September is Here.

Summer is over. Well, not technically, but gone are the carefree days filled with sunlight and late nights. Gone are the summer weekends spent traveling here or there. The daylight hours are shorter, and I’m already starting to feel like wearing scarves and sweaters even though it is a beautiful day today.

Along with the start of September (and the yearning to buy back-to-school supplies!) comes the feeling of focus. Summer is always a time where I have high hopes of doing lots of adventuresome things: visiting outdoor markets, going on picnics in the park or having weekend trips to the beach—no matter the activity, I think of myself feeling relaxed and carefree. The days are longer, schedules are less rigid, and hey, we all grew up with time blocked off for summer vacation. We’re almost conditioned to let loose, especially in July and August.

Then, as summer winds down and fall rolls around, I start to think of what I want to accomplish. Summer is over, and it’s time to go back to school, back to work, and back into a routine, schedule, or your agenda.

Perhaps it is the environment of change that fosters the desire for me to switch gears, but at the end of every season I feel like “turning over a new leaf”.  Something new can’t start until something else ends, and you can’t have fall without the end of summer. As you gear up for a new step, you have to say goodbye to the old.

This fall, I have a lot on my mind, and I’m ready to make a list and cross things off. It’s time to make the transition from the summer to kick it up a notch and focus this fall.

Being motivated helps to shake out the mental cobwebs. So does remembering to get some exercise. Just because the sun is going down earlier doesn’t mean you should skip making time for your preferred workout.

Then, I make lists – I love lists (it is always satisfying to be able to cross something off!). I make a plan, and then I try to remind myself to take all of the baby steps in between. Don’t overwhelm yourself but make an active plan to help you succeed.

If are looking to make a change this fall, take a deep breath. Take a look around you and think about what you’re really interested in, what you truly need, and let yourself take steps on your new journey. Open your eyes and get ready for your mission. Don’t have it all planned out to the final detail? That’s ok. Jump in the right direction and keep swimming until you get where you ultimately need to and want to be.

Say goodbye to relaxing summer, take a deep breath, and jump right into fall. There’s so much to enjoy from pumpkin spice latte to NFL-filled Sundays to cozy sweaters. How can that not help you be ready to tackle the end of the year?

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