Hey, Ambitious Fam! We’re about halfway through the month, so I figured that it was about time that I check in with my October Bucket List. In all seriousness, this was definitely one of those cases where the actual bucket list has been prepared but it never quite got drafted for the blog. Can I be real a second (for just a millisecond?). Despite fall being my favorite season of all time, I will admit that my heart hasn’t been completely in it. Outside of seasonal eats, I have been pretty distracted and feel that my weekends are slipping away. The idea of missing out on all of the fall activities that I adore because of other obligations has been stressful. There is pressure to fit so much into October before the holiday hysteria of November. However, I also realized that it’s ok if I don’t want to (and/or can’t) prioritize some of those items every year. I’m still finding small ways to enjoy the season.
Anywho, here is how I am growing this October:
Return of Vlogtober
Last year, I created 30-second vlogs every day during the month of October and I had so much fun with it. I asked my Instagram peeps if they would like to see a return of Vlogtober and the vote was almost unanimously yes! This year the length of reels has been extended to 60 seconds so there is a little more flexibility as far as how much I can capture (if necessary) but the plan is to still keep them short. Follow along on Instagram for pumpkin tries, fall adventures, and day-in-the-life vlogs this month.
Speaking of things returning, welcome to another year of pumpkin mania! This is the time of year where I really get into eating all of the pumpkin treats. I’ll make sure to share my favorites on the blog at the end of the month, but as always you can get real-time feedback on Instagram. The recipe section of the blog also contains some reviews of pumpkin eats and recipes that I have tried in the past, for example, this post!
Fall Pop Up Shop
In May, I got the opportunity to participate in my first ever pop-up shop for Ambitiously You through the Blk Women Exchange Spring Pop Up shop! This month, Ambitiously You is hitting the road again for its 3rd in-person event. On October 23rd, I will be joining the lovely ladies of Blk Women Exchange for a Fall Pop Up Shop. Stop by between 11- 4 PM to shop and support Black Women-Owned Businesses. If you can’t make this event, Ambitiously You will be participating in another pop-up event closer to home in November. Stay tuned to the blog and to the shop Instagram page for more details!
Fall Nephew Activity
I love forcing–I mean encouraging–my loved ones to join in on my love of fall activities. This year, my nephew is old enough to actively participate in my shenanigans and I am so excited! Looking forward to making all the fall memories with him.
Walk 50k (31.1 Miles)
Fall is a great time of the year to get out and moving. I try to soak in all of the sun and colors before the dreariness of winter settles in. This month I am challenging myself to intentionally walk 31.1 miles by October 31st. It doesn’t seem like much, but for someone who has a leg length discrepancy and knee issues, this will definitely be a challenge (click here for more details about my physical journey). I’m excited to see how this goes. Anyone else up for the challenge? Let me know in the comments!
Try New Coffee Recipes
As mentioned in my recent All Things Fall Coffee post, fall is also my favorite time of year for coffee! While there are a few must-have coffee beverages that I like to purchase during the season, I want to experiment with trying new fall coffee recipes this month. Do you have a go-to fall beverage that I should try? I’m open to suggestions!
This month, I am releasing some of the pressure to have a perfect fall and celebrating it in a way that holds space for the other things that I have going on in my life.