October Checklist: 10 Things You Gotta Check Out

Winter is Coming! The wind is brisk, the leaves are coloring, and that beautiful fall smell is in the air. As the seasons change there’s warm coffee, cozy sweaters, and hearty soups to look forward to. Here are a few more things to add to your calendar:

1. Break out the Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness (all month).

October means it’s time to think pink. Show your support by making a donation, purchasing a fun pink product (make sure a good percent of the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation), or signing up for a Komen Race for the Cure near you.

2. Break out the Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness (all month).

October means it’s time to think purple, too! Read my other post on how to show your support and raise awareness.

3. Time for a #PSL (all month).

Starbucks rolled out the Pumpkin Spice Latte in August this year, but everyone knows fall is the best season in which to enjoy one. Treat yourself to one. Happy fall, y’all!

4. Do COOL things in the DC area (all month).

The city hits its stride in October with everything from a large-sized mural on the National Mall to pro hockey and hoops to art and neighborhoods festivals. Crisp air and brisk breezes chill the city in October, but that’s not why DC recently earned the title as America’s “coolest” city. Events, Museum Exhibits and Theater (here).

5. Get a ticket for Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Tour” (Sept. 30-Oct. 23).

Lena Dunham’s first book, Not That Kind of Girl, hit shelves today. For the next month, Dunham will be traveling cross-country to promote the book. Catch her at one of the 12 cities on the tour! Or if you live in the DC area, bombard her with requests to book an event here 🙂

6. Explore the world on Columbus Day (Oct. 13).

We all know that in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Go on a hike, climb a mountain, or rent a kayak. Channel old Chris and explore the world.

7. Show some love on Boss’s Day (Oct. 16).

Show your boss you care with a sweet bouquet, a personalized thank-you note, or a special lunch order. Anything small can go a long way toward making your boss’s life more special.

8. Fight global hunger on World Food Day (Oct. 16).

World Food Day recognizes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which was founded on October 16, 1945, in Quebec. It’s a day when people around the world come together to renew their commitment to eliminate global hunger. Visit the WFD website to find events near you.

9. Look at your life. Look at your choices. Happy Evaluate Your Life Day (Oct. 19).

We could all use time for self-reflection. October comes with an entire day dedicated to just that. Sit back and think about moments that have brought you to this point. Jot down plans and goals, and brainstorm strategies to achieve them. It’s never to late to pursue a new passion!

10. Celebrate Hillary Clinton’s birthday (Oct. 26).

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton turns 67 this month. Celebrate by picking up a copy of her memoir, Hard Choices, which recounts her time as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. AND, if you will, hope that she will announce in 2015 to run in 2016!

Ideas generated from Levo League and here.


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