I don't know about you, but something happens to me when fall hits. It could be because I'm still on the school year schedule instead of the calendar year, or that the crisp fresh air fuels an energy in me, or simply because hot apple cider and all things pumpkin bring me pure joy. But it's like I get to start over; I have a new perspective on my life; and I'm willing to challenge myself and take risks. Oh yea, and there's these nine other awesome things that make me love fall, too:
1. Fall Fashion
I've got one word for you: boots. They look good with everything and they're so comfortable. You can get booties, heeled-boots, riding boots, over-the-knee boots, the possibilities are endless!
2. Fall Food
I'm going to be honest with you, I could literally drink apple cider all day long. It's probably the most delicious thing I've ever tasted. And let's not even talk about spiced apple cider (or spiked, just kidding).
3. Fall Foliage
A lot people think that Pennsylvania is the most boring place ever, especially for driving. But take a drive during the fall months and you'll be mesmerized by the pure beauty (yes, I'm from there). I promise that you'll never see hues of red, orange, and yellow quite like the leaves along the Appalachian.
I'm not gonna lie, I'm more excited that Hocus Pocus will be on television basically every day instead of the actual Halloween holiday. But still, it's a good time. Then throw in some 100 Grand Bars, Milk Duds, and Laffy Taffy and I'm sold!
5. Black Friday Shopping
Despite what some may think, fall actually goes until the middle of December. Which means that the beloved (and dreaded by some) fake holiday is part of fall. I can't exactly describe what I love so much either. It could be the challenge, that you want to beat out all the other crazies there. Or that you're pretty much still in a food coma from Thanksgiving, so you don't have to waste any time eating. Or maybe it's that I always go with my Mom and I love the bonding time.
Even thought we think it's just a time period when men look ridiculous with their mustaches, it actually supports a greater cause. By participating in Movember, dudes are committing to raising funds to help improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. For all of you Mo Sistas (their words, not mine), you can help too by supporting the men in your life.
7. Basketball Season
Yes, basketball season officially starts in the fall. Even though I do love me some football (both European and American), there's nothing like watching my Syracuse Orangemen fly down the court in the Dome.
8. Election Day
Even though some election years are more important than others, it's still important for women to get out and vote. We make up roughly 50 percent of the voting population, so think of all the impact we could have if we all banded together? Check back during the month of October to find out how politics effect your life on a daily basis and why it's important to get involved.
9. Fall Weather
Being outside during the fall just makes me happy. This is exactly how I feel, except I'm yelling "chilly," while shaking a bunch of leaves, and sitting on a bench in the good 'ole outdoors.