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7 Journal Writing Prompts to Connect with Nature in the Fall


Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

7 Journal Writing Prompts to Connect with Nature in the Fall Easenza Journal by Rachelle Eason

The fall is upon us and with it comes a strong feeling for change and journal writing, of course! It could be the crispness in the air or the anticipation of the holidays around the corner, but I definitely feel the need to connect with nature and reflect over transitions.

Grab your journal, one of my Classic Journals eco-stained with daisies and ferns is lovely inspiration for the season, and reflect a bit over the following prompts. A cup of apple spice herbal tea will help transport you into autumn zen mode as well.

7 Journal Writing Prompts for Fall Tree Path

7 Journal Writing Prompts to Connect with Nature in the Fall

  1. Close your eyes. Visualize swirls of fall colors around you (remember the image of Pocahontas in the Disney movie when she sings “Colors of the Wind?”) What do those colors symbolize? What’s moving around you?
  2. Sniff a cinnamon stick. You can pick one up at a craft store for decoration or at the grocery store for stirring your tea. (Did you know cinnamon is the second most popular spice in the US?) Cinnamon is related to the element of fire. What is lighting your fire for change this autumn?
  3. Cut an apple in half and notice the star shape made by the seeds. There’s a great Waldorf story about how the apple got it’s star (Waldorf Story) and it’s fun to reflect over the star we each have inside of us. How does your star shine?
  4. Take a walk and find a place to write under a tree. We have a lake down the street that has a wonderful bent branch tree where you can sit and tune out the traffic on the nearby road. Tune out the noise and tune it to nature’s melody. Are there birds tweeting a fall tune, squirrels clamoring for nuts to store, or leaves crinkling under foot? What are your favorite sounds of the season?
  5. Write a quote or two about fall in your journal. The one above by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorites! Write some words of gratitude for having the opportunity to see fall once again.
  6. Draw a few leaves around the edges of your page and shade them in with colored pencils or doodle designs in them with ink. An opportunity to be creative can restore and refresh your senses.
  7. Pomegranate season is upon us! Do you know the story of Persephone eating six seeds of a Pomegranate and thus marking six months of winter between the Autumnal Equinox and the Spring Equinox? (Persephone Story)  Cut open a pomegranate, scoop up spoonfuls of seeds and savor the bittersweet flavor. Write about what’s bittersweet in your life right now. 

Autumn Stories

I love stories anytime of year, but Autumn Stories are my absolute favorite! There are mythical and mystical ones that take me back to days on our North Carolina farm when the children hugged trees and we toasted marshmallow over a bonfire. In so many ways, I wasn’t ready to leave that life, but we made a decision to head back to Central Florida. As Fall returns this year, we are in the midst of plans to return back to an area that embraces Autumn and all its glory. I’ve been writing a lot in my Classic Journal to get to this realization about needing a change.

7 Journal Writing Prompts Fall Leaves

If you are lucky enough to live in an area where the crispness of the fall air captures you when you walk and the beauty of fall colors line the streets you drive, take a moment and breathe it all in. It is stunning, isn’t it?

7 Journal Writing Prompts Fall Tree
7 Journal Writing Prompts Connect Nature in the Fall


4 thoughts on “7 Journal Writing Prompts to Connect with Nature in the Fall”

  1. No one can decide for you what direction to focus on. You are so creative and have so much stored up in that head of yours, that only you can steer your boat. You will know when it is right!! We all need Be thankful that we can see what God has created for us In this beautiful Autumn. So good that you can share your talent with so many! Remember that quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”. Don’t ever change!

  2. I have signed up for your class at Polk Community College, I am putting pictures together for a small journal I bought from you at Epcot in which you signed A tribute to Chewie, my dog I had just lost . I love seeing what you do. I want to learn to journal, have tried it many times in my life and never stayed with it. So while only you will know what is right for you I have certainly enjoyed what you have done. I have a few items I have purchased at Disney from you. We reach crossroads in our lives and we wish we had an arrow that says “This Way” but I have found out that if I pay close attention and pray I usually (usually) take the right path. How do we know? We just do. It seems you have had a lot lately, kids going to college, the loss of a parent, life events always make us question.

    1. Hi, Brenda!
      Thank you so much for your thoughtful response and encouragement. I remember talking with you and especially remember writing the tribute to Chewie. I do believe that I am looking at life a bit differently these days. Losing my dad has effected me in different ways then I expected. It would be great if that “This Way” arrow would show up…I think I keep looking for it. Just to mention…the class is at Polk Museum of Art. I definitely don’t want you going to Polk Community College…we won’t be there! Looking forward to journaling with you!

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Rachelle Eason

Rachelle Eason is an artist, inspirer, wanderer, and writer by nature. When she is not creating eco-stained artwork, journals, and stationery, she can be found on white sand beaches in the Florida sun, writing about her life and experiences, savoring a luscious piece of dark chocolate, or scoping out vegan food at her favorite local restaurants.

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