Last Autumn I set myself a to-do list and managed to cross almost everything off! I carved pumpkins, went to a drive-in movie, visited my favorite lighthouse, went to a Halloween party, even took a trip to New England - which was on my bucket list for a VERY long time! Needless to say I am incredibly pleased with myself. Living in Ireland means that traditional fall activities aren't readily available to me (apple picking. hay rides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches are unsurprisingly American traditions) so I like to create my own festivities for my favorite season of the year!  

Make a festive breakfast 

I'm talking the works. Chai lattes, pumpkin waffles, smokey bacon and something rustic in a skillet. Probably eggs. Final menu to be determined. 

Lord of the Rings marathon 

Growing up I was absolutely OBSESSED with LOTR. I had convinced myself that Aragorn was the man I was going to marry (the character specifically, not the actor who plays him - obviously). I had the realization earlier this year that I haven't seen the films in so long (10 years?) that I forgot a lot of the plot. Clearly I'm in need of a refresh & autumn is prime-time for film marathons!

Road trip through the Scottish Highlands 

I have this vision of Joey and I driving through the highlands, seeing the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, taking photos and stopping to pet highland cows. I am (very) determined to make it a reality. 

Finally finish the stack of books on my bedside table 

I (very) shamefully have 3 books that I started early this year that I have yet to complete. Ultimately it comes down to the fact that when I have downtime I generally choose other activities, but in the chillier months I definitely find myself reading more. I have made a vow that by the end of the year they will be complete!

Visit the Harvest Display @ The Botanical Gardens 

Every year the National Botanic Gardens make an incredible display with different squashes and gourds and this year I MUST go.


Honestly this has been on every to-do list since the first time I kayaked in 2016 and I truly don't understand why I haven't done it.

Start A fresh notebook 

I have this dream of being the type of person who carries around a perfectly curated notebook everywhere I go, with pressed flowers and beautiful penmanship in it. Reality: I scribble, make lists I never cross off and usually end up making ugly doodles in the margins. But it never hurts to try! 

Take a walk in the woods 

Something I've been itching to do for a while, especially because this cute little coffee truck is always settled in the mountains, a prime location for a coffee & an autumnal stroll!