In the start over, do over category of life, there are basically two obvious opportunities every year… back-to-school time and of course, January.
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September to me always feels like a new beginning. No matter how long I have been out of school, I find that with the summer months behind us, I get giddy with excitement when I turn my calendar page to September.
So much promise…new things, new projects, new aspirations…it is as if a new year begins, fresh and open… a proverbial blank slate. One that I am excited to begin to write on.
A blank slate is what many of us wish for. A quieter, uncluttered house, a new project to start, a stretch of evenings to just stay home and curl up with a good book, along with eagerly awaiting the new season of your favorite TV shows.
As the summer is coming to a close, I like to make the days leading up to the first day of fall, special in there own right. Fall officially begins on September 22 – once that date comes, then I truly feel like I can cozy up and can go into full fall mode, but until that day…
…the transition time in-between is one of my favorite times of year. Why? …. a few reasons:
It is back-to-school for the kids and back to routine for the grown-ups. In the next few weeks while the weather is still nice, why not…
- Take an afternoon off – stroll through your town to window shop while enjoying the feeling of being carefree. Stop at the local coffee shop or cafe to get a cup of your favorite beverage. Turn your phone off and sit outside, lookup, smile and enjoy the sights and sounds around you.
- Go Day-Tripping – Instead of only taking an afternoon off, play hooky and put an unused vacation day to good use to do a little sightseeing. Make a date with yourself to head to a museum, park or town you have always wanted to spend some time in. Eat lunch at a local spot you have been wanting to try out. Take along a notebook and your phone to document what inspires you. Remember there are no long lines or tickets required to see the art in the everyday.
- Head to the Garden Store – Fall flowers and pumpkins will be showing up at your local garden stores and nurseries soon. Keep an eye out so you can get the best pick so when the first day of fall arrives, you can celebrate by filling your beds and planters with ornamental cabbages, mums and other fall favorites.
- What Do You Enjoy? – Create a LOVE LIST. Spend some time to reflect on the things that make you feel good, inspired and confident. Make a list…Do more of these things everyday.
- September is National Library Month – Time to dust off your library card. There is nothing like a good browse among the shelves in a library or bookshop to broaden your horizons. Libraries are treasure troves of inspiration and free books to read. My favorite is to look for older home decor and craft books as they often provide just the idea or inspiration I have been looking for. Get to know the librarian, tell them what you are interested in and they will become your greatest resource and find you books that you may never have considered. I like to think of the library as my free university of continuing education.
- If you don’t have a library nearby, today’s bookstores sell much more than books. They are a bountiful source of art, design, color and creative packaging. Even if you don’t buy anything, you can still come away with inspiration. Stop at the magazine racks and flip through art, craft, design, and home decorating publications. Bring a sketchbook or journal to record ideas you see.
- Go on a nature walk – Take a bag with you so you can collect acorns, pinecones, leaves and branches to decorate your home for fall.
- Buy a new planner – along with some colorful pens and pencils just like you did as a kid when it was back-to-school time. Use the planner to help you keep your life better organized. Don’t feel you have to use a ready-made planner. I find they never work the way I do. I have used many planners over the years and have found the most productive one for me is when I piecemeal one together that fits the way I work and live. (I will be sharing mine with you soon.)
- Start Christmas shopping – Get a head start now so you can relax and not feel frazzled once the holidays arrive.
- Clean Out Your Clothes Closet – As the cooler weather approaches, September is the best time to organize your clothes closet. Get your fall clothes front and center so you can see what still fits, needs to be sewn or laundered. When you figure out what you are going to keep, make a list of what items and accessories you can buy to complement what you already own. Clothes Closet Organizing Ideas and Free Printable Labels
- Go on A Dream Drive – Jump in your car, and while you still can… put the top down, open the sunroof and/or all the windows and take a drive around an area or street with beautiful homes. You may not be able to live in the homes you see along your drive, but you can takeaway plenty of inspiration to add a little bit of what you like to your own home.
Do you love September as much as I do? What do you like to do before the cooler days of fall arrive?