Fall Challenge! Hello September!

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Hi GenAwkwards! Guess who’s back?! I know I have taken a bit of a hiatus as I re-organized my life if you will. And trust me a LOT has changed, however we will get back to that in a different post. But, now I have settled into a nice rhythm and I’m ready to bring you a brand new September challenge! I love fall. Not just because it’s no longer almost 100 degrees (no thank you Satan, you can keep that) but it’s absolutely beautiful outside. I mean, it’s fall, who doesn’t love fall?! So as a welcome back for all of us I figured there is nothing like a good challenge to get out of the comfort zone. 

So here is what I have on the agenda to celebrate the upcoming fall season: 

take a walk around

Go on a nature walk!

I know, I know obvious right? I mean the leaves are changing colors and the sun is casting that lovely fall glow. Put your phone on silent and “get lost” out there. If you are in Portland, there are a ton of amazing local hikes! Keep an eye out for a post focusing on my top five spots to hike in the city! Don’t forget your thermos of cider too!

apple picking for apple cider

Apple picking

Collect some lovely apples for making pies if you like to bake or dig out the crock pot and make a huge batch of apple cider. Yum! It’s a great excuse to hang out with friends snacking, watching a bit of Netflix and drinking your homemade cider. 

who doesn't love stew?

Find a new stew recipe 

I’m trying the vegan thing right now so I am building up a whole new recipe list, but as it gets cold and the days grow shorter. The crock pot will be our friend. So join me in finding a brand new recipe to whip out on the days when “you just can’t right now” but still want to eat something tasty. 

pumpkin spice

Welcome Back Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Who doesn’t love pumpkin spice? Now, I love Starbucks as much as the next person but vegan life may mean I need to find a new place to get my fix. But it’s that time of year, have yourself a nice latte and enjoy people watching on the patio or take a stroll down your main street. I like Portland’s waterfront, especially on the weekend while Saturday Market is going on. 

relax
Cleansing bath

Take a little “me” time and make a bath extra special. Enter fall with a whole new feeling. We’re leaving summer behind and embracing change, that is what fall is all about after all. Dig out your favorite candles, set up an audiobook or calming music and get out those bath salts you’ve been saving. You can check out my very own CBD bath salts HERE. Along with candles and a number of other products now available for sale. Shameless plug I know but they are great if I do say so myself.

new clothes for free
Wardrobe swap

As the weather is cooling it is time to put our summer clothes away for now. Unless you live in LA or something then your wardrobe never changes too much. Here in the PNW, you know exactly what’s coming. Dig ‘em out friends. Also this could be a great time to do a clothing swap among friends! This is a great way to revamp your closet without using major bucks. So hit up the squad and get your hands on that cute sweater you were eyeing last year. Well maybe if they give it up. Otherwise, go to the thrift store and buy one or two new items that will easily blend with what you have. Go out there feeling fresh for fall! 

get cozy

Light a fire (in the fireplace please) or have a Bonfire

I am pretty fortunate that I have a fireplace in my apartment but I have to wait until it’s REALLY cold to use it. Portland has a lot of places where there are fire pits at the bar and if you are near a place where you can have a bonfire, do it! It’s amazing to stand by it’s warmth and watching the fire. It’s gorgeous in a non-pyromaniac kinda way. 

say thank you for the little things, gratitude
Gratitude List

I know I mentioned fall is about change. As the holidays are fast approaching. This is a great time to reflect on all the things you are grateful for so far this year. You can even expand on this idea and recall all the things that made you happy or smile. A moment of reflection is always nice. It reminds me not only how much I enjoy life but I get to take a moment to appreciate all those special little moments. It’s easy to get bogged down by life’s stresses and this helps put a smile back on my face and pep in my step. 

gaze at the world through the stars
Stargazing

I cannot tell you how much I love the moon and stars. No surprise I’m sure since I’m a bit witchy, but it is so beautiful. Take some time to appreciate this every day (night really) wonder. Grab your favorite blanket or lots of blankets, a few snacks and just lay back in the grass. You can even do it in your own backyard if you can see the stars from there! No travel required! 

witch moon
Mabon

Whether you are a witchy friend or not this still could be a lot of fun. Mabon is from September 21st to the 23rd. This is a celebration of the Spring Equinox and the balance of night and day. I personally equate it to finding balance in life as well. A lot of ways to celebrate are actually already on this list! Nature walks and apple cider. It’s also a great time to begin decorate in those lovely fall colors: burnt orange, rich reds, that rusty gold yellow and beautiful earth turn browns. There also may be so fun events or fairs so don’t forget to see what is happening locally!

Now my fellow witchy loves, if you are celebrating Mabon this year. Don’t forget this is the perfect time to get rid of any negative energy and work on protecting your home. Also go nuts in the kitchen, bake and focus on seasonings like Rosemary, Marigold, Sage and Thistle.  As well as some good Myrrh, Pine and Sweetgrass incense. This is our time to reflect and give thanks. It’s basically the witches Thanksgiving.  

Challenge Accepted!

Most of these activities are little to no cost at all. Of course, most of us are still living on a budget so tailor this however you want. Now technically there are five weeks in September so we have plenty of time to get as many completed as you can! You can do this!! Take lots of pictures wherever you are. I would love to see what everyone is up to! Is there anything else you are planning on doing this September? Feel free to share below!

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