Are you feeling the end of summer blues? Did a frown immediately form on your face once the calendar changed to September?
Since tomorrow marks the first day of back-to-traffic mayhem in many areas, let us remind ourselves that there is life after August! Summer does not officially end until September 22nd but we are naturally trained to feel as though it’s over once September 1st arrives.
Therefore, a fresh new change in perspective is something we could all use as we embark on the last few months of the year.
There are many positive things about September that we must remind ourselves of:
The Promise of New Beginnings
September is a popular time to embark on new ventures – whether it’s a new school year or a new job – and it can be an exciting time to dive into a new endeavour after having had a fulfilling summer. If you are in the market for a new job, this is the month to really ramp up your search as many companies resume their recruitment processes after taking a break over the summer.
Getting Back Into Gear
September is a good reminder to refocus and stop punishing your body from all the BBQ’s, beach parties and patio lounging done over the summer. On the other hand, if you’ve spent your summer being active with the endless options for outdoor activities, then kudos to you, but if you’re feeling as if your body could use a swift kick back into reality, then it’s time to get that gym bag ready.
It can be tough getting back into routine after a long hiatus so it’s usually best to start slow. If you work out at home, exercise the same concept (pun intended). While it is very enticing to plop yourself on the couch after cooking dinner or putting the kids to bed, tell yourself that you have to go to the basement and run on the treadmill – even if it’s just for five minutes. At least you are starting somewhere. If you don’t have the means to work out at home or go to the gym, then YouTube can be your best friend.
Finish What You Started
Have you started a good book and only made your way past the first chapter? I know I have. Now many people take the time to read over the summer, which is great, but for me personally, I find it extremely hard to concentrate on reading when it’s 35+ degrees out. For me, the cooler, shorter days that September eventually brings, motivate me to get back into reading.
Or perhaps you have a mini project that you started and then promptly forgot about – such as cleaning out your closet for Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
Whatever it is – now is the time to pick up where you left off and just get things done before you have a chance to find more reasons to delay it. Of course, I can appreciate that with kids it’s always harder to find the time but when there’s a will, there is always a way, and it’s really just a matter of prioritizing your time.
Change is Beautiful
Before the leaves end up on the ground, the change in colours is absolutely breath-taking. I took this photo last fall one morning. Nothing beats nature’s beauty.
More Must-See TV – Today, on-demand TV is where it’s at and there is plenty to look forward to in September with Netflix always adding to their massive library of shows around this time.
Fall Fashion is Totally Cool – Ladies, get your closet organized and pull out that fall wardrobe! I love fall fashion and can’t get enough of the beautiful styles and trends that come out every year. I am especially partial to the tan-coloured look as the picture below illustrates. It just looks super fashionable and gives you every reason to look forward to the fall.
Wearing layers never looked so good!
For me personally, the only thing I dislike about this time of the year is the seasonal allergies that make their unwanted presence known in my sinuses. The end of August and early September is peak ragweed season typically lasting until about mid to end of September. So until then, I’m usually not far from a box of tissues at any given time.
The below invention – although comical – is something I could use when it’s really bad!
The whole point is to embrace September and keep moving forward. Don’t dwell on what is over. If you had a fulfilling summer, then just be grateful for that; if your summer could have been better, then just be thankful for life’s blessings and be optimistic that the remainder of the year will bring about continued happiness and positivity for you.