/5 times which is a lot for me! I should have added that to the self-care list above because it was very calming to do and it’s the kind of activity you zone out whilst completing 🙌💫.
Decorate my room 😍
It sorta happened! I spaced out the whole thing over time and since my birthday a lil mess has made it’s way in there but once I put stuff away I can get back into finishing up! 🤞😅 I have art waiting to be framed + hung up alongside what already is and a steady collection of succulents are lined up on my windowsill 🌵. There’s now more than what I showed you in the succulents that moved in post because I accept good gifts in the form of plants, can’t say no and don’t really want to 😂.
Yeah my room is messy but in a very compact way. If you walked in you’d know I live in the countryside because there’s a lot of oak and I tone that down to calm with blankets which are practically everywhere and it’s a real sanctuary for me 😴. It’s spiraling away from that controlled mess that I don’t think will ever leave because then it wouldn’t look lived in to be fair 😂.
Hot drinks ☕
I recieved a selection of teas for my birthday alongside a beautiful Alice in wonderland teapot! (That doesn’t answer the question Lucy 🙄😂). I drank an acceptable amount of hot drinks how about that? 😋☕.
Toast marshmallows somehow 😍
I found a cookie sandwich recipe that allows you to grill a marshmallow ontop but since then I’ve been really careful about sugar intake so I decided not to make them 😭. If I were to have a treat I’d go for the brownie cookies I mentioned above though (I’m hoping the chocolate chips we got in preparation for me making that again weren’t stolen because it’s been some time now since I last went on a hunt for them 😓).
How could I forget blankets?
I didn’t, I literally spoke of them above (my past self doesn’t get me 🙄😂). Like I practically shouted above, my room is a blanket haven so I’ll talk about someone elses! My older dog Ruby has been snuggled up in some blankets I got her and it’s so cute how she changes into a puppy and lets us wrap her up! 🤗. She was never really used to them before and would just lay on top of the odd blanket here and there.
Now she is cocooned in-between two fleeces I got on a Black Friday sale (best purchase ever! 😂). She has a memory foam type mattress bed because her joints aren’t that good so is most likely the comfiest in the house right now. You can tell she appreciates it too. God I love her so much 😭. Don’t worry, Toby our cavachon got a fleece blanket too! He’s small so can be held like a baby though to keep warm 😍 (The definition of spoilt rotten right there 👈😂).
Go on an evening/night drive ✨
For my birthday we went for a drive-through meal in the evening 😍. I needed KFC in my life again 🙌 and hadn’t been out in ages beforehand so it was an appreciated drive where I stared out those car windows like my life depended on it 😯😂.
Unpack colder weather clothing ❄️
I was very proud of myself when I finally did this!! Every so often I’d do a little bit so I started by taking out summer stuff from my wardrobe, then I folded it up and set it aside to replace the winter clothes I’d packed away and I got round to doing just that before popping all the wintery things I’d forgotten about back into my wardrobe! 👕 Sometimes I can be good at pacing and this is a credit to that! It’s one of those moments I should remind myself of when in doubt 😂.
Halloween/Autumn arts + crafts!
Hhmmm 🤔 (that means no 😂). I really put my all into the scarf I finished and I think the most artsy things I completed were my bujo spreads: September revolved around lines, October featured all things Autumnal + spooky stickers 👻 and November was a theme I’d been waiting ages to try out, bees! 🐝😂
Do something with my hair!
I dip dyed it purple! 💜 A short while was spent researching a good brand for it and then I had to make sure it was good on a darker hair shade. My sister is a pro at l that kind of stuff so she did the deed and it shows up a lot in the light as can be expected but even in the dark I can see it so I’m happy! 😊
Since it’s been done I’ve had my hair trimmed because I found that it gets so matted since it was dyed. I couldn’t be dealing with that when I’m not feeling too good in myself anyway health wise and combing out was a chore so we took off a couple inches and to be honest it looks no different, thank goodness 😅 (I would have been so annoyed if I’d gone through all that just to chop it off 😂). It’s tough to tell how long my hair is when it is damp because it curls up as it dries so you have to judge the length and my mum got it right (she wanted to keep going but it’ll only be level when it’s all gone so that chopping had to come to an end 😌😂).
Have fun!! ✨
I truly did and I hope it goes up from here into Winter! 🤘
Ta da zi za! 💥 Thanks for reading! Your time is precious but sadly I cannot accept refunds 😊😂. I think these goals went WAY better than my summer ones did 🙌. Did you set yourself any goals? Let me know about them in the comments below and also feel free to share what plans you have for Winter! I wanna get excited about all that is to come 🤣🎄. Hope you have a lovely day! Take care and I’ll see YOU soon 🌟💕.