I Think I'm Actually Excited For Fall

I Think I'm Actually Excited For Fall

Sweater weather and hot apple cider sound good right about now.
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The other day I rode my bike past some oak trees and I noticed something peculiar. The leaves are turning yellow. Fall is fast approaching. In that moment, I could feel the wool sweaters on my skin and the hot apple cider touching my lips. I felt this rush of excitement knowing the season would be upon us.

Growing up, I never really like fall. Fall meant back to school. It meant being confined to a desk for hours listening to teachers lecture on about algebra. It meant shorter days and colder nights. It meant winter was on it’s way and growing up in the Midwest, that meant heavy snowfall and icy sidewalks. I missed the freedom of summer, of staying out till nine o’clock and catching fireflies or swimming in my apartment complex’s community pool all day. Now, as an adult that isn’t chained to the idea that freedom starts when the school bell rings for summer vacation, I find fall to be quite enjoyable.

Around the beginning of August, my friends started ironically (and unironically) sharing Fall memes even though our minds were still fried by the summer heat. The joke was, (and I hate explaining memes,) that if people can spam Christmas memes as early as October, then we can spam fall memes as early as August. Needless to say this viral trend got me hyped up for fall earlier than I thought. Now I can’t help but to plan my next Halloween costume and gawk at cute oversized sweaters.

I think there’s something inviting about lying in your warm bed with cozy socks watching cult horror classics. I can finally put my crock pot to use and brew myself a nice bowl of chilli. I can wear hats and sweaters and jackets. Wearing clothes and fabric actually feels great instead of torturous like it would in the summer heat. I can’t wait to kick around piles of leaves in the park and shop for the cutest pumpkin to carve up and let rot in my house until the end of October.

The older I get, the more excited I get about fall. It’s a relaxing holiday. More relaxing than summer which becomes stormy weather or extreme heat. It becomes overbooked vacation and a day on a crowded dirty beach. It becomes hiding inside my air conditioned house. Now I can crack open a window.

I’m looking forward to the smell of fireplaces and bonfires and cinnamon. I don’t care that much about pumpkin flavored everything but I do like that I can incorporate caramel into everything now and it just feels right. Of course, I can’t forget half priced halloween candy on November first! I love every aspect of fall and I think the closer it gets the more I won’t stop talking about it. I’ll get through this boring month of September when things slowly start to transition into red, orange and yellow. I’m glad I’m taking a semester off because school seems to be the thing that makes me dread this year. I can actually enjoy eating pecan pie without the worry that midterms are coming up. Maybe I’ll actually have time for NANOWRIMO this November. Fingers crossed.

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19 Struggles Only Girls With The 'Looks Thin In Clothes But Not In A Bikini' Body Type Will Understand

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided one-pieces were cool again.
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We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.

There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided it was time to give one-pieces a try again. The stomachs of us in-between gals are appreciative.

7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

SEE ALSO: 7 Struggles Of Being The Girl Who Is "Not Skinny" But Also "Not Fat"

11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.

15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.

16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.

17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

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Warm Weather Is Finally Here And That Means Seasonal Depression Can Go Fly A Kite

Like seriously, get out of here.

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Any form of depression flippin' sucks. Like something major. Mental health is wicked important and sometimes crazy hard to maintain. The cold weather of winter does absolutely nothing to help either and ends up making it a lot harder to stay motivated, want to get out of bed and to ever go outside to be productive and active. Vitamin D is so detrimental to the health of our bodies. The sunshine lets us soak that up, but it's almost impossible to do when it's sub-zero for four months straight (ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but not really).

Seasonal depression brings out the worst moods during the long winter months and drags us down. What we can do is to busy ourselves and push ourselves to be the happiest we can be with enjoyable activities. Make sure you do fun things that will help you avoid being stir crazy. It's a vital time of self-care and making sure you are physically and emotionally healthy.

Once the icy force field of the winter breaks, spring flourishes and so do we. The heavyweight that was hanging on our shoulders is lifted off. We instantly feel lighter. It's an amazing feeling and so relieving. Getting through the winter in one piece feels so successful.

So, have fun now. Enjoy the fresh air and let the sunshine kiss your skin. Embrace your happy and positive thoughts. Cherish not having to wear a jacket and the fact that you need air conditioning in your car instead of heat. Roll the windows down and blast the music. Make your days include some form of outside activities and exercise. Celebrate every single aspect of the spring and summer because when winter rolls around again, you will want memories to keep you going so that when you have to do it all over again, it will go smoothly.

So, goodbye seasonal depression, we won't miss you.

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