September is a month of growth and change regardless of where you live in the world. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, winter is over and the longer days, shorter nights and warmer temperatures of spring are about to begin while in the Northern Hemisphere, the lazy, hazy crazy days of summer are over and it’s back to work and back to school and time to prepare for shorter days, longer nights and cooler temperatures. Last year, we decided to make it a December to Remember by doing something new, special or different at little or no cost each day of that month. Since then, we have maintained the momentum and taken advantage of the unusual warmth of the winter, spring and summer to make it a habit of doing daily evening walks and attending as many cultural events as we could fit into our schedules.
September offers many activities and opportunities for personal and professional growth. If you are interested in creating a September to Remember by yourself or with family, friends or colleagues, here’s what to do. Take one hour each day over the next two days to research what’s happening in your town, city or area in September. September starts on a Saturday and ends on a Sunday and there are usually lots of community events to attend on the weekends. If you want to keep it simple and minimal, set three goals that you will do every day for the month. Here are some examples: save $2-$5; exercise for 30 minutes; eat a healthy breakfast and a filling lunch; take a technology timeout for 60 minutes; connect with two positive people; wake up and arrive at work 30 minutes early; write down three things that you are grateful for; record three accomplishments. You can choose three of these goals or make up your own goals. Track your goals in your smartphone, tablet, laptop or write them down in a notebook.
If you enjoy doing research and planning activities then make a list of thirty activities that you would like to do in the month of September. These can be very simple activities that require little or no planning or preparation. In fact, you may find that some of your most memorable activities are the ones that are spontaneous rather than planned in advance. Check out the free concerts, art exhibits and book or craft fairs that will be happening in your area. Find out what free courses and lectures are happening in September. Some of your activities may involve never leaving your home or workplace. September may be a great time to host that brunch or dinner party, organize a workplace event or take that on-line course for personal or professional development. If you have a cause that you are passionate about or a skill or interest that you want to share or teach, you could contribute your time to a fundraising event or volunteer your services to a school, hospital, library or community centre.
Whatever you decide to do, make a commitment to make it a September to Remember by doing your best to smile, laugh, listen, understand, care, share, give, receive, be there, show up and remember to say thank you each and every day.