Why I Love September
September, the time of new beginnings
Time for change
Ready for anything
Back to school
New pens, writing really neatly on the first page of your exercise books, using a ruler to do the underlining of the date and title. Shiny new shoes and pristine white socks, a new bag and excitement at catching up with the friends you haven't seen for 6 weeks. (Or this year 6 months).The whiff of fresh varnish in the hall (I can still smell it now). New teachers and boundaries to test…
As an adult, I still associate September with being time to think about learning new things, having a clear out maybe, a fresh start, preparing for winter and the dark evenings, cosy nights in, curtains drawn. The colours of autumn as the leaves start to change indicating the end of summer and the beginning of a new season. My birthday, Halloween, bonfire night, Christmas. The slimming clubs will have an influx of new members in the next couple of weeks as people start to think about party season and fitting into the little black dress.
Working in post 16 education, September was always the beginning of a new academic year. The time of getting to know new students, helping them settle into their new environment. Teaching them responsibility for their own learning, no bells to signify the end of lessons, getting the balance between the new freedom and social aspects and learning. It was a time of goal setting and planning, how to get the best out of the students within the curriculum. Lots of creative thinking and planning exciting ways of getting the work done in an engaging fashion, tweaking things that have worked well before to keep it all fresh.
I find September is still a time to plan, I’ve been thinking about how far I've come in my business. It will be the end of my sixth year of trading soon, 3 more months. Have I achieved my goals? What else do I need to do? I've bought my new pens, in jolly colours and with nice wide nibs to make for smooth writing. I've done some scribbling, analysed my figures and thought about future goals. I've engaged with a new business coach to help me focus and make structured plans for developing into the next phase. I’ve also planned a schedule for launching my online mentoring packages.
The sales will be coming to an end and shelves being stocked with new season goodies. Getting out the winter coats, emptying out the pockets of tatty tissues and old receipts. Do you have different clothes to suit the seasons or are you like me? I tend to wear the same things but layer up and add different footwear. I will add a cardigan over a short-sleeved dress or wear a fine knit stretchy top underneath and transform the dress into a pinafore.
With more time on my hands in the evenings and weekends as we have fewer opportunities to meet socially, I'm also seriously considering dressmaking again, something I hadn't done for years. I dusted off my sewing machine last year and made a couple of things. I ought to tailor make dresses and tunics in fabrics and styles I love. I get frustrated that I can’t always find things I want to wear in the shops and it is just laziness really that stops me from making things.
What about you? Do you see September as the start of a new year/season?
If you’re ready to learn something new to round off 2020 so that you enter 2021 with a new mindset around colour and clothes you might want to check out my Super Savvy Style mentoring package. I’m absolutely loving working with the ladies who’ve joined me so far. I had this wonderful message to my inbox from one of my mentees this week – it’s filled up my heart with joy.
“I think the course is fabulous. It is helping me to gain my confidence again. This weekend I have worn a Purple top, purple multi coloured shorts and purple clogs. It felt so liberating.
I am beginning to see the light after years of navy blue tops and bottoms or black. Even though I have a wardrobe full of different coloured clothes, it was the not knowing, what to wear, how to wear them or mix them with other colours.
It is also so helpful listening to you advising the other Ladies on Friday ZOOM time, there are always things said that are so helpful to all of us on the course, not just the individual person you are talking to. I am loving the Super Savvy Style Course.”
If your wardrobe is a source of frustration you might want to think about joining us – you can check out the details here, it could be just the thing.
So September, despite the challenges of this year so far it has also created all this opportunity. Would I have even launched Super Savvy Style again without lockdown? Who knows?
I’m looking forward to seeing how things develop as we move into the new season. How about you?
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