It’s hard to think about Autumn Adventures when the temperature is still 90F (and heat index over 100F). Summer is supposedly over this weekend, but Mother Nature apparently disagrees.
Even if it still feels like summer, the calendar says it is time for fall action planning. And I find regular recapping helpful to celebrate what I did accomplish as part of retirement transitioning. It is even more interesting to do this at the autumn equinox, which is traditionally a time of harvesting. What did I sow this summer?
My focus for the summer was to SOAR (my Word of the Year – Savoring, Optimistic, Activating, Resilient – a balance on being and doing) with focus on 3 areas and more than 25 things originally listed. A tad aggressive perhaps, but it gave me some high-end goals to strive for. A quick review shows I was moderately successful.
- Increased movement using Fit Bit tracking with weekly Walk &Talks, some dog walking, and continued yoga & zumba. Finally in August I did go out on the stand-up paddleboard!
- Both hubby & I have been eating healthier with more fruit; love summer for this (Farmer’s Markets!) and have found that having fruit visible on the counter in lovely bowls is helpful. I have also done some new recipe exploration.
More Out & About- Summer Fun
- Expecting to do multiple summer road trips was not realistic (too big a step change for our life). We only did one long weekend to visit family. But we did do a couple of Mini-Adventures and quite a few New Fun Connections with friends. My 52-new-things-for-the-year list is beyond complete; I’ve hit 25 new places to eat for the year alone.
- And yes, the Iceland trip is planned; we are also on a late summer trip to Florida with a “30 things in 30 days” list.
- Continued blogging and writing with weekly blog posts and link-ups. I have moved into editing mode on my book, but procrastination has become the story there. I did some work on memoir and personal freedom (collage and essay).
- Reinstate Artist Dates – I did another 21-daily meditation, played with Tarot cards, did an Intuitive read, joined friends for an art class, and played with my Mandala coloring book. Solo-adventures are still a challenge for me.
For this fall’s list, I’m going to go more minimal with just 10 things. I’m trying the less planning, be more spontaneous approach. Being in Florida with our usual activities curtailed by Red Tide and unseasonably warm temperatures, perhaps it’s time for this planner to have this type of a learning curve.
- Be spontaneous & open to new activities in Florida and Ohio.
- Roast something – cauliflower, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds.
- Pumpkins & mums fall house decoration.
- Soup – a cooking class followed by a friends gathering.
- Hike to look at fall colors.
- Complete motorcycle class & get license.
- Iceland trip – prepare and take.
- Continue girlfriend activities – walk & talks, movie date, cooking class, etc.
- Regular life – yoga, zumba, theater dates, dinner with friends, blogging.
- Complete book editing.
Are you doing more planning or being more spontaneous this fall?
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