Every now and again, I like to post some sort of an update on the foods I’m buying and how I’m preparing dishes for the week ahead. This past weekend has been a great opportunity for me to cook some delicious things, and Nathaniel even helped me to cook as well! I hope you find some inspiration from this article and enjoy these fall-themed food ideas.

Breakfast: Overnight Oats

It’s hard to go wrong with overnight oats, and whenever I prepare them, I feel like I really have my life together. I love everything from brainstorming the different ideas for customizations, prepping them, and of course, eating them! I’ve been sticking with strawberry banana overnight oats this week because that’s what I picked up at the grocery store, but next week I’d like to try pumpkin oats and PB & J oats. Ellie Krieger has a great recipe on her website for the pumpkin oats, so I’ll have to think about giving those a go! 

Bread: Soft ‘N’ Sweet Dinner Rolls

Like I said, Nathaniel and I did some cooking together last weekend, and one of the things we made were soft ‘n’ sweet dinner rolls. I have to say, this bread baking experience was a lot different than my other bread experiences because this one required activating the yeast and kneading the dough. Our rolls were delicious, but they were definitely much denser and biscuit-like than the recipe intended them to be. I’ve been pairing them with my dinner soup, which I’ll get to soon. I’m really happy with how they came out, and I hope they come out even better the next time.

Lunch: Fall Apple Salad

Keeping with the seasons, lately I’ve been enjoying prepping this easy fall salad. It’s a common variation of a salad I’ve made a lot and talked about on my blog: sweet kale base, apples, walnuts, craisins, and poppy seed dressing. I really like crunchy, fruity salads, and this dish definitely offers me the perfect combination of both. It’s super easy to whip up in big batches, and several of the ingredients are fairly cheap and easy to find (if not all of them.) My favorite poppy seed dressing to use is the Panera variety, as I find the creamier versions don’t quite pair as well with the other ingredients.

Dinner: Butternut Squash Soup

Lastly, I’ve been burning through my homemade butternut squash soup all week, and there’s still a ton left in my fridge! This was the other dish Nathaniel and I made together, and I think it was an absolutely perfect choice. I was surprised because the recipe called for two cups of apple cider, but once it was incorporated into the actual dish, it actually tasted really good. I think this is one of those dishes that tastes better as a leftover, too, so I’ve been really enjoying eating a little bit every day and observing different notes in the flavors. 

So, that’s everything I’ve meal prepped to eat for this week! I really wanted to choose dishes that I felt celebrated the fall season, and I also made sure I picked ingredients that are cheap (and fresh) as well. I already have a lot of ideas for what I want to cook next week, so I’m looking forward to sharing that with you guys. I’ve been meaning to make pumpkin bread for forever now, so maybe that will be on my agenda next.

Sunday, September 13

It’s been a sufficiently busy weekend, and although it was also loads of fun, I’m happy to have some quiet “me” time now to catch up on other things. Work has also been crazy and exciting, per usual! I feel like my coworkers and I have moved beyond the initial cordial phase and into being goofy and lax with each other, which is a nice feeling. My shifts have also been starting a bit later than usual, which is nice because it means I can sleep in later AND not have to worry about the trains being delayed. 

I had an eye doctor appointment on Friday that I needed to attend, and since my mom’s birthday was this weekend (it’s today, actually,) I decided to take a two-day trip up to my hometown to hit two birds with one stone. Actually, I hit multiple birds with one stone. I got to spend some quality time with my father, with whom I have a complex relationship, and Eli and I went to our favorite local farm on Friday morning. I haven’t seen him since March, so that was a nice treat. And I got this pumpkin!

After that, I spent some quality bonding time with my mom since I won’t get to see her on her actual birthday. We did some cute mother-daughter shopping, and just had a great time catching up together and hanging out. After my appointment, she dropped me off at the train station and I headed back to Boston.

But my Friday didn’t end there; actually, it was just getting started. My friend Alanis, who I also haven’t seen since quarantine started, came to visit me at my new apartment that night! We got some cocktails at the bar down the street from me (safely, of course,) and I had THE BEST macaroni and cheese ever. In fact, I’m kinda thinking about getting some takeout tonight. I mean, it’s right there. She slept over afterwards as well, and it was great to see her after being apart for such a long time.

After Alanis left on Saturday morning, I took a quick errand break to go to the grocery store because my SNAP benefits finally landed and I desperately needed to restock my fridge. Buck came over a little bit later and we cooked an incredibly yummy dinner together- butternut squash soup with dinner rolls and salad. I lit a candle and set the table as nicely as I could with my current resources, and we ate dinner over jazz music and candlelight. It was so sweet and relaxing, and we finished off the night with some beach pizza for dessert and lots of episodes of Adventure Time.

So that brings us into today. After we made delicious (but very thin and shriveled-up) pancakes, we decided to head into the city and check out Newbury Street & The Prudential Center. My favorite part of today was sitting in the garden at the Prudential with Buck and leaning my head on his shoulder, talking and letting the warm sun wash over us. He’s so nice to have around, and it makes me unbelievably happy to know that he’s so close by. I can’t wait for another dinner date + sleepover with him; I think we agreed to make spaghetti next time. It was a really busy weekend, as you can see, but also so wonderful and worth it. I got to spend much needed quality time with my loved ones, I have a fully-stocked fridge, enough money in the bank, and a great partner. I’ve never felt so full to the brim with happiness.

Since emerging into ∼adulthood∼ and learning how to cook various dishes, I’ve certainly come across my fair share of food blogs. Several of them I discovered through Pinterest (another milestone of adulthood?) but others are blogs I’ve known and loved for years, such as Budget Bytes and Ellie Krieger. I was drawn to several of these blogs because of their delicious vegetarian recipe selections, but trust me, you definitely don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to fall in love with these recipes. 

Supper with Michelle

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As I said, learning how to cook dinner and shop for groceries responsibly is like a pinnacle of adulthood. Particularly being a vegetarian, it can be difficult to find yummy recipes that are easy, cost effective, and nutritious, since most of us find ourselves resorting to boiling pasta or toast to save money.

What I like about Supper with Michelle is her site’s incredible organization: there are separate pages for vegetarian, vegan, and pescitarian meals. She also has a tab specifically dedicated to soup, which I’m sure I will be frequenting as the months begin to cool down. Right now, I have my horizons set on making the Vegetable Ramen Noodle Soup. What could be a better cheap dinner meal for September? 

Nora Cooks

Vegan Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Spinach: Stuffed jumbo shells with cashew tofu ricotta and spinach.
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If you are looking for delicious, affordable vegan meals that everyone will love (vegan or not,) Nora Cooks is the place to start. I love that so many of her recipes are classic, simple recipes- just vegan. So many times, people assume that if you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, you must only enjoy eating vegetables. That’s simply not true; plant-based love desserts, pasta dishes, and classic American dishes just as much as the next person. If you’re looking for a place to start, I highly recommend trying her jumbo stuffed shells with spinach– they’re incredible and worth every minute of prep!

Julia’s Album

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Ironically, a lot of the recipes on Julia’s Album are actually not specifically vegetarian or plant-based (several of them are pasta or chicken dinner meals.) However, I love this blog because chicken meals are actually extremely easy to substitute with plant-based alternatives. Tofu is a great replacement for chicken, of course, but there are also several believable vegan “chicken” products you can buy at the grocery store (particularly those from Gardein.) I’m really looking forward to making her Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta next week and subbing it out with vegan chicken strips instead. I’ll be sure to let you guys know how it turns out!

Budget Bytes

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Source: Budget Bytes

I’ve been a huge fan of Budget Bytes and Beth Moncel, its creator, for as long as I can remember. My mom originally bought the cookbook, and after I read that so many times it started to fall apart at the seams, I began checking out her blog. What I love about Beth and Budget Bytes is her affordable yet healthy recipes, as the name “Budget” Bytes may imply. As a recent college grad who lives off food stamps, being able to find cheap, delicious recipes has been invaluable to me. I’m looking forward to making her soft ‘n’ sweet dinner rolls next, with a side of butternut squash soup. Unfortunately, I do not have a link for her dinner roll recipe because I’m using it straight from the cookbook. 

Ellie Krieger

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats 
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Ellie Krieger is yet another OG cookbook author from my childhood, and although her recipes aren’t particularly vegan/plant-based oriented, you can easily sub out the meat recipes with your favorite vegan ingredients (similarly to Julia’s Album.) As a nutritionist, Ellie Krieger is an expert about how to make recipes that are both yummy and healthy, which definitely takes tons of practice and knowledge to learn. I am so excited to try these Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats– don’t they look absolutely incredible and perfect for fall? 

Anyway, those are all of my favorite food blogs! I am super excited to try some of these recipes and tell you guys how they turn out. I think I’m most excited for the pumpkin spice overnight oats and the dinner rolls- what do you think sounds the tastiest? Let me know down below!

Tuesday, August 25

Today is my last day before heading back to work early in the morning, so I’m spending it on my patio, drinking apple cider and taking in the fresh air. While I do like to think of myself as “outdoorsy,” I’m not a huge fan of being outside in the city because I don’t really feel safe or comfortable. Bring me to a forest or a beach on an overcast day, however, and I’ll be a happy girl. Living in Boston has definitely made me realize that I’m not a city person; someday I think I’d be much happier living in the countryside, far away from people and surrounded by animals. 

Even though being out of work for 2 weeks due to COVID has been a bit stressful, particularly since I don’t know anything about how catastrophe pay works, I’ve been holding up pretty okay. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and journaling, for example, and I’ve also caught up on my blog. Additionally, I’ve been trying to get more into baking (particularly breads,) so that’s been keeping me happy and occupied as well. Nathaniel is coming to see me from Friday to Saturday, and he’s already agreed to baking something with me. It’s going to be a short visit, only two days, but I’ll make the best of it. And once he comes back to campus, I’ll be able to see him a couple of times a week, at least. 

The longer I go without seeing him, the harder and sadder it is for me to even talk to him on the phone, because I miss him so much. Which obviously isn’t his fault, or mine, it’s just that hearing his voice makes something well up inside me and miss him even more, realizing how far away he really is and how I start to forget what it’s like to hear his voice or feel him hugging me. You know, sappy things like that. 

I’m going to try to go to bed early tonight, but who knows how well that will work. I’ve been admittedly sleeping late these past few days, so it might be difficult for me to force myself to sleep early. Nonetheless, I’ll try my best.

Sunday, August 30

This may be wishful thinking, but I think it’s really starting to feel like fall. The weather has been less humid lately, coffee shops are pushing for pumpkin spice, and sweaters are filling the racks in clothing stores. I’m so excited for colder days!

I just had a really marvelous weekend with Nathaniel, which I very much needed because I haven’t seen him in about four weeks. First he was swamped with work, and then I had a COVID scare, so the weeks just kept adding up and up. We spent Friday afternoon walking around Cambridge and visiting book stores, which happens to be one of my favorite pastimes, and that evening we sat on my porch and just held hands, staring at the sky and spending some stripped-down, technology-free time together. I remember at one point I asked him if I was going to be his wife someday and he said of course, which made my eyes well up with happy tears. It was one of those metaphorical veil-lifting evenings where you feel like you can see the world for how it really is, without anything else hanging down in your face. If that makes sense.

look at that glowing skin! this was taken mid-burrito lunch date.

And when you go so long without seeing your soulmate, there’s absolutely nothing on this planet like waking up in the morning next to them. Poor Nathaniel, he’s such an early bird, but I sort of made him sleep in all morning with me. Saturday, we (unsurprisingly) went to another book store, and I picked out one of my favorite books from high school that I loved and have been meaning to read again. Nathaniel bought three records this weekend- two at Newbury Comics and one at Barnes and Noble. My boyfriend + record stores are a dangerous combination.

So it was a perfectly lovely weekend with my person, and now he’s gone but I can still feel all the warm fuzzies of him being here. I’m currently enjoying a pumpkin cream cold brew from Starbucks- which I highly recommend if you’re a fan of pumpkin. Do you consider yourself a Dunks person or a Starbucks person? I’m (of course) very loyal to Starbucks, considering I’m an employee of the corporation. Let me know what you guys prefer in the comments!

I give myself a budget of about $40 a month to use as disposable income, and so far, about 99% of it has been going to Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I mean, come on. Fall candles and sweaters with outstanding prices? DisCOUNT me in.

The other day, I went to TJ Maxx with the intention of just browsing, and instead I left with five things. So it goes.

Borrego Springs T-Shirt

I actually usually don’t buy a lot of clothes at department stores, because I’ve gotten into the habit of thrifting almost everything. However, I fell in love with everything about this t-shirt when I saw it. It reminds me of the Grateful Dead for some reason, with its Tex-Mex imagery, so that was already enough to make me fall in love with it. I also really like the colors- green and yellow happen to be a couple of my favorite colors. I am fully anticipating Nathaniel robbing this from my closet- I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Heritage Pumpkin Candle

You KNOW I couldn’t step into a TJ Maxx in late August without buying a fall candle. You know that’s out of my control. I’ve been looking for a new candle anyway, and this one claims to have a whopping 56 hours of burn time! I’m a huge fan of anything apple or pumpkin scented, and this candle smells like a perfect fall day in New England. It reminds me a lot of the autumns I used to spend back in my hometown, going for walks and picking pumpkins at the local farm. Does anybody else like to buy fall candles year-round, or is this just a me thing? Let me know in the comments.

Pink Agenda

I love anything and everything stationary, particularly beautiful planners and agendas that come with lots of organizational bonuses and note pages. I had actually seen this agenda once before at TJ Maxx but managed to restrain myself from purchasing it the first time. This time, however, I just said F it and went ahead and bought it, feeding into my never-ending collection of journals and notebooks. I’ve actually really needed an agenda since starting a new job and making medical appointments again, so at least this was a somewhat practical purchase.

Insulated Water Bottle

Another semi-reasonable purchase I made at TJ Maxx was this lovely, insulated water bottle. I found it in the clearance department for $4.50, and I really love the neutral beige color, so this purchase was a no brainer. If you ever need a new water bottle or travel mug, TJ Maxx or Marshalls is definitely the place to go. As you can see from my purchase, you can find tons of great, high-quality bottles for under 5 bucks! I’m looking forward to customizing this water bottle with stickers as time goes on. 

“I Love Autumn” Sign

Last but not least, and clearly the biggest impulse buy, I picked up this “I Love Autumn” sign in the queue line. Yes, I now effectively have a shrine to fall in my bedroom, and I have no regrets. I haven’t really done much decorating since I moved, so I’m thinking of this as the first step towards customizing my space and making it my own. 

Anyway, those are the things I picked up at TJ Maxx recently! Clearly didn’t get anything essential, but hey, I get that shopping bug from time to time. What have you guys been up to in preparation for fall? Let me know down below. 

Three things I absolutely love are autumn, lipstick, and warm colors. In this case, I love all three of them together! These are all of the lipsticks I’ve been picking up the most this season, along with what makeup looks/outfits I pair with them. I’ll also include the brand and the price, in case you’re interested in picking up a tube yourself! Just to disclaim, I’m not affiliated with any of these brands. These are genuinely just lipsticks I love that I hope you will love too!


Lime Crime | “Sparrow” | $20

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Some of you are probably sick of me talking about this lipstick, but you have to understand, it’s basically my signature at this point. I LOVE this lipstick. Not only is the Lime Crime formula so smooth and buttery, the color payoff is also amazing and extremely bright. I love to wear warm-toned eye looks that incorporate a lot of reds and oranges, so this blood orange shade is usually my go-to. It’s also surprisingly easy to take off, which is not something you usually get from a liquid lipstick. Overall, this is my #1 choice for lipstick on the daily, and I think this color would look great on every skin tone. 


Sugarpill | “Girl Crush” | $18

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This fuschia pink lipstick might look bright in the tube, but it’s actually very flattering on the lips. Again, I think this is a very universally flattering color. I love to pair this lipstick with pink-toned eyeshadow looks, but it looks good just on its own as well. Sugarpill is such an underrated brand, in my opinion, and their liquid lipsticks perform beautifully for such a fair price. If you’re looking for a cool-toned pink to brighten up your fall closet, “Girl Crush” is the lipstick for you. You can even shop it on the Ulta website, which is very convenient for me!


LAWLESS | “Dame” | $25

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It wouldn’t be fall without a classic, vampy plum lip. I picked up this liquid lipstick at a Sephora over the summer, and it’s been my favorite purple shade ever since. I also love that LAWLESS is an extremely ethical, clean brand, because that’s something I really take into consideration when shopping for makeup. This lipstick looks beautiful paired with a smokey eye, but you could also use it to counteract a sultry green-toned eye look. Which look do you guys prefer?


Jeffree Star Cosmetics | “Redrum” | $18

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If you’re looking for a classic red lipstick, look no further than Jeffree Star Cosmetics. His brand regularly delivers high-quality, long-lasting colors, and “Redrum” is no exception. Not only is this  a perfect color for fall, it can also transfer smoothly into the holiday season as well. While the retail price of this lipstick is $18, I actually got this one in a mini size as part of the Equality Bundle. Needless to say, I’ve used up the tube pretty quickly, so it’s almost time for me to order another larger size. Maybe I should pick one up when I buy the Jeffree X Shane palette in 2020? 😉 


bareMinerals | “Bo$$” | $19

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I’ve had this lipstick for as long as I can remember, and it’s amazing I haven’t used up the entire thing (considering I only own a travel size)! This lipstick is a perfect neutral-toned nude lip cream, and it looks great with both warm-toned and cool-toned eye looks. It also smells really good, like chocolate and strawberries. I like to pop on this color when I’m going for a more natural makeup look, such as a brown smokey eye, because it compliments other neutrals so well. Despite being a very creamy consistency, it stays in place really well on my lips and doesn’t rub off throughout the day when I eat/drink. As someone who’s constantly on the go, the wearability of this lipstick is very appreciated!


Anyway, those are my top five favorite lipsticks of this season! Some of them are oldies that I’ve had hanging around forever, but others are new additions that I’ve just picked up within the last few months. I hope this has given you some inspiration for makeup looks you can do yourself, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on these lipsticks, too! Do you already own some of these? Which ones are your favorites? Let me know down below.

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Most of you probably don’t know this, but I actually used to be a fashion major in college. I’m still really interested in colors, patterns, and the general concept of dressing people, but I’ve since switched my major to something new that suits me just a bit better!

Anywho, what I’m trying to say is this: I love fashion. I also love fall, so putting the two together makes me extremely happy. These are some of my favorite outfits to wear in the fall, and additionally, some tips I have for your own wardrobes as well! Especially considering I live in New England, I’ve gotten really good at mastering the concept of layering and incorporating basic wardrobe staples, which can be dressed up and down. Here are all of the outfit staples I’ve featured in this article, including the brand (if applicable) and how much I paid for each item:


Jacket: Sonoma + Lifestyle | Retail Price: $30-35 | I paid: Free (hand-me-down)

Scarf: Generic scarf from Marshalls

Blue & White Dress: Banana Republic | Retail Price: $138 | I paid: $33

Tights: Generic tights from CVS Pharmacy

Shoes: Poetic License | Retail Price: $238 | I paid: $51

Black & White Dress: Banana Republic | Retail Price: $138 | I paid: $32

Boots: So | Retail Price Est: $29

Turtleneck: H&M | Retail Price: $24 | I paid: $13

Chevron Pants: Covington | Retail Price Est: $29-49 | I paid: $6

Heels: Jessica Simpson | Retail Price: $50 | I paid: $6

Top: iZ Byer | Retail Price Est: $29-49

Suit Jacket: Candie’s | Retail Price Est: $30-$50

Black Pants: Candie’s | Retail Price Est: $25

Dress: Donna Morgan | Retail Price: $30-40 |I paid: free (hand-me-down)

Flats: Rothy’s | Retail Price: $125 | I paid: Free (gift)


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This is one of my absolute favorite cozy, neutral-toned fall outfits for school. I like to shop for a variety of staples that can all be customized, and that’s basically what this outfit is: a mishmosh! I’ve had this jacket forever; it used to be my mom’s, but she handed it down to me because I wore it more often than she did. I’m pairing this jacket with a new dress I purchased from ThredUp, some plain black tights, and some semi-high heels also from ThredUp. I love this outfit because it incorporates a variety of different textures and colors, but it all comes together to be coherent. It’s also very warm and cozy, due to the amount of layers I’ve piled on! Living in New England, the weather can change pretty drastically, so I like to utilize layers in case of a freakishly warm fall afternoon.


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My next everyday outfit is another dress, which is also a thrifted Banana Republic item. I’ve always been a huge fan of black-and-white horizontal stripes, because I think it looks more flattering on my curvy figure and it pairs well with other neutrals. I like this outfit for day-to-day wear, but it would also be appropriate for a job interview, dinner party, or other semi-formal event. It’s both classic and chic for a number of situations, and can easily be dressed up or down. For example, if I wanted to make this dress feel even more formal, I could forgo the tights and wear it with my Jessica Simpson heels instead. 


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I call this outfit “Psychology Professor from the 70s.” I LOVE turtlenecks, and paired with a suit jacket, it looks so vintage chic and comfy. I bought both the turtleneck and the chevron pants thrifted, but despite the fact that this outfit was under $20, it still looks relatively expensive and put-together. This is also an outfit that could look great with heels, but because I’m always on the go, I’m wearing it with my red Rothy’s. This is also a great way for me to incorporate a pop of color into my wardrobe, and a warm-toned addition at that. When I’m hustling around campus in my suit jacket, folks know not to mess around with me. Also, I do often get mistaken for being a staff member. 


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This is another shirt-and-pants outfit idea for those of you who don’t love dresses: black pants paired with a patterned top! I would also ideally wear this top with black jeans, or even just black stretchy pants, but today I picked a pair of black slacks I bought at Kohl’s this summer. This is an outfit I would wear to class on an average day, or on a day when I’m traveling and I want to be comfortable. I also love these pants because they’re super stretchy and don’t crease in unflattering places, so they make my curves look great! You’ve probably noticed I haven’t worn jeans yet, and that’s because I find jeans to be super itchy and uncomfortable. 


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Lastly, surprise surprise, another dress. Although the weather is getting chilly, I absolutely love to wear dresses year-round. Of all the clothes I own, I think this dress looks the most flattering on me. This is definitely something I would wear on a date, or if I was going to spend time with someone I find attractive. It just hugs my curvy body in such a flattering way, and the geometric pattern is really unique and helps me to stand out. Ideally, I would wear this dress with nude flats or something more neutral, but I only own a pair of red flats. Nonetheless, I love that this dress is comfortable, interesting, and perfect for year-round wear.


Those are all my favorite fall outfits thus far in 2019! Like I said, all of these items are extremely customizable and are designed to be dressed up and down, depending on what you’re going for. I hope you found this article helpful, and maybe it has even given you some fashion inspiration!

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I was planning on publishing  “Giving My Friend a Vintage Makeover” today (as I have been trying to do for weeks), but I still can’t find anyone to use for the challenge! Or maybe, I just don’t have any friends? It’s hard to say. Instead, I’m going to be doing a ♡fall tag♡ today. With fall being my favorite season, it made sense that I should give this tag a try! Also, I didn’t come up with any of these- full credit goes to a website called Tag Questions. With all of that out of the way, let’s get into it!

(Also, my apologies for how LONG this is!)


Describe your feelings of fall rain in three words.

Petrichor, calming, and ASMR.


Which two things tell you that the fall season has begun?

Living in New England, the chilly weather and the changing colors of the leaves are always a good indication!


What are your plans for this fall season?

My top priority this fall is to get through school, but in regards to “fun things”, I’m looking forward to taking nature walks and celebrating Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family.


Silent nights or windy ones? What do you love more about fall?

I like silent nights because wind makes me anxious for some reason.


Cold rain or heavy fog. What do you enjoy more?

Uhhh, BOTH. But if I had to pick, I’d say cold rain because I love feeling all cozy and warm inside while it absolutely pours outside.


What three things you love about the season?

I love bundling up in warm clothes, watching scary movies, and burning my favorite candles.

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What three things you hate about the season?

I’m not a big fan of midterm exams and excessive sports talk. I honestly can’t think of a third thing.


Share your best memory for the autumn season?

I always loved celebrating Halloween with my cousins growing up; we’re all a bunch of goofballs and trick-or-treating was always such a fond memory!


What is your favorite scent for the fall season?

I love the general change of the air during fall, and the smell of smoky fire pits. I also love my two current fall candles by Yankee Candle, “Crisp Fall Night” and “Spiced Pumpkin.”


What is your favorite autumn movie?

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and The Shining


What’s the most beautiful thing about the fallen leaves?

Could I sound more cliche? I love the reds and the oranges. I also love the way the leaves look in a puddle.


Do you enjoy movies in the bed or near the fire?

I love watching movies in bed, especially considering I don’t have a fireplace.


In the autumn, what do you enjoy most with your partner?

If by partner you mean my dog, we love to cuddle and listen to the rain.


Do you ever go for the hiking in autumn? If yes, how was the experience?

I’ve never been a big hiker!


Have you ever gone for apple picking?

Yes, I used to go all the time with my friends and family. Sadly, being away at school, I don’t get to engage in many fall-themed activities anymore!


What is the best way to enjoy the rain of fall season?

To curl up with a good book and some blankets, and listen to the rain fall while you read well into the night.


Describe the romantic nature of the fall season in one sentence.

Evening walks + apple cider + candle burning = perfect date night.


Watching TV or Raking leaves? What do you prefer in the autumn?

Who likes recreationally raking leaves? Is that a thing? TV all the way.


What is your favorite fall color?

I love reds and oranges, especially when incorporating those colors into my clothes and makeup. 


Autumn or winter? What do you like the most?

Probably autumn, though I do love Christmastime almost just as much.


Autumn or spring. In your opinion, what’s more romantic?

I think autumn is more romantic, for reasons previously stated, but I also love spring because it’s my birth season.

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What is your favorite dress code for the fall season?

SCARVES.


Share your worst memory related to the autumn season.

I don’t think I have one? If I think of one, I’ll edit it in.


Do you believe that autumn fall season should be the wedding season?

Absolutely. I’d love to have a fall wedding!


What do you most like to drink in the fall season?

I drink coffee year-round, but I especially love a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato in fall. 


What could be a perfect date for the autumn season?

Pumpkin/apple picking, a brisk evening walk, and drinking coffee together in a cozy cafe.


Fall day or fall night. Which one looks more beautiful to you?

Fall evening, so neither!


The smell of pumpkin guts or rotting leaves. What do you love?

I guess rotting leaves is that “different air smell” I was alluding to earlier, so I’d pick that.


Have you ever tried pumpkin carving? If yes, so how was the experience?

My mom, brother, and I used to do it all the time when I was little. I remember loving the day I could pick out my own pumpkin, as if it was a new pet or something.


What is your favorite movie scene related to the autumn?

In tune with my favorite fall films, I really like the beginning sequence of The Shining when the camera is panning over the wilderness.


Which fashion trend you often prefer in the fall season?

Muted colors, boots, tights, and of course, scarves.


What type of music do you like in the fall season?

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of 70s-80s folk, such as John Denver, Eagles, and Tom Petty. I don’t know if this is necessarily a fall-thing, or if this is just my current taste at the moment.


Hat or cap? What do you prefer in the autumns?

I rarely wear either, actually. Wool makes me quite itchy.


Haunted house, haunted food ride, or haunted corn maze? What do you like in the autumn season?

I pretend to like haunted houses, but in practical application, I’d probably pick the corn maze.


Share your feelings when you see the birds migrating?

Wow, look at those birds, doing their natural thing. Whack. 


Do you like baking in the autumn season?

I LOVE baking in any season, but especially fall! I’m really looking forward to baking all sorts of goodies for Thanksgiving!

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Raking leaves or climbing trees. What’s your favorite in the autumn season?

Damn, looks like raking leaves is actually going to win this time. I’m not coordinated enough to climb a tree.


What types of music do you love to listen in the fall season?

Fall, classic rock, and after Thanksgiving, Christmas music 🙂


When you go outside, do you love to experience your blowing breathes?

I’m probably too distracted with thinking “Jesus Christ, I’m so f#%$cking cold.”


Which song you often sing in the autumn?

Lately I’ve had “Annie’s Song”, “Summertime”, and “Somewhere Only We Know” on repeat.


What is your favorite meat food in the falls?

I’m a vegetarian, so that’s a big nope. I like Tofurkey, though? Can we count that as a meat replacement?


What is your favorite food in the fall season?

I love pumpkin or caramel anything. I also love mashed potatoes with a ton of vegetable gravy.


What is your favorite thrifty activity in the falls?

Funny you mentioned thrifty, I just ordered some new clothes from ThredUp to celebrate the fall season!


Halloween or Thanksgiving. Which one is your favorite day? (For the people in the UK, you can change Thanksgiving with the Harvest Festival)

As I’ve gotten older, I definitely prefer Thanksgiving. I don’t do much to celebrate Halloween these days.


Wool or knit sweaters? What do you like to wear in the fall season?

Wool makes me itchy, so I tend to wear a lot of cotton and knitted blends in both the fall season and year-round. Also, unrelated to the question, but I HATE wearing jeans and find them so itchy. 


Sweet or salty pumpkin seeds. Tell your favorite one for the autumn season?

I’ve never eaten pumpkin seeds before, but theoretically, I’d probably go for the sweet variety. 


Do you like to explore haunted places in the falls?

Again with the theoretics, I probably would! When I was younger (middle/high school age), my friends and I used to be really into exploring haunted places. Now that I’m older, I’ve sort of lost interest in the hobby. I’m also much more paranoid than I used to be.


Tell the best eternal feeling you have in the fall?

Just the feeling of warmth from comfy clothes, and the beauty from the fiery leaves, makes me so happy and puts me in a relaxed mood. 


Which place do you love to visit in the autumn season?

There’s a cute little local farm in my hometown that I love to visit during the autumn months. There are fruit-picking events, hayrides, and adorable animals at the farm, so it really puts me in a good mood to pay a visit there. I recently went there with Eli when he was home for a short break! 


Which place you wish to visit in the fall season?

I wish I could go to more fall festivals and spooky things, such as Screamfest in Salem, New Hampshire. Salem Massachusetts is also a place I’ve wanted to visit during fall, because it’s famously spooky and I love the aesthetic. I have been to Salem, MA, but that was for neurotesting at the hospital and not holiday-related, lmao. 


Fairy lights or candles? What is your choice in the falls?

CAAAAAAANDLESSSSS.


How do decorate your room in the falls?

Right now I have my fall candles (duh) and my pumpkin, whom I have named Clyde. 


Do you love raking the leaves on the lawn or do you leave them where they fall?

I don’t do my own yard work because I live on campus, so I guess I just leave them there. Ba dum tss.


What comes to your mind when you see the leaves fallen down?

Jesus, why are there so many questions about leaves?


What three things you love to keep in your room for the fall?

My candles, my favorite fuzzy gray throw blanket, and a bottle of Ibuprofen.


What is your favorite tea flavor in the fall?

I’ve never been an avid tea drinker, but if I had to pick one, I’d say something fruity or sweet.


Do you ever change your way to run through the autumn leaves?

I’m literally laughing about the leaf questions at this point. 


In your opinion, which leaves have the best color in the fall season?

I like the brightest leaves, such as the bright reds and oranges. I feel like I’m being quizzed on leaves.


Have you ever experienced pumpkin picking in the fall?

Yes, I used to go all the time with my family, and I picked out the pumpkin in my dorm a few weeks ago! Clyde is still going strong.


Which is your most loved pumpkin-based food?

I love pumpkin pie above anything else.


Which moisturizer is your favorite in the autumn season?

Right now I’m using the body souffle by Human + Kind, which I got in my fall Fab Fit Fun box.


Which lipstick color you love in the falls?

My favorite lipstick right now is a dark orange color by Lime Crime called “Sparrow.”


Apple pie or Pumpkin Pie. What’s your favorite?

I do love pumpkin pie, but I love apple just a little bit more. I’m planning on making an apple pie for Thanksgiving this year.


October or November? What’s your favorite month in the autumns?

Probably October because fall still feels fresh and new, and the weather hasn’t reached the frigid point yet.


Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?

Interestingly, I actually don’t get cold as much as other people. I don’t even put on a jacket until it’s at least 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. That being said, I do love bundling up for bed in the fall.


How much do you love to enjoy the fire in the fall season?

I love fire pits and those types of things, but I don’t own one at the moment, nor do I have friends who invite me to things like fire pits. Being 20 is a weird time.


In the fall, do you love traveling or enjoying the season at home?

I feel so lucky to be in New England, I love enjoying it at home! This year is the first time I’m travelling to another state for Thanksgiving. My mom and I are going to Connecticut to spend Thanksgiving with her sister. 


Are you more energetic during the autumn season, or more laid back?

I suppose I’m more energetic because school has started up again, and that means I’m busy every week day.


Do you have any specific traditions to celebrate the fall season?

Not particularly, aside from Thanksgiving.


Name a person whom you loved and really miss in the fall season.

I miss my great-grandmother, who lived with me my entire life and passed away in 2014. She was such a nutty lady, and she always made the holidays so much fun.


What do you feel at the end of the fall season?

I feel pretty excited for Christmastime and winter break!!


Share your favorite quote related to the autumn.

“Yet not to thine eternal resting-place   

Shalt thou retire alone, nor couldst thou wish   

Couch more magnificent. Thou shalt lie down   

With patriarchs of the infant world—with kings,   

The powerful of the earth—the wise, the good,   

Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past,   

All in one mighty sepulchre.   The hills   

Rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun,—the vales   

Stretching in pensive quietness between;   

The venerable woods—rivers that move   

In majesty, and the complaining brooks   

That make the meadows green; and, poured round all,   

Old Ocean’s gray and melancholy waste,—   

Are but the solemn decorations all   

Of the great tomb of man. The golden sun,   

The planets, all the infinite host of heaven,   

Are shining on the sad abodes of death,   

Through the still lapse of ages.”

-William Cullen Bryant,  an excerpt of “Thanatopsis” 


That’s pretty much everything! I’m going to tag @jayayewye (Jenni), @chatswithcheryl, and @thedeepblueday (Hils) to do this as well because I feel like they have some really awesome content, especially for lifestyle-related things! Go check them out 🙂 I hope you guys liked this fall tag! Sorry it is so stupidly long!

Here is a BLANK copy for whoever chooses to do this:

  1. Describe your feelings of fall’ rain in three words.
  2. Which two things tell you that the fall season has begun?
  3. What are your plans for this fall season?
  4. Silent nights or windy ones? What do you love more about the falls?
  5. Cold rain or heavy fog. What do you enjoy more?
  6. What three things you love about the season?
  7. What three things you hate about the season?
  8. Share your best memory for the autumn season?
  9. What is your favorite scent for the fall season?
  10. What is your favorite autumn movie?
  11. What’s the most beautiful thing about the fallen leaves?
  12. Do you enjoy movies in the bed or near the fire?
  13. In the autumn, what do you enjoy most with your partner?
  14. Do you ever go for the hiking in autumn? If yes, how was the experience?
  15. Have you ever gone for apple picking?
  16. What is the best way to enjoy the rain of fall season?
  17. Describe the romantic nature of the fall season in one sentence.
  18. Watching TV or Racking leaves? What do you prefer in the autumn?
  19. What is your favorite fall color?
  20. Autumn or winter? What do you like the most?
  21. Autumn or spring. In your opinion, what’s more romantic?
  22. What is your favorite dress code for the fall season?
  23. Share your worst memory related to the autumn season.
  24. Do you believe that autumn fall season should be the wedding season?
  25. What are your most likes drink in the fall season?
  26. What could be a perfect date for the autumn season?
  27. Fall day or fall night. Which one looks more beautiful to you?
  28. The smell of pumpkin guts or rotting leaves. What do you love?
  29. Have you ever tried pumpkin carving? If yes, so how was the experience?
  30. What is your movie scene related to the autumn?
  31. Which fashion trend you often prefer in the fall season?
  32. What type of music do you like in the fall season?
  33. Hat or cap? What do you prefer in the autumns?
  34. Haunted house, haunted food ride, or haunted corn maze? What do you like in the autumn season?
  35. Share your feelings when you see the birds migrating?
  36. Do you like baking in the autumn season?
  37. Racking leaves or climbing trees. What’s your favorite in the autumn season?
  38. What types of music do you love to listen in the fall season?
  39. When you go outside, do you love to experience your blowing breathes?
  40. Which song you often sing in the autumn?
  41. What is your favorite meat food in the falls?
  42. What is your favorite food in the fall season?
  43. What is your favorite thrifty activity in the falls?
  44. Halloween or Thanksgiving. Which one is your favorite day? (For the people in UK, you can change thanksgiving with the Harvest Festival)
  45. Wool or knit sweaters? What do you like to wear in the fall season?
  46. Sweet or salty pumpkin seeds. Tell your favorite one for the autumn season?
  47. Do you like to explore haunted places in the falls?
  48. Tell the best eternal feeling you have in the falls?
  49. Which place do you love to visit in the autumn season?
  50. Which place you wish to visit in the fall season?
  51. Fairy lights or candles? What is your choice in the falls?
  52. How do decorate your room in the falls?
  53. Do you love raking the leaves on the lawn or do you leave them where they fall?
  54. What comes in your mind when you see the leaves fallen down?
  55. What three things you love to keep in your room for the falls?
  56. What is your favorite teas flavor in the falls?
  57. Do you ever change your way to run through the autumn leaves?
  58. In your opinion, which leaves have the best color in the fall season?
  59. Have you ever experienced pumpkin picking in the falls?
  60. Which is your most loved pumpkin-based food?
  61. Which moisturizer is your favorite in the autumn season?
  62. Which lipstick color you love in the falls?
  63. Apple pie or Pumpkin Pie. What’s your favorite?
  64. October or November? What’s your favorite month in the autumns?
  65. Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?
  66. How much do you love to enjoy the fire in the fall season?
  67. In the falls, do you love traveling or enjoying the season at home?
  68. Are you more energetic during the autumn season, or more laid back?
  69. Do you have any specific traditions to celebrate the fall season?
  70. Name a person whom you loved and really miss in the fall season.
  71. What do you feel at the end of fall season?
  72. Share your favorite quote related to the autumn.

Since I’ve been at school, I haven’t really prioritized buying new makeup or wearing super complicated makeup looks to class. Partly it’s because I don’t have much time or money, but it’s also because my tastes are changing constantly. I used to love shaving off my eyebrows and doing bright, avant-garde makeup looks, but I now I prefer doing a much more simple, classic face of makeup. I’m especially really into warm-toned looks and red lips right now, which is perfect for fall!

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This isn’t exactly a tutorial, and I’m obviously not a beauty guru, but I did just want to show you what an average full face of makeup looks like for me right now. These are all the products I’m using, in order of application:


-e.l.f. Soothing Face Primer | $6

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in “Ebony” | $21

-L.A. Girl Inspiring Brow Kit in “Medium and Marvelous” | $9

-Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer in “Light Ivory” | $12

-BH Cosmetics Crystal Quartz Brush Collection | $29

-Morphe Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette | $38

-NYX Matte Liquid Liner | $7.50

-Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara | $9

-Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Liquid Foundation in “Soft Ivory” | $6.50

-e.l.f. Perfect Finish HD Powder | $6

-Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Quirky” | $15

-Morphe Continuous Setting Mist | $16

-Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipstick in “Sparrow” | $20


As you can see, there’s a fairly good mixture of drugstore and mid-range products in there. I only shop products that are cruelty free, so drugstore lovers, take joy in the fact that e.l.f., Covergirl, and Wet n Wild are all safe options!

The first thing I do before I start applying makeup is to put on some music or a new episode of the Vanished podcast, if one is out. Lately, I’ve been really into John Denver, and his music seems very fall-themed, so that’s who I’m listening to today. I like to do my eyes before my face, because I tend to smudge up my foundation if I do it vice versa (oily skin problems). I’ve been using e.l.f. primers for as long as I can remember, because they work pretty well for the price and there are a large variety of primers to try. So far, I’ve tried the soothing face primer, the poreless face primer, the blemish control face primer (didn’t love that one), and the purple one, which I cannot remember the name of. I’d have to say the soothing face primer is my favorite so far, because it doesn’t carry a weird scent and a little goes a long way.

I shave off the tails of my eyebrows, because I prefer to cut them out into a new, more arched shape. I’ve been using this exact pot of ABH dip brow pomade since ninth grade. It has NOT dried up, ran out, or changed in consistency in any way. I am literally blown away that this has lasted me six years without even hitting pan yet. Ladies and gents, go out and get yourself a pot of Dipbrow pomade. After I use the pomade, I go over the gel with the darkest powder from the L.A. Girl brow kit, and that keeps my eyebrows from getting shiny throughout the day.

Then, I carve my brows out with a Covergirl concealer. I used to adamantly use Tarte Shape Tape, but it started to get a little too pricey for me and I switched to this one. I have to say, the consistency and performance is very similar, and I hardly notice a difference. For $12 instead of $27, I’ll take it any day. I also use this concealer as an eyeshadow base, as regular eye primer tends to make my eyes have a puffy allergic reaction (cough, Urban Decay Primer Potion). 

For my eyeshadow looks, I tend to follow the standard rule of putting a medium color on my lid, a light shimmer in my inner corner, and a darker color in my outer corner. Obviously, you can apply your eyeshadow however you want, but this is just the pattern I like to follow with any three colors I use. I love the Jaclyn Hill palette from Morphe because the colors are extremely practical, while still giving you a lot of room to be creative and have some fun. There are so many looks you can create with these colors! They also perform very nicely and blend like a dream, which is helpful for when you’re working with multiple colors at a time. For my eyes today, I used the shades “Beam”, “Creamsicle”, and “Hillster” to create a lovely fall sunset look. 

I’m not too picky about my liquid eyeliner, as long as it’s opaque and gets the job done. I used to buy the Stila liquid liner, but again, it got too expensive for me and I had to downgrade price-wise. To be honest, I actually like the NYX liner better than the Stila one. I find it easier to use and the tube tends to last a lot longer. Just a little wing today, nothing fancy.

I don’t wear false lashes anymore because I think they make my eyes look smaller than they already are. Instead, I just apply a couple quick layers of mascara to my upper lash line, and that seems to do the trick. My tube has bite marks in it because this cap is literally impossible to open, so just keep that in mind if you decide to buy this mascara. With that being said, the mascara works pretty damn good, so I’ll probably buy it again.

My absolute favorite foundation is the Becca Ultimate Coverage foundation in the shade “Linen”, but sadly, (again), it’s way too expensive and the bottle does not last long enough for me to justify buying it repeatedly. If the foundation lasted me four months at least, I’d keep buying it, but I can hardly get through two months before I have to drop another $44 on one bottle. That’s why I decided to try drugstore foundation instead, and I picked up this foundation by Wet n Wild at Target in September. It’s not a terrible foundation, but I don’t love it as much as I love my Becca one. It smells quite a bit like paint and it never really dries down completely, so my face starts to look really oily after about four hours of wear. That being said, it’s a perfect color match for my skin, so I’m going to keep using it until I run out and try something new. I always apply my wet foundation with this microfiber velvet sponge by JUNO & Co., because it completely erases my pores and makes any foundation look airbrushed. I’ve bought about five of these sponges so far, and I can’t get enough of them.

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I don’t wear any concealer over my foundation, because I think it looks too cakey and I tend to break out more easily. My next step is to pat over my foundation with some e.l.f. finishing powder, which brings down the shininess. This powder, as you can see, is very well-loved and will definitely be purchased again. After powder I fluff on a little bit of blush (oddly, I can’t find this shade online anymore?), and then I spray on an even coat of setting mist. The last step is to apply my lipstick, and I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the shade “Sparrow” from Lime Crime for months now. The color payoff is absolutely dreamy, and I think the shade in general is just extremely flattering and unique. I look forward to putting it on every day.

On average, I would say it takes me between 30 minutes and an hour to do this look. I’ve been wearing makeup since middle school, so I’ve gotten pretty used to doing it quickly. I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions about these products as well, as well as some new makeup suggestions for me to try! Let me know down below what you think.

Coming up next: What if College Campuses Had Animal Shelters?

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Monday, October 7 

Today has been a super chaotic, albeit fun, day for writing. I’m really excited about the articles I’m currently working on, because they branch out quite a bit from my usual subject matter. I’m somewhat more interested in “harder” news stories and controversial topics, like the early start time of school and the iffy nature of the Impossible burger.

Right now in my life, I definitely feel like I’m going through some sort of an identity crisis. One thing that makes me feel better is to pop in my headphones and go for a walk around my neighborhood, day or night (usually both). My ears are starting to get sore from constantly popping in my headphones, because I love having my music on while I walk and think. Like I said last week, I think it’s important to tear ourselves away from screens and just spend some time with our minds. It’s painful sometimes to just feel your feelings, but I truly think it helps me to approach things head on and just think about them and accept them, and maybe even eventually have some sort of sense of understanding.

Despite doing a LOT of thinking and reflecting, my mood is actually pretty high and I’m feeling stress-free. PMDD has not reared its ugly head yet, so I’m hoping this means I have finally adjusted to my Yazmin and I don’t need to add another antidepressant. It usually takes about three months to adjust, which is about how long it took for me to get used to my new combination pills. 


Friday, October 11

I’m home until Monday due to the long weekend, and I have to say, immediately felt such a wave of happiness and freshness once I stepped back into my home. I haven’t been back to visit in about five weeks, so it feels good to be in a new environment for a short while and spend some time bonding with my dog. My mom is away in Maine with her boyfriend until Sunday, so it’s just going to be me and Duke for a few days.

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Very happy to report that my mom didn’t kill my basil plant, Keisha, while I was away.

I was planning on writing a 400 word blog post about applying socialism to life simulation worlds, such as in The Sims, but it became pretty clear to me at the beginning of my research that this was going to be something MUCH bigger than a blog post. So now, I’m turning it into a research paper instead. I have an outline, an annotated bibliography- the whole shebang. And no, I will not be turning it in for any credit. Once I complete the paper, probably at the end of the month, I’ll probably shove it into my desk to rot until I clean out my dorm in May.

This is actually the second research paper I’m writing; the other one actually is for a class, and it’s about the detrimental mental health effects of cancel culture. I’m actually enjoying writing two papers at once, because it gives me something to do in case I start to suffer from boredom. The interesting thing about having ADHD, OCD, and GAD is that they all sort of feed into each other in a cycle. Because I have super-fast processing skills, I power through my school work quickly and get bored easily. Being bored subsequently enables me to engage in obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and the OCD then enables me to get anxious. Then, to combat my anxiety, I dive into new writing projects and schoolwork, and the cycle just starts over from there.

I know that probably sounds exhausting, but it’s working out great for me right now. I like being ambitious and busy. I do take quiet time every day to relax and practice self care, but the real highlight of my day is sitting down and tackling some new questions in my writing.

Duke is cuddling next to me in bed, and we’re listening to John Denver and Devendra Banhart and Taylor Swift. I’ve also listened to “A Horse With No Name” by America about six thousand times today. After this I’ll probably turn on The Office, because even I need a Netflix break every now and then. Goodnight, all!


Saturday, October 12

Today has been another productive day, and I’m really happy with the amount of schoolwork I have gotten done. My goal is to have six pages of my research paper finished by Monday, and ten pages finished my Wednesday. A large portion of my research paper is centered around conducting a survey, so I’ve also sent that out into the universe today.

This morning I took my dog for a long walk and really took in the beautiful fall foliage. Truly, nothing compares to autumn in New England, especially Massachusetts. After our walk I was super happy to discover that the second shipment from my ThredUp order came in the mail, so I was able to finish writing that review this afternoon. Keep an eye out for that article, it’s coming on Wednesday!

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Look at him being an absolute angel!

I’m starting to feel a bit icky, so I hope I’m not getting sick. My plan for the rest of the day is to consume copious amounts of vitamin C and take a boiling hot bubble bath, in an attempt to reverse the sickness from coming. I hope you guys are having good luck beating the fall cold as well! I know for a fact there’s a stomach bug going around my campus, and I absolutely do NOT want to catch that.


Coming up this week:

10/14- Why School Starting Ridiculously Easy is Not Good for Your Health

10/16- My First ThredUp Review

10/18- Challenging My Friend to Go Vegan for a Week