We asked five of our beautiful hearted friends about what brings in all the cozy-for-fall feels in their daily lives. Here’s what they shared.r
1. The Mood
It’s finally here! That’s right, my most favorite time of the year – Autumn, Fall, Harvest, and the Autumnal Equinox. I seriously LOVE IT! Not only because it’s my birthday month but because the days get shorter, the temperature lowers and everything seems to take a collective sigh of relief from the very active summer months. The fruit on the vines become plump, sweet, juicy and ready to pick. It’s God’s natural and physical way to show us love – His bounty is ready for giving and what better way than to rest and enjoy it all together.
Some of my most blessed hikes have been taken in Fall, because for me, being outdoors during the darker, chillier season gives me so much happiness. I love seeing the leaves turn colors and the crunch they make under my boots. Another way I absorb the beauty of our autumnal landscape of mountains and vineyards here in Sonoma County is to take a long drive to Napa. It’s breathtaking!
But BEST of all is coming home to my warm cozy home, finding a nice spot on my couch with a warm soft blanket, snuggled up with my child or pet. Nothing makes me more loved, warm and cozy than that!
Other cozy-for-fall-feels: Burning candles, Warm soft boots, Long-sleeve cashmere sweaters, Long socks that go up over my calves, Wide brim wool hats, Extra hot coffee, Books, Fireside daydreams and chats
Lynda’s Fall Food & Wine Pairing: Pumpkin bread paired with Gewürztraminer from Gundlach Bundschu (Sonoma County, CA)
In photo: our friend, Lynda with kitty, Ashley
2. Nature’s Content
Fall is in the air in the beautiful state of Colorado. Over the last few weeks, the mornings have begun feeling cooler and crisper. I’m bundling up a bit more for my morning hiking excursions. I eagerly anticipate the colorful foliage, slipper socks, evenings by the fire, sweaters, scarves, beanie caps, and all the cozy feelings of autumn.
For me, it is also a time of aligning with creation, shedding the proverbial “leaves” of the past (spiritually, emotionally, and physically) in preparation for the birthing that comes with spring. It is the perfect opportunity to evaluate our lives and determine in our hearts to let go of what is no longer serving us (e.g., past mistakes, regrets, unforgiveness, unhealthy relationships) while making room for positive change (e.g., restoration, joy, freedom, forgiveness, kindness, service to others).
Fall is a wonderful gift from above that brings with it the expectation of fresh beginnings, a necessary season in nature that inspires us to prepare the way for God to blossom new hopes, dreams, and desires within us until our inner gardens flourish.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are made new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 JUB
In photo: our friend, Sarah
3. A Whole Latte Love
I was born in the fall so I love everything about it—the colorful leaves, throwing on a scarf, walks on crisp days, a warm latte mug in hand, and curling up to read a good book—cozy perfection!
I seem to enjoy baking more in the fall- the aroma of pumpkin muffins in the oven adds to the coziness of the house. I am obsessed with all things pumpkin!
In photos: our friend, Sophia and her pumpkin chocolate chip muffins
4. Heart to Heart
Of course, fall is my favorite time of year! The crispness in the air, the coziness of cardigans and boots, cuddling under blankets, baking without sweating, the painted majesty of nature.
But my absolute favorite part about fall is the intentionality that comes with gathering. As the light dims, and we welcome others into our homes, deep conversations occur. There is a purposeful connection, something that is needed in our spirits, in gathering together.
In photo: our friend, Autumn
5. Cheers from the Kitchen
Growing up in the South, fall is all about football. My heart beats cozy for family, football, the art of cooking, and sipping on red wine. There’s something spiritual about simmering stews, aromatic chili, and creamy, indulgent risottos (some of my fall faves!) I find joy with Jesus in the kitchen – cooking, stirring, and enjoying a glass of wine. There is a comfort in being home, hearing the game on in the background, as my family and I cheer for our favorite teams. GO TCU! GO 49’ERS!
Join the conversation❤️by leaving a comment below. “What makes you feel cozy-for-fall in your daily life?”