I love autumn! It’s my favourite season and I’m always moved by the many gifts it brings following the fullness of summer.
The first has to be the inspiration that comes from spectacular colours lighting up the landscape in a rich tapestry that’s truly breath-taking.
Flame reds alongside vibrant ambers and luminous golds nestle against a backdrop of vivid greens; and on bright sunny days, clear blue skies complete the vision of nature’s magnificence in a way that defies description.
Having Fun with Colour
I know how important it is to immerse myself in inspiration on a regular basis and autumn colours provide me with a perfect opportunity to top up my inner well.
Breathing in the beauty of this season naturally leads to breathing out insights and ideas for my personal and professional projects.
Yet autumn colours also trigger the impulse in me simply to have fun with colour 🙂
Here are a few ways I do that:
- Making colourful food like salads and stir fries with red chilli, yellow pepper, orange sweet potato, green courgette, black beans, white onions… and more!
- Organizing my creative and business projects using colourful folders and wallets.
- Having fresh flowers in my office that reflect the season especially rusty coloured roses.
- Playing with different coloured pens for mind-mapping, note-taking and jotting down ideas.
- Choosing clothes with autumn in mind – deep red and gold are particular favourites.
Vibrancy of the Season
My love of autumn is such that simply looking at photos of burnished leaves is uplifting enough to inspire my creative soul.
However, this undoubtedly occurs because I make it a priority each year to enjoy the impact of immersing myself in the vibrancy of the season.
Living in close proximity to nature means I’m surrounded by it constantly. Yet I also schedule a visit to a local forest or garden to experience the display of autumn colours on a grand scale.
So what if you were to…
- Create time and space to visit an arboretum or other natural space where you live to immerse yourself in the inspiration of autumn?
- Take your journal, camera, sketchbook and/or other creative tools you enjoy using to engage in some form of autumn-inspired creative expression after you’ve been fully present to the experience of being there?
- Schedule time in your diary now to (i) research where to go then (ii) add it to your calendar and commit to making it a reality as a gift to nourish yourself at every level?
I often choose to walk the Autumn Trail at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire, and always return feeling refreshed, restored and renewed.
Here are some photos from my Autumn Trail experience which will hopefully inspire you to head out and immerse yourself in the inspiration of autumn: