Simple Indulgences for Autumn
By Susie Cortright
During this hectic time of year, it's vital to take some
time each day to simply enjoy your life and your family.
Here are a week's worth of ideas, especially for autumn.
Grab a friend and set out for a brisk autumn hike in the
prettiest area you can think of within a few minutes
of your home. On your walk, make an agreement with your
friend to neither gossip nor complain. See what new
conversations arise under these guidelines.
Invite over your next-door neighbor for hot-mulled
cider. Need a recipe? Here's a good one:
Buy three copies of your favorite novel. Give one copy
to your best friend, one to your mother, and one to your
mother-in-law. You'll trigger an interesting book
discussion (or an enriching tradition of book-swapping).
Treat yourself to a fall flower arrangement, complete
with vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. Set the
arrangement on your desk, windowsill, or kitchen table--
wherever you're sure to see it throughout the day.
This evening, gather your family and decide on one
charity that you will sponsor this holiday season. Each family
member can brainstorm ways that they can personally raise funds or put aside
a few resources for the cause.
Take out a simple piece of paper and tell a relative - whom you don't expect to
see during Thanksgiving - all the reasons that you are grateful for him or her. Mail it.
Challenge yourself to offer a sincere compliment to each
person you speak with today. Work on weaving the kind words
into each conversation. Such a habit will transfer a
feeling of goodwill to everyone around you, and it may
help you overcome shyness. After all, now you've always
got something to say!
Now make up your own simple indulgences and bring the magic of the season
to your every day.
About The Author
Susie Cortright is the founder of Momscape.com and Momscape's Scrapbooking Playground - sites devoted to celebrating life with children. Learn more about her scrapbooking club here: http://www.momscape.com/scrapbooking/scrapbook-club or learn about starting your own scrapbooking business on Susie's team: http://www.momscape.com/scrapbooking/business.htm
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