Fall 2018 To-Do List

September is here, which means Fall is just around the corner! I have long adored making seasonal to-do lists (see my fall 2017, fall 2015, fall 2014, fall 2013 lists here), and this year in clearly no exception! It’s our first fall in our new home, and we’ve really excited to embrace time here in town to seek out new adventures, explore our area, revisit old favorites, and soak up all this glorious season has to offer.

Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, and there is much to look forward to with the changing seasons (even if it’s still hot here in North Carolina!). I adore the crisp air and crunchy leaves, the vibrant trees and leaves, anything and everything pumpkin and apple, constantly being outside enjoying the season, wearing scarfs and boots and layers again, festivals and fairs, trips to the mountains… there is so much to look forward to as the season changes!

 

Fall 2018 Checklist

  • visit the mountains for a getaway weekend and see the fall foliage
  • decorate our new house for fall, including our front porch
  • go apple picking
  • visit a pumpkin patch or two
  • go to the beach with my family for a long-awaited family beach vacation
  • host our first annual chili cook-off party
  • host a blind wine tasting party
  • enjoy mornings and dinners on our deck
  • go to an Oktoberfest and/or the NC state fair
  • go for lots of walks and play tennis
  • visit a winery, cidery, or brewery (or all three)
  • go hiking amongst the autumn leaves
  • make “thankful” treats for friends & family for Thanksgiving
  • celebrate Thanksgiving in Ohio with Rob’s side of the family
  • bake several pumpkin and apple recipes (I have a long list already made!)
  • make mulled red wine and salted caramel apple cider

Whew! I think that’s more than enough to include on this year’s edition of my annual Fall Checklist! We are so lucky to live in an area that has so many fun activities going on, and I love getting out an exploring new-to-us areas and events, seeking out adventures, and spending time with loved ones.

What are you most looking forward to this autumn? Do you have anything new you’re itching to check out or try? And if you have any local favorites (in the Triangle of NC), you know I’m all ears to hear more suggestions and ideas!

If you want to host a fall dinner party or cook my favorite fall recipes or throw a chili + cornbread party – then don’t miss these wonderful posts from years past!

Three Years in Raleigh

I moved to Raleigh three years ago this week! And what a wild and wonderful three years it’s been! Though I’d been planning weddings on the side for 1.5 years prior, I took my business (then #stephanieschollevents + now #stephanieshaulevents) full-time with my move and haven’t looked back since! I’ve planned and designed dozens of styled and editorial shoots, had every one published in blogs and magazines I’ve admired for years, added styling, mentoring, and coaching to my business, worked with dozens of incredible brides and grooms on their weddings (I have the best clients in the world!), brought several wonderful interns on board, have spoken at a few conferences and workshops, worked alongside incredibly talented vendors, became friends with and formed a community of inspiring creatives, and so very much more! As long as I can bring more beauty, joy, and love to the world, I know I’m doing my job right.

Oh, and I met, fell in love with, got engaged, and got married to the most amazing man in the world last year!! That is, hands down, the very best part 🙂 Rob, I love you with my whole heart! Planning and designing our own wedding was a dream, too, and we just bought our first home two months ago (more on this soon!).

It’s been a full three years, and I have endless things I’m deeply thankful for. Raleigh, I sure do love you, and it feels so good to know I’m doing the work the Lord has called me to do in the city that He’s purposefully placed me. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe it!!

Take a peek at some of these posts from the past:

An exciting announcement

On the road to full-time, part one

On the road to full-time, part two

Why Raleigh?

The Everygirl

We’re engaged!

Our wedding!

I hope you’ll find these encouraging!! I’m so very grateful for your support, friends!