The Alchemy of Autumn

If you were hanging about Little Wanderings this time last year, or happen to follow me on Instagram – you probably have an inkling that I have a certain fondness for Autumn. It is, without question, my favourite time of year. It feels magic. The reds and golds that blaze through the trees signal a seasonal alchemy that sets my little creative soul alight. 

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Autumn means beautiful, brilliant change. I am so lifted and inspired by this season. Almost too much so! I find myself almost overwhelmed by creative desire at the moment. I want to write. I want to scrapbook all my travel photos. I want to learn how to paint in watercolour. I want to bake delicious new things that make my house smell divine and then curl up on the couch and devour a good book. 

I’m reminded of something that Isobelle Carmody – my favourite author, who I’m lucky enough to have heard speak several times – mentioned during one of her events at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival last year. She said that she sees her creative life as a kind of tapestry. This tapestry is woven with many different creative threads, and she approaches her work by simply pulling on whichever thread will be the most fruitful at the time. This idea really resonated with me, though I think I’m yet to truly develop the intuition – or perhaps discipline – to reach out and run with my own most-fruitful threads. This current burst of Autumnal inspiration has made me realise it’s something I need to work on.

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And follows another piece of Carmody wisdom I seized during the same talk: that there is a time for creative input, and there is a time for creative output. I’d just come back from Europe when I attended this event and was feeling stupidly guilty for not having blogged whilst travelling. This input/output notion hit a nerve, and I brought it up later with Isobelle when I got to the front of the signing line. She urged me not to feel guilty; instead I must surrender to those input periods (in this instance, travelling) in order to truly take everything in – so that later, when the time does come for output, I am truly primed to draw on that experience during the creative process.

Autumn is one grand, tangible transition – and right now I get the feeling that it’s also a transition from a high-input period to a high-output period for me. It does make a natural kind of sense, I suppose. The cooler weather is certainly more conducive to days inside tinkering on little projects than the adventuresome call of summer sunshine. It feels like a kind of reverse hibernation, and I’m excited to wake up and see what I can create. x

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  • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

    I love all these autumn pictures! I feel like I’ve been in perpetual summer, and fall is my favorite season too, so I have to live it vicariously! I like the idea of input/output too. I feel guilty too when I don’t blog about stuff but there are times I’m just not motivated to do so! I hope this means that there will be more posts soon! I always get excited when I see a new one! x

    • http://www.littlewanderings.com/ Terri @ Little Wanderings

      It’s a gorgeous season, isn’t it? Am I right in thinking you’ll be in Japan for Autumn this year? If so – definitely something to seriously look forward to. Japan looks like a magical wonderland at that time of year!

      I’m definitely going to try and post a lot more frequently – I’m buzzing with inspiration! x

      • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

        Yes! We’ll be in Japan in mid-Sept to mid-Oct. I can’t wait! We’re finalizing our airbnb accommodations right now!
        Yay, looking forward to more posts!