I've noticed through blogs and Twitter that a lot of people had a rough September. Sick family members, money problems, work problems, etc. I know I was excited as crap to get September over with so I could start anew with October.
While observing this morning that the leaves on the trees around my condo somehow skipped the colorful stage and went straight to the ground, I mulled about what I could do to make sure October isn't nearly as bad as September. That's when it hit me: Rocktoberfest.
From here to forever more, Roctoberfest will be a monthlong celebration aimed at knocking the socks off of October and preventing it from kicking our asses like September did. Sure, bad things may happen this month, but we're going to do as much as we can to counter those bad things and say to the world, "Hey world, we Rock!"**
To participate, I ask you to make a Rocktoberfest pledge or two either in the comment section here or in a post on your own blog. A Rocktoberfest pledge is kind of like a New Year's Resolution, but it should be more fun. I'm not recommending anyone pledge to lose weight, but if that will make you Rock October, than go for it. Make as many or as few as you like.
1. Participate in RA and Operation Pink Herring's Mission: Put Together, an aim to wear things that are "intentional and cohesive, but not necessarily trendy or expensive." Do some shopping in your own closet. Put together some new outfits out of your old stuff, and feel good when you wear them. You can Rock October in style!
2. Drink more pumpkin-laced beverages. Pumpkin is the official veggie of October, and the adult beverage and coffee companies of the world do a great job of letting us know that with their Pumpkin Ales and Pumpkin Lattes. Drinking more beer and coffee probably makes anyone more fun.
Here are my Rocktoberfest pledges:
1. Find balance. The theme of September for the Modern Gal was work, work, work in an attempt to back my bosses off my rear. The result? The bosses have backed off a bit, but now work consumes nearly every waking thought I have. I still pledge to work hard this month, but I'm going to try to be more efficient so I can have more fun and be less stressed away from work.
2. Discover a new musical album on my own. Instead of asking for new music suggestions from friends, I'm going to mine the radio stations and myspace pages until I find the perfect band with the perfect new album. Hopefully I'll find some other good stuff along the way. New music is fun, right?
So, what do you pledge to do in celebration of Rocktoberfest?
**I'd like to make a Rocktoberfest badge for everyone to sport on their blogs, but my only copy of Photoshop is located on my five-year-old, about-to-commit-suicide laptop. I can try firing it up sometime in the next few days, but if any of you creative type are interested in putting together a Rocktoberfest badge, I would love you forever and ever and ever (and you would truly be living out the spirit of Roctoberfest).