It’s no secret that I love everything about summer—from longer days to spur-of-the-moment getaways, so when the season starts to wind down, I find myself getting that “back to school” feeling, too! Around this time of year, I like to check in with myself to see how I’m really feeling. Maybe I’m back from a vacation and faced with the reality of getting back to work (and the kids back to school) or maybe I’m just not thrilled about the prospect of having to wear socks again? Either way, here are a few things I rely on when I’m feeling nostalgic for summer before it’s even over:
1. I reframe my thinking.
Instead of focusing on what I’m going to miss about summer, I shift to what I’m looking forward to about fall: crisp air, comfy layers, evenings by the fire and, of course, my favorite: Halloween! I try not think about something ending, but something else beginning. Refocusing to come from a place of excitement and gratitude makes all the difference in the world.
2. I get back into the swing of things.
Sometimes the best way to tackle something new is just to throw yourself right in. Because I have a ton going on, I like to plan out my calendar, check that my projects are on track and tie up any loose ends all at once. If, like me, fall means a million things are starting up again, try to handle as much of it in one go so you’re not feeling overwhelmed all season long.
3. I clean out and re-arrange my closet.
For me, nothing gets me in a fall frame of mind or gets me excited for the new season quite like cleaning out my closet and moving the summer stuff to the back and the fall fashion to the front. Re-organizing my closet space makes room for all the great new things (and clothes) coming my way, while putting me in the mood for warmer, cozier fashion.
4. I plan my next trip.
For a lot of people, the end of summer subconsciously signifies the end of fun (even though we know that’s not true). So why not give yourself something to look forward to? Plan a family trip, even if it’s just for a day or a weekend. If you think you’ll be missing the sun, try to travel somewhere to get a quick dose of Vitamin D or, alternatively, visit a place where fall will be in full swing, like the Catskills or my hometown, Aspen.
5. I find time for family and fun.
Even though you’re probably going to be busier during the fall, try to make family and friend time a priority. Spending quality time with the most valuable people in my life helps me remember what’s really important and puts life’s everyday issues into perspective. Football Sundays are big in my house and a weekly gathering that we all look forward to. Making amazing fall memories with amazing people ensures you’ll look forward to the season changing next year. Oh and Go Broncos! 🙂
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