Fall Bucket List

Hi Friends!

I’m so excited for fall! The temperature has dropped in my neck of the woods, and it’s been raining…lovely, lovely fall! But the real reason I’m SO excited for fall is because it means I only have 2 more months of nursing school left! Can you hear my sigh of relief? It’s been haaaaard. Okay, I’m done whining.

Pumpkin Patch

As I’ve mentioned on my facebook page, I’ve been trying to make plans outside of school and work so I have more balance in my life. If I’m not careful, I’ll fall into my natural workaholic tendencies and just study study study (or work work work) until I feel burned out. That is no bueno. I have to force myself to rest, socialize, and do other things.

To help encourage me to have balance in my life, I downloaded The Ultimate Guide for the Best Fall Ever. It’s a list of 75 fun fall-themed things to do. Having this list has been so helpful because I don’t have to think of activities to do. I just look at the list and pick one. I freaking love the ease this has added to my life. I saw on pinterest that many people have created similar bucket lists for each month, season, etc. I just started, and I’m already hooked.

 

Mark and I started by marking off the things on the list we didn’t want to do. We marked off roasting marshmallows, eating candy corn, and making rice crispy treats because we don’t eat any of those things.  Bobbing for apples got cut for sanitary reasons. Other cuts included go horseback riding (I feel sorry for the horse),  try a new flavor of coffee (don’t drink it), and visit a haunted house (we don’t do scary).

Then we did some preliminary research to make it easier to do things on the list when we are ready. For example, we wrote down the address and times for a local corn maze, pumpkin patch, and chocolate factory. There are several items involving baking, so I found some recipes I wanted to try and printed them out. My goal was to make it super easy to fit these activities into my life.

This worked out great because yesterday evening Mark and I decided we wanted to go to the corn maze, and we had all the info we needed to make it happen. We ended up checking off multiple items on our list in one evening: visit a corn maze, go pumpkin picking, visit a farm, go on a hayride, and eat corn on the cob. We found all of these things at the same location! It was so much fun, and the weather was perfect!

Roasted Corn

This roasted corn was so delicious! I originally didn’t get one, but after telling Mark what to put on his (butter & Parmesan cheese), I took a bite and didn’t give it back to him 🙂 It was too delicious!

I know some of you are working on life balance and finding time for more fun. I hope this list inspires you to make it happen!

Sending lots of love,

Melanie

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