September is the Other January
Between the wildfires and the wacky Colorado weather (our temperature plunged from a record high of 97 degrees to snow in 24 hours), 2020 is truly the gift that keeps on giving. The good news is that "September is The Other January." I've always felt that September was truly the start of the new year. Between back-to-school excitement (who doesn't love new office supplies?), the rhythm of the Jewish holidays and the change of seasons, September is an ideal time for physical and mental reset.
Here are some September things you should consider:
- Make a southern tomato pie. Before the weather cools off and the fresh tomatoes get crappy, you've got to try this recipe. Have it with a pitcher of Tinto de Veranos.
- Make sure you are registered to vote. For the love of God, this is not the year to skip voting. Volunteer to become a poll worker (I did!)
- Are you on Team Pumpkin Spice? If so, start sprinkling a little pumpkin pie spice in your morning coffee. It's a lot healthier than the Starbucks PSL that has 40 grams of sugar. Or try this yummy pumpkin smoothie recipe.
- Plant some bulbs. Yes, it's a pain in the a$$ (just ask my husband) but it's also an act of hope. And your future self will be so happy and excited when they pop up in the spring. Try this tool - it makes it a lot easier.
- Buy some stamps to support the USPS. I'm handwriting 200 postcards to swing states. Grateful that we have the option to vote by mail in Colorado. It's completely safe and I use the "track my ballot" option to get text message updates as my ballot goes through the system.
- Curl up with a good book. I've been on a non-fiction kick and just finished: I'm Still Here (highly recommend) and Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking The Stress Cycle (lots of practical advice). I also read The Secret Women by Cincinnati author Sheila Adams. It was all about complicated mother daughter relationships and it was fun to read a book that was set in my former home town.
- Quanranstream some TV while you eat Paul's Perfect Popcorn: Mrs.America on Hulu has a great cast and gives perspective on the origins of the women's rights movement in the 1970's. Not for the faint of heart, we also found I May Destroy You on HBO really compelling. And for pure escapism, I'm digging The Home Edit and Chefs Table BBQ (both on Netflix) and Amy Schumer Learns to Cook (Food Network). Sometimes I just need to watch something mindless before bed.
- Start thinking about the holidays. Don't shoot the messenger. I know it seems really early but I think a lot of us are going to be primarily shopping online and popular stuff will sell out early. I recently got a sneak peek at the BeautyCounter holiday sets and they are fabulous! I can't wait until I can start sharing the details next month. Are you on my clean beauty & home newsletter list? That's where you find out about all of the sales, free samples and gifts with purchase (from me).
Sending you a huge virtual hug,