Autumn, My Heart & Soul

Autumn is here. (kind of.) Well, not really.

But sort of. I mean, it's really hot in California still.

But...all the Halloween stuff is out already.


I feel like every year, once September hits, my blog is taken over by the eternal joy that Autumn brings me. Autumn symbolizes so much for me in a truly spiritual way. It's a way for me to be revitalized again. In fact, yesterday I had a huge realization that I will talk about in my next post. That's just what new seasons do to me!

We can always joke about how annoying it is that people are overly-obsessed over pumpkin spice flavored everything, but hey, it's much more than just the taste. That maple-pumpkin-salted caramelly-spicy-oaky flavor is really only appropriate one time of the year. I don't know about you, but I would prefer to not eat pumpkin in the spring or summer. 

These fall themed items appeal to our senses and make us feel positive feelings. Grandma's famous pumpkin pie. The way your mom always scented the house with cinnamon in early November. The September nature walks, scented with pine, maple, and decaying leaves. The memories trick or treating, the halloween parties, your first pumpkin spice latte in the cold weather. The bonfire nights in your boyfriend's musky-scented hoodie.

It brings back those nostalgic feelings and motivates us to make new ones. It gives us hope, I think. When we associate certain scents, sights, sounds and tastes with Autumn, we are associating them with primarily positive feelings. 

Other than our survival, I think that's a big part of why we have five senses. To feel. I always loved holidays because they give us a reason to stop and celebrate LIFE. 

Yesterday, I went to a few stores and was overtaken with euphoria when I saw all the fall / halloween stuff out. Here's some of the lovely, adorable things I witnessed.

Located at the entrance of Trader Joes. Typical but ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE.

Pumpkin macarons, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread pudding at Trader Joes. Also, huge kudos to whoever designed and did the calligraphy for the pumpkin cheesecake box. It's so precious and pleasing to the eye - making cheesecake seem like a autumnal fairytale.

Then I actually purchased halloween oreos. I never was a huge fan of oreos growing up, primarily because I only liked the middle part and I always preferred chewy cookies. However, I just found out they were vegan which is a plus considering I like to limit animal product in my diet. Not only that, but if I have a chocolate/sweet craving (which is rare), it's something to have in the house. It actually lasts long too!

With that being said, I knew I needed to get these halloween oreos. I remember having them a few times when I was little and thinking they're the cutest. It was definitely an impulse buy! Here's what they looked like. As you can see, they are orange on the inside and have 5 halloween designs: a pumpkin, a bat, a skull, a haunted house, and a 'trick-or-treat' one. YAY FOR HALLOWEEN OREOS!

I'm so enthusiastic about what this autumn will bring me. Andrew and I actually made a bucket list a few days ago so we can make it an autumn full of new, magical memories! So STOKED.