One of my most favorite activities to ring in any new season is dreaming of seasonal specific delights. Over the past few years, I have found a lot of joy in taking the time to recognize my favorite activities of each season by designing a bucket list in a creative way, then celebrating each activity that I experience. Being mindful is more than just getting quiet in meditation with your breath; it is about taking the time to value the experiences, both simple and extravagant, that bring life sparkle.
As the shift into autumn is upon us, it is time to create an autumnal bucket list! While I absolutely adore the experience of ticketed events (concerts, comedy shows, etc.), and always add those to my list, I also find so much satisfaction in the simple pleasures, too.
What do you love most about fall? Is it putting on a light jacket or cozy sweater? Is it eating an apple with caramel? Wearing a unicorn onesie to bed, now that the weather is crisper? Carving a pumpkin? Dreaming up a Halloween costume? Appreciating the beauty of the leaves as they transition off the trees? Baking holiday treats? Watching football with friends? Getting crazy with your crockpot?
After you have experienced an activity on your bucket list, celebrate it! I love checking off the items with a colorful pen, adding a star sticker, or decorating with an emoji. At the end of the season, it really makes you feel more present and engaged with your time when you recognize that you fully took advantage of all the season’s offerings. Sometimes it feels like time flies by faster and faster. With a seasonal bucket list, you aren’t slowing time down, but you are ensuring that you fill your calendar with the activities that help you sparkle the most.
My official Autumn 2017 Bucket List:
- Halloween costume dreaming
- Attend 29rooms
- See Tom Petty at the Hollywood Bowl
- Volunteer at the Bulletproof Conference
- Put my feet in the ocean
- Rock my unicorn onesie
- Enjoy the holiday décor at Disneyland
- Experience Los Angeles in the fall
- Attend Enhancing Intuition class
- Wear my faux leather jacket
- Eat and apple with caramel
- Make some seriously delicious crockpot chili
- Savor a cider
- See Whitney Cummings perform at Largo
- Go home to Chicago for a visit!
- Buy a pumpkin
- Hug my very best friends
- Enjoy spaghetti squash
Happy Autumn Equinox, Sparklers! What is going to make your autumn sparkle? Share your autumn bucket lists with #seasonalsparkle!