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Welcome Back Fall, and 10 year old Dana

It’s official. Fall is back, for real. Even though we’ve been drinking pumpkin spice coffees and eating pumpkin flavored treats for a few weeks, now we can sip our coffees with confidence that it actually is totally acceptable. Fall is one of my favorite seasons for endless reasons that I won’t bore y0u with. The most important reasons being the weather is fabulous, the nights are cozy, HALLOWEEN, and it’s the time to get in your final goals before the year is over.

I’m really proud that I accomplished my main goal for the year, which was to start a blog. Even though I began my blog in the end of August, it still counts. 😏  There are so many things I am looking forward to doing this fall, and I plan on blogging about it all (don’t worry.) From creating fun new recipes, to creating DIYS, to documenting my pumpkin picking adventure…the fun is endless.

Another thing I’m looking forward to about fall is starting over. Lately I’ve been feeling a bit like I was in a rut, but with fall being the start of a new season it inspired me to pull myself out of the way I was feeling and enjoy the change in not only the weather, but myself. Anxiety has been something that I suffered with since I was about 12. I’ve had some really, really rough patches in my life, but I have come such a long way since then. Even though I have grown and learned to handle my anxiety, it still overcomes me and holds me back from doing what I want and being who I really am. This fall I decided I am going to try my very hardest not to let that happen. I am going to try new things, talk to new people, and let the world know who I really am. The falling, changing leaves represent me in more ways than one. They represent the change in my appearance (I wanna get my hair done soon 😉), and the change deep inside. My personality has really been the same my whole life. I’ve always loved being weird, witty, making bad jokes, dancing around my room, and caring about others. The only thing that’s going to change this fall is letting more people see that side of me. Not many people know that I’m actually hilarious. Not many know that I can write, or like to belt out songs in the car, or embarrassingly dance to Taylor Swift.

Now that I have this blog, I want more people to understand who I really am. Both people who know me in real life, and those who don’t. I think I’ve been in a rut because I haven’t been myself since I was about 10. That’s the awesome thing about being a kid. When you’re young, you are so unapologetically you. It’s inspiring to see kids be silly, ask questions, dance like no one is watching, and love with their whole hearts. They are brutally honest, (which is why I always go to my 9 year old cousin when I need real advice or opinions), and they aren’t afraid to be themselves. I used to be that way, then I went into middle school and everything changed. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I wanted to be liked, or wanted to impress the boys I thought were cute, or if my 11 year old “gotta be cool” instincts kicked in. Whatever happened, I stopped being myself. Everyone just thought I was a nice, quiet girl who didn’t say more than a few words. Well to all my classmates I ever had, all the people who knew me back in the day and present day. That is not me. This is me. I’m Dana Fiori: girl who loves to write, obsess over animals, sing badly, make jokes, give witty comebacks, go on adventures, shop a little too much, and cares about people with my whole heart.

This fall changes are happening in the absolute best way possible. I’m looking forward the journey.

*Also I just wanna say I apologize for this post being all 0ver the place. My English degree is showing* 😁

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