Seasonal Change

It has been a beautiful autumn in the Washington, DC area. The weather is cool, but mild; the trees are a riot of red, yellow and orange. One thing I’m always inspired to do when the weather changes is to attempt to “get it together.”

This is naming a very ambiguous, yet permeating feeling which compels me to change along with the weather. Here’s what has taken place so far:

  1. Hair: I always get my hair cut when the seasons change – not always something drastic, but enough to signify that something has changed. Even if you’re not feeling like it, it’s helpful to look like you’re put together!
  2. Wardrobe: Unfortunately, I can’t afford to buy a new wardrobe every season, but I like to go through what I have, give stuff away that I’ve lost interest in, try on things I haven’t worn in a while or rediscover things I’ve forgotten about. I am also lucky because I have friends who do the same thing, and what may be old to someone else could be new and exciting to you!
  3. Exercise: Honestly, my desire for change when it comes to exercise is a daily battle, but when the weather changes, it really hits home. Since things have been mild here, I have been trying to do more outdoor activities (walking, biking) but it’s also a time to reassess your diet and overall health – go ahead and make that doctor appointment you’ve been putting off!
  4. Work: As the leaves change colors, it is an excellent opportunity to update your resume. Not because you’re going to go off and get a new job, but it’s not a bad idea to keep your skills fresh and review your accomplishments.
  5. Home: Staying organized is good for your mental health – if you use seasonal changes as a reminder to tidy up clutter, do a big shop or rearrange your linen closet, you will feel more in control of your life as you move speedily along.

– Libby Bingham

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