November 1, 2011

the heart of the season.

Yes, I know--technically we're about five weeks into fall already. But it hasn't seemed like fall until now, especially in San Francisco, where it's been seventy-five and sunny for weeks. When I woke up this morning, though, the air was just a little bit crisper, the breeze just a little bit cooler--and maybe it's the promise of Thanksgiving just around the corner, or the sudden onset of holiday music, but there's something about the start of November that feels like the heart of the season.

It's such a beautiful season, one I look forward to year after year. But lately I've heard from so many friends that it's a tough season, too--that it carries promise but also expectations, and with those expectations, a certain amount of anxiety. I have to say that I agree: fall is fabulous, yes, but it also has the tendency to overwhelm. To pass so quickly that you struggle to stay in step. Summer ends, the calendar fills up, and just as soon as you've lost your tan, sleigh bells are ringing on the radio and Target is selling Christmas trees. Yes. Overwhelming.

Let's face it: It can be hard to keep up with everything this time of year. Personally, I get through it by listing (and listing and listing) all the things that need to get done and--this is the key!--how and when I'll do them. (I also color code said lists, but that's another story.) Another stay-sane trick? I high-five myself for virtually every single thing I do--as if I deserve a gold star for sending a "Thank You" card or vacuuming daily. Hey, whatever works, right?

How do you stay balanced during this pre-holiday bustle?
Any keep-your-cool tips?

P.S. A big thank you to Mom for sending the pumpkin decoration--and the acorns from our driveway! I've loved seeing this little piece of home every day :)

(Photo: My Flickr)


missy. said... [Reply to comment]

i try to remember that there is nothing i can do to control the next few months and try to live each day as that day. harder than it sounds, especially someone with anxiety like me, but that is really all i can do!

cute pumpkin :) xoxo

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@missy.Haha thanks! (My mom will be thrilled you said so.)

Holly said... [Reply to comment]

I'm definitely a fan of the lists! I also try do something for myself everyday- whether it's exercising, reading, or just a 2 minute self pep talk. Any little thing I can do for myself really helps boost my mood & helps calm me of any anxiety :)

AmKway said... [Reply to comment]

I like to go outside especially when there is a slight breeze in the air and look at the stars or early morning as the sun is rising. Close my eyes, take a deep breath, and feel the breeze on my face. Sometimes its the small simple things we do that remind us to slow down and take the beauty of the next few months in.

P.S. I need to get your mom to send me decorations she always has the best.

♥Abby said... [Reply to comment]

I agree with you! Fall is my favorite holiday because I love the weather & it's beautiful, but it really is the busiest time of the year! I also make lists & I try to give myself relaxing time every once in a while, since I'm always on the go. A day at home in my PJ's, catching up on some of my TV shows, or a nap here in there never hurts! :)


chrissy said... [Reply to comment]

fall is my favourite season! i love the colours of the leaves and the sweater weather (which, depending on where everyone is from, may not exist).. but it is does start to get overwhelming..
lists are critical! and yes gold stars (or high fives) are perfect.. it always feels soo good to check thing off as complete on your list of things to do..
fortunately.. since im from canada.. we've already had our thanksgiving.. so when its november here.. our next holiday of anticipation is just christmas.

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@AmKwayHaha she really does!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

I stay balanced by running, yoga, and coffee!!

siddathornton said... [Reply to comment]

list are most certainly absolutely the key - they are the only thing keeping me sane right now. but caroline's running, yoga, & coffee doesn't sound too bad, either!