That is the day that the Earth considers Fall to begin. Most people decide on fall beginning as soon as September 1st hits, or as soon as Starbucks brings out the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s (hell yea!) People start unpacking their fall decorations, start cooking their fall delights, and burning those good smelling candles that remind you of pumpkin pie and cedar wood trees. Colder weather, cuter clothes, all the wonderful things that make fall perfect.
Being born in this season, I feel like I am obliged to love this holiday. Unfortunately, fall doesn’t exist in Florida. We have about 350 days of summer, and 15 days of “winter,” which isn’t even cold enough to be considered winter, so it’s almost like another locations “fall.” That does not mean that we are left out of all the activities relating to fall. We try to fit in. We still have pumpkin patches (if that’s what you even want consider it). We have haunted houses, fall decorations, and warm, scented candles. But most of the time Thanksgiving is spent in a T-shirt and shorts because it’s so dang hot you can hardly live in anything more. Fireplaces (nor fire pits) really exist in Florida so we don’t get the luxury of sipping hot chocolate or PSL by the fire on a cold fall night (if we did that we might die from hyperthermia).
But that doesn’t stop me from living my best fall life.
Everyone has a fall bucket list. My fall bucket list might look much different if I lived elsewhere, but I still have an existing fall bucket list even though I live in the good ole sunshine state.
First and foremost.
1. Pumpkin patch.
C’mon this is a given! I want to go to all the cute little pumpkin patches all over the small towns near me and see how unique each pumpkin patch is.
2. Haunted house.
This is something I have always wanted to do. I don’t necessarily love scary stuff (I mean who actually likes getting so scared that you almost pee yourself?!) But, going to a haunted house or a haunted grave is totally something cool that I would try near Halloween.
3. Pumpkin Carving.
Also one of my most favorite things to do this time of year. I love carving pumpkins. I’m not creative. I don’t have a talented bone in my body when it comes to artsy fart-sy stuff. But something about literally butchering a cute design on a pumpkin gets me every year. I still attempt to carve a cute pumpkin every year, and it never fails that it always looks bad lol BUT IT’S SO FUN.
4. Pumpkin Spice Lattes!
The basic white girl in me screams “YASSSS” every time I hear that the PSL is back at Starbucks. #noshame
5. F O O T B A L L.
Red and Black, baby. Go Falcons! It’s that time of year again. Catch me in front of the TV watching football every Sunday.
Sundays are for Jesus and football!
6. Candy Apples.
So. Messy. But oh, so great.
7. Apple cider.
We used to always drink apple cider up in Michigan. It was one of the sweet memories I remember as we spent a couple Thanksgiving’s of my childhood up north.
8. Throw a fall party.
As I get older, I really don’t get to see my friends that much. I want to throw a costume party with fireball apple cider, jello shots, and a bunch of cute selfies to remember the great memories that we make before we get old and saggy (no offense).
9. Pass out candy or go trick or treating.
No, I don’t have kids. Yes, I am an adult. And yes, I still want to go trick or treating. #don’tjudgeme
10. Watch my beautiful sister walk down the aisle to marry her forever love.
This one is specific to this fall. My sister is getting married to her forever love on October 20th, 2018. I am absolutely honored to be walking down the aisle beside her as her maid of honor. I can not think of a better man for my sister to spend her life with and I can not imagine a better brother-in-law to be a part of this family. Ya’ll, I may or may not ugly cry the entire day.
11. Count my blessings.
I truly am so blessed. I have a wonderful family. I have a great job in exactly the field I want it to be. I have friends I can count on. I have a roof over my head and food in my fridge. I have all the things I need in this life to be happy and healthy. 2018 has changed me and I love the growth I have made. I’m blessed.
In the midst of all the chaos, fun activities, and school stress, don’t forget about yourself. Self care is hugely important and I stress it on anyone. Don’t ever forget about taking care of yourself. (Read my blog about self care here). And don’t forget about all the things in this life you truly are thankful for. God is good. You all are amazing. I wish that each and every one of you has an amazing fall, full of countless blessings.
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