It finally, FINALLY feels like Autumn. The superior season. I know it’s technically been Autumn since the 22nd of September, but it only truly started feeling cold and cardigan worthy in the last week (it has where I am, at least). I’ve gone a bit conker crazy and started collecting them with the excuse of ‘I’m keeping the spiders out of the house for my flatmates’ when really I just want to get in on the Autumn spirit. This season is a strange one for me, in a good way. I’ve never been the sort of person who can engage with traditions and rituals, particularly when it comes to holidays or events. I have zero Christmas spirit – I genuinely wish I was one of these nutters who springs their Christmas tree straight up on the 1st of December and starts counting down the days to Santa’s visit – but I’m really just not that arsed about Christmas (making me stick out like a sore thumb in the blogosphere sometimes). I cannot stand heat so I spend Summer waiting for it to end, and I’m generally just not very good at getting excited for certain times in the year. Generally, I just don’t understand the pointless kind of excitement where nothing is really happening, but the atmosphere excites you. I’ve never understood it, except for Autumn, which is why I 100% embrace it. Autumn turns me into a fully formed human person with some actual passion that gets excited about something pointlessly.
I don’t really know why Autumn makes me so excited. You don’t get presents like you would at Christmas, my birthday is in March so that’s ruled out. It doesn’t come along with three months off uni like Summer, but it does bring a comfortability and cosiness that I don’t experience throughout the rest of the year. I love being able to have six layers on and drink endles coffees and hot chocolates without overheating or it being considered strange. Something about the Summer bringing heat waves and the need to be constantly half undressed has always made me uncomfortable. My excitement for Autumn is probably just a longing for colder months without it being TOO cold, or the prospect of fireworks and cardigans coming back into style.
Autumn is essentially the season of comfort. The whole season seems to revolve around cosiness and warm colours and I’m all about that. Things started to get a bit difficult for me at the start of Autumn, starting September with a breakup, a brand new and extremely heavy workload, and a mental health decline. This meant I didn’t quite love Autumn as much as I have in the past, but I’m hoping to turn that around before the season ends. And with that, I have a few Autumn goals I want to complete.
So, what are my goals for Autumn?
We’re just about to drop into November so I might be starting to run out of time, but I have a few exciting things happening this Autumn, and along with that comes a set of goals I’d like to achieve.
- Successfully launch JeTuNous Magazine. If you follow me on social media or read my life update post, you’ll know I’m launching a second magazine with my lovely photographer friend Laurén. There’s a load more detail on that inital post, but it’s essentially a hybrid theme of fashion and feminism uniting creatives who believe in equality. We’re currently trying to encourage pledges through our Kickstarter page, and we’ve raised a significant amount but we still need more! My main goal for the rest of Autumn is to successfully launch JeTuNous (and if we can’t raise the funds, launch it online regardless).
- Get back on track – this might seem a bit vague but I mean it in a few ways. The first is getting back on track with my work. I cancelled a whole Paperfox issue because there simply wasn’t enough content or motivation (from my end). I haven’t done any freelance work or even really updated this blog properly, and I’m sliding down the scary end of my overdraft. I need to get my shit together and start actually completing my to-do lists each day. The second way I need to ‘get back on track’ sort of goes in hand with the other one. My mental health is completely in the toilet right now, which is probably why I have zero motivation. But, starting tomorrow, I’m gonna get my arse in gear and start working on it.
Related: 7 Ways I’m Improving My Mental Health
- Get back to regular blogging – again, this sort of ties in with the previous goal, but I’m so mad at myself for not regularly blogging. Writing keeps me sane (most of the time) and I had so many good ideas this past month. I just didn’t execute them! For the rest of Autumn, I hope to get back to blogging regularly (at least twice a week)
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