Typical Autumn





I live in Ohio and we (generally) have four solid seasons throughout the year. I grew up in Illinois and so the landscape tends to be quite the same but just a bit more flat. For the last 27 years of my life, I’ve been romanced by each season and it never gets old. Isn’t that funny? I never tire of the humid summers, the spring rain, the crisp autumn air or the dark, bleak winter. Never.

Things like sweater weather, pumpkin spiced lattes, boots and bonfires become “typical” and worthy of an eye roll.

But guess what? We should all do what makes us smile. A little siesta during the day to get a flavored coffee doesn’t make you typical. You know what makes us typical? Needing a little siesta at a Starbucks because we’re working 24/7 or denying ourselves self-care.

So figure out what makes you smile during the day and DO THAT. It will become a habit. And those habits are the best.



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  • Kathleen Kern
    Posted at 08:40h, 10 October Reply

    Great post!!! It is often difficult for me to make the transition from summer to fall, but I am starting to realize there are lots of things to cherish with the changing of the seasons, like apple cider, warm clothes, decorating for the season, and getting cozy indoors with your loved ones. Also, nice spread of pictures.

    • Allison
      Posted at 00:39h, 13 October Reply

      I love all those things too! Especially how cozy it is. Plus, I love sleeping with a heavy blanket. And thanks re: pictures!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 10:13h, 10 October Reply

    I love how you’re addressing the “typical” – all those internet memes joking about “basic women” are so demeaning! Do what makes you happy! And seriously… that’s a pumpkin spice latte.

    • Allison
      Posted at 00:40h, 13 October Reply

      They sure are! Everyone should just do what they want and stop being so judgey!

  • Jackie Kelly
    Posted at 16:01h, 10 October Reply

    Amem, Allie! That’s all I have to say to your post today. :)
    Enjoy your weekend (and the beautiful Fall season).

    • Allison
      Posted at 00:40h, 13 October Reply

      Aw thanks Jackie! Glad you agree.

  • Celestine
    Posted at 14:15h, 15 October Reply

    LOVE this post! I’m from Philly originally so I get what you mean by being romanced by the seasons. California just isn’t the same… I find that I’m really missing that feeling when you get up on that chilly Saturday morning in October and there’s a little nip in the air. And I definitely agree on the pumpkin spice coffee. I’m usually a black coffee or macchiato kind of gal but man that pumpkin coffee is just amazing. Envying your autumn days from San Diego :)

    • Allison
      Posted at 00:01h, 04 November Reply

      I bet! I always wonder if I would feel the same if I moved somewhere warm. Although it’s been in the 30’s/40s in the morning and BRRRR. TOO COLD. I take it back! haha.

  • Kathleen Martini
    Posted at 23:42h, 17 October Reply

    I love, love, love fall in Ohio. It’s by far my favorite season, especially because we’re headed into the dark abyss of winter. My favorite thing, though, is the drive on I-71 N to Cleveland, where you see all of the trees changing color. When I first got here from Texas four years ago (for school), I was struck dumb by how awesome it was. THE BEST.

    • Allison
      Posted at 00:18h, 04 November Reply

      That’s amazing!!! I felt the same way the other day driving up Northwest Ave in Columbus. It was SOOOO fiery red. Ahhh I almost crashed trying to take a picture. Oops.

  • stephanie
    Posted at 20:35h, 22 December Reply

    Just found your website – am loving it….And saw somewhere that you are considering taking some time off. My hub and I used to live in Columbus, Oh and one of the things we would do is pack up on Thursday night. Friday, immediately after work, we’d drive to New Orleans.
    We had a Westfalia camper van, so we’d pull in Fri nite/Sat morn, fall asleep, wake up and we’d be right next to my favorite cafe [go get a latte and croissant] and we’d have the whole day to explore! Same with Sunday – all day to eat, walk about, see the sites, ride the little rail line and then late afternoon/early evening drive back to Columbus, Oh…wake up, go to work.
    Talk about ‘getting away’ – it was great…just a suggestion :)

    • Allison
      Posted at 13:28h, 29 December Reply

      What an amazing suggestion!! I will totally be planning a trip there soon. Our friends want a Westfalia so maybe we can go with them. Thanks Stephanie :)

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