Hudson Valley, Mental Health

Things to Look Forward to About Autumn

August 1, 2013

Things to Look Forward to About Autumn - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

We can still appreciate summer’s natural beauty while it’s here, of course

I know, I know. It’s still summer! So why am I transporting us to fall when we technically have (I counted!) seven weeks and two days left of summer?

While staying in the present moment is a good thing, it’s also beneficial for people with seasonal affective disorder to take certain precautionary measures before the daylight really starts slipping away in September. Things like remembering to take a significant dose of Vitamin D (this is something I do, please talk to your doctor if you want actual medical advice!), using a dawn simulator or light therapy lamp, and maintaining a regular exercise routine.

Things to Look Forward to About Autumn - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I can’t wait to have our own roasted sunflower seeds!

I also like to make plans. For much of the summer, I didn’t really need to make a list of things to look forward to because summer is in itself a more positive time for me: lots of activities, better moods, more energy, and plenty of stuff going on locally. July in particular was full of events and nonstop busy; I can’t believe how fast it went  by!

Autumn, however, symbolizes one major thing for me: my fourth semester of college and my first semester in the nursing program (apart from less daylight hours and worsening depressive symptoms, of course). So to put aside the nerves and anxiety over that huge weight on my shoulders, I’m compiling a list of things to look forward to about the fall.

Things like…

Apple picking! We’re surrounded by apple orchards in Ulster County, so the only problem is which one to choose.

Things to Look Forward to About Autumn - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

These bags with their cute handles are a big nostalgic love of mine. And what’s more fun than wandering through rows of apple trees, picking your own fruit?

And after apple picking comes, of course, pie baking 🙂

Things to Look Forward to About Autumn - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

My dad’s apple pie- look for a post next month detailing the recipe!

Our second wedding anniversary is in October, which makes me so excited <3

Things to Look Forward to About Autumn - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Our fairy tale wedding shot.

There’s also crisp, cool Hudson Valley area hikes to look forward to (the Catskills, Shawangunks, Berkshires, and Adirondacks are all within a day’s drive!). I love the brilliant oranges and reds everywhere you look once October comes.

Things to Look Forward to About Autumn - Sweet and Savoring

Autumn in New York is always beautiful.

Local festivals! The O+ Festival is an inspiring  art, music, and wellness event that started here in Kingston and also takes place in San Francisco this year. Yay!

Things to Look Forward to About Autumn - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

O+ produces so much great public art around town every October.

Others I’m curious about are the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, and maybe checking out the annual Garlic Festival in Saugerties again.

What else? Pumpkins. Warm apple cider. A Fall Equinox party, perhaps? My nursing clinicals: classroom learning is one thing, but I’m excited to wear my scrubs and work in the hospital. Scarves and sweaters for those chilly-but-not-yet-freezing days and nights. Thinking of all these things makes me happy.



What are you looking forward to about the fall? Am I completely silly for making this list when August has only just begun? What do you still have to check off your summer to-do list? What’s making you happy lately?


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  • Aunt Susie August 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Wonderful thoughts. After a full summer, not quite over, there is a lot to look forward to, dear Christy! I love hearing you so happy and seeing the love in your eyes.


    • Christy August 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Aunt Susie- there is a lot to still enjoy about summer, I should keep that in mind. (I miss you!)

  • Olivia @ Liv Lives Life August 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Oh wow, you couldn’t be more correct in calling that a fairy tale photo!
    I really like the idea of turning autumn and the pending winter into a positive thing. I truly don’t have a problem with autumn itself…my issues start in late October/early November when it starts to get gray and cold, and stays that way through April (thanks, Michigan). However, why not start the positivity early? I might have to steal this post idea in a little while, if you don’t mind. 🙂

    • Christy August 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Yes, why *not* start the positivity early? The gray and cold day in and day out are super tough to deal with- you have an even longer winter season than I do here in NY!
      I don’t mind at all if you use my post idea! Glad it resonated with you 🙂

  • Tamara August 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

    People keep talking about fall so I can’t help but realize it’s definitely getting close. However, like you, I also counted how many weeks and days we still have! I love fall and I love apple picking and festivals and pumpkins and even fall TV. I love it. It’s winter that I can’t stand, no matter how hard I try. I get through usually ok, but it’s hard for me to adjust to the lack of light and warmth.
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    • Christy August 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Absolutely, Tamara- I love the fall too, but it’s become a precursor to my wintertime depression. I’m making an extra effort this year to enjoy all of my favorite fall things as much as I can- while still concentrating on classes, of course!

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson August 2, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Those are some great things to look forward too! Congratulations on your wedding anniversary, that is wonderful.

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    • Christy August 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Thanks, Rebecca. Appreciate you stopping by 🙂

  • Kate August 2, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I LOVE the trees in Autumn! To be honest, I prefer Autumn, Spring & Winter over Summer most of the time. Summer is so hot! I prefer to wrap up warm 🙂

    • Christy August 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Aren’t the trees just breathtaking? I have some friends that feel the same way you do about the summer heat- it can get stifling sometimes! I’m soaking up the sun now while looking forward to the cooler temps of fall!

  • Mrs. ShuGar August 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Apple picking and apple pie? Wow! Lucky you! Our two-year anniversary is coming up in August and I am so excited too! Congrats on continuing your education. I wish I lived in a place where autumn was an actual season. Not much changing of the leaves here in LA.


    • Christy August 2, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Ahh, but you’ve got the ocean in LA, something I have to drive a couple hours to get to. It’s all relative 🙂 Congratulations on your anniversary, too!

  • Leslie August 3, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I think this list is a great idea…it’s getting you ready for the Fall. Now you know what to do and what to look forward to before you feel down. You’ve got me really excited for Fall festivals…and now I want to see if I can find an apple orchard!

    • Christy August 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Thanks, Leslie! Good luck finding an apple orchard- I’m partial to the ones with apple cider doughnuts made on site, haha.

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