How is it that October is invariably the dullest month of blogging? With the autumn colors blooming, the nights falling earlier, and the cold air taking over, I usually find myself retreating in my room, trying to avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder. But for the first time, I love autumn. Maybe my Vermont pride is finally kicking in. The colors have been gorgeous, and I finally made my way out for some fall photography the other day. Today’s the first day we’ve been hit with extremely cold weather and our first snow (though not official since it didn’t stick). Contrary to usual, I’m ready for winter.
I haven’t had a real blog post since the summer. Blogging is a foreign feeling; college essay writing, on the other hand, is not. I’ve probably written over ten essays about different topics. But it goes without saying that I miss blogging on TR. College applications have taken over my life for the most part, but I’ve found that I’ve been enjoying them. Interestingly enough, I’ve learned a lot about myself. It’s quite an enlightening process. At the same time, this has felt like the most relaxing year thus far. The beauty of senior year is that I’m doing what I love—taking classes that I want to, leading clubs I’m passionate about, and trying to determine my future. One of the most exciting aspects of the past few months has been blogging for Huffington Post, which has been a dream of mine for years. For the first time, I’m seeing my writing thrown around Facebook and Twitter, an influx of Twitter followers, and motivation from people whom I barely know. Granted, seeing my writing published on a legitimate site has made me realize how much work I still have to perfect my writing, but I figure that it’s a learning process.
In the coming months, however, I have a few other things to look forward to. First of all, I will be submitting all of my college apps soon (just submitted my first one!). Second, the holiday season is coming up, which means holiday music will finally be socially-acceptable, and everyone will be upbeat and joyous. Third, I’m spending Christmas with Pablo in the Netherlands and New Years in Morocco! It’ll be the perfect end to a pretty good year, I’d say. Traveling means more travel blogging! And I promise that this time, I’ll actually blog about the Netherlands.
But I suppose I should focus on Halloween first.
Last weekend, I had Friday off, so I took the extra time to watch six movies (no regrets) and start two books (The Sun Also Rises and The Lowland). I also have been working through a book of 642 Writing Prompts, which range from bizarre (talk about a houseplant and its necessity to survive) to enthralling (describe a day as an astronaut). The latter is especially exciting for me since I just recently watched Gravity, which I strongly recommend (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are the perfect duo). Other than this, life is simply good.
Happy autumn, happy October, and happy (almost) Halloween!