Ready for the “Real” New Year?

A magazine arrived today with MAKEOVER written across the front.  Great marketing as I am ready for a fresh start now that my beloved summer is ending.

The turning of the calendar from August to September always seems like the most dramatic page-turn of the year. In the heat of summer, it is so easy to relegate events, appointments, people to see and even things to think about to that elusive time zone of “after Labor Day.”

Suddenly, Halloween candy shows up in Walgreens and those magazines flaunting the dare, “Make all your Christmas presents in a weekend” line the racks.  Life must once again be tightly planned rather than decided by whim and thermometer reading of the day.

September has show up to reclaim us again and remind us of all that we really want in our lives.

Before the fall hits with a flurry, here are three ways to mark the Real New Year:

Carve out some planning time.  New strategies and solutions don’t just show up.  Honor the opportunity for change provided by the new season by claiming a few hours or long lunch to sort out the fall agenda.  Labor Day weekend is a good time for me to look ahead.

Make A   Resolution.  What’s a New Year without a resolution?  Skip the “exercise more” ones and go for a really NEW change.  Join a book club? Try Yoga? Find a spiritual community?  Making resolutions at your own pace  scores a higher success rate than trying too many changes at once.   If you need a boost, ask me about my “10 Goals in 90 Days” coaching packages.

Re-Choose your YES’s and NO’s.  There are about twelve weeks between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.  Enough time to set some new patterns and finish what gets started in a few areas.  If you choose to say YES to family dinners this fall, a NO to going to the gym after work will be in order.  Likewise a YES to thirty minutes of personal time in the AM will mean a NO to late night TV.  You get to make the choices.

By the time the novelty of the change of seasons passes, the holidays will be here and then another chance to begin again will come in January.  Happy New Year!

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4 Responses to “Ready for the “Real” New Year?”


  1. 1 Michael De Voe August 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    It might interest you to know that September 1 is the liturgical new year for the early Church. I just caught my attention that our “real” new year lines up with that.

  2. 3 sandyboller August 31, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    September 1 has always seemed like the real New Year to me. I am partially ready. My new journals are ready for the writing of many prayers and much ado about something!


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