Golden leaves, comfy sweaters and three autumn intentions
Happy new season! I hope this shiny new blog post finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Today I’m sharing three simple, nurturing and uplifting autumn intentions but more about that in a moment.
September is such a beautiful month. I enjoy the gentle changes and the bounty of delights it brings with it. Cosy and crisp morning walks, leaves gradually changing colour, books and gigantic pots of tea, gentle raindrops on my windows, warm chocolate and hazelnut croissants, the sweater weather playlist on Spotify and early evening fairy lights – trust me, they’re not just for Christmas!
I’m feeling grateful and grounded. I also feel a twinkle of excited anticipation because although I’m in my late forties, I’ve never quite shaken the new school year feeling that September brings with it. I haven’t set myself any autumn goals, instead, I’ve noted three autumn intentions I hope will help me to cultivate my energy, motivation and creativity throughout the season and beyond.
Simple autumn intentions
1. Prioritising my self-care
The events of recent years have reminded me of how important it is to prioritise my self-care. I try my best to make healthy choices throughout the day, from what I eat, to how I spend my time. I also like to keep things simple, so I’ve implemented a few habits to keep me on track, including daily walking or cycling, meditation and being mindful of what I mentally consume, keeping my news, information and social media consumption at a healthy level. It all gets a bit much sometimes, doesn’t it?
I’m still enjoying pottering around my home and embracing my more introverted side. I think we’ve all had to adapt to this situation rather than impatiently waiting for things to change. Self-care for me is about acceptance rather than resistance. I’ve tried to accept all my emotions and focus on what I have rather than what the pandemic has taken away.
I also realise that living through a pandemic has made me consider what truly matters and how I want to live going forward. I spent half of my life striving for more – activities, stuff, a bigger home, a better salary – and now I’m simplifying and letting go. I prefer a simpler, more sustainable life and the freedom, joy and ease it brings with it. I find it immensely comforting to know that in this moment I have everything I need, regardless of what the marketeers tell me!
2. Having gratitude for my work
I’ve been so grateful for my coaching over the past few years, it has given me consistency and meaning when things have felt uncertain. Since I last wrote to you, I applied for and was awarded a European Mentoring and Coaching Council accreditation. I also became a Mental Health First Aider which I felt was important while supporting people during the pandemic and beyond. It’s an honour and a privilege to do this work and I’m so grateful to my clients for choosing to work with me.
In other news, I was thrilled to see my coaching and I were cited on the acknowledgements page of Susan Earlam’s gripping new novel Earthly Bodies which I couldn’t put down! Susan very kindly said I could share her words with you here.
‘To coach and friend, Natasha Denness, you helped me unpack my true desires and dreams, peeling back the layers that time and life had created.’
3. Spending time in nature
I don’t think there’s anything as nurturing and inspiring as spending time in nature. Nature and crisp, fresh autumnal air are good for my mind, body and soul and exploring the autumnal wonderland is just the tonic to calm and ground myself – especially when accompanied with a large flask of tea!
During 2020, I think many of us city dwellers considered relocating to the countryside. I’ve certainly toyed with the idea while watching New Lives in the Wild and scrolling Rightmove. As I’ve got older, I’ve come to truly understand and appreciate the spiritual connection I have with the natural world because without it, none of us would be here. I feel safe and at home in nature and this has helped me when the world hasn’t felt so safe.
Have you set any autumn intentions for the season ahead? They could be as simple as implementing a new daily habit, or as big as reaching a life or business goal. Or perhaps, like me, you’re keeping things simple with some self-care, gratitude and plenty of time in nature.
Autumn life, career and business coaching
Whether you’re planning to begin or grow a business, are longing to get organised and unlock more time, or figure out what you really want from life, I’d love to help you follow your big dreams and goals and get to where you want to be. If you’re considering some coaching support, please know that I am here if you need me – just get in touch, and we can have a cuppa and a chat about what you’re looking to achieve. If you’d like to hear more, here’s what my clients are saying.
Further autumnal reading:
Five ways to embrace a cosy autumn and winter at home
Motivational quotes to support you with your goals
The benefits of keeping a gratitude journal
Thank you for stopping by. I wish you a beautiful, inspiring and creative season ahead. I hope autumn brings you an abundance of all the things you love. Until next time, I’ll see you over on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.