“It seems to me that January resolutions are about will; September resolutions are about authentic wants. What do you want more or less of in your life, so that you can love the life you’re leading?” –Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
September 1 is my New Year’s Day. Rather than feeling depleted and weary as I often do when January 1 rolls around, I feel more alive than ever as summer shifts into fall. It’s a day for new beginnings, authentic resolutions, and tapping into the energy of harvest and change that flows into our lives in September.
Where does this surge of creative energy come from? Maybe it’s because September coincides with the start of a new school year or because the earth’s energy is shifting from the outward (spring and summer) to the inward (fall and winter). Maybe it’s because this has traditionally been a month of harvest and so it feels natural to assess and be grateful for what we have and to look forward to what’s ahead. Whatever the reason, September is an excellent time to contemplate creative new beginnings. Take some time today or tomorrow and snuggle into a cozy writing space with your journal and a pen. Acknowledge and celebrate the seeds you have planted and what you have harvested over the past year. Consider what’s working in your life right now and what’s not. Explore the desires and longings of your authentic self and set your resolutions for the coming year.
As Sarah Ban Breathnach points out in her book, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, “the beauty of autumnal resolutions is that no one else knows that we are making them.” There is no pressure to share your resolutions with anyone, and they can be absolutely anything that speaks to your soul and feels right for you in this moment. Think of September 1 as a quiet opportunity to reassess and return to your true nature, to whatever “simply true north” is for you. Happy New Year!