Would you rather walk through a graveyard at midnight or spend a night in a spooky abandoned old house?
I would rather walk through a graveyard at midnight. I think that if spirits exist, they’d likely be around their families and loved ones rather than in the graveyard.
Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a jack-lantern?
I would rather carve a jack-o-lantern because right now dunking for apples is pretty dangerous with COVID.
Would you rather meet a vampire or meet a werewolf?
I would rather meet a vampire because I don’t think werewolves traditionally know what they’re doing, but a vampire does. By that I mean that most werewolf stories feature the person waking up having no memory of what they’ve done to others.
Would you rather be dressed up as Superman / Wonder Woman or as Batman / Catwoman?
I would rather dress up as Wonder Woman because I don’t think a latex suit would be very flattering on me!
Would you rather go trick or treating or stay home and watch a scary movie?
When I was a kid, I would have picked Trick or Treating. But, I love scary movies so much, so I would much rather stay home and watch one of those.
Would you rather eat candy apple or candy corn?
I think candy apples are a little hard on the teeth, so I’ll go with candy corn.
Would you rather go to a real haunted house or watch a horror movie marathon?
I would 100 percent rather watch a horror movie marathon. I love watching movies, especially scary ones.
Would you rather have a creative costume or a scary costume?
I’ve always been a fan of creative costumes. I grew up with a very crafty nana and mom, and so creativity is in my veins.
Would you rather watch a scary movie with a scary movie buff or watch a scary movie with a scaredy cat?
I’m used to watching scary movies with both. I like watching them with scaredy cats because I think it is funny to see what they find scary vs. what I find scary.
Would you rather be absolutely terrified of the dark or be afraid of the the thing underneath your bed?
I love the dark, so I guess I’d rather be afraid of the thing under my bed. You can’t really get away from darkness. Maybe I could sleep on the couch instead.
Would you rather get attacked by a giant spider or a spooky skeleton?
Omg, spooky skeleton. I hate spiders, so a giant one wouldn’t work well for me.
Would you rather eat candy every day for a month or have no candy for a month?
I would rather have no candy for a month because there are other sweets I could have, and I wouldn’t want to get sick of candy!
Would you rather visit a haunted house or a haunted graveyard?
Haunted graveyard because there wouldn’t be doors that ghosts could lock and I could get away much easier.
Would you rather be scared or make someone else scared?
I would rather make someone else scared.
Would you rather go trick or treating with a group of friends or with a group of family members?
Is Trick or Treating a family tradition for you?
It was when I was a kid.
Would you rather have candy for dinner or have candy for breakfast?
Candy for breakfast because it can give me energy for the day.
CUTE CANDY CORN
What I hope I don’t see, but know that I will, are costumes poking fun at COVID-19. I know that some people choose to deal with tough subjects by making them into jokes, but COVID-19 is nothing to joke about.
2: RESURGENCE OF TWILIGHT CHARACTERS
3: BO BURNHAM “INSIDE” LOOKS
The special was funny at times but sobering for most of it. Burnham tackles subjects like technology addiction, opinions, social injustice, and politics. Burnham managed to capture visually pleasing footage, many frames of which were turned into trends on TikTok.
4: CRUELLA DEVILLE
5: BRIDGERTON LOOKS
6: ZOOM-RELATED COSTUMES
1: LINVILLE FALLS, N.C.
2: ASHEVILLE, N.C.
3: NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.
4: BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, VA.
I'm a sucker for the South in fall, I know. Most of the items on this list have been Southern towns. However, I can't express how pretty the Blue Ridge Parkway is in fall. It's a great option if you're looking to stay in the car and stop along the way at pretty lookouts. As you can see by this gorgeous photo, there's so much lovely foliage in the fall. Not to mention that the Blue Ridge Parkway stretches from Souther Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
5: GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, TENN.
That's all for today's post. Tell me in the comments where your favorite place to visit in the fall is!
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Disclaimer: I am sad and that is the dominate emotion I am struggling with. I am not suicidal. However, this is a pretty heavy
post, so if you are struggling with that, this may not be the best post for you to read. If you or someone you know is struggling
with these thoughts, please phone the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
A few weeks ago, my nana passed away unexpectedly. I was close to her all my life, but she became reclusive as she got older. She also had dementia and could be combative about doing what was best for her health at times.
I’m guessing this is where my stuck and depressed feelings are coming from. That alongside anxiety I have for addressing anything that ever goes wrong in our rental with my landlord.
Those who don’t have a creative or physical outlet take comfort in talking to people. But I can’t seem to allow myself to do that, either. The people I love who will read this might get upset at me for saying that, because they’ve never given me a reason to feel like they wouldn’t be there for me.
I have no doubt in my mind that God has blessed me and my family, even though we’ve had a horrible experience in the last few weeks with losing someone unexpectedly. People have shown kindness and love, and family bonds have been strengthened. And because all of that, I have this overwhelming hate for my current depressive state and the fact that my brain can’t seem to sit that feeling aside for more positive thinking.
So, if you got this far, thank you for reading and hearing me out. Writing truly is a source of joy and maybe even therapy for me. Plus, I always ask myself if sharing my thoughts and feelings could benefit someone. I know I’m not alone in this feeling, but I would love to know if you have ever felt this way and what may have worked best for you when you were in this place.
âIâve always been told that a happy life is a balanced life, meaning that giving the proper time to family, work, hobbies, and self is imperative if you want a life worth living.
For me, though, that was much easier said than done. After graduating college, I drenched myself in cynicism. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I became a rather negative person. This, of course, resulted in several people in my life telling me to âjust be positive.â
My response was always the same: âThe situation isnât positive, so Iâm not going to force myself to make it positive.â
âI was filling myself with anxiety and, as a result, stress over situations that didnât even exist. But after I visited the ER for what I thought was something serious only to find out it was nothing, I began to change my tune.
I was feeling anxious, for sure, but also sick. I felt like I had no energy, and my arm was hurting. I was freaking out. All my life, Iâve been told that I am high risk for things because Iâm fat. Heart attacks, strokes, etc. Plus, my mom has a stroke history. So, it scared me enough to make me go to the ER, despite an âall clearâ from an urgent care facility.
âIt was then that I decided that I needed to find the balance. I needed to be positive about the things I didnât have enough information about. I needed to work on my work-life balance and leaving the stress of the job in the office instead of taking it home with me. I needed to stop worrying so much about offending people when I disagreed with them and just say what I wanted to say kindly and professionally. I had to realize that not everyone will like me, and I shouldnât let someoneâs dislike of me control my life and cause me stress.
TIPS FOR MANAGING STRESS
1. GET INVOLVED: I know that might sound counter-intuitive, but getting involved in a hobby or organization that brings you joy or purpose can really help ease everyday stress.
2. WRITE IT/SAY IT: I got into the habit of taking videos of myself venting, or writing out what makes me stressed or angry. This really helped me think through my stress and realize where my mind was taking me.
3. LEARN TO TURN OFF: If you have a job and you didn't agree to be available 24/7, unplug from that job after the work day. Leave the stress of your job at your desk and enjoy your time off.
4. DON'T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS: This one is hard for me and something I still struggle with. It is easy for someone like me to get a headache and immediately think I have something really wrong with me. If something is worrying you, go to the doctor or think up more reasonable reasons why you feel sick. If it is still worrying you, go get checked out. If you're unsure of something someone said, ask them about it. Don't make up scenarios in your head and add stress unnecessarily.
5. DO SOMETHING FOR YOU: We each spend a lot of our time doing things for other people. Working extra hard at our job, taking care of children or pets, serving in organizations. But we sometimes don't do anything for ourselves. No matter if it is deciding to get a mani/pedi every two weeks, buy yourself a new outfit, or hire a babysitter so you can get out of the house. Do it. Give yourself time to decompress and get away from your stressors.
I've found that many women, like me, are hesitant to share their accomplishments. They feel like, when they share these great things about themselves, they're being egotistical. I find myself feeling that way when I share about something great in my life, so I often keep it quiet.
But not today! Today, I want to brag on myself. But first, I want to acknowledge that I give glory to God and thanks to my family for all that I've accomplished. I couldn't have done it all on my own, and I'm thankful for my support system.
MILLENNIAL ADVISORY COMMISSION MEMBER
GREEK WITH THE HIGHEST GPA
I'M JUST REALLY GOOD AT MY JOB
I get it. People don't like talking about it. But I'm really good at my job. I get my work done, and I make sure it is the best content it can possibly be. I love the people I meet, the experiences I've had, and the things I've made. I'm great at what I do, and I'm going to say it. I was recently approached about judging some marketing projects for a doctoral program. I was the only one on the panel without a doctorate or master's degree. People care about what I think, and that makes me feel good about myself! I am so happy to help people in whatever ways I can. It make me feel needed and valued.
I grew up in North Carolina, and only about an hour away from Greensboro, but there are things there that I did this past weekend that I've never experienced. It all started with a trip to the Greensboro Science Center.
GREENSBORO SCIENCE CENTER - $16/Ticket (Adult)
My favorite animals at the zoo/science center was the green snake (second pictured) as well as a guinea pig that looked a lot like my mom's corgi puppy Newton. There was an attraction there called the Sky Walk where you can do a sort of ropes course. It would be perfect for kids and adventurous adults.
Lastly, there was a museum area, which was really cool and featured a giant pendulum that knocked down pieces of metal throughout the day, as well as a merry-go-round (which we didn't do).
LUCHA LIBRE ICE CREAM
1. ZORA NEALE HURSTON
After learning more about her, I find myself connected to Hurston. She would walk into a room of strangers, make them feel comfortable by talking and sharing stories, and walk away with new friends. This is a trait I try to possess. One of her friends even said she has the "gift of walking into hearts," thanks to her infectious humor and fiery intellect.
2. EARTHA KITT
If you ask me, no person should be penalized for speaking out against what they don't agree with. Eartha Kitt will always be inspirational to me for her quick witt and opinionated outspokenness.
He had a huge respect for women, and spoke directly to the worth and dignity of black women who are so often smashed down by media and society. He was always described as a person flowing with charisma, and we all know that he spoke truth. I admire that about him, and the fact that he had such a big heart, despite others in the rap game back then who hurt others physically, others including Tupac himself (probably, but that's unconfirmed).
4. RUBY BRIDGES
1. HE'S PRETTY CUTE
2. HE LOVES THE LORD
3. HE MAKES ME LAUGH
4. HE HAS A KIND HEART
5. HIS PASSION FOR WHAT HE LOVES
6. HE SPEAKS MY LOVE LANGUAGE
7. HE SURPRISES ME
8. HE IS GIVING
9. HIS BIG BROWN EYES
10. HOW HE DOES THINGS I WANT TO DO THAT HE DOESN'T LIKE, SOMETIMES
11. HE NEVER MAKES ME DOUBT
12. HE HELPS ME WHEN I'M ANXIOUS
13. HE'S VERY KISSABLE!
14. HE WILL BE A GREAT FATHER ONE DAY