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8 Places You Need to Visit this Fall | Small Town Bucket List

HEYO.  You guys might be getting kinda annoyed by all my fall posts (is that humanly possible even), but hey, WHAT CAN I SAY.   After all, like, *cough*....autumn is in the air.  How can I not talk about fall incessantly? PLUS the last few days have felt so much like autumn and the #aesthetic is real.  It's amazing.

So today I thought I'd round up a few places I want to try to visit this fall.  Some of them I do every fall, and it's almost like my tradition, and the others are some things I'd really like to try.  And JUST maybe, this list will give you some inspiration to get out there and enjoy this amazing fall weather (if it's fall where you're at lolol).  SO.  Let's get into this!
+ A corn maze.  I never knew that these existed near me until this year, when one of my friends suggested we should go there.   And now I really want to go there xD This was literally my reaction when she told me about it:


+ A hiking trail.  There's so much beauty in nature right now, with the trees changing color and all, and the best way to take that all in is to actually GET OUT THERE and see it all.  I had been planning on going hiking next week, but that plan fell through (>_<), so I guess I'll have to wait and see.  But I still really want to go do it, because HOW PERFECT WOULD THAT BE.  Also, imagine the amazing scenery and the photos you could take.  10/10.  AND one thing I've always thought is if and when I buy a drone, (if you have a drone can i pls borrow it for a year thx) the visuals you could get with that would be stunning.

+ An orchard.  YO.  My dad was taking me to the rink last week, and we took a detour, and there is literally this orchard five minutes away from our HOUSE.  What?!? All I saw was the sign, but I really want to check it out and see if it's real.  How flippin' awesome would that be? Haha, but I totally recommend going out and picking some apples or pears.  It's good for your health and it's a fun way to get outside :D

+ A pumpkin patch.  Yep, this one definitely goes along with the orchard one, but it's still different.  (As in, one is made up of upright trees and the other of sprawling prickly green stems and orange spheres) There's a patch right across a grocery store in our town, and the store always sells so many different kinds of pumpkins.  It's amazing.

Macro shot of a pumpkin patch.
+ Starbucks (or any other coffee shop).  And I say this, because, this is one of my 'traditions'.  Like I said in my last post, I don't really go to Starbucks a lot because the nearest one is so far away from me.  So I make it a point every October/November to go there and spend a whole afternoon there xD But not just for the coffee....

+ A bookstore.  The Starbucks I go to is inside a Barnes & Nobles, so yeah, it's flawless.  But the whole vibe of fall goes with warm drinks and books, right? YEP.  Alternatively, make your own coffee and hit up the library!

+ A fall festival.  I've never actually been to this one yet, but I've seen signs around, and I think, basically, it's just pretty much everything I already mentioned in one? xD I'm not sure, but it sounds amazing and I'd love to go to one sometime.

+ A state park.  Obviously because it will be beautiful, but here's an idea.  Grab a bunch of your friends (or one...or yourself!!), get a flannel blanket, make some cute food, get a string of lights and/or a candle, and go make yourself a good ol' fall picnic or something.  Make a bonfire.  Roast marshmallows.  I did this the other evening with some friends (complete with fairy lights and harvest signs), and it's a m a z  i n g.  10/10 would RECOMMEND.

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ALL RIGHT, guys.  That's it for today's post :) MORE AUTUMN INSPIRATION COMING YOUR WAY.  What are some things you'd recommend doing in the fall that don't require traveling halfway across the continent? :D Fall is so beautiful I honestly can't even begin ♥ *all the heart eyes* Small town or city? And what fall events do you usually celebrate with? 

-autumn

the little things // fall edition

It's October.  And yes, it's currently 81°F outside.  Yesterday in P.E. I was melting from the heat.  (And no lie, the gym floor was so WET from all the humidity that kids were falling all over the place and one guy split his chin open.  okay.  'nuff horrible news)


But despite the fact that so far this fall it's seemed more like summer than fall, this time of the year is one of the prettiest and aesthetic times of the year, and I thought I'd write a post about all the little things I love about....wait for it....autumn.  That's right. 


+ style ok I'm not sure what better way to explain this than to grab some pictures of what I mean I JUST LOVE AUTUMN AND ALL THE CUTE CLOTHES flannels jeans flannels jeans flannels jeans flannels jeans flannels jeans

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+ colored leaves My history teacher (who's from Vermont) was telling us the other day, "People come from all over to the New England area in the fall...why? To see....leaves...?" 

BUT THEY'RE BeauUTIFuL so. 

+ warm drinks 
+ crisp morning air

+ the one time in the year i go to Starbucks Because Starbucks is very far away from me & so I can't drive over there on my daily morning run to grab a pumpkin spice latte (not that I drive, in that case, but, um....) SO I like to go to Starbucks in the fall usually and sit in the Barnes & Nobles bookstore.  It's like a mini paradise. 


+ pumpkins
+ tall boots

+ hayrides I'm planning one with some of my friends & SO EXCITING,Y'ALL.  Would recommend it highly if you get the chance. 

+ fuzzy socks
+ wood stoves + crackling fires I'm literally so pumped to start the wood stove again YAY
+ rainy days 


+ NaNoWriMo  or even if you don't do NaNo, it's probably the easiest season to get inspired to write in.  *all the heart eyes*

+ pumpkin & pecan pies, apples, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, squash....all the food.  Because, let's face it, fall = harvest season = abundant food.  THANK YOU JESUS.

+ fall festivals 

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SO what about you? What are some things you love about fall *cough* or AUTUMN?!?!?! When I picked Autumn for my online name, I never thought about what it meant, really.  And then as time went on I'm like, "HEY! That's cool! But why didn't I choose summer tbh" xD 

Does it feel like fall where you are? (Definitely not here :P) How's life, y'all? Shoot me a comment and we'll chat! 

-autumn 

stop dreaming. START DOING.

HI FRENS.  Today's post is something I just want to say.  It's something that's kind of been on the forefront of my mind for the past few weeks, and I wanted to cover it in a blog post, and hopefully inspire myself even more, and maybe even you in the process.

WHY WE NEED TO STOP TALKING & START DOING.


Because I procrastinate.  Sometimes I'm lazy.  And there are wayyyy too many times I don't do what I need to.  I know better.  I know what's right.  Here are 9 reasons why we need to h u s t l e.

1. There's a whole lot of life to live, work to do, things to accomplish.

One of the things that I hate most is people who live complacent lives.  WHY WOULD YOU.  Every day that I can get up, be healthy, breathe, and live life is such a blessing.  Life is a gift.  Every day is a chance.  But even more than that, life is so fleeting.  Work in the time you have.  Ben Franklin said it right: "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." 

2.  Creativity is freeing.

GUESS WHAT? Being creative can help you become even more creative.  Being creative inspires you, and when others see that, it inspires them. (win-win situation) Being creative helps us see the light side of life, the small things. 

3.  Working hard pays off later.

For me, the second part of this is what motivates me 9 out of 10 times.  IT WILL PAY OFF LATER, MY FRIENDS.  Yeah, it doesn't seem like it.  It's boring.  It's hard.  It's...work.  But LISTEN.  Next week, you'll be glad you took one hour of effort into that project.  And it will be a little easier to get back into the flow.  And eventually, when you reach your goal, you'll look back & realize YOU MADE IT.  YOU SURVIVED.  And you did it well.

4.  The world will pass you by if you sit there & watch it.

Yeah.  And one day, you don't want to look back on life and say, "I missed so many opportunities." NO.  Time waits for no man, frens!! (though let's be honest, I WISH IT WOULD.) The world keeps spinning.  Don't let the moment pass you by.

Which leads me to...

5.  SEIZE EVERY MOMENT.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow's not promised.  All we have is today.  Live every moment to the fullest.  Don't waste time.  Work hard for the future, and enjoy every single second of life.  Seize the moment. Make the most out of this gift of a day.

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6.  Bring God the glory.

Because that's the reason for life.  One of my favorite quotes that I live by is: "All of life is all for Jesus." YES AND AMEN.  Eternity is forever, and one day, looking back, I want to be able to say that I did what God wanted.  That I lived out His will for me, because I am His child.  This is definitely the most important thing in life.

7.  There's a world out there waiting for what you have to offer.

That novel you're working on? PEOPLE NEED IT.  Even if it only impacts one life, IT! IMPACTED! ONE! LIFE! Yo, that's amazing! Your work, your art--there are people out there it's going to touch like nothing else did in their life.  You are an artist, and...

8.  NO ONE ELSE CAN DO YOU.  No one.  ABSOLUTELY NO ONE.

I hope I stressed that enough.  NOBODY.  Nadie.  Throw off your apprehensions and just do it. 


I've heard of a quote that said: "The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung...all because someone was too afraid to take that first step...or determined to carry our their dream.” Yeah.  You have a story, a mission, something to tell the world.  Don't waste it.

9.  Conquer today.

Everything I just talked about are things that I've told myself and tell myself on a daily basis.  Live to create and inspire.  Trust God.  Keep your priorities straight and work hard.  But most importantly, you are a person too.  You are not a machine.  Take time to do what feeds your soul.  Love life passionately.  Love what you do, do what you love.  Don't be your worst critic.

And one last thing--the creative life, being an artist, yep, it's all important, but the most important thing in life is how we relate to God.

“Only one life will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”
– C. T. Studd –
Live well, love God xx

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What are some other inspirational pieces you'd add to this list? Do you find it easy to motivate yourself? (if so please I beg you teach me your ways) What does your creative process look like? I want to hear about it! (also: telling others about your work makes you more motivated, trust me.) 


-autumn