Is there anyone among us who doesn’t love this whole “‘Tis the season” business to bits? Thought so. The time between autumn and winter, so basically anything between October and Christmas, is filled with so many warm colours that it turns any forest or leafy street into my happy place. Even though it does get pretty cold before, I dread having to welcome the absolute nothingness that follows Christmas. So let’s make the most of the remaining autumnal weekends.

A list of activities and suggestions to make the most of a Saturday in autumn and winter - how to make a Saturday feel like a mini holiday.

1. Fly a kite. Been a while? Like… 20 years since you last did it? Well, it’s time to revive those happy childhood memories. Put on your books and hike up whatever hill is closest to your house.

2. Visit your parents. Bring some homemade cake, or bake with them and watch some old movies together.

3. Take a cooking class. You’ve been wanting to brush up on your kitchen skills for ages? Me too (but my case is hopeless). Yours isn’t I’m sure, so grab a friend and sign up to a cooking class in your town.

A list of activities and suggestions to make the most of a Saturday in autumn and winter - how to make a Saturday feel like a mini holiday.

4. Sort our your summer pictures. And cry a little because it’s over.

5. Dance! Whether it’s in a club or in a salsa class, move yer body right!

6. Read Lena Dunham‘s Not That Kind of Girl. I think we can all learn a lot from the way she loves and accepts herself and doesn’t give a darn about what people expect from her. I was meant to see her in Berlin but then she cancelled her book tour… One day, one day!

7. Visit every single exhibition in your city in one day. There’s very few things as stimulating as being exposed to and getting inspired by art. I love visiting exhibitions by myself because that way it’s completely acceptable to just sit in front of one particular painting or photograph for hours.

A list of activities and suggestions to make the most of a Saturday in autumn and winter - how to make a Saturday feel like a mini holiday.

8. Get some new fluffy pyjamas because fluffy pyjamas make the world go round. And wear them 24/7.

9. Start an ideas journal. I always put little snippets of inspiration, notes, screenshotted (is that a word!?) Instagram pictures in my phone but it would be so much classier to have a little flowery notebook again.

10. Take a roadtrip with your best pals in a heated car with checked blankets and tea (or vodka, depending on your style) in a flask. Avoid highways, take slow roads and compose a song together. Then find a bar in a small village whose name you’ve never heard before and perform a set. Have a little too much of that vodka.

11. Knit a scarf. I did that once when I was ten years old and sat on my granny’s lap, tremendously impatient and super frustrated when things didn’t work out straight away… little has changed. But I’ve heard it to be very therapeutic (only if you’re doing it right of course). Here’s a tutorial for some neck candy. You’re welcome.

A list of activities and suggestions to make the most of a Saturday in autumn and winter - how to make a Saturday feel like a mini holiday.

12. Watch Suits. Oh my God, I’ve only just discovered this but it is literally one of the best series I’ve seen in a long time. Marry me, Harvey Specter.

13. Got a goddaughter or -son? Or little sister? Take them to the zoo and give their parents the grand gift of a night out. (You are welcome to send them a link to this list in case they get bored.

14. Start writing a diary again. Summer’s over and quieter days are upon us. Let’s give this writing business a go (for the 78th time).

15. Read HBR’s Must-Reads on Managing Yourself. Sorry but I had to include at least one seriously nerdy point. This book is incredible and will help you centre your physical, spiritual and mental energies! That makes me sound like a yoga guru. Which brings me to the next point…

16. Start yoga. I’ve had my first lesson in Portugal last week and thought a yoga session is a bit like a walk in the park with some sensual meditation afterwards. Turns out it’s more like running a marathon without any practice. But I give it a few more weeks until I’m able to get into a completely relaxed sphere within an instant. Now that’s motivation enough, right?

A list of activities and suggestions to make the most of a Saturday in autumn and winter - how to make a Saturday feel like a mini holiday.

17. Buy a decent selection of scented candles (or make them yourself if you’re the DIY type). Some of my personal faves are fig, pomelo, elderflower, lime, honey and so on. They cosify (!) the atmosphere in your room or apartment in an instant.

18. Add the following items to your shopping list: Hot chocolate, marshmellows, fresh mint tea, ice cream (for your Suits night in), joss sticks, marzipan…

19. Get a subscription for beautifully handcraftend and thought-through indie mags like Kinfolk, Cereal, TheWeekender (German), Flow (Dutch), Anthology and Oh Comely.