My Favorite things of Fall!

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I love Fall, also known as Autumn. I think I enjoy it so much because it is a welcoming to a much needed change from the hot summer months, to the cool, crisp and rainy days of winter. It’s the unassuming season that is often overlooked, but it is indeed an important season as it marks the transition of change.

Not only does it mark the transition from Summer to Fall, but also the arrival of night becoming noticeably earlier and of course if you were a child and had chores, the shedding of leaves in the yard. Of course, Autumn and Fall are also marked by some of my favorite things, like Halloween (though I didn’t dress up this year), pumpkin patch fun, Hocus Pocus, boots and sweaters, rainy days, pumpkin flavored everything (and creamer!). Overall, it’s all good for your belly, mind, spirit and soul. It’s one of the few changes I fully and whole heartedly welcome every year.

So, here are some of my favorite things of Fall!

  1. Halloween – it is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which some say have pagan roots, specifically the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this was the festival Christianized as Halloween. The word Halloween dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word actually means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening.” Of course, for us nowadays it is mostly marked by trick-or-treating, dressing up in Halloween costumes, decorating, and carving pumpkins.
  2. Pumpkin patches! I have distinct memories of picking out my pumpkin every year. It really was a big deal, and always a family outing. It has changed a bit as I’ve gotten older. For example, it is now an all-day outing that includes haunted houses, hayrides, petting zoos, and so on. But, still fun even as an adult (I went this year with a good friend and my mom!)
  3. Hocus Pocus – if you have never seen Hocus Pocus, we cannot be virtual friends…just kidding! But seriously if you haven’t seen it you must! Hocus Pocus came out in 1993, directed by Kenny Ortega, starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. The plot is this – In 1963 on October 31st in Salem, Massachusetts, during the Salem witch trials, Thackery Binx sees his little sister, Emily Binx, spirited away to the cottage of three witches. There, the Sanderson sisters – Winifred, Sarah, and Mary – cast a spell on Emily to absorb her youth and regain their own, killing her in the process. Binx confronts the witches who transform him into an immortal black cat to live with his guilt of not saving his sister Emily. The townsfolk, led by Binx’s father, capture and hang the witches, but Winifred’s spell book casts a curse that will resurrect the witches on All Hallows Eve when any virgin lights the Black Flame Candle. Binx guards the cottage to ensure no one summons the witches. 300 years later in 1993 on October 31st, Max Dennison moves from LA to Salem with his family, including his sister Dani. While exploring the town, he and Dani meet Allison, whose family owns the Sanderson cottage as a museum. Max suggests that they go there and impress Allison – well, as you can imagine the story takes off from there. Check it out as it is a must-see every Fall/Halloween time.
  4. Boots & sweaters – I have a slight obsession with boots. I have them in every color, in every heel and in every style: short, mid-calf, up to the knee, ankle…you name it – I got it. And, you can’t forget sweaters! There is nothing more comfortable than a huge sweater, and pair of skinny jeans and boots! Just another reason to love Fall so much!
  5. Pumpkin flavored everything – I can’t lie to you, I’m not an obsessive PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) person, I don’t die for it when it comes back into season (P.S. it was back in Starbucks and Peet’s at like the end of August this year – come on people! It’s like shoving Christmas in our face before we even get to Halloween!) – but i digress. Anyway, there is one pumpkiny thing that I look forward to every year. One is the Nestle Coffee-mate, pumpkin spice creamer. That with a little bit of whipped cream and “ta dah” deliciousness in a cup! SO good!
  6. Rainy days – oh rainy days! They were an awful occurrence as a child, but always welcomed now as an adult. When I see rain in the weather forecast (which being in California doesn’t happen enough) and it coincides with a weekend, I’m overjoyed because it means I can lay in bed, drink my pumpkin spiced creamer/coffee and catch up on the DVR.
  7. Lastly, Fall opens the doors for my absolute, most favorite holiday of the season, which is Thanksgiving. It’s a day that I can lay around in my sweats, eat, drink and be genuinely merry – and grateful. It’s an overall great day spent feeding our bellies and souls.

Fall shows us how beautiful it is to let things go. Happy Fall ya’ll!

 

 

50 favorite motivational quotes

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As many of you know I’ve been needing A LOT of motivation these days, so I have found that coming across quotes here and there have helped me re-focus when I’m feeling blah. With that said, here are 50 of my favorite motivational quotes:

  1. Bad days build better days.
  2. Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha.
  3. I’m definitely not the same person I was when this year started.
  4. Keep creating, travel often, love fully, give thanks, dream big, work hard, take risks, stay humble, be YOU.
  5. Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.
  6. Live everyday like Elle Woods after Warner told her she wasn’t smart enough for law school.
  7. What is for you, will not pass you.
  8. When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.
  9. One of the hardest parts of life is deciding whether to walk away or try harder.
  10. The best nights are usually unplanned, random and spontaneous.
  11. Feed the soul.
  12. A drop of ink may make a million think – Lord Byron
  13. You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will – Stephen King
  14. She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another – Sarah Addison Allen
  15. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
  16. Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love – It will not lead you astray.
  17. If it doesn’t open…it’s not your door.
  18. All great changes are preceded by chaos.
  19. Rule your mind, or it will rule you – Buddha
  20. Life is too short to start your day with broken pieces of yesterday, it will definitely destroy your wonderful today and ruin your great tomorrow.
  21. What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.
  22. Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know – Pema Chodron
  23. One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
  24. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.
  25. Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods.
  26. In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth, or step back into safety – Abraham Maslow
  27. Go where you feel the most alive.
  28. Life is so much easier when you don’t hoard your past – Adele
  29. What consumes your mind, controls your life.
  30. We attract what we are ready for.
  31. Be thankful for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.
  32. Hard times require furious dancing!
  33. Set some goals. Stay quiet about them. Smash the hell out of them. Clap for your damn self.
  34. Follow your soul. It knows the way.
  35. Life is tough, my darling, but so are you – Stephanie Bennett Henry
  36. It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.
  37. You are NEVER alone; the angels are always with you.
  38. A goal should scare you a little, and excite you A LOT – Joe Vitale
  39. The first draft of anything is shit – Ernest Hemingway
  40. If you saw the size of the blessing coming, you would understand the magnitude of the battle you are fighting.
  41. Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.
  42. Creativity is intelligence having fun – Albert Einstein
  43. Nothing is worth it if you aren’t happy.
  44. Don’t let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.
  45. Don’t forget that you’re human. It’s okay to have a melt down. Just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you are headed.
  46. Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can.
  47. Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness – Oprah Winfrey
  48. Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.
  49. And suddenly  you know…It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.
  50. Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.

These are interesting motivational quotes because they are mostly centered around change, goals, creativity, and proving that you can do whatever you set your mind to. I know I said these wouldn’t be corny – and I don’t think that they are – however, I do think that maybe I might sound a bit corny (sorry). But in all reality, I had my first panic attack the other night. I was in bed, just about to fall asleep when my mind started swirling about the upcoming work day, then the week, and then the rest of the month. I started to have a hard time breathing and I began to cry. I had to count and make myself take deep breaths. It didn’t last long, but it freaked me out. I need to find the courage to take back control of my mind and soul which the stressors in my life have hijacked. Look for a new job…how do you do that when you work 50-60 hours per week? Revamp your resume…OK – maybe I’ll do that during my lunch hour (when I’m not working through lunch). I know what I need to do – that I need to invest time into myself again – but how do you do it when there isn’t enough time in your day?

So, I leave you with one last quote – “The mind is everything. What you think you become,” Buddha. This will become my mantra, because my mind and worry is what is hurting me. If I begin thinking differently, “I CAN revamp my resume if i carve out 15 minutes every day for a week to dedicate to doing so,” and “I WILL spend 30 minutes every night looking for new opportunities to better myself and my career.” I can do this, it just takes time. So, in the meantime I will re-read these 50 motivational quotes and work on getting my mind and spirit back on track.