I love this time of year. September is my "happy new year." It may have been the 18 1/2 years of school that make me think of fresh starts in September but I fully embrace and accept it. I enjoy this new year much more than the actual new year. New school supplies. New school clothes. Favorite TV shows returning or new shows beginning. I have created a renewal time for myself in September. Fall is almost easier for me to embrace change because of all the changes happening all around me already. Leaves changing from green to gorgeous yellows, oranges, and reds. The weather changing to the incredibly enjoyable sweatshirts and jeans weather. And the beloved return of pumpkins, apples, and pumpkin spice lattes.
I figure, if I can focus on how positive and beautiful all those other changes are, I might be able to convince myself that my change is going to be positive and "beautiful" as well - which is really an accomplishment in itself because change can sometimes be pretty "messy" in my eyes. The fighting that happens in my head between old habits and new habits seems like a war zone sometimes. My brain definitely is not all about switching from a four lane highway of habit to a dirt road of uncertainty. Fall helps me see that sometimes we fight change too much when it's really such a natural thing of life.
Making my new goals and things to accomplish in September allows me to create reasonable deadlines (yes, like school ha) based on the holidays. September to Thanksgiving is around 12 weeks. A LOT of change can be accomplished in 12 weeks - trust me! I've seen it in clients receiving counseling that are motivated to change. Then, when the actual new year comes around 6 weeks later in January, I can check in with myself about how my goals are doing and make changes if need be. I figure if I can keep my goals going strong through the holiday season then I'm pretty much guaranteed they'll stick. An added bonus is when I'm asked what my new years resolutions are, I can say that my new years resolutions started 3 months ago and I've already made some good headway on my goals (because even roadblocks and trip ups are progress!).
Do any of you think of September as the "new year?"