Fall is officially here, both in season and in temperature.  I can already see the leaves changing on the trees, one of my favorite things each year.  It’s hard to believe that we’ll soon see yellows and reds everywhere we turn.  I even busted out my favorite boots on Saturday!  There’s no going back to summer now…

This past weekend might have been one of my favorites of the year so far.  It was Music Midtown in Atlanta, and there were so many fun things to do and people to see.   We got to watch the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Girl Talk, Avett Brothers and Florence and the Machine perform… just to name a few.  Before the music each day we visited with friends who lived in the Piedmont Park area and just chilled outside on porches.  Sunday James and I went for a long adventure walk along the beltline and had a nice dinner at Sun in my Belly which we had purchased on Scoutmob a few weeks back.  It was a delicious and peaceful way to end the weekend!

Now that October is almost here, we discussed some possible new challenges to take on.  One of my favorite ideas is to try to avoid driving as much as possible.  It will be a little easier for James since he has direct access to almost everything he would need along the beltline.  Even still, that’s a hard challenge to take on.  I have a friend here in Birmingham who existed without a car for about 10 years, managing to get around via public transportation and rides from friends.  He would be the first to say that it’s not the easiest thing to do.  Even so, it just seems like it would be so liberating to not depend on a car.  Not only is it better for the environment, but you could save a great deal of cash in the process.  We would also get more fresh air and exercise.  This challenge may not be one for next month, but it’s something I’d like to try in the near future.  What types of short-term challenges interest you?  What would you like to try to open your perspective up a little more, or maybe even significantly change your life?  After the mini-challenges that we completed this month I’ve learned that I’m not cut out to be a vegan (but love my friends who are even more), I enjoy eating less meat in general, and cutting out a little bit of alcohol is kind of nice.  Other things I’d like to try in the future are being a proactive reuser (reclycing, buying only second-hand, etc.), eating only local foods (inspired by Eating Alabama), and completing a certain number of service hours in a volunteer environment (thinking about doing this either for Thanksgiving or Christmas).  I believe each of these will help me become a better person and have a more rewarding life through experience.

My Girl Talk Get-Up, Photo by James


Beautiful evening at Music Midtown


Flower from James


Tattly: What To Focus On – HAPPY (http://tattly.com/), Photo by James