Welcome to September everyone! September 22 marks the date of the Autumn Equinox, which is when the sun shines directly on the equator, signaling the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Traditionally, the fall equinox was a time for farmers to reap the last of the harvest before fall's frost set in and rendered the soil incapable of producing crops until spring. Similarly, the start of the fall is the perfect time for us to reap the benefits of the metaphorical seeds we've been sewing throughout the year. Many of you have been privately working on passion projects such as new business ventures, creative opportunities, yourselves. It's time to show not only the world but yourself that what you've been doing is worthy of simply being. That it's capable of existing and that you're ready to nurture it and watch it grow even further.
Usually (and chronologically), January is hailed as the beginning of the year. Several people make resolutions, vowing to commit to various lifestyle changes. Some of them stick with it while others may not (and that's okay!). In spite of this, the emergence of the fall just seems to foster a sense of rejuvenation that January 1st doesn't capture. The trees begin to shed their old leaves so they can generate and store up energy for their new growth; we can also shed ideas, habits, and people that no longer serve us, creating room for new ones to take their place. In order to fully realize and cultivate these new ideas, we need new habits, new thoughts, new ways of being. You can't achieve something new by doing the same old things. For tips and tricks on how to settle into new habits, check this out!
Another awesome benefit to the season are the new activities that are available! Although the emergence of pumpkin spice lattes, doughnuts, muffins, and other items are a fall staple, the process of growing them begins as early as May. While pumpkins are a relatively easy fruits (yes, they're technically fruits!) to grow and maintain, they need approximately 100 days to grow to their full size. So by mid- September, pumpkin patches are ready to be opened to the public for pumpkin picking! If you're not a pumpkin person, apple picking is another great fun fall activity for all ages. Several people also prefer apple flavored food items such as cider, pie, caramel apples, etc. Walking through corn mazes is another one (although you may want to do that one in the daylight) if you like a challenge. For those 21 and older, wine tasting is yet another popular fall activity. You can find the activities closest to you here, here, and here!
For many (like myself), fall is the best season out of the four. It has the most optimal temperature, there's so many fun things to do, and all those annoying mosquitoes go away. Remember to use this upcoming season to do and be new. Have a safe and prosperous fall!