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Finding Joy in Autumn

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Finding joy in autumn as the daylight hours shrink can be difficult for some. However, with just a little attention to the season’s special delights we can have bliss.

Autumn leaves, pumpkins, apples, and pine cones on a table with text overlay.

These seemingly small acts help us connect to the natural rhythm of the earth. It is in that connection that we find joy and ease in simple, intentional living.

These joys will not solve all the problems in the world but they will give us a foundation from which we can achieve our homespun goals.

Eat Fall Seasonal Foods

This is the traditional harvest season for many cultures going far back into human history. Autumn offers us some amazingly diverse foods if we know where to look.

It’s more than pumpkin spice lattes (though definitely indulge in homemade versions).

Finding joy in Autumn even in the short daylight hours can be achieved by following 5 simple guidelines for intentional, seasonal living.

Winter squashes abound, look to local farms to find specialties to your area. Break out of the canned pumpkin or butternut squash routine and try some of the colorful, bumpy, unusual, and flavorful heirloom winter squashes. Cook them up in sweet and savory dishes, alike.

Beyond winter squash, look for locally available fall fruits. This will vary widely based on geographic location but include things like apples, permissions, quince, and more. Eat them fresh and preserve some for winter by dehydrating or making jam for example.

Jars of cranberry apple butter on a table with red maple leaves and fresh apples.

Nuts too tend to be available fresh in this season and again vary based on location in the world. Black walnuts, acorns, chestnuts, and more tend to be plentiful. Use these for snacks, tossing into oatmeal, desserts, and more.

Recognize the Shift in Types of Food

Even if you’re in a warmer location than say, Montana, the weather is likely cooling off this time of year. This cooling off changes our food desires from crisp salads and juicy melons to warm soups and hot drinks. Indulge in these natural cravings.

Cook up big batches of soup and let them simmer for hours. Make hot chocolate on a rainy night. In short, recognize and embrace the shift in food desires and get creative with them in your kitchen.

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Use the Seasonal Darkness

Make the most of the natural darkness. Use this time to rest. This rest does not have to mean actual sleep. Simply rest, curl up in a comfy chair and do some knitting or other craft. Catch up on the reading list that was ignored during the busy gardening season.


Connect with Nature

Go for a walk and enjoy the fall colors. Listen to the sounds of birds and insects and recognize how they’ve changed from summer. Take time to walk just as the sun comes up or down as a way to welcome the darkness and potentially take advantage of cooler, even downright chilly temperatures.

Finding joy in Autumn even in the short daylight hours can be achieved by following 5 simple guidelines for intentional, seasonal living.

Enjoy Home

These are the days in which many of us begin an almost hibernation period inside our homes. While I’m a firm believer in at least going outside for a walk, this is a time to enjoy home and family.

Enjoy big brunches on Sundays, have pizza parties on Friday, stay in pajamas all day and drink hot tea and read that novel. This is the season to hole up in our personal dens and enjoy them to their fullest.


It can be difficult to find joy in the season of dark days but it is not impossible. Follow these simple guidelines for simple, intentional living to find pleasure in seasonal living.

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Saturday 30th of September 2017

I've been looking at our calendar to see if there's anything we can clear away so we can spend more time at home. Not cooling off yet here, but hibernating at home still sounds good. :)

Kathie Lapcevic

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

I hope it cools off for you soon!

Tessa Zundel

Monday 18th of September 2017

I needed these reminders, thank you! I don't mind the cloudy skies so much, but the lingering heat and humidity are hard on me. By September, I just want summer to be dead - doornail dead. Fall comes eventually and I relish it, but I need to appreciate every month and every experience.

leatrice gulbransen

Friday 28th of October 2016

Loved this ! Intentional living. Be happy and enjoy the days on purpose. Don't wait for it to come to you. Really struck home. I'm signed up for Nov. 7th. Can't wait~~~


Monday 10th of October 2016

These are great reminders, since the darkness is probably the hardest part about the seasonal change at this time of year for me.