My Good List: Fall Edition

Around here we frequently do a series called My Good List, both on the blog and podcast, so I thought I’d do a little update on what’s making my life sweeter these days. As always, it’s narrowed down to our four main categories…

1. A Thing

I’ve mentioned these briefly already here, but I can’t stop talking about them offline: these inexpensive glasses block a massive amount of blue light, helping me with eye strain due to hours of looking at a screen for work. Low-grade headaches I wasn’t even aware I had — gone in an instant. I can’t look at a screen without them now. These things have become a game-changer for me this past month.

(My teen daughter has a pair now, too, and they’ve helped her enormously.)

2. A Habit

I recently started re-using the Full Focus Planner, and I don’t know if it’s their recent updates or if the change is more on my end, but I now love this thing. It helps me focus, stay on task, organize my weeks based on longer-term goals and projects, and bonus: I can still keep track of my stuff Bullet Journal-style.

One of my favorite features is the Weekly Preview, which has slowly become a necessary habit in my routine. On Sunday evenings, about an hour before bed, I’ll sip herbal tea while I reflect on last week in light of preparing for the next day’s start to the new week.

I’m currently using the Bold version of the planner, in Peacock.

The journal provides a built-in framework for this, but it’s not required. For me, the best part of this is naming my wins from last week — it’s naturally easier for me to focus on the things that didn’t get done, continually feeling like I haven’t done enough (a classic enneagram 4 move, always aware that there’s something missing). Proactively naming my wins forces my brain to reset itself and flips the script I’m often playing in my head as I think about what I need to get done the next week. 

Telling myself, “You’ve actually done a lot, you go-getter, you! And this week will be good, too” is such a subtle but needed shift for me. It’s helping me tremendously with my attitude in my work.

3. A Work of Art

Many of us are long-time Great British Bake Off devotees, myself included — yet there’s something special about the current season that’s just a treat to watch. 

It could be the simple fact that those of us across the pond can now watch episodes weekly as they also drop in the U.K. (thanks, Netflix!), giving us that weekly hit instead of having to wait forever to binge it at once (while also avoiding spoilers online). But I honestly think it’s this year’s contestants that take the cake for me (pun entirely intended).

I’ve loved every one of these humans this season, and GBBO seems to excel, above and beyond the typical American reality show, at building genuine community in the midst of competition (look! they really are friends!). I adore watching the bourgeoning friendship between David, Henry, and Michael. They are a delight.

4. A Philosophy

I’ve said it before, this isn’t rocket science, it’s been around since the dawn of humanity, and I’m sure I’ll keep bringing it up. But I’ll still say it again here: walks can cure so much of what ails you, for free, and with near-instant access.

Morning walks with my dog, late-morning walks as I take a work phone call or vox, a post-lunch walk to reset my body and mind and to enjoy a little quiet, a late-afternoon walk to bookend my workday and listen to a bit of a podcast or audiobook, post-dinner walks with the family to enjoy the drop in temps and wind down the day… all balm to my soul.

I don’t do all those walks in a day, no, but I usually get in at least one, and it makes all the difference in my attitude and energy. I’m moving my body, getting out of my house, saying hi to neighbors, sampling a bit of nature, and soaking in natural light. Especially this time of year, when it’s not too cold and not too hot — what’s not to love? 

Alrighty, this is what’s making my Good List this fall — I’d love to hear from you in the comments what’s making your list right now.

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10 Comments

  1. Amy Shea

    Hi Tsh! What a lovely round-up for fall. I’ve been on-the-fence about blue-blocking glasses – whether they really work or if they’re more placebo – but I keep seeing inexpensive pairs like yours and thinking there wouldn’t be much harm in trying them out! Plus they are cute! Art – I just read Pride and Prejudice for the second time (the first time was maybe three years ago? And I’ve watched the movie several times in the meantime and it leaves so much out (which is fine, I still love it)) and it’s just a delicious fall read. Would love to hear what others are enjoying this fall!

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  2. Rachel Allred

    My bullet journal is on my good list this fall. There’s something so great about a planner that helps you focus on what matters 😊

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  3. Shauna

    Love this! I am looking forward to working my way through my stack of creepy but not too scary books, which is my new-ish October tradition.

    I’m right there with you on moving your body outside. I’m a distance runner, and I train year-round. My motivation usually flags in August and September, when it’s still in the high 80s in the early morning. Now, early runs with below-70 temps are renewing my motivation to ramp up for the fall/winter racing season and making me sooooo happy!

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  4. Kathleen

    I love to get outside and walk, whether it be by myself listening to a podcast,with my faithful basset hound or with the family. It’s a beautiful time of year here in SW 0hio with the leaves changing colors and fall in the air.
    Now that it’s not 90 degrees when I get home from work I like to have a cup of tea (earl grey is my fave) to transition myself from work to mom/wife/chef and that also helps me to not snack the entire time I am fixing dinner !
    I have been trying to make more time to read, and take time to look for books. I love to browse at the library, ironically , I work at the library and am always busy with other tasks so I have to remind myself to go look at the books !

    Our family loves the GBBO and agree that it is far better than any of the American reality shows. Thanks for the tip about naming your wins for the week….I think this will be very helpful.

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  5. Evi

    Hello! I so much nejoy your blog! (Instagram is ok but reading blogs that are inspiring are so therapeutic). Well, my list is go walking as well, make myself move my body instead of taking the car, write the nice and special and cute moments of the day in my journal, finish projects I have started long ago. Greetings from Greece! xx

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  6. Lauren

    How long are the walks, to make a difference?

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  7. Kate Snow

    Huge Full Focus planner fan here, too! It’s amazing what a difference it makes to reflect on everything you’ve accomplished in the past week and to set a few specific goals for the week ahead. I think of your Daily Dockets (from way back on Simple Mom) every time I fill in my three main goals for the day in my fancy-schmancy planner. Your approach to planning was such a help to me as a young mom. 🙂

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  8. Natalie

    One of my current favorite things is a throwback, for sure. It is getter colder in the evenings and darker much earlier, so my eleven year old and I have been getting out her XBox Connect and playing one of the adventure games. This has us playing in the living room, laughing and jumping while it is already dark out at 7 pm. It is so fun to be active with her in the evenings, like we do all summer long. I’m so happy to have re-discovered this gem hiding in plain sight. I think it will make the winter months that much more bearable in Southeastern Ohio!!

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  9. Rachel Nordgren

    I always love these posts! My good list for fall: a fern green scarf from my trip around Europe that it’s finally cold enough to wear again, the ritual of watering my houseplants every week, the song “The Bones” by Maren Morris, and embracing “less but better” since reading Essentialism!

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  10. Sara

    We’re currently on sabbatical in Europe for the fall, and I’m homeschooling a housefull. I chuckled when I read your list, Tsh, because my husband and I have both started taking more walks! Our kids are old enough to leave by themselves for a short while, and it does me so much good to just take in some fresh air–rain, sleet, or snow–and move my body. While I do enjoy greeting neighbors, it’s also often a slice of quiet for me…a chance to be alone with my thoughts or to pray. When we return to the States, I know I won’t be able to take every new habit with me, but this is one that I hope to include, even with easy access to a car nearby.

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