My brilliant friend Amie posted a quote on Facebook the other day that I just love: "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." (It's from Anne of Green Gables, one of my all-time favorites.) Honestly, I could not agree more with that sentiment. Even though the temperature still tops out around 90 degrees here for most of the month, there's always a bit of a change in the air come October: The evenings are slightly cooler and less humid, the days are slightly shorter, the air smells slightly different. I love it.
October's also one of those months during which I like to recalibrate—to figure out what I want to accomplish before the end of the year, to revisit old goals, to try to clean up whatever messiness currently exists in my life. So in the spirit of mental renovation, here are some things I'm hoping to do this fall:
+ Revisit my financial goals—i.e., paying off my car before the end of the year. (This is thanks in large part to my amazing friend and should-be financial advisor, Jenn, and the awesome Brittney Castro, whose Financially Wise Women website is a must-visit.)
+ Give my apartment a facelift. I can't stop looking to this beautiful home for inspiration.
+ Start running again. And by running I mean "running," because who am I kidding? I will probably always be a walker/jogger. That said, there is no better time to be outside in Florida than October-March, which means that if I'm going to start using my trusty Couch-to-5K app again, now's the time to do it. (Motivational comments appreciated!)
+ Make as many pumpkin-flavored things as possible, starting with these pumpkin doughnuts with buttermilk spiced glaze. (Antithetical to the running goal? Yes. Amazing-sounding? Also yes.)
How about you—any fall goals of your own?
Photo: Karin Mathilda