Happy November! Fall is my very favorite season, and November represents all that is fall for me. Also, it’s my birthday month (though I have anxiety about getting older)! I’m choosing to embrace the fall excitement (please folks, let’s share Christmas decorations until December; there is still another little holiday this month called Thanksgiving you can decorate for. When I think of Fall, I think of sweet potato pie, cozy cardigans, orange and yellow leaves, giving thanks, hearty stews, and hot cider – you know, all the good and pure things in the world, things that inspire me. What do you think of?

Hope everyone had a great and safe Halloween! Halloween has never really been my thing once I became an adult though I love seeing everyone’s pop culture costumes and the inspiration that goes with it (did you guys see Ciara and Russell Wilson as Janet Jackson and Busta Rhymes from the ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ video?). I think though if anyone ever wanted to do a group costume, I think I would be all! I spent yesterday doing Halloween-related trivia on a Zoom party which was a perfect way for me to spend the day.

Things that inspire me lately that I wanted to share:

#BlackWomenVote

1. Tuesday is election night! I’m already preparing to be drinking heavily (you?). Let’s also remember that Tuesday is not the end of our work and that the presidential election is not the only time to vote. My wish is that the ground swell voting movement that has been occurring this election season will inspire everyone to stay involved in the political process. There are always elections going on throughout the year for critically important local and state government positions. In some ways these elections are more important than the presidency.

Today I just stumbled upon the website for #BlackWomenVote, which touts itself as “a nonpartisan voter-activism campaign” that is an “independent and trusted voice for Black women leading up to 2020 and beyond”. It’s brought to you by Higher Heights, “the leading national organization exclusively dedicated to advancing Black women’s political power by ensuring they have the tools to engage, advocate and lead in their personal and professional communities.” Check it out. The website has great resources for this upcoming election and beyond.

Recipes: Blueberry

2. Speaking of drinking.. baking + drinking – things I can always get down with. I have started following more cooking blogs and cocktail blogs since quarantine to get some inspiration. I’ve hosted a couple of dessert & cocktail parties in the past and look forward to the day I can entertain and have people over to my home safety.

Here are some blueberry-themed recipes that I wanted to share that I’m trying out this month:

Film Trailer: Nine Days

things that inspire Nine Days Zazzie Beetz Bill Skarsgard Winston Duke Tony Hale

3. I saw the trailer for the independent film Nine Days this weekend. Can’t wait for this film. I tend to be to be attracted to introspective sci-fi films that makes you contemplate life and our place in the world like this one so I’m excited. Premiering this year’s Sundance Film Festival (I so miss going to Sundance to cover films!), it was met with great reviews and seems to have a pretty great cast. Films are always things that inspire me.

Synopsis: Will (Winston Duke) spends his days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TV’s of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates — unborn souls — arrive at Will’s to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma (Zazie Beetz), a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life.

Kicking Self-Limiting Beliefs

4. I have come to realize that I’m guilty of living by self-limiting beliefs and that it holds me back from doing (and ultimately being successful at) a lot of things in life. I often think things like “I will finally be happy when..” or “ I’m working on this not being so anymore.” I read this great blog post recently about breaking free from these beliefs. It talks about how to identify and reframe them like “I am content and willing to receive…” and ““I will work on getting that promotion.” Take a read.

Emily King (Forever)

5. Don’t mind me. I’m just still over here obsessing over Emily King and her music after I discover her this year. I don’t ever really want to be off her music now to be honest. Anyway, I after falling down a YouTube rabbit hole one day I stumbled upon a 2015 AudioTree live music session with her. She did an acoustic set of her album ‘The Switch’ (if your fave can’t sing acoustic, throw ‘em back). Loved every minute of it. She also gets me jazz’d up and in a positive place with her music.

things that inspire Emily King The Switch

Thanks for reading! What are some things that inspire you? Leave a comment; I always like to spotlight what readers have to say. Stay safe out there!

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