I HATE winter. Hate it with a passion.
I’m always cold. There’s no leaves on the trees. The days are shorter. My skin is dry. It sucks getting out of the shower. I even have to wear shoes, for Pete’s sake!
I’d rather it be hot and humid than a cold and fidget, any day. (Although, I do like a good snow storm or two. ;)
Thankfully we do get to enjoy awesome fall to get to winter, and as much as I don’t like that it means colder days ahead, I do like to celebrate. It’s fun to welcome in all the fun fall produce, the falling leaves, the holidays, sweatshirts, and my fireplace (which I adore!)
I decided to have an online Fall Festival this year to celebrate November 1 and all that I love about the change in season, rather then focusing on the negative.
1. Fall Music
I love music and there’s nothing like a change in season to create a fun new mix. Every year the Husband and I put together our favorite summer songs to listen to on the way to the beach. This year we decided to do the same to celebrate the coming of fall.
Our mixes are always a combination old, new and new to us. This helps us discover artists and songs we may have missed because, as you know, once you get older it becomes increasingly difficult to "keep up." I’m convinced this is why our parents seem stuck in their own generation of music, and I can see myself going down that path even though I’m trying my hardest to prevent it.
Anyway, here’s this years mix. Note: All link will open in iTunes
- I and Love and You The Avett Brothers
- The Funeral Band of Horses
- Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers
- Yankee Bayonet The Decemberists
- Recognition Dinosaur Jr
- Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings Father John Misty
- White Winter Hymnal Fleet Foxes
- Blue Ridge Mountains Fleet Foxes
- Mykonos Fleet Foxes
- Landslide Fleetwood Mac
- Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine
- Sundown Gordon Lightfoot
- The Passenger Iggy Pop
- Evil Interpol
- Such Great Heights Iron & Wine
- Ho Hey The Lumineers
- Dramamine Modest Mouse
- The Cave Mumford & Sons
- Little Lion Man Mumford & Sons
- Old Man Neil Young
- Hey Hey, My My Neil Young
- Black Eyed Dog Nick Drake
- Question Old 97’s
- Beg Steal or Borrow Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
- Caring Is Creepy The Shins
- New Slang The Shins
- Kissing Families Silversun Pickups
- The Boxer Simon & Garfunkel
- Scarborough Fair/Canticle Simon & Garfunkel
- Moondance Van Morrison
It may appear and sound like a depressing group of songs at first, but when I listen to it I’m instantly happy and mellow. I’d love any other suggestions for additions. We’ll be building on this mix all winter.
Side Note: Ryan really likes Question by the Old 97’s which I think is so stinking cute. He told me the other day that he knows the question is "Will you marry me?" then his face turned flush red. Soon I’ll be meeting his girl friends, won’t I?
2. Fall Food
I may complain about the loss of fresh berries and tomatoes but boy do I welcome apples and winter squash with open arms. I decided to finally finish my Best of GreenLiteBites for Fall.
3. Fall Challenges
We all know the holidays are upon us. That means food, food and more food, at least traditionally. This year let’s be a little proactive instead of throwing our hands up and surrendering to all the temptation around us.
Accept that you will not be perfect these next two months. There’s nothing wrong with a little holiday indulgence. Just don’t let it turn into some final brouhaha where you declare New Years Day as your start over date. Lets stop that cycle together, ok?
How about we pick 1 or all of these challenges?
Join me for another less processed month. Again, our goal isn’t perfection. It’s simply less processed than your eating now. For example, are you hooked on sweetened yogurt cups? Try buying a tup of plain and flavoring it yourself. Do you depend on cereal for quick breakfasts? Try eggs or oatmeal instead. Are you a soda drinker? Replace 1 or 2 a day with water or unsweetened tea.
The goal with the challenge to consciously make small changes because they will add up!
I saw his pictures every day on twitter and Facebook and everyday they made me smile. I’m hoping to spread more yoga joy. I did my first today..
Notice the mess in the background. It was a long stressful day that ended in more halloween candy than I’d like to admit to eating. Instead of throwing myself a pity party I decided to strike a post. The best part? Ryan wants to do it with me.
Will you join us? If you do, leave a comment with your instagram name. I’d love to follow along!
Find a Turkey Trot near you! That’s right, run or walk this Thanksgiving. Bring the family and if they aren’t game then sneak away. It is totally worth it! Note: Many have 1 mile walk options if you aren’t up to 3 miles yet. Click here to search Active.com and see if there’s one by you!
Ok, so now you have new music to listen to while cooking some fun new fall dishes, doing yoga, and training for your turkey trot.
Don’t the next couple of months sound fun now?
Hey, I’m trying here! Have you been outside? It’s cold as crap out there! ;)