A joyful to do list for October


October already! How did that happen? Not that I’m complaining, as I really do love this beautiful month. It feels like the most “autumn” of all the months, with the beautiful fall colours and the crisp golden mornings that I’m sure will grace many an Instagram feed in the coming weeks.

Putting this joyful to do list together made me so excited about soaking up all of the beauty that this month brings, and I hope it has the same effect on you when you read it too. And don’t forget to tell me what else you’d add to the list in the comments...

Go for a nature walk

I think this is my very favourite time of year to spend time outdoors. Nature puts on the most spectacular show throughout October, with the trees bursting into colour and the sunrises and sunsets becoming more fiery with every passing day. Make some time in your diary to get out for a walk and really notice everything that’s happening in nature - it’ll make you feel more connected to this beautiful planet that we live on.

Get your home ready for autumn

I always like to spend some time in October getting my home ready for autumn. I switch out the summery scented candles for the richer, spicier scents (I always make a trip to Homesense to get stocked up!), dig all my warmest blankets out and generally get our space feeling as cosy possible!

Make some plans for Christmas

I did it, I mentioned the C-word. I know it feels like it’s still ages away, but those next couple of months will fly by, so spend some time this month getting some plans in place. Think about where you’re going to spend the holiday, book any necessary annual leave from work, and if you’re feeling extra organised, you might even want to start thinking about pressies or getting your finances in order. The more you get sorted now, the more time you’ll have to enjoy December when it rolls around. 

Visit a pumpkin patch

Okay, okay, so this one is a bit of an Instagram cliche, but I’m always on the lookout for new autumn traditions, and visiting a pumpkin patch sounds like a great one. I’m hoping to do this at the end of the month so that I can choose my pumpkins and take them home for carving in time for Halloween. 

Try some new recipes

I always find myself spending more time at home at this time of year, which means lots of time spent cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Trying a new recipe is a great way to get those creative juices flowing, and with plenty of delicious foods in season right now, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Some of my favourite autumn recipes include these cinnamon rolls, a home cooked lamb hotpot, and this very yummy butternut squash risotto.

Have an autumn movie marathon

Make the most of the cooler temperatures and darker nights by having an autumn movie marathon. Get the blankets out, make some hot chocolate, and watch those films that truly embrace this gorgeous season - my favourites are You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, and of course, Hocus Pocus.

What’s on your to do list for October?


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