Why September is the new January

September has always felt like a time of renewal and change. And of getting back on track, into a routine that allows you to predict parts of your day again.  Every season offers change but with September, it’s more about closing up summer shop and buckling down to get things done.  Regardless of when the children start school, or whether you have children going to school at all, we are entering a time to do just that.

This feeling of “being ready” to change with the season is something to embrace.

Not unlike what we tend to feel in January with a New Year’s Resolution – which can be a bit fleeting, depending on how you choose to resolve – September can feel like the time to make changes, and turn over a new leaf. It is the new January in that way.

September has that feeling of change not only because it is the start of a new season (and that can always evoke a feeling of wanting to change things up) but because the new season brings in cooler weather. The lackadaisical routines that accompany warmer, summer weather almost automatically get replaced with more structured days. While “structure” doesn’t always sound appealing, after a long, fun, busy summer, almost nothing can feel so satisfying as getting tidy again the schedule, the house, and the routine.

I truly look forward to it every year.

It feels in a way like life is starting all over again. And I suppose any change of season can feel that way. But with September, I start to crave that set schedule, which often leads to making room for change.

We shift priorities from scheduling summer camp and pool parties, to making time for homework and meal plans.

And with that shift, we usher in a new life of sorts.

A new season means a new start. A fresh perspective. A different set of ways to let go and embrace. And a great time to set new goals. To start life all over again, in a sense.

Other than January, September feels like the right time – as really any time of year really can be – to make a pact to start something you’ve always wanted to start or to learn something new.

September and the structure it implies can be a blessing to help you do that!

Perhaps you want to get back to a good workout routine that seemed to get lost in the hustle of summer.  Or maybe you want to try a new kind of workout – yoga, or pilates, maybe Barre.

Do you want to learn a new language, cut out sugar, declutter your home?  Maybe you want to work on your marriage, find more time for yourself, or schedule more time with friends.

Pick a goal, maybe two!  And take the time to write out the answer to this question:

What do I need to do in order for this to happen?”

List out the steps needed. And do them – one at a time of course – until you reach the goal or until you decide to reset once again.

Let September be your January!

And let life start all over again with this beautiful season of change.


I’d love to hear from you!

What kinds of things would you like to try or accomplish or change up now that September is upon us?  What one or two goals will you focus on?

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