20 Things You Have To Do In The Fall

20 Things You Have To Do In The Fall

Fall is finally here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… yes you’re right… IT’S FINALLY FALL!! The time when the world becomes beautiful colors, sweaters are in style, and you can’t help but be happy. Get ready for the pumpkin carving, and the apple cider and the leaves flying all around. How can you not help but be happy when the world is so beautiful? Sadly fall only comes around once a year, so there are so many activities that have to be done before it’s over! Take advantage of this beautiful weather and the beautiful time of the year. It’s right before the time of the year when it’ll be too cold to even want to walk to your car! Enjoy fall while it’s here!

  1. Pumpkin Picking, because what else would be number 1 on this list.
  2. Going to a Corn Maze, because what is fall without getting lost in a corn maze?
  3. Drink Apple Cider, because it’s the only thing that remotely comes close to pumpkin spice.
  4. Apple Picking, because it’s fall, you have no reason to be sitting inside.
  5. Jump in a pile of leaves, come on, you know you want too.
  6. Have a bonfire, because the outdoors never looks as pretty as it does right now.
  7. Pumpkin Spice everything, not that this needs to be on this list, because I know you all are going to do that anyways.
  8. Go to a football game, there’s no other game like a homecoming game.
  9. Go on a hike, it’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, it’s perfect.
  10. Break out the sweaters that have been hiding in the back of your closet since last year.
  11. It’s finally boots season, which means no more worrying if you toenails are painted.
  12. Make a pie, apple, pumpkin, chocolate, whocares.
  13. Halloween, enough said.
  14. Fall Candles, because if the smell of creamy pumpkin, cinnamon sugar, or falling leaves doesn’t put you in the best mood ever, are you really a fall lover?
  15. Pumpkin Carving, got to do something after pumpkin picking right?
  16. Make s’mores, because who doesn’t love a them? (P.S. use reese cups instead of a hershey bar, you’re welcome).
  17. Go on a hayride, because there’s nothing much better than being on a hayride with your hot apple cider.
  18. Expand your scarf collection, no outfit is complete without a scarf.
  19. Tailgating, football games here we come.
  20. Go to a haunted house, because who doesn’t love a little scare on a cool fall night?
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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Stop Missing Summer Because Of Your Terrible Sleeping Patterns

It's a bad habit.


We've all been guilty of a self-indulgent lie-in from time to time, whether we went to bed late the previous night or need a mental health day. But when summer rolls around, it becomes so easy to let the occasional lie-in until noon turns into a horrible habit.

Admittedly, it is nice to put off responsibilities that hang over our shoulders during the school year by staying in bed. It's great to be lazy every once in a while. It can do wonders for your mindset.

However, if you have nothing begging for your attention when the semester is over, that habit can become self-destructive in a way. You stay up past midnight, wake up around noon, dress—and then, the day is nearly over.

It becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to undo, and if you don't undo it, you're missing out on a large chunk of your summer.

I find this has been happening to me recently. I stay up until two in the morning as I only work a few days a week, and wake up around noon. But in two hours, my sisters finish school, and what have I accomplished? Absolutely nothing!

The self-indulgent lie-in becomes miserable as you see those wasted hours turn to dust, and before you know it, you've already been at home for a month. What do you have to show for it? Days spent waking at noon and barely being productive?

If your sleeping patterns are in your control, I'd advise you to curl up in bed earlier, wake up earlier, and enjoy the world earlier. This is the free time you've been craving all year, and if you're not enjoying it properly, no one else will! The second you let your summer fall out of your control, you become irritated with yourself for letting it happen at all.

There is so much to take advantage of in the early mornings that you're sleeping through! So dress, head outside, and breathe in the summer for what it's worth!

(Also worth noting that sleeping until noon occasionally can be wonderful too, as we all need our relaxing time, but don't get sucked into the habit all over again.)

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