Tokens of September Days

By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson

September in our house is such a joyful time. I bought my first sweater of the year yesterday, and I’m ready to enjoy a season of baseball games, walks through the woods with the kids, and all the other joys that autumn brings.

For many people, September is the time when life gets started again. When I was looking for this month’s quote I found several about saying goodbye to summer and hello to real life. “In many ways, September feels like the busiest time of the year: The kids go back to school, work piles up after the summer’s dog days, and Thanksgiving is suddenly upon us.” (Brene Brown)

So as real life gets going again, I want to encourage us all to remember the beauty of this month. Take some time to really soak in the last of the summer weather and slip into the cooler days of fall. As we start drinking hot lattes instead of iced coffee, as the kids go back to school and everyone starts settling into an old (or new) routine, take a moment to really enjoy life’s transitions.

Fun Stuff To Do This Month:

  1. If your kids are in school full time (lucky you!), take a day off from work and go do something fun! Go out to lunch with your spouse, take a day at the spa, drive out to the coast and enjoy the calm beach. Remember that page from the college handbook: playing hooky is good for the soul!
  2. Search online for local wine tasting festivals and go! You might just find a new favorite wine and get to experience some local fun you didn’t even know about.
  3. Invest in an outdoor fire pit. There are tons of DIY instructions online and a wide range of prices available for purchase at home improvement stores and some departments stores. In the evenings, you’ll have the perfect gathering place to sip some of that local wine from the festival and roast marshmallows with your family.

September is the end of of summer and a return to real life. But real life is where we live and where we love, and embracing the everyday bits of life is how we find true joy.

How do you embrace real life and enjoy September?