This week we transition from August to September, marking the start of a new season for many. With pending Labor Day weekend plans and an official closure to summer, it’s a wonderful time to close out the energy of a vibrant summer while bringing awareness to what you wish to carry forward into this new season and what you wish to part ways with until the next summer comes around.
Summer always feels like a season of celebrating. We often feel our best selves walking into summer and enjoy a few months of longer days, sunsets, adventures, outdoor meals, connection, activity, and so much more! On the other side of summer, we step into fall, a season that often brings us a sense of clarity, balance, and perhaps a new productive spark at the beginning, followed by the chance to start winding down near the end, as we head into our season of rest or hibernation.
One of my favorite ways to counterbalance saying goodbye to one season and hello to the next is through clearing and celebrating. I created this super simple two-step ritual for you to use as you transition seasons or even months. However, I particularly recommend this ritual for this time of year, because it naturally symbolizes the energy we feel. Feel free to incorporate the recommendations as you please, while making it your own in the process.
Step 1: Clearing
Clearing space is one of the best ways to transition from season to season and doesn’t have to include a full house or garage cleaning in one weekend. Intention is everything, so by putting the intention to clear one area of your life, the other areas will naturally reap the benefits too. For inspiration check out the following ideas and choose one to play around with as you step into September.
Step 2: Celebrating
One of the best ways to show gratitude for where you’ve been and where you are going is by celebrating yourself, your life, or the last few months. Whether you are recognizing any accomplishments, moments of growth, new experiences, time with friends and family, time outdoors, longer days, etc. you can always find something in your life that is worth giving praise to. And if that sounds difficult, how about brushing your teeth each night? Or feeding your body on a daily basis? The small wins are big wins in my book.
To me, the summer season always has such a playful energy, and with that playfulness, the fall and getting back to “everyday life” can often feel a tad overwhelming at first. I feel as though the entrance of falls comes with both a sense of relief for some needed stability, paired with an equal shock to the system. While I believe life should always be a continuous celebration, check out the below ideas and choose one way you can celebrate while stepping into September.
I hope you find inspiration from the above clearing + celebrating ritual and that you find this concept supportive to where you are right now. At this current phase of time we also find ourselves transitioning from summer to fall over Virgo season, the earth element. Virgo resembles the healer, practical productivity, wellness-focused drive, and detail + empathy. Natalie Holbrook (meet her on Loving Your Own Soul) reflects on this season as “a time to refine, to cut out what no longer serves and enjoy the bounty of your harvest.”
As always, I wish you the happiest of new seasons ahead! If you need support in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out!
If you feel called, I’d love for you to share your clearing + celebrating ritual with me on Insta @thebrittolson or in our private Facebook group: A Modern Wellness Community. Cheers!