Ah, fall… The time of year when the leaves start changing colour, the temperature begins to dip, and the days become shorter. Most people are absolutely enamoured by the change in season and the pumpkin flavoured goodies.
But I have a confession.
I’m not sure I love fall.
While everyone on Instagram is posting their photoshoots in apple orchards or pumpkin patches (#basic), I’m sulking in the corner, desperately clinging to my flip flops and flowy dresses (#alsobasic).
It’s not that I don’t like fall, per se. It’s more that I don’t like what it represents. Namely, I don’t like that winter follows fall. Growing up in the Great White North (i.e., Canada), we often joke that there are only two seasons: winter and construction.
But it often seems true. Fall makes way for winter, which seems to last FOREVER. This is followed by a short spring and (what feels like to me) an even shorter summer. For someone who loves to be outside but is also the biggest wuss when it comes to cold weather, my brain processes fall as a transient blip on my mental meteorological calendar. This leaves me feeling unmotivated and lethargic with the realization that it will be at least half a year before I feel the sun again.
However, I don’t want to be a fall grouch anymore. I want to enjoy the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Ugg Boot combo as much as the next gal.
So, this year I am challenging myself to appreciate everything fall has to offer. I’m especially concentrating on 3 fall favourites, which will help to 1) find happiness in the kitchen 2) get me the perfect autumn style and 3) improve my overall mental health.
Food – Oh She Glows 8-Minute Pantry Dal
I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I’m obsessed with Oh She Glows, considering I own both of her cookbooks (The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes To Glow From The Inside Out and Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes) and mention her any chance I get. Her recipes are all super tasty and simple to follow; very handy for someone who doesn’t have too much time to dedicate to cooking.
So it’s no surprise that I’m nominating her 8-minute pantry dal recipe as fall favourite.
The reason I love this particular recipe is that it is basically fall in a bowl. The spices, the colour, the aroma all transport me back to my childhood backyard, jumping in leaf piles or going on a hayride.
The second reason why this is a fall fav is that it barely requires any grocery shopping. You might know by now that I don’t have a grocery store within walking distance. This makes it quite a challenge to stock up on ingredients. So a recipe that lets me use items that I always have stocked in my pantry is already number 1 in my book.
Lastly, I also love this recipe because the veggie combinations are limitless. That means that every time I make this recipe it feels like a new dish and I never grow tired of it. I’ve made it with sweet potato and red pepper and potatoes and peas. I also change up the type of rice I use or swap rice for barley.
The end result is absolutely delicious, full of protein, and a well-balanced meal. #triplethreat
It’s like a hug on a cold, fall night.
In the comments: What is your favourite fall recipe?
Style – My JORD Wood Watch
This fall, I’m loving my JORD wood watch. A JORD watch is the perfect addition to your fall style because it is made of actual wood! Some watches include Maple, Sandalwood, Walnut, Zebrawood or Rosewood. To me, the natural tones of the wood watch reflect the ever-changing foliage of autumn.
My JORD wood watch feels casual, professional, trendy and sophisticated. Right now, my everyday style for the fall includes wearing a casual pressed t-shirt, matched with either a blazer or loose fitted sweater, light scarf, dark jeans and tall deep brown leather riding boots. Tying everything up with a Frankie-35 Zebrawood and Champagne watch brings a simple elegance to my look that I can appreciate. Most notably, the Champagne watch face provides an interesting contrast to the wood strap.
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In the comments, what is your signature fall style?
Mind & Spirit – Happiness Podcast
One thing I really dread about fall is that the days get shorter. Most nights I don’t want to leave my house at all because it gets dark earlier in the evening.
Turns out, the lack of sunlight can actually make people sad, or should I say: SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder is when you become moody and have a lack of energy due to the shorter days. This is not just the “winter blues”, but an actual medical condition. Luckily, I fall into the “winter blues” category but I still try to be aware of my mood so that if it dips, I can take action.
In the fall, it’s still light out when I get home from work. Instead of going home and becoming a blob on my couch for the evening, I try to take advantage of the remaining sunlight by going for a walk outside while listening to a podcast.
Lately, I’ve been listening to Happier, a podcast hosted by Gretchen Rubin, the author of one of my favourite books called The Happiness Project. Along with her sister, Elizabeth Craft, each episode focuses on concrete and feasible ways to add happiness to your life.
Ways To Add Happiness
For example, in one episode, the sisters suggested writing a “Ta-Da list”. That is, writing a list of everything you have already accomplished that day, rather than focusing on everything you still have “to-do.” It’s kind of like giving yourself a pat on the back for being productive.
In another episode, the sisters challenge the common advice of “taking deep breaths” during moments of anxiety. Instead, they suggest focusing on breathing out as a way to release tension.
They’ve also spoken about how to deal with feelings of jealousy when a friend has a great success in their professional life. Elizabeth suggests reframing how you conceptualize the situation. Instead of jealousy, you can actually think about it as: “people succeed in groups.
What does that mean?
It means that a friend’s success might actually impact your own success. If you associate yourself with successful individuals, it’s likely that their success will raise you up too. If you hang around successful people, in one way or another, their success will rub off positively on you.
What I love most about this podcast is that Gretchen and Elizabeth provide tangible and feasible tips for increasing your happiness. Their easy and friendly sisterly dialogue is also heart-warming and makes the content feel more accessible.
So, on days when I’ve spent the entire day inside at the office, only to come home with the sun setting, a podcast meant for boosting happiness is the perfect antidote to the overcoming the blues.
In the comments: What’s your favourite podcast?
Now that I’ve focused on my 3 fall favourites, I say bring on the leaves, the chillier temps, and the blanket scarves! How are you making this fall a season to remember?