October TBR + Self-Care Rituals

Confession: I used to loathe any season that wasn’t summer. I was convinced nothing was better than shorts, sun and sand.

But as I’ve matured (kinda ;p), I’ve come to appreciate every season for the special things each has to offer. This new-found appreciation might also have been spawned by my move to Florida, the land of one season – HOT,  a couple years ago. Once you experience basically a single season for the entire year, you start to miss fall and, dare I say it? Winter?!

Anywho, I’m excited to dive into October and experiencing as much of fall as I can in my tropical climate. I’ve put up some fall decorations, and I have this amazing fall candle burning right now. The scent is amazing and permeates the entire room, and I love that the wooden wick cracks and pops, making it easier for me to imagine myself sitting next to a roaring fire.

Fall flat lay 2 (1 of 1)

I’m setting an intention to really make this month about slowing down, taking care of myself and enjoying being cozy. September was a crazy whirlwind of a month, and I definitely need a slower month to balance out. And what better way to do that than with a lovely stack of books?!

This is the first time I’ve put together a monthly to-be-read list, and I’m both and excited and a bit wary. I don’t like putting too much pressure on myself to read, and committing to reading a specific set of books can make me feel uninspired, especially if I end up not “feeling” the books I chose. But I’m all for trying new things, so here it goes:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It has seemed like everyone and their mother was reading this during the summer. I must admit that I committed a cardinal sin of reading: judging a book by its cover. But I saw so many rave reviews about Evelyn, so I here I am. I’m read the first 100 pages last night and could. not. put. it. down. Consider me humbled.

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie version of this book and was immediately intrigued by the prospect. Two strangers stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash? Battling the elements? Potential romance? I’M IN.

I’ve also read about 100 pages of this one, and sadly, I’m not loving it. I think the plot is great, but I am not digging the writing. The storyline is enough to keep me going, though, because I do want to know what happens. Hoping I’ll enjoy it more as I get farther into it.

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

This was my Book of the Month for September, but I didn’t get around to reading it. (Did I mention that September was insane?) So I’m moving it to the top of my TBR for October. Plus, it sounds like a good thriller/spooky read that will go perfectly with the October/Halloween vibes.

Those three are it. Like I said, this whole TBR thing is new too me, so I didn’t want to do too much too soon. Trying to do too much at once is usually what trips me up and throws me out of whack. That’s what happened in September. Not this month, though!

Evelyn bath (1 of 1)

As I make it my mission to slow down this month, I’m completely throwing myself into self-care. I know self-care is different for everyone, but there are a few things that always help me relax:

  • Taking a bath. Sounds simple? AU CONTRAIRE. The best self-care baths are (IMHO) the ones that are more like a production than just simply filling a tub with hot water. I’m talking tons of candles, a face mask, a sultry bath bomb that turns your water magical colors, low lights and luxurious lotion that has you feeling as smooth and silky as a baby seal afterward. Oh, and of course, a read so enticing as to allow you a nice long soak.
  • Journaling. This is something I’m trying to do more. I used to be an avid journaler, but I fell off the wagon sometime in college. I notice that my mindset is healthier after I’ve worked through feelings and events on paper. So to keep my mind right, I must write.
  • Lighting scented candles. I’m becoming a major believer in aromatherapy. I know there are scents that energize me, relax me and boost me. I may or may not have come back from my September travels with five candles. (I do not recommend this because you will practically dislocate your shoulder carrying them through the airport in your carry-on.)
  • Reading (duh!). I think a major reason why September felt so scattered and off balance was that I had no time to read. Like seriously, no time. One of my favorite things about reading is that it literally forces you to slow down and focus on one things. I especially love doing it before bed because I can feel my mind relaxing and my heart rate slowing. (Ok, more like my FitBit tells me it’s slowing but still.)

I hope you all have a wonderful month enjoying good books and all this season has to offer. I also hope that you’ll take some time to really take care of yourself. Before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us – a time that, while magical and happy, is usually extremely busy for many.

Happy reading and relaxing! I’d love to know what your personal self-care rituals are and what’s on your TBR for October. Drop me a line in the comments! 🙂

3 thoughts on “October TBR + Self-Care Rituals

  1. I love going out and taking fall pictures in October! Finding a new spot or a cool new pumpkin patch always brightens my day up! Going out on the hunt for pictures may not sound relaxing to some, but I love it. Especially when I am done and I come home and curl up with some tea in a blanket and look through them 🙂

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