Completed Fall Bucket List

It’s cold af out and definitely winter. I thoroughly enjoyed the fall weather this year and made the best of it while I could. I am so so so so not looking forward to winter, it’s my least favorite season – but also the one I plan the most trips for. Here is everything I did this fall:

  1. Go apple picking
  2. Make apple sauce
  3. Go pumpkin picking
  4. Visit 3 out of state locations
    New York, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas
  5. Go hiking in 2 places
    Woops…maybe in the spring!
  6. Make plans with my friends!
  7. 6,200 Instagram followers
  8. 2,000 WordPress followers
  9. Go to 2 concerts
    Nightmare Before Christmas Live and Brand New!
  10. Downsize the amount of stuff I have
  11. Go to Storm King
  12. Read half of the Vampire Academy series
  13. Finish a knitting project
  14. Get back into shape

All in all, I did pretty well this season! Tell me one fun thing you did in the comments!

Post Travel Blues

On the last day of my trip, there is always a little bit of excitement. I’m excited to sleep in my own bed again, have access to all of my things, see my friends and family. But as I sit in traffic on the last leg of the trip home, I overwhelmingly feel dread.

Traveling is such an amazing experience. To me, it is all about experiencing new cultures and places. To me, it’s about finding new places that I could potentially call home one day. Some trips leave me with less dread than others, some locations could just simply never be home. But the ones I get emotionally attached to are so hard to leave.

Because I’m leaving them to come home to a place I’m not exactly thrilled about. And I’m immediately thrown back into the real world of bills, work, and mediocrity. Traveling doesn’t always feel like a vacation where I can put my butt in the sand and not move for 5 days and come home feeling relaxed. But it is always a vacation from real life.

The post travel blues hit me hard for a couple of days, it’s like jet lag, and then eventually I adjust. Then I begin counting down the days until I can put that out of office up again and feel free for a while. That’s what paid time off is for, right?

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The Hookup On: Old Posts & Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I am traveling this week and unable to post a lot, so I thought I’d link back to some old posts I still love for you to check out while I’m gone! 🙂 If you have a post you want to share, feel free to drop it in the comments!

  1. 5 Little Reasons To Be Thankful
  2. 5 Ways To Help Others This Season
  3. The Importance Of Self Care
  4. Travel Realistically In Your 20’s
  5. I Want To Be Alone But I Don’t Want To Be Alone
  6. Getting Hurt Vs. Hurting Someone

Updated Fall Bucket List

Fall is hereeeee, especially now because the weather isn’t 80 degrees anymore. I love Tim Burton movies and Halloween and flannels and beanies and concert season so I’m pretty excited about this. Here is what I’m planning to get done and what I’ve done so far, I made a few changes because some of the goals I set ended up being wayyyyyyyy out of reach so here’s a new, improved, and updated fall bucket list! Did you know winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st? That seems so weird to me. What’s one thing you want to do this fall?

  1. Go apple picking
  2. Make apple sauce
  3. Go pumpkin picking
  4. Visit 3 out of state locations
  5. Go hiking in 2 places
  6. Make plans with my friends!
  7. 6,200 Instagram followers
  8. 2,000 WordPress followers
  9. Go to 2 concerts
  10. Downsize the amount of stuff I have
  11. Go to Storm King
  12. Read half of the Vampire Academy series
  13. Finish a knitting project
  14. Get back into shape

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Day Trip To Storm King

Sometimes making the most out of your weekends means driving 4 hours on a rainy day.

Last weekend I went to Storm King Art Center which is located in New Windsor, NY. It’s a sculpture garden that features different installations over 500 acres. It was an absolutely stunning and vast place. The sculptures and installations felt larger than life and you kind of just felt like you were in the little piece of the world not many people know about.

It has been more than fifty years after its founding and Storm King continues to grow and evolve. It is among the world’s leading sculpture parks.

We managed to walk through most of the land, but a rainy day held us back and we ended up giving up and heading to a yummy Mexican place less than 10 minutes from the center (it was called Avocado and I highly recommend).

While Storm King closes in just a few short weeks, it’s something I definitely recommend putting on your to-do list if you live on the East Coast – or if you plan on visiting soon! I’m sure it’s even more beautiful in spring and summer!

How I Accidentally Stopped Having Fun

When I was in high school, if you asked me what I did for fun I could name a few things. I liked reading, writing, going to concerts, and hanging out with some of my friends. If you asked me what I did for fun in college I would say I like getting drunk with my best friends, I like writing, I like meeting new people.

If you asked me now, I think I would struggle a little bit. Because I still love going to concerts and seeing my friends. But I’m not too keen on alcohol anymore. I like going new places and I like writing, but both almost feel like a job to me now. My passion projects have turned into work.

I accidentally forgot to have fun because things have become so different after I’ve spent a few years out of college – I don’t know what to define as fun anymore.

I’ve picked up a few things that I like doing. I like knitting/crocheting and cross-stitching (even though I’m not great at it). I am trying to pick up reading again. And I’m trying to find joy in writing and traveling again.

There’s a lot of pressure when you work 5 days a week to make the most of the time you’re not actually working. I didn’t think it was possible, but there is a pressure to have fun that makes having fun not fun.

So I’ve taken a step back, again, to draw a very very very thick line between work and play. I need to go with the flow and just learn to have fun again.

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My Fall Bucket List!

Fall is hereeeee! And as much as I love summer, I have a special place in my heart for fall. I love Tim Burton movies and Halloween and flannels and beanies. There is just something so cozy about fall. Here is my plan for the next couple of months, I’m not going to stress too hard about it, but most of my seasonal bucket lists have had 3-4 unchecked items and I’m looking to change that. What’s one thing you want to do this fall?

  1. Go apple picking
  2. Make apple sauce
  3. Go pumpkin picking
  4. Visit 3 out of state locations
  5. Go hiking in 2 new places
  6. Host a game night
  7. 6,500 Instagram followers
  8. 2,000 WordPress followers
  9. Go to 2 concerts
  10. Downsize the amount of stuff I have
  11. Go to Longwood Gardens
  12. Read the Vampire Academy series
  13. Finish a knitting project
  14. Get back into shape