12 Reasons Fall Is The Best Season

12 Reasons Fall Is The Best Season

Bring on the bonfires and the cider.
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If you are like me, summer is nice for a week and then you wish it was fall already. I absolutely hate the heat, and the way I look at it, there is only so much you can take off before it becomes illegal, but in the fall, you can always put more clothes on. Here are a few things to explain that fall is AMAZING!

1. The leaves change color

There are never two leaves that are the same, and looking out to the mountains in Delhi and seeing all the different colors is so relaxing. There is also always a crunchy leaf you need to go out of your way to step on.

2. HOODIES, HOODIES AND HOODIES!

Hoodies are a must have at all times even if it isn’t that cold out. Hoodies in the fall is like water in the summer to me: a must-have. And you don’t have to wear a bra--you can just throw a hoodie on in the morning for your 8am's that you have to take.

3. Pumpkin EVERYTHING!

Pumpkin here, pumpkin there, pumpkin everywhere! Pumpkin flavoring is a staple for fall. And around the time everyone still has Broncos, and they go to the library café and get their special pumpkin spice latte, or pumpkin iced coffee, and some even get pumpkin chai.


4. Apple Cider

As you have seen in my last article about the Fly Creek Cider Mill, I love cider. Cider is also a staple for the fall season, and there is also cider flavored everything: apple cider latte, apple cider chai and just apple cider in general--it’s such a sweet treat at the end of the day.

5. Hot Cocoa

It is acceptable to have hot cocoa, finally. It’s not too hot and it’s a great morning ritual. Grab hot cocoa, and then go to class. It’s good for those who don’t like coffee. Like me.

6. Longer Nights

I am a night owl. I love the cool crisp nights and the cold relaxes me. I am more awake and creative at night, too.


7. Comfy Clothes

You don’t have to worry about dressing nice, you can just wear sweats or leggings, and a hoodie, as I said. The best part? No one will care because they will be doing that, too.

8. You Don't have to shave

For guys and girls! Girls say this all the time: you aren’t wearing stuff like tank tops and shorts. You will be wearing long sleeves and pants, and even though I still shave, I just wait longer. Also, extra hair keeps you warmer.


9. Thanksgiving

A good time to get together with your family, and eat. Food is amazing and you can’t go wrong with stuffing and pumpkin pie. Turkey is good too, but face it--we mostly eat the stuffing and the dessert, as well as the side dishes.

10. Halloween

This is self-explanatory: candy and costume parties. It gives us an excuse to be someone different for the night and have fun like you always wanted to without being judged (because everyone will be acting crazy).

11. FOOTBALL!

Wings, pizza, chips, and alcohol. All you need to get together with a bunch of friends and have a great night, and when the Superbowl comes around you and your friends get super competitive (even if they don’t like the team, you just pick the opposing team of your friends just to make them angry).

12: Bonfires!

Sure they are good in the summer, but they are what makes fall amazing. You won’t be sweltering in the heat and it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors and not be cold as hell.


This is why I love fall; it is just a more peaceful time. I am over summer, and I cannot wait until I can wake up and smell that fall--crisp leaf smells every morning, bundle up and not have to worry about dressing up for class. I like the cold, and fall is a perfect relief from a hot summer.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.

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As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!

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Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.

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Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.

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Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.

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Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.

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Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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