Can you believe it’s October already and Halloween is just around the corner? I love Fall (or Autumn as we call it in England!) for many reasons. October is my birthday month so what’s not to love about that. Then there’s the weather – I always have romantic hopes that there will be more crisp, cold and sunny days than dreary, rainy days.
What I love most about Fall is that it signifies change. The changing of the season, the changing of the weather, the turning back of the clocks. But there’s more to it than that. September is always our busiest month with the start of school, curriculum nights and the resuming of after school activities. So, come October, I feel we’ve all found our groove and life settles down before the Holidays – I think of it as the calm before the storm! Plus, both children have August and September birthdays so it’s a time of year when they just seem to grow up almost overnight. This year my daughter started Middle School and she’s become so much more mature in just a few short weeks. Just this morning she announced I didn’t need to walk her to the bus stop. It was bitter sweet – it was raining and only 7:15am – but I was saddened by the loss that I feel with her growing independence. My son has started 3rd grade – he’s now officially half way through his elementary school career, and I know I have just a few short years of boyhood to enjoy.
From a personal perspective, it’s at this time of year I begin to reflect back on the year. I review both my Vision Board and the Business Plan that I create in January which allows me to see not only what I’ve achieved for the year and the goals I’ve hit (or not!) but also how much life has evolved. This year, the change is more significant than in previous years. In January I challenged myself to lead a healthier lifestyle, to love and to laugh more and embrace what lay ahead held for my new family of three. I’m proud of all that has happened.
I also start planning for the year ahead. What do I want to achieve from a business perspective? Where shall we go on vacation? What personal goals shall I set myself? So far all I know is that 2019 will be the year I learn to Paddle Board and I’ll take a vacation somewhere with my parents and my brother’s family. The rest is yet to be figured out. And that’s ok. Change is what happens when you’re busy leading your life. It’s how you react to the change that counts.
Here’s to your positive changes.
P.S. The housing market has also experienced significant change in recent months. If you’d like to know more about the current market conditions or know anyone I can help with buying or selling a home, I’m always here to help!