It continues to be a challenge for me to think about seasonal changes here in Florida. Even in December, I am in shorts and flip-flops most days with high temperatures in the 80s (in F, that’s mid 20’s C). I’m not wearing Christmas sweaters; I’m buying Christmas T-shirts!
This year I shifted focus to seasonal Possibilities Lists instead of seasonal Buckets Lists or seasonal Actions Plans. (See here for link to blog post about why now called possibilities list.) This shift in mindset allowed me to keep in my planning mode seasonal activities I don’t want to miss, but not feel guilty for not completing everything. I also left space for new possibilities.
Looking back on my Fall Possibilities I noted I had lots of Fun Tribe event planning to do as well as continuing the normal living “stuff” which were called out with alliteration as classes, clubs, connects, and crafts. In addition to the original 70 ideas on my Fall Possibilities List, 15 additional things were added and executed! Of course, there are a number of possibilities (20) that did not come to fruition. Some of those ideas have been on the list now for a while and I really do need to determine why I do not seem able to make them happen!
Reminiscing on some of my favorite things this fall (reminiscing is an aspect that boosts happiness! See link here to my Positive Psychology Tenets):
- Lots of artsy stuff – went to multiple arts & crafts fairs, did a downtown Artwalk, saw multiple live theater productions, and went to the new local magic show, which was delightful. I did a lot of crafting, including thrifting to find glass for up-cycling, running a fairy wand making workshop, and finishing the 144 wine bottles for the local wine festival centerpieces (they looked wonderful).
- Fun with my Friends Tribe included the Cross Bay Ferry, the Florida Aquarium visit, a shuffleboard evening, a bowling afternoon, a Rowdies soccer game, a mural bike ride, an invite to a Friends-giving, and a number of eating out lunches /dinners.
- My new planting beds are finally in, eBay selling of stuff is finally kicked off, and I finally did plan and execute a couple of daytime dates with hubby. All three of those things were on my possibilities lists for many seasons.
- I worked the fall Garden Club plant sales and attended a number of crafting workshops. I am definitely feeling a sense of belonging at the Garden Club events!
- The unexpected planning for my mom’s move into a local assisted living facility did take some time – both physical time and mental mind-space. Another time-intensive unexpected event was our mandatory hurricane evacuation, which while stressful, had a positive outcome (link here to that post).
Looking at my calendar right now is a good example of the “classes, clubs, connects, and crafts” – I’ve got beach yoga, zumba, cardio drumming classes, a gathering for the Christmas Light Boat Parade, my Garden Club holiday lunch, my book club holiday gathering, a long-distance phone connect, follow-up on my mom’s upcoming move, a solstice Tarot card reading, and an evening of dinner and the theater. I love how my weeks are full and aligned to my retirement lifestyle vision statement:
Active Body, Connected Heart, Creative Spirit, Contemplative Mind.
One thing remains a challenge, mainly as it’s not my to-do, but one I want to see done – both a Garage and an Office clean out and organize. These spaces are really my hubby’s domains, both still have unpacked boxes in them, and in both it is hard to find anything (no organization). I’m wondering if my marriage would survive me just taking over the organization of these spaces!
My next step is to create my Winter Possibilities List. Once again, I do not think I’m going to do a WOTY (word of the year) as these seasonal lists seem to be working for me.
Do you create any seasonal plans? How often do you take the time to reminisce on the fun things you’ve done?
Picture Credit – Christmas lights!
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