For this update, I focused on the positive. Reminiscing about fun/good experiences is an element of putting Positive Psychology into practice. (see post link here) As part of the Investing in Experiences practice, when planning activities, it’s about the pleasurable Anticipation, being Attentive in the present, and Reminiscing about positive past. Beyond boosting my positivity, I found this reminiscing also helps alleviate Compare and Despair when I see other’s summaries of what they’ve been up to.
It’s a great time to do an update as we end our Fall in Florida time and head north for the rest of the season. I’m hoping to still catch some fall tree color and enjoy the cool, sweater weather with some hiking.
Focusing on the positive, here’s what I DID do for Fall in Florida: multiple beach walks – both with friends & alone to look for shells, beach yoga multiple times, St Pete Pier visit (and a yummy gelato), bike ride and lunch out (outdoor dining), explored a new fish market, played Frisbee catch with Taylor (our dog), watched multiple sunrises, cooked new recipes, did daily crosswords puzzles, had Zoom Foodie dinners, did Zoom Zumba, Zoom/Face Time connects with friends & family, IRL connects with friends, on-line yoga, on-line psyche courses, baked cookies, created photo books, reading novels (15 so far this fall), got 3 big projects completed (OK, paid for someone to do them), did regular yard cleanup and fall pruning, ate dinner outside, created a new vision board, attended book club gatherings (outside), made chili, had afternoon cocktails, watched movies on TV, and enjoyed patio view – all times of the day, picture taking – mostly of sunrises!
So was I active, connected, creative, and contemplative (living my retirement lifestyle vision)? Yes! Is there a lot to be happy about? Yes!
Still to do this fall: start the cross-stitch, caramel apples & apple cider, get a massage, and watch a football game (on TV).
Just to balance things out – there were some things on my lists that didn’t happen. My big misses were SUP/Kayak (why not?), hubby dates (ex. long bike ride), daily walks, jigsaw puzzle (I’ve mentioned this before… maybe I need to give it up!), and cook squash. Also, what I did too much: I-Pad game playing, coronavirus reading, and looking at (upsetting) news on-line.
As we head north and with more fall ahead, I’ve added new things to list – fall soups and stews, brine a small turkey for Thanksgiving, tarot card reading, fall/winter clothes donation, go for a hike, and explore moving companies.
Despite the coronavirus isolation, looking back at it so far, my fall has been active, connected, creative and contemplative… and fun! What is the most fun thing you’ve done so far this fall?
Picture Credit: me – last sunrise before heading north