An Ode to September

How old are you when you stop seeing September as the beginning of the school year? I still buy academic school year diaries because I can’t quite get out of this habit. Forget January, nothing new happens in January. January just gets colder, darker and more depressing. But September is full of new beginnings, fresh starts and exciting challenges.
New Year’s resolutions in January are pointless. You begin the year with a hangover and that diet you promised can only fail when you have half a tin of Quality Streets and a stocking full of sweets left to eat. The exercise regime goes straight out the window when you realise that there is no chance you’re going jogging in the snow. It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s miserable so it’s no wonder New Year’s resolutions never stick. January is all about snuggling on the sofa with a blanket and a box of choccies. September, however, September is a different issue.
Since the age of four we have been programmed to think that September is the month of change. A fresh pencil case bursting with new ideas and thoughts, a stiffly ironed uniform that makes you smart and tidy for the first time all year and a brand new lunch box that is crammed with all your favourite treats.
I still have that same sense of anticipation and excitement in September. The long, lazy summer is over and my brain feels like it needs a workout. I’m ready for some good old fashioned hard work and September makes me want to get my teeth stuck into some new projects and really pull my socks up.
After three months of BBQs and boozing in a beer garden, my body is craving some healthy food and exercise and it’s still warm enough to brave the great outdoors with a jog. I’ve happily dusted off my gym membership and I’m raring to go.
So forget the new year because September is the month for resolutions, health kicks and boosts of energy that motivate you to do just about anything.
What’s your September resolution?


Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of affordable luxury travel experiences.Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

SHOWHIDE Comments (16)
  1. >I love September, not least because it's my birthday month! It is a good month…the weather is (usually) still quite good, but it's getting wintery and there are good things around the corner – Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas!!

  2. >So true! October (my birthday month -yey!) is pretty good, then you have Bonfire Night and it's all cosy, then December is amazing with the build up to Christmas! January, February and March have to be the worst months of the year….

  3. >I hadn't thought about September like this for years but you've totally made me change my mind! Even though we're not at school or uni anymore September can definitely still be a 'new-start' month.

    My September Resolutions are going to be blog-related! And you know of all my plans anyway 😛

    Great post pet 🙂

  4. >Wow I never thought of it like that. I guess september is the month to make resolutions and make the most of the year we have left. I think today marks 100 days till the end of the year… Kinda crazy.

  5. >Thanks lovely! My September resolutions are very similar! Need to get cracking on that but I don't want Total Travel Bug to be down for a few days 🙁

  6. >This post is so awesome girl! I'm stealing that quote 😉

    So answering your question: My September resolution is to have a brand-new website: New custom theme, new logo & even a caricature of myself for "branding" purposes. I am kicking off this digital nomad career!!! =D so thrilled yipeeee

  7. >Oh you're missing out Maria! It's a night on November 5th where we all come together and have a giant bonfire and burn a guy called Guy Fawkes (although we just make a dummy now!) and we eat toffee appples and watch fireworks. Actually it all sounds quite strange when I say it aloud…..

  8. >Woop woop. That sounds so exciting. Can't wait to see it! That's mine and Beverley's September resolution too. Looks like we'll all be working on our resolutions at the same time!

  9. >I´m all for September's new beginnings! New city, new flat, new gym… all falling into pieces! (oh, I've also started a diet! hehe). How's London treating you?

  10. >Brilliant, I'm glad you're getting settled. I've started a new exercise regime too! Had to ditch the gym since moving though 🙁 I'm still loving London, not quite settled yet as I'm still on the hunt for a job but I'm sure I will be soon!

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