Embracing October

Embracing October

the best month of the year

Hello October.

The month that opens up to the best time of the year. Cooler weather, fire pits, s'mores, apple cider, snow, sweaters, coffee, fuzzy socks, Christmas movies, sugar cookies, cardigans, Christmas lights, pumpkins, breaks from school, Christmas trees, leaves changing colors...I mean the list can just keep going.

October means that the year is 3/4 of the way over. WHAT? That's right even if it sounds a little crazy. To me, October means that the semester is almost over. It is the last FULL month of the school year before I am able to throw all my papers in the air and return my rented books.

October also means that the weather will finally start cooling down (well it is suppose to). I can finally break out the fluffy cardigans and worn out flannels. I can transition from the Nike shorts to sweats and trade in my chaos for my tennis shoes.

October means that the coffee shops will break out the pumpkin spice flavoring, Bath & Body will introduce their fall scented candles and you can turn in your summer scentsy smell in for an Autumn Sunrise or Pumpkin Marshmallow aroma.

October means that Andy's will bring back their Pumpkin Pie Concrete and Target will constantly be filling the "Dollar" section with new fall/holiday related items. It means Hobby Lobby will be flooding your debit transactions and your house will be covered in hues of red, orange, yellow and brown.

October means fire pits and cozy blankets to snuggle up with. It means bundling up on the couch and leaving the window open so you can hear the leaves rustle. It means cuddling up next to your favorite person and not sweating to death. It means projecting "Hocus Pocus" on the side of your house ad making caramel apples to eat.

October means long nights with friends, driving around with the heat on and talking about life. Talking about the hopes are for the last three months of the current year and what you hope the next year will bring.

October means going to twelve different pumpkin patches and buying two pumpkins are everyone one because you just can't help yourself. It means painting those pumpkins you picked with your closest friends because they truly will not judge you for how they turn out. It means finding every haunted house within a 50 mile radius and screaming your heart out at every one. It means late nights and endless laughs.

October means sitting in a random coffee shops for hours pouring over homework, visiting with friends and always consuming coffee. It means going to the same coffee shop and spending $25 a week because you just cannot wait to try a few flavor. It means the workers know your name and you have a certain "spot" you are always at.

October means raking up leaves and making the biggest leaf pile ever imagined, then jumping into it with your closest family/friends. It means taking the perfect (senior, single, family, couple) pictures; with the leaves all changing colors and the temperature not too hot but not too cold.

October means Thanksgiving is just around the corner, reminding us all that soon we will get to spend a few days with our family. It means that you can finally eat some of grandmas pumpkin pie or eat some of grandpas famous turkey. It means board games with your family after you've all ate too much.

October means adventure. It means grabbing your friends or your partner, dropping everything you're doing and going. Make new memories. You've got three months left in the year-what alllllllll can you squeeze into them?

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21 Spontaneous Things To Do While Evading Death

The bucket list to end all other bucket lists.

Everyone should take the opportunity to do these 21 things before they die. If you aren’t considering everything on this list, does YOLO not mean anything to you?

1. Go on an exciting vacation that puts you out of your comfort zone.

No, not another Napa Valley wine tour.

2. Keep a dog.

Or a cat. But just know dogs are better. They’ll teach you so many of life’s abundant lessons. Like not to have nice furniture.

3. Experience nature to its fullest extent.

Hint: this likely can’t be done in an area where you have cell service. Unplug, people.

4. Stargaze at night in an area where you can actually see stars and not smog.

Stars do exist, and they're pretty to look at.

5. Volunteer your time to a charitable cause.

Don’t just write a check to a nonprofit; get out in the world and help!

6. Name a star

C’mon, it’s cool.

7. Learn an instrument.

How fun will it be to show off to all your friends that you can play Hot Cross Buns?

8. Splurge on something.

Save money and then blow it on something that will probably be out of style or out of date within a year. Spending money really makes you feel alive, especially when your checking account balance plummets.

9. Spend a whole day in bed.

Some people claim sleep is for the weak. They must not have good mattresses.

10. Do something out of the blue.

If you have a desire to do something, do it. Your gut is always right, right? Life can't always go according to plan, and it's important to be spontaneous.

11. Be given a standing ovation.

“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcome the world” – Auggie Pullman, Wonder

12. Fall in love.

As cliché as this may seem, everyone deserves to be loved. Even the Grinch.

13. Jump off a cliff.

Make sure there’s water at the bottom of where your jumping, though. No premature deaths, please.

14. Pay for someone else’s meal.

Unless they ordered more than $40 worth of food, because you probably aren’t made out of money.

15. Vote.

You can’t complain about the current state of government unless you had some input in it.

16. Do something on a stage in front of people.

Everyone needs to have the opportunity to get over their fear of public speaking. Do that thing where you're supposed to imagine the audience in their underwear. It'll be more awkward and more fun.

17. Go to a big deal sporting event.

Pay big bucks for those nosebleed seats. You may barely be able to see what's happening, but at least you can say you were there.

18. Learn how to cook something where the name is not the recipe.

Branch out from things like macaroni and cheese and buttered toast.

19. Try a weird diet.

See if it has all those health benefits that it claims to have. Avoiding swamp diet, anyone?

20. Do something your parents explicitly told you NOT to do.

Find out why they said that. Live and learn people.

21. Delete your social media and replace it with actual human interaction.

Pick up the phone, use that expensive phone plan and call someone instead of stalking them on Facebook.

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We Do The Things We Do For A Reason, To Help Us Find Our Passion

How I knew writing was my love.

Why do we do the things we do? A question I get asked a lot is “why did you start your blog?”

I wish it was as simple as “I love to write!” But it isn’t. I was always a terrible reader, all through elementary school I had the worst handwriting and grammar in the class. It wasn’t until seventh grade that I began to truly like to write. I started writing in a little black journal that read “I can I Will” on the front every night. At first, it was just simple stuff like what I had done that day but eventually, it developed into more.

I would have so much going on in my head, I would just need to write it on paper! Ideas, opinions I was too afraid to say out loud, and even short “movies”. Writing actually helped me develop my true voice. Once I realized that I was one of the only kids in class who actually enjoyed writing papers, I knew it was my calling. It was something I wanted to put my heart and soul into.

My freshman year, everyone had their “thing” whether it be basketball or soccer or dance. My thing was going to the cozy coffee shop in Royal Oak and just writing for hours.

I would just pour my heart out onto a piece of paper and love it! I felt a release and always felt a sense of power when I finished a meaningful article.

The summer I got home from my last year of sleep away camp, I wanted to somehow share my writing with the world. I am terrible at technology so I never thought I would be able to create a blog, but I did! I thought it would only be appropriate to call it "I can I Will" because it was not only what my first journal said but had deep meaning to me for various reasons (a different story for another time). For me, it was not about how many likes or shares my page received, but to see and hear if I had made an impact on others. I wanted to inspire people or in some way make them just think. Think about life and themselves. Think about the good stuff.

As of today, every time I post an article, I feel loved. I get goosebumps from every comment on my post or when people I barely even know come up to me and tell me they read my blog.

So, why do we do the things we do? Is it to make us happy? No. We do the things we do to better the world for ourselves and for the people around us. I am a strong believer in everything happens for a reason. This being said, go after your dreams, do what you want, make yourself happy while also putting smiles on other people’s faces. We do the things we do for a reason, even if we don't know it!

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