Tag Archives: Fall

Photo Friday: A best friend reunion in autumn.

26 Oct

 

 

I’ve included two photos for today’s Photo Friday because I absolutely love fall (It really is the perfect season), and my best friend, Skidmore, is coming down from Virginia today to spend the weekend with me. We’re planning to go shopping (yay retail therapy), watch movies (which will be chick flicks galore, obviously), jam out to Taylor Swift’s new album (since she’s our favorite singer. Yes, guilty as charged) and just do our typical best friend things. I can’t wait, especially since I haven’t seen Skidmore since the beginning of August. This best friend reunion will be much needed after the stressful week that I’ve had. And having Skidmore here during my favorite season is as close to perfection as things could ever get. 🙂

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Photo Friday: Bursts of change.

19 Oct

I just love fall in the mountains!

The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a way as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward.-Ray Bradbury

Sunday’s Snapshots: Max Patch Summit.

14 Oct

Finally made a trip up to Max Patch, my favorite place on Earth!

Photo Friday: The beginning of fall.

5 Oct

 

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Monday’s Musings: October 1st!

1 Oct

Despite it being Monday, there are numerous things that have made me happy today:

  • Completing my annotated bibliography for my Community Psychology project on the social stigma of physical disabilities. If you’ve ever had to do an annotated bibliography, I’m sure you’re squirming at the thought of it. If you haven’t, count yourself lucky. I wish I could still be uninformed about all the effort and time that goes into making an annotated bibliography. I would explain it, but I’m relieved to be done with it, so that’s that. If you’re really curious, there is always Google.
  • The fact that it finally feels like Fall: complete with cool weather and changing leaves. Despite the rain and relative cloudiness today, it’s felt like the perfect Fall day. A pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks would seal the deal, but when is there time to go to Starbucks when I have so many other things that require my attention? Thankfully, I love college, and I’ve always loved learning.
  • A quick trip to Mr. K’s, my favorite used bookstore. Since I finished my annotated bibliography today (despite it not being due until Wednesday), I decided to treat myself to a quick trip to Mr. K’s. Since I have been wanting to read another book about writing after reading The Spirit of Writing: Classic and Contemporary Essays Celebrating the Writing Life, I settled for Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott. After reading the first sentence of the Introduction, I couldn’t help but realize how much I’m going to love this book:

I grew up around a father and a mother who read every chance they got, who took us to the library every Thursday night to load up on books for the coming week.-Anne Lamott

  • It’s the beginning of a new month. Though this may seem like something small that made my Monday enjoyable, I’m always excited to welcome a new month. A new month means new experiences, new memories to be made, and yet another month that I get to live and breathe among the Blue Ridge Mountains that I love so much. And as the leaves begin to change, I feel even more lucky that I get to call this place home.

Fall and Flannery O’Connor.

17 Sep

The coming of fall. Photograph taken by my friend, Olive.

Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it.-Flannery O’Connor

First Photo Friday.

6 Jan

As part of some changes I’m making with my blog, I’ve decided to incorporate “photo Friday” where every Friday I share a photograph along with the story behind the photograph or what it makes me think of. So, here’s the first photo of Photo Friday. Enjoy!

This photograph was taken of the fall leaves on UNC Asheville’s campus back in October. Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons. I’ve just always loved the pretty fall colors. This was the first year that I’ve never had to “travel” to see the fall leaves. Of course, we get fall in South Carolina, but not like fall in the Blue Ridge Mountain areas. The colors just pop more, and they’re more vibrant. Therefore, I loved not having to go anywhere else to enjoy my favorite seasons. I was able to just take a walk around campus to get the full effect, and that was great.

The season of fall has always symbolized change, and as I consider that, I think of all the changes that have occurred recently. I’ve changed schools (and am much happier), I’ve made some amazing friends, I’ve found my love of writing again, and best of all, I get to live in the mountains. I couldn’t imagine anything better. Throughout my childhood, my family and I would always vacation to the mountains. Rather than the beach, we headed for the crisp mountain air and the curvy mountain roads. I always loved the trips, and to this day, we still roll down to windows as we’re entering the small mountain town of Saluda in order to breathe in the air. It’s kind of a tradition, and I couldn’t imagine things any other way. During those trips, I always felt most at home in the mountains. I don’t know what it is about the mountains that make them have a sense of magic, but they do. The mountains are quieter. They calm your mind and allow you to think through all of the things that have been pressing on your mind recently. They help you to take notice of what’s around you, rather than focusing the majority of your energy on yourself. My favorite magical aspect though is how the mountains just seem to help you get rid of your worries. I don’t know if it’s the air or the mountain landscape, but it’s magical. And I’m so happy that I am able to go to school in such a magical place. Granted, there are certainly times when I’m unhappy, but once I can take a walk around campus and take note of the beauty around me, all my stresses seem to become just a little bit smaller.

Is there a certain place or type of landscape where you feel most at “home”? If so, why is that the case (i.e. what makes it special)?