October 1st is always a day for me to celebrate; it's the beginning of my favorite month. No, not the month of my birthday or Christmas. For whatever reason I've always loved October. The crisp change of season, the opportunity to wear scarves again (although I'm not doing much scarf wearing here in Austin, Texas), pumpkins everywhere, and of course my family's favorite holiday, Halloween.
However, this October 1st felt different. I was sitting at my desk desperate to show my excitement, and I couldn't come up with anything. I was still struggling to come back from my little blog hiatus. I felt stuck in my lack of passion and motivation, and afraid of my overwhelming to-do list. I had just taken many classes during Alt for Everyone, which I'll be fully reviewing on Wednesday. My head was spinning with inspiration, new tricks, and motivation for improving my blog. Why was it so hard to find an idea to celebrate this day I loved?
I was piddling around at my desk by shuffling scrap paper and old notes to new places. I flipped open my planner to review the upcoming month and started to draw a little pumpkin in the October 31st square, like I do most years. I reached for one of my various mugs full of markers to grab my pumpkin-yellow Copic marker to color the doodle in. Next, I saw a blank space on one of the papers I had been shuffling around and drew a few more pumpkins, this time in a few funny shapes and sizes. I took out a blank sheet of paper to keep playing around with the shapes until I realized I had unintentionally made a pumpkin print.
TA-DA I celebrated October 1st!
Tickled with how happy these silly little pumpkins made me, I decided to post them onto Instagram. I was even more delighted to get a request to make them into an iPhone wallpaper for a dear friend. Today, I'd like to share it with everyone else who loves October and pumpkins!
I've recently switched up my commute to work by listening to podcasts instead of my typical music. Based on a few recommendations, I've started listening to The Lively Show by Jessica Lively. She features individuals who share how they've grown to do what they love with the goal of adding extra intention to every day life. I've listened to so many great episodes so far and I can't wait to continue getting caught up. Saturday on my commute home from work I listened to the episode featuring Dana Shultz of The Minimalist Baker who said something I connected to,
"Do the things that you really love even if you feel silly doing them."
When I was younger I felt silly for playing with markers, pens, and sketchbooks because I wasn't an art student. Now, I'm proud to spend my time with Copics and Hi-Tec-C's in one of my many sketchbooks because it is what I love.