By now, everyone’s beginning to settle into the routine of fall as little ones scatter to bus stops with crossing guards as an ever-present reminder that school is in session. Your favorite coffee spots are roasting pumpkin spice lattes. But, for heaven's sake, the gardening spots have replaced the outdoor grills with firepits, logs, and Christmas trees.
As we settle into a “normal” routine and find a place of balance, the to-do list is piling up with email responses to invitations for Holiday gatherings. Many of our local stores have us shifting between Fall festivals, Thanksgiving, and Christmas without a blink of an eye.
You may wonder where the last eight months went as you realize we were four months away from the goals we set in January. Well, here is your gentle reminder to breathe. Just breathe, schedule it in your calendar if you must but don’t forget to breathe. This is a gentle reminder to take time to focus on your goals and not be distracted by the store's marketing teams. You’re in the last quarter of the final stretch of 2023, and it’s not too late to focus on YOU and YOUR goals.
I am here to remind you to develop a new mantra, so repeat after me, “I am on my timetable and no one else.” A promise from God could help, “I will be confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in me will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 KJV.
Let the approaching fall season serve as an opportunity to reflect and shift gears. Please take a moment to pause and play in a pile of leaves before you rake them, reflect on all the goodness you experienced in the last eight months, and smile. Allow yourself to continue the work today and press forward with your goals. If you pause and focus on the task, there is still plenty of time. A pause always allows for a fresh pair of lenses.
My September acronym is PAUSE, Purposefully, And Unapologetically Smile!
Coach Nycholle ♥