In case you haven’t looked at Instagram or Facebook in the last couple days – it’s a new season. (Cue the cozy hoodies and pumpkin lattes please!)

To be honest, summer was a blur this year. In 4 months I went through the most change I’ve ever faced in my life. Left a job. Grew my business. Had one child graduate. Got 10 new computer passwords. Had far-away child move home. Started a new job. Wore high-waisted pants. Found a birth family. Began working with new people. Spent time with my changing mama. Watched graduated child start university. Decided I likely need transition lenses. Sent far-away child back to school.

Change at every turn coming at me turbo-speed. I usually thrive in change, but this year it smacked me in the face every 5 minutes and sometimes I couldn’t catch my breath. 

And now, its time for the season to change again. And who doesn’t love fall? Not just because of long brown boots, cozy sweaters and apple-picking – but fall is really the real start of a new year in my mind.

September New Year.

As Jon Acuff would say, “September is the new January.”

September New Year is way better than January. It’s still light out at night, the days are fresh and reminders of summer still linger as you move ahead.

It’s the perfect mix of the season of rest, coming into the season of launch.

And even though the last thing I want to do is think about anything else changing in my life, I also want to embrace a new season. 

September is the time to start new things, even if you’re still getting over the past.

No getting stuck.

September means go. Stopping isn’t an option.

It doesn’t have to be crazy. Maybe it can actually be easy.

So, here are a few simple ideas to help launch September New Year.

Set goals. We usually have some time away as a family the last week of summer before everyone scatters – this year that didn’t happen so we had a family ice cream date instead. I always set 3 new goals just before September starts, as do my kids and hubby. (Mainly because I make them do it!) I write our goals down in the notes app on my phone, and during the year at different times I text them out to everyone, or just go back and remind myself of my own. Writing out and speaking out goals is good practice. It helps get things anchored in your heart. Take some time this week to write down a few fall dreams. It’s a great way to start a new season.

Make space. It can be hard to move forward when you’re still surrounded by the clutter of the past season. I shared on Facebook a couple weeks ago that I felt like I was living in a crumpled bag of chip crumbs. I wasn’t even kidding. It sounds ridiculous but even just organizing and cleaning up your space can make room in your mind. On Labour Day I cleaned out the fridge and all the liquid veggies in the crisper, I brushed out the cupboard crumbs and then felt like the most amazing human in the world. The simple act of cleaning things up, and clearing things out made me feel like I could face the world. Take a look around you today and make some physical room so that you can mentally breathe.

Seek and reflect. This is a simple, yet important part of September New Year for me. I can set all the goals I want, but I know that I can’t live my season without Him guiding me. So I pray for faithfulness in my own life for everything I’ve been given, and ask for strength for the days ahead. In spite of all my dreams, rainbows, sprinkles and happy hopes – I know I have hard things ahead of me. If I learned anything in my past season, it was that I need all the strength I can get. We don’t know what each day brings and I don’t want to face any of those days – no matter how many goals I set or how much space I make – by myself. We don’t have to walk alone.

September means go, and it doesn’t have to be hard. 

I’m still a little exhausted from the “summer of change”, but I’m excited to step into another September New Year.

Moving forward, with the light and learnings of the last season still lingering.

What are you excited for this September?

Set goals, make space and connect.

There are great days ahead.