You know the feeling. It’s nearing the end of summer, the leaves are starting to change, and as soon as the temperature starts dropping you get that immediate urge to devour, drink, and inhale anything that has the word pumpkin in it. You dig through your entire closet to bring forth the sweaters, flannels, and boots that have been hibernating all summer. You spend endless amounts of hours sitting on the couch watching Hocus Pocus on repeat. We have taken the time to each create lists of our top 10 favorite things to do in the fall to help get you excited for the change of season!
The 10 best things to do in the Fall (according to Chelsea):
Break out your comfiest clothes – I’m talking oversized sweaters, soft leggings, thick wool socks, cozy scarves, flannels – the whole nine yards.
Take a hike in the woods- Enjoy the brilliant colors of the leaves. Be sure to take tons of pics to post on Instagram later!
Have a bonfire – One of our favorite fall activities on the ranch! There’s nothing quite like cozying up with a few soft blankets and some great friends in the crisp air of autumn nights.
Bake some delicious fall treats – pumpkin bars, apple pies, sugar cookies, brown butter spice cake, etc. Let your inner fat kid free!
Light your favorite fall scented candles – If you didn’t know this already, your sense of smell can bring back the strongest memories, so light a few autumn scented candles and let them take you back to falls of yesteryear.
Go to an apple orchard and/or pumpkin patch – A fall classic: pick your own apples/pumpkins and truly enjoy the fruit of your labor.
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES – Need I say more? But honestly, coffee and tea just taste so much better when the temperature drops, it’s like some kind of fall magic.
Attend or host a Halloween costume party – I know it’s a lot to ask, but let’s try to keep it classy college girls….
Enjoy a steaming mug of mulled wine or a hot toddy – Not much can beat curling up with a good read and a warm libation on a cool fall evening.
Watch Halloween movies with pals – whether you are a scary movie fanatic and enjoy classic thrillers like Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween, or a lover of more mild Halloween themed movies like Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown, Halloween movies are a MUST.
The 10 best things to do in the Fall (according to Kami):
COFFEE – Let’s be honest. Fall does not start on September 23rd, it starts the moment Starbucks announces Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in business. Your main reason to stumble out of bed on a chilly fall morning is just knowing you’ll be consuming a warm, delicious, spiced, completely satisfying coffee in a matter of minutes.
BAGGY SWEATERS AND FLANNEL – Goodbye shorts hello anything that consumes my body in a layer of warm cozy fabric goodness. If I look like I’m just wearing my bed comforter, I’ve succeeded in my fall fashion. Giant sweaters and leggings are like making what you slept in publicly acceptable. Flannel is also a staple for colder weather and is the perfect tool for layering. Getting too warm? Tie it around your waist, throw on a beanie, and break out your cool refreshing almond milk/organic/non-GMO/spinach/kale/beet/ginger root/tree bark refreshment you hipster you.
DESSERTS – Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner. Save the sugar detox for January and dive into every delectable, sweet, satisfying, yummy goodness you can find. I’m talking about cookies, pumpkin bread, hot out of the oven apple pie, oversized cinnamon rolls, caramel apples, Rice Krispie treats, buttermilk spice muffins. Literally anything that has the word butter, caramel, and spice should be incorporated into every meal decision for the next 3 months.
MOVIES – That’s right, ABC Family is back at it with the 13 days of Halloween and the only thing you should be doing is posting up with a cup of tea and a roaring fire in front of your TV screen. No 90’s kid can skip a fall season without watching the classics like Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Casper, The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas. And of course no movie day would be complete without a Harry Potter Marathon.
OUTDOORS – Take your flannel, your favorite fall playlist, and a group of your closest buddies and gather around a roaring bonfire. Fail miserably at making the perfect s’more or just play musical chairs as you try to escape the smoke that seems to follow you around the campfire attempting to dry your eyeballs out of their sockets. Either way, just enjoy being surrounded by good friends, the great outdoors, and the sweet aromas of fall.
CANDLES – Don’t have a fireplace? No worries. Go to your local Bed, Bath, and Beyond and pick up every scented fall candle they have. You can even purchase a Woodwick candle which sounds like a crackling fire as it burns! Turn your house into a Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon Glazed, Log Burning melting pot of sweet autumn aromas.
BOOTS – Where’s all your money going? DSW, probably. Or any other site having a 25% off sale on fall boots. What else would you wear with sweaters and leggings? Slip on a pair of fall boots and feel like a fashionable extremely less wealthy version of Taylor Swift.
DECORATIONS – Fall decorations make me feel like I’m 7 years old again. You can’t go to your local grocery store and just walk past the perfect orange glowing pumpkins sitting out in front without picking up at least 5 to take home with you. Don’t even get me started on fake corn and squash. Throw that crap on every table in your house to turn your living space into an autumn wonderland.
SOUP – “It’s cold outside, I don’t want any chicken noodle soup” – said no one ever. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich for every meal? Yes please. You can’t go wrong with soup and to continue with the laziness of fall, it’s usually the easiest, cheapest, quickest meal to concoct.
FOOTBALL – No I’m not the biggest football fan in the world. But there’s something about sitting around the tube after Thanksgiving Dinner and watching the game that is a tradition that can’t be broken. Relatives yelling, throwing their beer cans at the screen, being severely disappointed when their team doesn’t win is an experience that fills any holiday season with joy and togetherness. Not to mention the flag football tournament no fall season would be complete without.
All in all, we can agree that the best thing about the fall is having an excuse to slow down from the crazy, hectic pace that our lives all move at and be near to friends and family once again. It also allows us time to mentally and physically prepare for winter and bone numbing cold that winter carries with it.
A change of season is upon us!
Try to keep up.
- In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Connected.”
When do you know it’s time for the next step? Many of us struggle with everyday decisions such as choosing which pair of leggings to wear or whether to pay extra to get guac on our Chipotle burritos or whether it’s worth the effort to shave in the morning, so obviously when it comes time to make life-changing decisions, we all shy away – too nervous to commit to something that would take more than five minutes of thought. The phrase “making a plan” can send you into serious panic mode. Taking the leap into the unknown abyss that is the future is terrifying. So which path do you take when you get to these crossroads in life? Here are 3 steps to get you moving in the right direction:
1. Don’t Play It Safe
You’re 22 and a fresh college graduate. You have a steady job, 401K, benefits, and paid time off. Your daily routine consists of waking up, drinking your morning coffee, commuting to work, sitting behind your desk for 8 hours straight, commuting back home, making dinner, and watching Netflix till you pass out only to repeat the entire day all over again tomorrow. You’re basically Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. You can’t even remember the events from the week before because they were so uneventful and as far as you can recall, are the same as they have been every week before that. When you play it safe, you make sacrifices and don’t even realize it. Many people wait to follow their passions until they’re older. They save money and spend it on things to remain stationary and comfortable. Why not find ways to follow your passions now, while you’re still young? Figure out what it is that you’re passionate about. If you don’t know, start traveling, do odd jobs, meet new people. You’ll eventually figure out what makes you excited to roll out of your warm bed every morning. Once you figure out your passion, ask yourself how much you’re willing to make a living off of. Sometimes your passion will not earn you much money. Or it will earn you just enough to survive. Every decision involves some form of sacrifice, but in the end, it’s worth it (Or at least that’s what my fortune cookie said).
2. Google is your friend
Research is one of the most important steps when making any decision. What is your passion, where do you want to be next, when do you want this plan to take action? A good place to start is looking at blogs and figuring out what other people with your same passion did to get where they are now. Another idea is to check out odd jobs being offered from around the world. What can make you money in the place you want to be? It doesn’t have to be the job you majored in. It could be working in a coffee stand in Bora Bora, or scooping poop at a local zoo in London, as long as you have enough to pay for the things you need in the destination you want to live in.
3. Just Go
Sometimes you don’t need a plan. Sell your things, buy a plane ticket, and enjoy a beer on the way there. You’ll figure it out. No decision is a mistake. So you get to your destination and things don’t work out the way you planned. Then just move on to the next step. There’s always going to be money to be made. There’s always new people to meet and make connections. You’re not a failure because the idea you had didn’t work out. You’re learning. You’re growing. You’re gaining experience. You’re becoming the person YOU want to be and not the person society told you to become. The options are more endless than the dessert menu at The Cheesecake Factory.
Ask yourself if you are making the “easy” or “safe” choice by remaining where you are. Also, ask yourself if you have become complacent by choosing to remain where you are. “Easy” and “safe” are such treacherous words, these words deceive people into believing they are making the “right” choice. We’ve lived our lives up until recently making “easy” and “safe” choices. You will always be told what you should be doing by those around you – coaches, professors, bosses, friends, family – the list goes on. Like us, you will most likely get to the point in your life when you feel miserable for not having the courage to pursue your passions. We still struggle daily trying to decide what exactly it is we want to do, but we do know that we will not find that out by settling for the “safe” or “easy” choice. We know one thing for sure, and that is we are going to travel as much and as often as we can for as long as we can. It is understandable that just the thought of sitting down and planning out huge life decisions can give you the sudden urge to vomit and wonder why you ever became an adult. Yet sitting stationary and remaining comfortable should honestly be more terrifying than following your passions and goals. Planning your life out is not easy and you WILL have night after night of sleeplessness attempting to contemplate what to do next.
After our Dude Ranch experience, Kami and I have a plan to move to Hawaii in January. We know it would be an amazing experience, and after bringing it up in casual conversation, we decided why not? What is stopping us? We have no commitments holding us back, we both have a passion for traveling, and we both have a strong craving to live near the ocean. So, you ask, why Hawaii, and we respond, why not? We’re going because we want to. It’s that simple. There’s no hidden agenda, there’s no jobs waiting for us in the Aloha State, there’s no apartment waiting for us to personalize, there’s just the fact that experiencing different places and cultures is what we love to do.
Take the leap.
And try to keep up.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Connected.”
Ever heard that voice in the back of your head say “who am I and how did I get here?” Want to travel but don’t have the funds or just don’t want to travel by yourself? Whether you’re a fresh college graduate stepping into the real world or are living the 9-5 soul crushing desk job, this blog is dedicated to how to live life out of the ordinary. Selfishly, we want this blog for ourselves so we can reminisce on the experiences we have, but we also want to inspire others to live life out of the ordinary. Want to spend 6 months living and working on a ranch – sure. Want to move to Hawaii on a whim – why not? Want to take a 19-day trip to Europe – HELL YES!!
These are the choices that make life worth living, in our opinion. What is life without a little risk? ….boring, that’s what. We want to show others that it is possible to give up that 9-5 desk job and pursue your dreams, whatever they are. Don’t get us wrong, there are always sacrifices. There are always tough choices to be made – like everyone always likes to remind each other, it’s much easier said than done. But that’s why we want to share our daily struggles and triumphs with others.
We are two twenty-something’s who come from completely different backgrounds, but share the same passion for travel. Our names are Kami and Chelsea – pleasure to meet you – and we became friends after working on a luxury dude ranch in Nowhere, Colorado. Kami is a former accountant who worked for the man for 8 years before realizing she was wasting her young adult life in a cubical. Chelsea is a recently retired collegiate-athlete who refuses to settle for a desk job. We’ve each been all over the world, and both of us plan on traveling as much and as often as we can for the rest of our lives. *fingers crossed*
Try to keep up.