Welcome to fall, that time of year when the mornings are breezy, leaving you to wonder if the sweater you are about to put on will be enough, only to realize that you’ve over-dressed by the afternoon. I tend to avoid boots and coats until November, but the start of this unseasonably chilly month has made me rethink my wardrobe. Now that the cooler weather is in the air, I’ve been more inclined to pull out the heavier blankets, break out some of the fall décor (hello, blingy skull from Z Gallerie that has been packed away and long forgotten until now), and take off the light nail polish that I’ve been wearing since the summer months.
As I slowly embrace this new season, here are a few things I have on my agenda this month:
Go: It has been years since I’ve gone apple and pumpkin picking (something I had made almost an annual tradition). I’m planning to revive that this year and head back out east to one of my favorite places, The Milk Pail. While I don’t know the exact reason, I’m feeling more festive than I have been in years past.
Plan: Is it ever too early to start thinking about your birthday? Not in my book. With just about a month to go in my case, I am looking to head somewhere to get a little rest (and maybe be off the grid a bit?). When I thought about where I wanted to go, one place, in particular, kept coming up – Piaule in the Catskills. I first took a trip up to the Catskills a couple of years ago. I was looking for a quick getaway from Long Island during the pandemic, and the two-and-a-half-hour drive was just what I had in mind. Since then, I’ve gone back to the Catskills a few times, and with each visit, I fall more in love with the crisp air and natural beauty of the place. I found Piaule through Instagram and had always envisioned a weekend on their tranquil grounds, complete with magnificent cabin views, a spa, and a restaurant. Look at their Instagram, and you will understand why it is the perfect getaway spot.
Listen: Recently, I was featured on the Patients Rising podcast, where I shared my story about being a thyroid cancer survivor and caregiver turned Board Certified Patient Advocate. Patients Rising is the organization I am taking the patient advocacy masterclass with this fall, so it was an honor to be asked to lend my insights on their podcast. Tune in at the 24-minute mark to hear my thoughts about the current caregiving crisis in the US and how it led me to co-found The Hospital Bar.
Launch: I know I keep teasing out that something is coming soon. But I am just so excited about this next chapter. Here’s a hint: it involves creating my own schedule and working with aligned individuals and organizations. And, another hint, it was born after I invested in myself (so this post might clue you in further).
While it might not seem like a jam-packed month on the activity front, a lot is going on behind the scenes.
What’s on your agenda this month?