BLOGTOBER, Uncategorized

Blogtober Day 17: Fall Date Ideas!

It’s me, I’m back, and I know what day it is now! AND all my finals are done, so hello I am a real person once more.

And today, we’re going to talk about one of my FAVORITE things…FALL ACTIVITIES! More specifically, fun fall date ideas. Some of these I’ve done already, some I haven’t, and some come from the fall bucket list, but all of them sound like a grand time to me.

1. PUMPKIN PICKING/JACK O’LANTERN CARVING

Okay, this one was Bobby’s (my fiance) idea, I’ll give it to him, and I’m so excited to do it this weekend. Go on out to a pumpkin patch and find a perfect pumpkin together. Take a lot of really cute cliche fall pictures with that pumpkin. (Fun fact: we took our first ever engagement photos with my mom’s cellphone in a pumpkin patch!) Then take the pumpkin home, cover your kitchen table in newspaper, and CARVE IT UP! I’m not nearly as good at pumpkin carving as I wish I was, but I’m good at the fun part where you scoop the guts out of the pumpkin! ALSO, save the seeds and bake them! They’re SO tasty and good for you!

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Even if you’re not taking cheesy engagement pics, GO GET A PUMPKIN!! 

2. PILLOW FORT GAME NIGHT/SPOOKY MOVIE MARATHON

Grab a bunch of pillows and blankets, a few chairs, and set up a pillow fort in the living room. Put on your favorite spooky movies, light some fall candles, and even bring in a board game or two. Try to put your phones away for most of this, and just enjoy feeling together! This one reminds me of being a kid, especially when you leave the cellphone and social media out of it. Just unplug for a little while!

3.  GO TO A HAUNTED-SOMETHING!

Be it a haunted house, a haunted corn maze or hayride, or even one of the spooky haunted amusement park events, get on out there! Even if you’re the kind of person who will fall right on their butt when someone jumps out at you (re: me, this Sunday), it’s still so much fun to get scared! Plus, you can push your significant other in front of you when the zombies get too close! (Not that I would ever…..)

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Didn’t take any pictures of anything haunted while I was here because I was too busy running away from a clown (true story), so here’s an ad I found on Google LOL! 

4. TRY A NEW FALL RECIPE OR A CRAFT PROJECT (OR BOTH)

Pinterest is your friend here, y’all. I love finding fun recipes! You could bake some cookies, throw a new chili in the crockpot, or just find a new way to roast some vegetables. You can enjoy cooking it together, and then eating it together, too. Bonus points if it’s good for you (or just tastes delicious). While it’s cooking, hop BACK on Pinterest and find a fun craft project! I have one I’m dying to try. Make a whole day of it, and go to the craft store for supplies together, hit the grocery store for ingredients, and then you two can snuggle up with some Mod Podge and acrylic paint while your whole house starts to smell like whatever divine thing you have in the oven…you see my vision here?

5. GO FOR A FALL HIKE

It’s simple, free, and gets you moving! Hikes are BEAUTIFUL in the fall, with all the leaves on the ground and the trees. Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting too hot in the crisp, cool air! Go to one of your favorite spots, or pick a new one! And don’t forget to take more cliche photos.

 

Those are just some of my fall date ideas (and you bet I will be doing all, if not most of them). I hope you try some out and enjoy! Let me know if you do, and let me know some of your favorite fall date ideas! I might have to give them a try!

Soul Food, Uncategorized

#MeditationNation: My Beginnings So Far

Hello everyone!

When I was planning out first posts for this blog, I knew right away that something I wanted to talk about was meditation. I started this to get in touch with myself and to really focus on finding my way in this ever-wonderful, abundant universe, and I personally believe that mediation is a really great way to start doing that.

Don’t get me wrong; I haven’t been meditating long, and I’m not great at it, but it is something I am trying to do more. This past spring (2018), I was very into meditation. I was working a 7-3 job, and so I would wake up at 4:30 AM, go for a run, and then come back and meditate on the front balcony. Guys, I have never felt so peaceful and at ease in my life. Honestly, that was probably the time in my life where I felt the happiest and healthiest I’d ever been.

Then of course, life happened. I got a new job, went on a backpacking trip in Europe, and meditation kind of just fell out of my toolbox. I never thought of doing it, thought I was too busy, etc. Ironically, maybe that’s exactly why I should’ve been doing it.

Now, I’ll be honest, I’ve been struggling a bit lately. Starting a new grad school program, starting a new job, and not only that, but starting a new job in my new field that I’m still learning about. It’s a lot of pressure! I’ve been really analyzing myself lately, and trying to make changes (such as starting this blog-creative outlets are healthy!). I decided that meditation was something I had to bring back because I remembered what a positive tool it was for me several months ago.

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The home screen of my favorite meditation app, Insight Timer! 
So now, what I try to do is meditate when I first wake up. I check all my messages and social media (the next habit I need to change…) upon waking, take a second to shake the last bits of sleep off, and I open my favorite meditation app, Insight Timer. This app is literally life-changing. It has guided meditations, which I love, the various timers, courses, etc. Like, there are SO many different things! For now, because I’m just getting back into it, I’ll pick a short (10 minutes) guided meditation on whatever I feel I need most that day (lately, it’s been grounding). Then, I just turn it on and go for it.

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Just a sampling of what it looks like in different guided meditation categories! Grounded is my favorite one! They have THOUSANDS to choose from! 

I’d like to get back to a place where I can just sit by the river, clear my mind, and meditate on the sound of rushing water. That’s a great feeling. That’s the ultimate goal, although I’m very content now with my 10 “morning minutes”!

Stay tuned for more meditation themed posts, and let me know what you think about meditation! Any tips and tricks?

Talk to you soon!