Pumpkin spice everything, fall foliage, cooler weather.
It took a year, but it's finally here!
There is so much I love about this month.
For me, it starts with the weather. I'm a winter girl, and this fall weather reminds me that snow is just around the corner. I like the crisp air in the morning when I can see my breath. I don't even mind that it still warms up during the day, because the humidity is gone. I appreciate the beauty of the fall colors: the deep dark red, orange, and yellow. I know it sounds incredibly cliche, but when I can start wearing flannel and sweatshirts I almost get giddy.
October also means Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. There are many ways to raise awareness by educating yourself and others on early detection, by donating to help support programs, and by wearing pink.
One of my former teaching colleagues wears pink everyday for the month in honor and memory of family members and friends affected by breast cancer.
Yesterday I bought a lokai bracelet (Stay hopeful. Stay humble.) that is pink with its traditional white bead (Stay humble.) and black bead (Stay hopeful.). I appreciate that 10% of net profits are donated to various charities. One of them is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
I am wearing my bracelet everyday not only for breast cancer awareness during October, but also to remind myself to stay in balance with who I am, what I stand for, and why I do what I do.
Part of that balance is another reason why I love October: it's my birthday month. On the 20th, I will begin the last year of my 40's. I have the opportunity to reflect on what I've been able to accomplish so far on my life journey and imagine the possibilities for the future. I have come to realize that you're never too old to do anything you want to do. You just have to commit to cultivating your passion.
Go enjoy that pumpkin spice latte and get a start on all October has to offer.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.