As hurricane Florence makes her way closer to the east coast, many of us have been and will continue to be plagued by rainy days. I personally don’t mind a string of rainy days, at all, especially in Autumn, as they inspire to seek out cozy, comforting activities to pass the time! With that, I’ve compiled a list of ten things that I enjoy to inspire me through the weekend! Perhaps you’ll find a little inspiration here, too!
A rainy afternoon indoors is the perfect opportunity to find the time to focus on yourself, let go of your worries and quiet your mind a little. Find a distraction-free, quiet space on the floor with your back straight (sitting on a flat cushion is perfect for this), set a time (10 minutes or longer), then simply listen to the rain pattering against the windows and concentrate on your breathing. Focus on Yahweh (God), saying “Yah” as you breath in, and “weh” as you breathe out. You can learn more about Breathing Yahweh, here.
“God is available and as accessible as the very thing we do constantly, breathe.”
– Richard Rohr
2. Cook Up a Pot of Soup, Stew or Chili!
Rainy days are perfect for cooking up a big pot soup, stew or chili. Need a little inspiration? Here are a few recipes I’ve collected to get you started!
- Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup – I made this for the first time earlier this year and it was SO good!
- Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Stew – I haven’t tried this one yet, but it looks yummy! Just put it in the pot, and you’re set!
- Cincinnati Chili – this is my all-time favorite go to recipe for chili! It may sound a little weird, with ingredients like chocolate and cinnamon, but I PROMISE, you are in for a treat! And be sure to serve it over spaghetti, it’s the best!
3. Pamper Yourself!
Taking the time to look after yourself can do wonders for your mood and also boost happiness! Turn off your phone, run a bath and add whatever makes you feel comfortable. Light a few candles, add some bath salts, or play some relaxing music. Afterwards, give yourself a pedicure and paint your toes an autumn shade of orange, or crimson red!
Even better, here are few recipes for bath salts and sugar scrubs that you can make yourself, with the wonderful scents of autumn!
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4. Hand write a letter to a friend!
With the advancements in technology, handwritten letters seem to have gone out of fashion. But that is part of what makes receiving one such a pleasure! Don’t have pretty stationary on hand? Well, you’ve probably got Pinterest, am I right? Just search on “Free Printable Stationary”, and you’ll be sure to find a pattern to suit you!
I don’t know about you, but I’m typically more inspired to give my place a good cleaning in autumn, unlike most who prefer spring! There is just something about getting things all clean and organized in preparation for the holidays that inspires, and a rainy autumn day is even better! I love Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products, and right now they have the autumn scents, Apple Cider, Mum and they have a new scent this year that I’m dying to try, Pumpkin! They are all just dreamy! I’ve been in Delaware for about six weeks now and it will be a few more before I am back home in Virginia, but I’m hoping to order a few of their basic sets, probably one in Mum and one in Pumpkin, and set right to my autumn cleaning when I get there! NOTE: I am not an affiliate, although I probably should be, I just love these lovely products!
6. Do Some Yoga
Confession, I own a yoga mat, and I LOVE the idea of yoga, although in recent months I’ve grown to love walking/hiking more! But with the colder, winter months approaching, I’m really hoping I can become more dedicated to putting that mat to use! If you’re interested, here are some FREE videos to get you started!
7. Listen to a Podcast! I’ve become obsessed with podcasts lately! Here are a few I’ve enjoyed.
- Vintage Memories Podcast
Vintage Memories is your source of great memories from early radio history. Each shows is an example of those wonderful early years in America of great entertainment that still entertains today.
- Cookery By the Book
Cookery by the Book is the perfect podcast for cookbook lovers. Join host, Suzy Chase, as she chats with cookbook authors to discover interesting stories behind you favorite cookbooks. In every episode, Suzy makes a recipe out of the cookbook for discussion!
I love falling asleep to the sound of the rain!
8. Grab an umbrella and go for a walk in the rain! If you have a cute pair of rain boots, even try jumping in a few puddles!
9. Brew the perfect cup!
There is nothing like a fresh pot of coffee on a rainy day! Right now my absolute FAVORITE is pour over using Starbucks Sumatra (whole bean, this is VERY important!), with Lactose free Hazelnut Creamer! Confession, I drink 3-4 cups a day, which with creamer is getting a little pricey! So lately I’ve been looking into making my own, and I came across this promising post that features recipes for four different non-dairy creamers, French Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, Hazelnut (My FAVE!), and Vanilla Cinnamon! I think as soon as I get back home, I’m going to give these a try!
10. Read a Book!
Reading is probably my number one go-to on a rainy, autumn day! But watching old movies, is a close second! Right now I’m enjoying Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith In A Disenchanted World by Mike Cosper on my Kindle. I’ve also been listening to an old favorite from my childhood, The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright on the Kay Ray Reads Podcast. I absolutely love her podcast because her selections are primarily from the 1960’s and 70’s, which are my favorite!
So there you have it! And now it’s your turn! Please share your favorite rainy day activities in the comments, especially podcasts, books (for adults or children, or adult’s who LOVE children’s books, like me), old movies (or new), recipes, just anything really! I’d love to hear from you and discover new-to-me ways to spend my rainy days!
Stay dry, my friends, and as always, be intentional with how you spend your rainy days!