Tag: Autumn

3 Things: October

October has to be one of my favourite months of the year. It’s officially Autumn, the leaves are changing, the temperatures dropping, and it’s time for cosy coats and hot chocolate.

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Autumn really is my favourite season. Nature gets more interesting. I, personally, find the muted browns and yellows of the falling leaves to be far more beautiful than the harsh, bright colours of the Spring and Summer.

October also marked the return to University for me, and even though I’m only a few weeks in I’m already needing a holiday. We’ve been thrown in at the deep end this year with the workload and rehearsals et al. and I’ve been so busy that my self-care routine has fallen by the wayside just a little bit.

One thing I recently added to my routine that I’ve managed to keep up is my gratitude list, a wee daily note of something I’m grateful for to remind me that life isn’t as shit as it sometimes seems. I’ve decided to do a monthly round-up of my top 3 each month, to give you guys a glance into what keeps me plodding along.

1. The Changing Autumn Leaves.

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The changing of the leaves really signals the coming of Autumn to me, and that means we’re heading for my favourite time of year. It’s time for Hallowe’en, Christmas, and it being truly dark enough outside for me to sit and enjoy some real candlelight at night.

The yellow, orange and brown of the dying leaves are so beautiful. There’s something so tragically melancholic about the wilting of the leaves and the changing of the seasons.

2. Retail Therapy

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I was feeling a little down a few weeks ago after what I felt was a pretty poor practice session (what can I say, I’m a soprano, we’re overdramatic) and was in desperate need of a pick me up.

So I headed for Primark for some retail therapy.

I found myself a rather lovely light blue top in the sale for £1, and a sexy little leatherette skirt for a tenner. I wore the skirt that Thursday in a class and got a good many compliments on it throughout the day (go me!). I felt so much better after heading out and doing something I just wanted to do in the moment. I blew my entire monthly clothing budget =, mind you, but in my humble opinion, it was worth it.

3. Budgets

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Speaking of budgets, why has it taken me to the third year of university for me to actually start a budget? The lack of monetary stress and panic about whether I can afford things is such a Godsend now that I’ve planned out my money and figured out that I’m actually not as skint as I thought I was! Yay! Now I can really get into those savings goals knowing that I can save for the things I want and still be able to do the things I want.

Well, there you have it, that’s the round-up of my favourite things to happen to me this month! I’m off to get myself a pumpkin spice latte and feel the sass with the Sanderson Sisters.

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My Favourite Autumn Self-Care

Autumn truly seems to be the season of self-care. Everyone’s sharing their self-care routines, so I guessed I’d jump on the bandwagon.

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My self-care routine is so important to me, and I am incredibly protective of it and my time. Last year I experienced what it is to be burnt out, and it is a feeling I will never forget. Never again. Self-care, and taking the time to focus on myself and my needs, has truly helped to change me and my view of the world, and I frequently advocate starting a self-care routine to my friends.

1. Sleep

I am an absolute cow if I had not had enough sleep. I really struggle to function, so I strive every night to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. This seems to be the ideal for my body, although it may not be for you.

I’m working improve the quality of those seven hours as well. I meditate before bed, to calm my mind and breathing. I journal, which helps to quieten my overthinking brain long enough for me to actually fall asleep. I recently upgraded my pillows for the first time ever, and it was quite possibly the best thing I ever did! They’re firm, and ideal for a constant side sleeper like me. Don’t get me wrong, they still make me feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud, but a firm, supportive cloud that takes the weight off my shoulders.

2. Journalling

I am a person who overthinks things. I cannot seem to help it. My mind has a really bad habit of racing off at four-hundred miles an hour, and I am helpless to stop it. Journalling takes these loud, shouty, muddled thoughts out of my brain and splurges them out on paper, where I can read and re-read them to my heart’s content. This allows me to sort and make sense of them, rather than trying to catch them as they race around fighting for air-time in my head.

Journalling has helped me think through some really difficult decisions and figure out what’s really in my head and heart on more than one occasion, and I absolutely love it. The written word is a special kind of magic given to humankind, and I think writing it by hand just enhances that magic.

Journalling takes a great many forms, from poetry writing to diaries to braindumps, so work through some different options to see what works for you.

3. Alone Time

I am an introvert, and by nature, introverts need to be alone, at least to recharge. Whenever I’m in need of a little creative boost, or I’m starting to feel what I now know to be social burnout, or I just need a wee recharge, I cart myself off somewhere quiet to live inside my head for a while. It’s one of the reasons I love this blog so much. I’m invested in it, and so have no issues with taking myself off, whacking in my headphones, shutting out the world and just writing. It is so therapeutic, and I just love it. Wandering Scotland does in a way act as a second journal, as it’s another place for me to spill out all my thoughts and inner musings out from my brain and into the written word.

Bonus: candles!!

As I said last week, I love smelly things! Absolutely love them. And I have a real love of the more autumnal, rugged scents like cinnamon and pine. They’re just so cosy and comforting and warm. There’s also something just so delicately romantic about candlelight; how the flame flickers, casting gentle, subtle shadows across the room. I love sitting and relaxing in a room lit by candles. It feels almost magical.These are my

These are my favourite self-care tips and tricks, particularly for Autumn and Winter. But I’m curious – what are yours? How do you guys journal? Is it just a nightly brain dump, or do you take time to structure and perfect the prose?

My Favourite Things About October!

Hi guys,

When did it get to October?! It was June like two days ago! I was getting really excited about America and Summer and sunshine and…and now it’s October,  and it’s back to hard work and uni and singing and fresher’s flu…

Don’t get me started on fresher’s flu. I’ve been ill for over a week. It was in my throat,  then my nose, then all over, and it’s now having a last-ditch assault in my chest before heading on out the door.

As you can tell,  flu is one of my least favourite things about October.

But October is still one of my favourite times of year. Here’s why…

1. Autumn

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Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of year! For many, many reasons. Although the Autumn technically begins in September, it doesn’t really feel like it’s here until October. That wee interim period between Summer and Autumn is an awkward one, but it opens out into  a spectacular season of change, revealing a colour palette Mother Nature reserves just for this time of year.

2. Layers

Fashion is a weakness of mine. Paired with make up, it’s probably the main reason I’m a spectacularly skint student. Maybe food is in contention for that title, I’m an absolute fat git. Summer in Scotland is a funny one. It’s warm, but not warm enough to not have something to cover your shoulders,  but too warm for you not to be boiled alive the second you do cover your shoulders. Pain in the bum.

But Autumn is the time of year for layers. Winter you just wear massive jackets and you’re done,  but in autumn you can play with cardigans and scarves and shawls and wraps. The list is endless. I really love the wrap above from Amazon, you could coorie doon away from the cold and not reappear until Spring.

3. Knitwear

Leading in from the previous point, Autumn is the time for Knitwear. It’s so comfy and cosy and soft and…need I say more people? Get the Knitwear out the cupboard!

4. Hallowe’en

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Would October be October without Hallowe’en?  Answer…no. Absolutely not! I really struggle to decide between Christmas and Hallowe’en as my favourite holiday of the year (it’s probably Christmas, but just because it lasts longer and I’m a greedy git!). I do love all the dressing up and sweets and partying around Hallowe’en, and revel in the mystic of Samhain, when the veil between this world and the next is at its weakest, and spirits can come and wander as they please.

5. Hocus Pocus

One of my favourite movies of all time, I save Hocus Pocus for this time of year, just to keep the excitement built up all year, and add another touch of fabulousness to the Hallowe’en period. Winifred Sanderson is just wonderfully wicked, and is sass goals. Who doesn’t love to just sass the bejeezus out of people?

And are you honestly trying to tell me this isn’t the best version of “I Put A Spell On You” you’ve ever heard?

So there’s my favourite things about October. What are yours? Do you love Hallowe’en as much as I do?