I used to think that Winter was my favorite season. I love bare trees and the calm. I love glistening white snow. I love the sound of sleet on a window and the feel of fleece. We got married in the winter and we have pictures outside of us kissing as the snow fell.
But as I am getting older, I am finding that Fall is really where I gain my energy and my vibe.
Part of it may be my upbringing. I was raised Jewish, although I am no longer practicing. Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashannah is typically in Late September. New Year = Fresh Start. And Yom Kippur follows about 10 days later....the Day of Atonement. You ask forgiveness for your past year transgressions, in hopes of having your name written in The Book of Life for another year. Again....put the past behind you, and start fresh.
Part of it is the new school year. As an educator, the fall is really when things BEGAN. New pencils with perfect points. Fresh notebooks. Unscuffed shoes. C'mon....nothing says renewal like a new pencil!!!
I love to decorate for fall. I have been into Scarecrows for years, but this year I am all about Pumpkins. I am scrolling through Etsy and DIY sites for ideas. I am itching to bring my fall items out and drink in the serenity I find in wooden bowls filled with apple spiced potpourri.
As I pulled weeds in my garden, I took stock of my plants. While they are still in bloom, many are starting to fade. Even though they appear to be "dying off," they really are getting ready to start anew. Regain their strength by going dormant. Recharge their batteries and come out fighting next spring.
Fall is when I clean out and reboost. And this will be true of our finances as well. The damage of the month is done, and nothing I can do but learn from it and move forward. I am ready to hit is all with gusto and fresh eyes. I am really hoping that my cleaning out will produce a little extra cash to throw towards debt and get back on track.