Falling In Love With Fall

Falling In Love With Fall

It's a wonderful, simple time that often helps us fall back into place of what we want and where we're headed.
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The older I get, the more I realize how much I love fall. It's a time unlike any other season. The air gets cooler, but not too cold just yet. The leaves start to transform into multiple colors, helping rediscover an affection for nature. And the new aromas of pumpkins and apples make you want to whip up something delightful in the kitchen. It's a wonderful, simple time that often helps us fall back into the place of what we want, and where we're headed. Here are just a couple of ways that you can adore autumn too!

1. Decorate, decorate, decorate.

It’s time to get yourself to a Michael’s or a pumpkin farm. You need the inside of your home to feel like the warmth and beauty that is outside your windows. Carve some pumpkins. Get some candles. Build a garland or canopy of leaves. It’s time to transform that space into an aura of foliage.

2. Learn to love pumpkin spice.

You can try, but you cannot deny the wonderfulness that is the flavor of pumpkin. From muffins to coffee to milk, you can’t get enough. And it’s only going to be around for so long. Get it while you can!

3. If pumpkins aren’t your jam, then learn to love apples!

For anyone who just can’t get behind the pumpkin trend, then there are always apples to enjoy especially during the fall season. There are cobblers, pies, and most of all cider. Pumpkin or apple, the choice is yours. You can't go wrong either way.

4. It’s the season of desserts.

Cheers to that fact alone. Pies, pastries, cookies, oh, my! Rejoice and be happy to be in a season that has all of the best desserts. You should love autumn for that reason alone.

5. Buy some autumn inspired shirts and sweaters.

It’s also the perfect time to freshen up your wardrobe. Some of the prettiest colors that you can only break out now go perfectly with your surroundings. Grays, maroons, blacks, mustards, and navy blues are great tones on everyone. Not to mention cozy!

6. Brighten up your nails and face.

Who says the fun should stop with your wardrobe? You need to take advantage of these colors all you can. Don’t limit yourself. Find a way to incorporate these colors in your makeup and nails as well!

7. Start planning your schedule around the 13 Days of Halloween.

Once October starts really coming upon us, you know you’re going to be wondering when Hocus Pocus comes on. Memorize that schedule and make the time to catch all your spooky or silly favorite tales around good old Hollow’s Eve.

8. Watch a new show that will give you a bit of a scare.

Whether more a fan of thrillers or just plan jeepers creepers, it’s the perfect time to watch that show or movie that’s bound to keep you on the edge of your seat. I’m talking American Horror Story, The X-Files and most notably Stranger Things.

9. And if all else fails, just remember that winter is coming.

Thanksgiving, and most importantly Christmas are just around the corner, y’all.

Cover Image Credit: Block Buster Chronicles

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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3 Tips For Saying Goodbye For The Summer

When a few months feels like forever...

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Summertime is wonderful! You get time out of school, you can do all these fun things you've been wanting to do, and you get to spend time with your friends. Sometimes, however, your friends have to go off for the summer. Whether they're visiting family, going on vacation for a while, or even just working all the time and not able to see you, it can be hard knowing that your friend isn't gonna be around during what's supposed to be the best time of the year. You know it's temporary, but it still stinks!

Well, I've had to do this a couple of times, so I know a thing or two about dealing with your friend being gone for the summer. I hope that these tips will help your friend feel a little bit closer and the wait seem a little bit shorter:

1. Set up a scheduled system of communication.

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Call, text, email, snail mail, etc. You guys chose the easiest method of communication, and you stick to it. Knowing exactly when to expect a phone call means a lot when you miss someone. It may be difficult finding time that works for both people, but even a scheduled call one time a week is better than not even knowing when you're gonna hear from someone. You can even have a unique way to communicate. Do you like games? You can do multiplayer games online and spend time together that way. Are you old fashioned and like writing letter? Send them a letter to let them know how you are. We live in a world with so many methods of communication, so find which one helps you stay in touch.

2. Stay busy.

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I have spent my fair share mopeing around, waiting for someone to call and hoping that they'd be back soon. That is the worst way to spend your time! Instead of wasting you summer waiting by the phone, go out and do something. Spend time with other friends, go to the beach, do anything you want! Don't waste your summer trying to make time go faster; it doesn't work. Do things that'll help get your mind off of your friend being gone. It'll get easier as time goes along, so make use of the time you have.

3. Don't hold it in.

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Having your friend go off can be tough, especially if it's a person you're very close with. It's okay! You aren't being silly if you feel sad. Some people may even feel hurt, like they're being left behind. That's okay too! What isn't okay is bottling it up and not talking to someone about it. What isn't okay is taking that fear and frustration out on other people, especially the friend that's gone. Talk to someone about it. Write some journal entries about how you're feeling. Don't sit around feeling sad and lonely and left behind. Get out of your own head and realize that everything will be okay. They didn't leave you behind, you're not gonna be sad forever, and everything will be okay.

Well, I hope you have a good summer! Yeah, that person has left, but they'll be back soon. Just live your summer day by day, and they'll be back before you know it!

Good luck!

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