Autumn Has Arrived

Autumn Has Arrived

Or is that just the smell of pumpkin spice in the air?

The changing of the seasons happens very slowly, but surely, as if it’s trying to carefully slip its way into your life day by day. First you notice the sun setting earlier each night, then you might feel a sudden chill in the evening that’s unlike what you’ve felt the past two months in the summer. Of course, it might also get incredibly cold in the morning causing you to wear a jacket only to find yourself regretting that decision in the middle of the day when it warms up. But once the new season is here, it’s really something to admire.

Autumn is definitely my favorite season and I feel the most content during it. Though, it’s funny I say I feel the most content during the season when it’s also when my allergies start acting up the most. How horrible does it sound having not just spring allergies to flowers, but also an allergy due to the withering and dying leaves of autumn? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if I’m sick or just suffering from allergies. Nevertheless, it’s still such a great season and there’s so many things to look forward to. Let’s look at a few of them then, shall we?

I always find it really amusing how the fall season within the retail world technically starts in August. Of course, that’s just to introduce all the new merchandise and to act as reminders that hey, it’s going to start getting cold soon, you might want to buy some essentials if you haven’t already. Already they start temping you to buy all the cute sweaters that get released. Don’t even get me started on the back-to-school sales, the semester is already getting pretty rough. So because of this, the very first thing that can technically be counted as the beginnings of autumn would be the start of school. That is, of course, something most people don’t look forward to, but also autumn doesn’t feel the same without it, at least in my opinion. Since starting college, however, a majority of my fall semesters have been starting in summer, so once autumn comes around, it really feels like I’m in the semester since by then I usually have a set routine as well.

Another thing that screams autumn to me the crisp scent in the air and the lack of humidity. Once that humidity is gone, it just feels so much more refreshing and definitely much cooler. Not only does it get a little easier to breathe, but the air mixes in with the scent of the leaves and it feels like its own thing. Perhaps a mix of pumpkin spice is in the midst of that autumn scent? It gets even better when the sun sets and it gets chillier, and suddenly things start seeming spookier too. Oh that’s right, Halloween is just around the corner too, who could forget about that?

Halloween is definitely the number one thing that makes it autumn for me in my book and the spirit of it all just brings out so much fun and excitement. It’s probably the thing that makes autumn so great for me because of how much I look forward to it. When I was fourteen, I spent a good portion of my evening going trick-or-treating with a few of my friends. It was a particularly windy night as well and we were walking through a street that was pretty empty. The streetlight above us was flickering and dying out as it cast shadows of the nearby trees, and the wind howled through the tree branches above us making it sound like some creature was screeching.

I remember exchanging a look with my friend, a terrified look actually, and I remember just being so scared and speechless like, was this scene actually happening to us? It was Halloween and we were so lost and scared.

Still, thinking back on it now and how much detail I still remember, I want to experience that again. It was so crisp, so cool and creepy that it makes me associate autumn with this very moment.

So, readers, I hope you find the joys of autumn as the season unfolds. I hope you find the things that definitely scream autumn for you, whether it’s the comfortable fashion, the tasty drinks, the cool temperature, or even the creepy aesthetic that might come near Halloween that might actually make you scream.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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6 Ways To Start Pre-Gaming Your Summer Plans Today

A few ways to help you prepare for summer.


Summer is coming sooner rather than later and we all need to get ready for it.

1. Start making trip plans now.


If you are wanting to do a getaway over the summer, I would suggest starting to plan for the trip now. The closer you get to the time in which you want to go, the higher the prices of plane tickets and rooms go up. Also planning ahead gives you the chance to pinpoint exactly how you want to spend your trip and not waste your time. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and being stuck at the hotel the whole time because you have no idea what is our there for you to do.

2. Buy sunscreen.

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Do you really want to end up like her? I don't think so. Even if you are the type of person with the mentality that you will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, it doesn't matter. We all need sunscreen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to take care of it. Think of it this way, do you want to have sunspots when you're old? Or would you rather maintain your youthful appearance for as long as you can?

3. Find a new hobby.


Let's be honest here for a minute, the majority of us do absolutely nothing over summer break and feel no guilt for it. I have done this several times over the years, and I now look back and realize all the time I wasted not learning or doing something new. If you are working full-time, have summer school, or a summer internship this does not apply to you unless you have the time to do so.

For the rest of y'all, get up and learn something. Learn how to knit. Take a kickboxing class. Try out new hiking places. Start learning another language, or continue practicing the one you learned in school at places where the language is commonly used. Get outside of your comfort zone!

4. De-stress and dispose.

You are so close to summer sometimes it stresses you out trying to get everything done. You need to realize that summer isn't going anywhere and you will get there eventually. Take a deep breathe and keep going. What I like to do is start throwing out the paperwork from this semester that I know I will never use again, don't want, and papers that I don't plan on using for the upcoming final. Disposing of those papers helps me visualize that the semester is almost over.

5. Buy a new swimsuit.


Before you go out and buy a bunch of new swimsuits, try your old ones on first and see if they fit. Sometimes you just need a new top to match the bottoms that you already have or vice versa. Also, if you know that you are not going to buy a swimsuit for the pool or beach several times throughout the summer, don't waste your money on a new swimsuit. The one from last year that you never wore will do just fine.

Save Money

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The simplest way to understand it is no saving = no money to spend during summer. If you have all kinds of different trips and things you want to do that cost a fee, it would be wise to start saving up for all of your other expenses that you would normally have to pay per month like insurance, phone, or a car payment. I will be in the car payment category since I just bought a new one a few weeks ago.

That being said, my first car payment is due the week I am in New York. I don't want my New York money to be used for a car payment, so I've been taking extra shifts at work to compensate. I have also started going through my closet and selling the items I don't want anymore. There are several resale stores and places online for you to sell your unwanted clothes and other items to put some extra cash in your pocket.

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