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September Is The New January

Guest post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess

I'm declaring that September is the new January. If melon is the new black when it comes to fashion, Picture3 why can't I declare that I begin my "Happy New Year" in September? The humidity is waning, the nights are cool, the days are beautifully warm, no snow is falling and I feel a new sense of purpose. 

Like much of the general population I make New Year's resolutions in January -- the dead of winter when the daylight is non existent and I have been shivering since November. I vow to lose 10 pounds, walk or exercise more, etc. Well, when it's so cold, all I want is comfort foods -- heavy stews, gravy-laden dishes, mashed potatoes, warm cobbler desserts. Who's losing weight with that diet? As for walking? Well one of the last times I walked in the winter I ruined my knee and needed surgery; my motivation to walk in the snow and on icy sidewalks is at an all time low. Join a gym? Well, there are a few around here but since I feel like a dork and don't really know how to use the equipment at the gym all I ever do is the treadmill. It seems an excessive amount of money to walk on a treadmill, right? 

At the beginning of every year I also vow to amp up my writing and querying. I vow to clean the closets and cupboards and get rid of stuff I haven't used in the past 12 months. Well, when the sun rarely shines, it's hard to get motivated and even doing my daily tasks feels like slogging uphill through mud; cleaning a closet? Not likely. 

Join me in my declaration of September is the new January. Make your resolutions now while the days are still long, the sun still shines and the comfort foods aren't yet beckoning! 


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As you know, Carol, I was forced to slow down and re-evaluate so now I am making more time for family and friends. Life is too short.


Caren, I am obviously ignorant of the Jewish holidays as I didn't truly realize that. Well, you're way ahead of me then! Happy New Year!

caren gittleman

Robbi lol....Jews have been doing this for years. The Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) is ALWAYS in September :)

Carol Bryant

THIS is a very good idea and one that definitely is a good reminder. I have begun implementing changes in my life, including down time and me/family time. I have to schedule it in til I realize it comes naturally because time gets away on me...thanks for this post!

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