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To me, fall is a better mark of new beginnings than an official new year. Once September rolls around, it seems like everyone’s attitude changes. Something about the crisp air and back-to-school vibe seems to get us all in a more productive – and, dare I say, hopeful – spirit.
As a transitional month (at least the way I see it), I think making good use of Septembers can set us up for a really successful end of the year. Who’s with me?
Without further ado, here are a few of the things I plan on doing this September to make sure I’m making the most of it. Feel free to follow the same plan, or take a couple things that work best for you.
1. Do some fall cleaning
Clear the clutter! With each new season (even more regularly for me), I like to do a little clear-out. A neat space means a calm mind. Since we’ll be pulling out our fall and winter gear soon, it’s a good idea to get rid of anything we don’t really need or want anymore.
2. Check in with your goals
Take stock of how you’re doing with your goals. Maybe there are some you’ve already reached, and others you’ve completely forgotten about. Either way, it’s all good. It’s natural for our priorities and circumstances to change. Check in with how you’ve been doing, and reprioritize what’s most important to you right now. I like to write everything down, and break each goal down into smaller chunks. If it helps, make a new inspiration board to as a reminder of what you’re aspiring to.
3. Set money aside
The holidays can be a
kind of very stressful time, so it’s definitely worth planning ahead. It might seem like it’s too early… until it’s too late. There’s no need to set a really strict budget, but lay out a plan for weekly or monthly savings over the next few months. When the holidays roll around, you’ll be pleased you made the extra effort.
4. Try something new
Why not try something new? I think it’s really important to step out of your comfort zone and try things you are a little intimidated by. You’ll never know how you feel about something until you try it. The more you try new things, the easier it is for you to adapt. If you’re mildly curious about something, sign up for a class or explore a little on your own. If you’ve already got a lot on your plate, switch one thing up. Try out Zumba instead of Pilates, or have a full conversation with someone in the new language you’re learning. Stepping out of a routine, even just a bit, is the best way to keep things interesting.
5. Get food-spired
Acai bowls and smoothies will always be favorites, and I think they shouldn’t be exclusive to summer. That being said, our bodies need warmth during the colder months, and now is a great time to start getting inspiration for healthy autumn meals. Pumpkin spice everything, anyone? Bookmark pages in your favorite healthy cookbooks, or browse my food board on Pinterest, which features lots of healthy meal ideas.
6. Make a reading list
No matter what field you’re studying or working in, reading is a great way to expand your horizons. Fall is the best season to curl up with new – and potentially heftier – reads. Make a list of books that you’re interested in, and try to create a mix of fiction and nonfiction. I like a combination of spiritual texts, novels, and maybe some career inspiration.
Keep in mind that while it’s tempting to go all-out and get idealistic about fresh starts, there’s no need to go crazy. It’s okay to be completely realistic about this. In fact, it’s kind of a necessary ingredient for success.
How do you like to use September to your advantage? I’d love to hear your tips!