Cindy DeCarolis

Autumn Thoughts

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I once read something where the author said that (I am paraphrasing here) she doesn’t like writers who use quotes from great writers because it makes it seem like the writer thinks that their writing is great, and it is disappointing when it is not.

I often use quotes from great writers, not because my writing is great, but because a good quote on the topic I have chosen gives me a starting point. It serves as a writing prompt that helps me to focus my thoughts.

I chose this quote from one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors because it sums up perfectly how I feel about fall. It has always seemed to me that the new year should begin in autumn.

Autumn offers a time of transition. My dad’s birthday was September 14th, my sister’s birthday is September 15th, and my grandfather’s birthday was September 20th. Every year right after their birthdays, as the last days of summer passed, the weather would transition to fall. In mid-to-late September we start to get those crisp days that I love.

This morning when I went for my walk, I felt the first crisp morning. I love wearing shorts with a long-sleeved shirt and breaking a sweat that comes from exertion and not humidity. When it is hot and humid, I sweat while sitting still. When the weather turns colder it feels like I have earned the sweat.

I love the smell of the air in the fall, the taste of the first apple, and the changing foliage. The spectacular beauty of the array of rich colors is just spectacular to me. This is the best time of year for hiking. The weather is perfect, the scenery breathtaking, and best of all, there are no bugs!

Summer is a time for more relaxed living. The weather is hot, the days are long, and the living is easy. Fall is a time to transition to the coming season of short days and chilly weather. My dad and my grandfather are both gone now, but my sister’s birthday still marks for me the coming of autumn. Even though it has been a long time since I was in school, I still feel excitement in September that it is a new year with limitless possibilities.

I am looking forward to enjoying autumn. Here are a few places in upstate New York that I always try to visit for leaf peeping:

• Hurd Orchards, Holley
• Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, Lafayette
• Green Lakes, Fayetteville
• Skaneateles
• Letchworth State Park

Finally, I would like to leave you with three simple strategies for transitioning from summer to fall:

  1. Hydrate: when the weather gets cooler you still need to stay hydrated. Aim for drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
    Keep your immune system strong: Strive for five; seven is heaven; nine is divine (fruits and veggies, that is) as you begin cooking heartier meals keep them healthy. Soups and stews can be bulked up with vegetables and fresh herbs.
  2. Use doTerra On Guard Protective blend aromatically, topically, and internally to support your immune system. On Guard Touch in a 10ml roller-bottle blended with fractionated coconut oil makes topical use no muss, no fuss. On Guard soft gels and the On Guard tablets are great ways to take it internally. On Guard tablets include both Vitamins C and D, as well as zinc; they are vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free.
  3. Keep moving – make time for exercise every day: Whether you just walk, do yoga, join a gym, or even dance in your living room, get your heart rate into the aerobic zone, 70% to 80% of your maximum heart rate, (220 minus your age) for at least 20 minutes a day. And bonus points for getting some fresh air by exercising outdoors.

Peace, bliss, and balance

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