Hey, everyone! After my blog decided to randomly go haywire for a few days (thanks, self-hosting) I’m finally back in business. While I was planning out my next few weeks’ posts, I decided I wanted to start doing monthly reflections. I know I’m not the first blogger in the world to come up with this, haha… But after all the craziness that’s happened recently I wanted a way to just document life and be open with you guys. Welcome to Episode 1 ✨

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Yeahhh. It happened. I caved and bought a bunch of new autumn candles even though I definitely haven’t used up the ones already chillin’ on my nightstand. I work at a downtown boutique and Bath & Body Works is literally three doors down from my store. Every day I can smell it, guys. It’s sweet, sweet torture. Had about 20 minutes to kill before my shift the other day and, well… This happened. Oops. Lucky for me it was also payday. Unlucky for me they had a sale and I have zero self control. I was only going to buy a couple, but then convinced myself I needed a few more for “a well-rounded blog post” (#help). Spending $40+ on candles wasn’t ideal but at least my house is smelling awesome for the rest of the year. After sniffing my way through the entire store, here are my top three autumn candles so your house can smell just as great. 👌🏻

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I know autumn doesn’t officially start until the 22nd, but can you blame a girl for getting excited anyway? Yes, I don’t care, put me in with the legions of basic bitches who love fall and cable knit sweaters and hot drinks and blah blah blah. I check all the marks. But I’ve loved autumn since before it was an aesthetic obsession so #FightMe. Yet beyond me being excited about September… Here’s some articles that I’ve loved the past month! If you’re looking for a few things to read while you sip on your pumpkin spice latte (even though they’re the one fall-ish thing I can’t stand, ick) then take a look at these lovely links: 1. Why We Love Personality Quizes, Even When We Know They’re Meaningless by Constance Grady So what is it about personality quizzes like the Meyers-Briggs test and the Hogwarts sorting quiz and newspaper horoscopes and BuzzFeed’s entire quiz category that are so immensely compelling? Why are we drawn to them even when we know they don’t mean anything? I originally retweeted this article with the caption “I feel so attacked right now.” And that’s pretty much still the case. I’m a total sucker for personality tests and collecting labels (Ravenclaw-Leo-INTJ, what’s good) so I was both intrigued and sad to read this. Spoiler alert: we like tests because of the “tribalistic” parts of our brain always feel a need to belong. While there are a few sections of the article I’d argue with – I think the author is a bit hard on how people view Myers-Briggs – overall I thought it was super interesting. And even though we think things like Buzzfeed quizzes and Hogwarts houses are harmless…here’s a friendly reminder to analyze ourselves when it comes to obsessing over other, more serious groups like political parties, race, etc. It’s crazy to think about how this primal part of our brain ends up touching so many parts of our lives, both big and small. 2. Meteor Showers in 2017 That Will Light Up The Night Skies by Nicholas St. Fleur All year long as Earth revolves around the sun, it passes through streams of cosmic debris. The resulting meteor showers can light up night skies from dawn to dusk, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch one. I feel like most people think of meteor showers with summer…or maybe that’s just me?…

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Today is September 1, 2017. And if you’re a Harry Potter nerd like me, you’re freaking out about it. For those not aware: today marks the timeline-approved date that Deathly Hallows’ “Nineteen Years Later” epilogue would have taken place. And I know the actual 20 year anniversary of HP was only a month ago. And maybe it’s a little strange to get extra sentimental about a fictional date in a story epilogue than you were over a real-life milestone. But there’s just something about…September? I don’t know. It’s just always been that way for me. Growing up, 1) I was a quiet nerd who loved Harry Potter and 2) I was obsessed with fall and the start of the new school year. I loved school. I hated the aimless feeling I got from summer break. And the excitement of magic and learning and fall always came together in HP, every time Harry would board the fictional train on September 1st. And honestly, Rowling just as a way of writing those perfect fall vibes — like in the start of Deathly Hallow’s epilogue: Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple, and as the little family bobbed across the rumbling road towards the great sooty station, the fumes of car exhausts and the breath of pedestrians sparkled like cobwebs in the cold air. Ugh. Childhood feels. Like Harry, I felt like September always meant a fresh start. It meant anything was possible, there was adventure around the corner, that my favorite time of the year was here and I was finally, finally happy. Even though I’m now graduated and no longer have “back to school” days to look forward to (and I could write a whole post on that alone), having this anniversary and my post-grad status collide felt a bit unique. I was a bit sad. But also a bit optimistic. And even though the schedule of my life takes a different form these days, that same swell of energy hit me like before. Waking up today, at the end of a hard August, I found myself actually smiling. I turned to my boyfriend and was like, “Hey. Guess what? September is gonna be my month.” I plan on sticking to that. Happy “Nineteen Years Later” anniversary, everybody. ✌🏻  

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