No matter how many years in a row I wish for endless summer, fall always seems to creep up eventually. After two “summery” weeks in Halifax, today OFFICIALLY felt like fall. I loved pulling out my snuggly fox sweatshirt (it reminds me of Nicole because she gave it to me) and cozy tights (yay for not shaving my legs EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.) but was totally not digging the non stop wind (check out my crazy hair). Genevieve and I walked the puppies (120lb puppies) at the lovely Point Pleasant park in the middle of Halifax. The dogs were insane chasing after squirrels and climbing around the rocks at the beach, and Gen was sweet enough to indulge in my blogging narcism and take a few pictures for me. Isn’t she just the the most perfect little roomie I could ask for?
Now that I’ve officially accepted fall as like “the thing that is happening right now” I’ve been obsessed with all the autumn trends. Gen and I hit up the mall on Saturday to get our makeup done for our 7 Deadly Sins party (SEPHORA MAKEUP ARTISTS ARE GODDESSES) and it took major self control not to buy all of the fun fall trends. Give me oxblood and navy everything. Give me all the quilted jackets (and leather skirts). And mainly just throw all the sweaters with animals on them my way (primarily horses) because I’m all about that nerdy chic lifestyle right now. Oh and over the knee boots…as long as I’m being greedy send those my way!
The crisp air of autumn feels so fresh, so new, so inspiring! I can’t help but crave change and improvement. According to Cosmo, my horoscope claims fall is a great time for me to accomplish my goals finally. Cosmo is a very reliable source when it comes to life choices, so I figured I should take that advice and run with it (I’ve also discovered all men need is “grilled cheese & sex” so thanks Emmy Rossum). I’m sort of addicted to goal making…I love the adrenaline rush from seeing a goal completed (and checking it off of my list). Before embarking on my Nova Scotia adventure I set a few guidelines for myself to help me “live with intention”. I am such a self examiner that if I start to feel like I am just “flailing” my way through life without a mission or purpose I go a little bit insane (morose I would say). My “guidelines” weren’t specific goals necessarily just statements to help me make the most out of my time here.
I wanted to first and foremost save money, something I am inherently very very bad at but am seriously working on improving. I didn’t buy any new clothes on my Saturday shopping trip and there was the MOST perfect quilted leather skirt calling my name (I think I deserve a treat…or you know, a Banana Republic gift card).
My second guideline was to learn and much as possible at my new job here. I’ve been doing my best to enter each day with a positive attitude and a mind ready to absorb everything like a little sponge! Coffee has been helpful.
My third guideline, and perhaps the most interesting is to take some sort of self improvement course. I don’t mean an actual lecture on self improvement although I do love a good motivational speaker now and then but rather to pursue an outside hobby or class to make me a more fascinating person. I was originally planning on signing up for a French class or guitar lessons (you know…embracing my inner Taylor Swift) but after a trail ride with my family last weekend I thought riding lessons would be a fabulous fall hobby! As a little girl I always always wanted to take horseback riding, but, growing up in apartments with a single Mom it really wasn’t feasible financially. I sort of outgrew the desire to learn to horseback ride by high school but I found the whole experience so challenging and exhilarating that I thought…well, why not? I’m not planning on becoming an equestrian champion by any means but if I can have an excuse to wear cute riding boots and spend time in outside with a beautiful animal for a handful of times this fall…I think it’s an outlet I should explore a little further no?
Does Autumn inspire you to set goals? To wear animal sweaters? To force your beautiful photogenic cousin to take pictures of your hair hitting you in the face at the beach? As much as I’m missing Seattle I’m loving Atlantic Canada and embracing every moment of my Fall here (As Gen calls it “The Fall of FUN”). I hope you foxy ladies had the most enchanting weekend!