Blogtober Day 5/6: I love lists!

Yesterday got the best of me, and I missed out on posting my Blogtober Day 5 post! So, to keep things simple, I’ll do both Day 5 and Day 6 in one snazzy new post full of lists.

Day 5 – Your Fall Bucket List

I absolutely love fall. Stereotypical white girl, amirite? I’m not a fan of Pumpkin Spice Lattes though, don’t peg me in just yet!

I do love the change in the weather, the colors of the leaves, the layers and layers of clothes I get to wear, and the different “activities” that go along with the change in seasons. This might be my last fall season in New England for a while, depending on when Ben gets his orders to move next year, so we’re trying to make the most of it! With a little bit of his help, here’s my bucket list for things that I want to do this fall:

  • Go to Martha’s Vineyard
  • Drive around Massachusetts just to look at the changing fall leaves and beautiful houses: I know, I know, the leaves change color everywhere where there are trees. There’s just something about the colors of the leaves combined with old New England houses and little small towns that is so wonderful and romantic and feels exactly like fall to me.
  • Drink lots of chai lattes in cozy cafes: chai is my favorite warm drink (sometimes tied with hot apple cider) and is best enjoyed in a cozy local cafe
  • Rake leaves (you’re welcome in advance, Mom!)
  • Roast pumpkin seeds: I’m not one for carving pumpkins, as my artistic abilities can be hard to find, but I love roasting the seeds from freshly cut pumpkins with a little salt and pepper (and maybe some garlic powder, too)
  • Go on lots of long walks all bundled up, before it starts to get too cold and snow
  • Make pumpkin bread: I always forget how easy it is to make breads like pumpkin bread, or my favorite banana bread (see below) but this year, I want to master the art of making pumpkin bread! One year, I made a really awesome and delicious vegan pumpkin bread that I couldn’t get enough of, but then I lost the link to the recipe, sad face. I’m not vegan, but I found a recipe for vegan pumpkin bread over on Averie Cooks that sounds amazing that I can’t wait to try!

Saturday night baking! Banana chocolate chip deliciousness

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Day 6 – 10 things you’d tell yourself when you started blogging

  1. Stick with it. You keep getting excited about starting things, but don’t consistently follow through – pick one blog with one theme/topic/idea and do it.
  2. Keep a working list of blog post topics that you could write about someday.
  3. Be that person who posts links to everything they write on their Facebook and Twitter. It probably won’t annoy people that much, and if it does, they can deal!
  4. Don’t try too hard. Just don’t.
  5. If you’re having a hard time even starting a certain post, move on to your next idea until you find something that you can’t stop writing about.
  6. Let your posts be long, wordy, and full of pictures.
  7. Don’t care too much about how your post will “come across to others” – this is something I still struggle with!
  8. Enjoy the feeling of validation that you get when you see your stats rise, but don’t focus on that as the goal of your blog.
  9. Don’t get too frustrated when the formatting doesn’t go your way.
  10. You’re probably gonna give up on a blog (or two) but go ahead and make that third one if you want. It might be the one that sticks.
Helene in Between

Thanks for reading! Margaret

thoughts?