Autumn has clearly come to an end in Oslo. The temperatures have dropped below zero, and snow has covered the rooftops in the city. In other words, time to reflect on the past few months and write up my favorites, goals, best and worst memories of this autumn. A bit early for an autumn round-up? Maybe. But in my eyes, winter started last week when the first snow came, so waiting any longer would just feel weird.
Best Of Autumn In Oslo
We had an extremely long summer, and then winter started early. So to me, it feels as if we only had one month of autumn. But I’m not complaining about that. While I do love all the colors that come with this season, I hate the dark days. It’s dark during winter as well, but at least the snow makes everything look a bit brighter and happier. So in a way, the fact that winter came early is one of my favorite things about autumn this year.
Other than that, I loved being outside in Oslo the past month or two. It was cold, but beautiful out there and I spent a lot of my weekends in parks.
I also looked after the cats of one of my friends. I can’t have any pets myself (my landlord doesn’t allow it). So spending time at their place playing with the cats was just lovely. On top of that, their apartment was right next to the Botanical Gardens, so every day after hanging out with the cats, I went for a small walk through the park. So beautiful!
Worst Of Autumn In Oslo
I already touched upon this, but definitely the darkness. From October on, it gets dark so fast here, and turning the clock back one hour made it even go faster. We’re reaching a point where I only see the sun while I’m inside at work if there aren’t too many clouds at least. It can be an extremely depressing period, and extra self-care measures are definitely needed in order to stay happy.
I mentioned these products in my post about making cold days more enjoyable as well, but I’m repeating them again here. Living in Norway, autumn and winter are two very cold and dark seasons, so I love anything that can make my apartment cozier. I have several sets of throw blankets* I use on the couch, ranging from plain white ones to widely decorated ones. And my favorite way to destress after a hard day at work is by putting some relaxing essential oils in my diffuser*.
I finally gave in and bought a Kindle* in October, and I’ve been reading like crazy ever since. A lot of the books I’m reading are programming and math related, but my favorite fiction book was definitely The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta*. I started reading it a very long time ago, after seeing the tv series, but never found the time to finish it until last month.
The book is about what happens after 2% of the world population disappears. They’re not really going into why or how those people disappeared, but focus on how the world continues afterwards. Many people join cults, others have crazy drinking or sex parties and others struggle to pick up their life again or love again after losing their husband or children. If you’re not much into reading, I would at least advise to check out The Leftovers on HBO. It’s seriously one of the best tv shows of the past few years, together with Fargo.
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Autumn Blogging Goals
I’m so proud to say that I achieved all my blogging goals the past few months! In fact, I even reached my Christmas goal already when it came to Twitter followers. So I’m definitely satisfied with that, hopefully, I can keep it up the next few months.
- Pinterest followers | Goal: 300 | Actual: 350 | Winter goal: 500
- Twitter followers | Goal: 400 | Actual: 520 | Winter goal: 750
- Blog subscribers | Goal: 50 | Actual: 58 | Winter goal: 75
- I blogged twice a week (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) throughout September and October.
- I started Mental Health Mondays, a guest post series I’ve been wanting to do for a while.
- I finally came up with a blogging plan.
- I went outside and took pictures to use on my blog the past few months.
* This post contains affiliate links, but everything I wrote in this post is my own and honest opinion.