Fall used to be my favorite time of year but after dealing with the Polar Vortex and record breaking snows that follow, I’ve found myself dreading it. This year, I’ve decided to be different. I’m embracing fall like a warm blanket (literally) and I’m not going to let the temperatures lock me up inside (yeah, literally again).
So how do we keep that warm summer sunshine in our souls till spring? I’ve got a few suggestions:
1. get the right gear
Fall brings cooler temperatures and with winter right behind, it’s a great idea to invest in some basics. Long sleeved pajamas that are comfy, versatile and cute make hunkering down fun.
The long sleeved tops are soft enough for sleeping in and cute enough to layer under a fuzzy fashion sweater out and about. Wear the pajama pants for yoga or pilates too! These sets are available in many colors and prints.
Did you take a peek at our Functional Fall Fashion article yet? There’s tons of tips on how to be runway ready but feel like you’re wearing your PJ’s!
Learn more about why wearing eco-friendly ethical clothing is significant in Clothing That Saves the Planet.
For outerwear, get a good jacket, boots, hat and gloves. Those of us in the north know it only takes one cold toe to drive you back inside so be sure to check the tags for the temperature tolerance on your outerwear.
Most companies brag about this and having the right gear makes outside activities like football games and exercise a lot more pleasant. Once again, seek out brands that are made responsibly like Patagonia, a company that is just as passionate about the environment as we are.
What are you up to this Fall? Need some suggestions? Well, you’re in luck because We’re Ready for Fall Activities and are happy to share some of our favorites!
2. get active
Exercise is the best anti-depressant for dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (lack of sunshine) and the side effects (slimming down and firming up) are a great bonus.
Adopt a regular routine of walking or running at least three days a week and yes, use that gear from above.
Don’t feel like going outside?
Stay In / Work Out instead and get inspired with exercises from ME!
3. get cooking
Make a savory, guilt-free soup to devour when the temperatures drop and the winds blow. I love this soup on dark, chilly nights with a soft roll and a good Cabernet. The recipe for the one below is perfect for vegans, gluten free diets (sans roll) and anyone seeking a hearty meal:
1 Box Vegetable Soup Base
1 TBL Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion-chopped
2 Cloves Garlic-diced
1 Large head of Cauliflower (tops cut, no stems)
1 Large head of Broccoli (tops cut, no stems)
Pour the soup base into a large pot. Add the cauliflower and broccoli. Bring to a boil then turn to medium-low heat to simmer.
Once onion and garlic are done, add to pot. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree the soup until it becomes smooth and creamy.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
For the non-vegans, add a spoon of shredded cheddar to the top after serving. Snuggle up and enjoy!
Can’t get enough soup? Get another soup recipe in Soup Season: Quick Healthy Eats.
4. get busy
Try not to make it an overwhelming project.
Throw on a pair of JoJo Leggings and start with a small closet or even one cabinet.
Surrounding ourselves in a calming environment means decreasing your clutter and seeing less clutter can actually improve your mood.
My goal is to clean out my attic. I’m vowing to take one box per week out of it and organize or toss whatever’s in it. I’ll keep you posted. (Need some quick tips? Check out Spring Cleaning That Lasts Forever)
5. get grateful
Sounds so basic doesn’t it? I’ve mentioned this before in Giving Makes Us Feel Good but being grateful for the people and things that surround us brings us joy. Take five minutes a day to thank the universe for all your good fortune. After my morning workout, I have made it a habit to think about how grateful I am for my health, and my families’ health.
There is so much misfortune out there and anytime I’m feeling sad about something I don’t have, I take a minute to remind myself of all I do have. Try it. You will find it really helps your mood and again, warms you up on a chilly day.
I intend to follow these practices thru the fall, into the winter and right into spring. Happiness is truly a state of mind and if we practice being happy and doing the things that make us feel good, I’m confident we can get thru any weather.
– Germaine Caprio, MAJAMAS EARTH Company Owner & Designer
TO HEAR FROM YOU
What do you do to embrace Fall?
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