While I’m preparing tomorrow’s post about making resolutions for my happiness project, I wanted to share this wonderful, timely piece with you. It comes from The Pool, a smart web publication from Britain that my friend Sophia turned me on to. (It’s definitely worth subscribing to their email list!).
You can read the full piece by Lauren Laverne here, and here are some of my favorite excerpts:
Since each new school year also brought new challenges (by which I mean finding your place among your peers, as well as making it through Middlemarch), this feels like the right time of year to take on projects that require your full attention. For me, that means a new running challenge and the epic The History of English Podcast, which is utterly wonderful but requires the kind of focus I can’t give anything during the summer months, which are made of distractions and jostling obligations….
I realised I was ready for things to go back to normal last week as I attempted to send a time-sensitive work email while wearing a too-hot cagoule in a rainstorm, borrowing London Transport Museum’s temporarily glitchy wi-fi connection and holding two cuddly bunnies and half an egg sandwich. This kind of thing does not happen to me on Wednesday afternoons in September, when events occur one at a time and when the weather and my body temperature are likely to be reasonably predictable….
And, if you’re not up for going out, autumn is the perfect time to stay in, focus on your nearest and dearest and make sure you have everything you need for the chilly months ahead. It’s when creatures of all kinds take stock and check their reserves. Squirrels have their nut stores, bears lay down adipose tissue, the Night’s Watch make sure they’ve got as much dragonglass handy as possible…
What do you think? Is this a good time of year for you to begin new projects? What do you look forward to as summer turns to fall?
Photo by Autumn Mott